- Fall Colors in Ontario
- Small Group – 8 clients
- Local Guides
- 6 nights and 7 days
- All Inclusive
- Toronto, Ontario
You arrive in Toronto and will be picked up at the airport, and we will drive you right to our hotel in Burlington, Ontario. That night we will gather for a group dinner (included) and discuss the week’s itinerary and locations. Then, after dinner, head to the waterfront in Toronto to shoot the Toronto skyline from the Golden hour into darkness.
We will visit the Raptor Conservancy, and you will spend the morning photographing a variety of raptors in flight, and we will pose them in natural settings. Species list can include any of the following birds; Harris’s Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Broad-winged Hawk, Great Horned Owl, Barn Owl and Bald Eagle. There are several flightless, but very photogenic birds that could include an Eagle Owl, Swainson’s Hawk, Peregrine Falcon and Aplomado Falcon.
We have hired a falconer to fly and display his birds for our cameras. He is well versed in the desires of wildlife photographers and does a great job placing the birds on natural looking ecologically correct perches.
In the afternoon, we will drive towards our first half day session at the Waterfall Capital of the World. Hamilton is home to over 100 beautiful waterfalls, which is how it got the title of Waterfall Capital of the World. Most of the waterfalls/cascades are located on, or near, the Bruce trail. The Niagara Escarpment, which the Bruce Trail winds through, is equipped with the perfect ecological conditions for natural waterfalls to occur.
We start the day along the shores of Lake Ontario at one of our favorite locations, 50 Point Conservation Area and an area of broken piers along the bank of Lake Ontario. Once the sweet morning light fades, we head back for more waterfall photography.
In the afternoon, we will visit a 100-acre junkyard that spans the property of a nearby farm. Over 3000 vehicles in various states of decay line the cedar forests and rolling fields of this photographer’s paradise. Imagine cars as old as Edsels all the way to 1990 era vehicles and heavy equipment entangled in fall color, vines and even some with trees growing out of the engine compartment!
Days Four Five and Six
Its time to change gears and head to Pelee Island. Pelee Island is located 32 kilometers south of the Ontario mainland and is part of an archipelago of islands in the western Lake Erie basin. This location of Canada’s southernmost inhabited land area (Middle Island is the southernmost) creates an environment of unique plants and animals and is on major migratory bird and butterfly routes.
The Fish Point Nature Reserve and the Lighthouse Point Nature Reserve provides habitat for rare species including the Blue Racer Snake, Lake Erie Water Snake, Smallmouth Salamander and Spotted Turtle. Also, 31 provincially rare and 19 regionally rare plant species are located in the reserves. Another unique feature is the Stone Road Alvar, a globally significant area, where you can find plant and animal life that occurs nowhere else in the world. The physical presence of limestone combined with a southerly climate has created a unique Canadian Savannah environment.
Fall is a spectacular time to visit this area. Thousands of visitors from around the world are attracted by the outstanding fall color viewing opportunities, winery tours, and tasting tours amidst the fall colors.
It’s our last morning, and we’ll be up early to catch a sunrise along one of the local lakes that have fall color along the shoreline. After our morning’s, photography we will return to the hotel and check out.
We’ll drive you to the Toronto airport around 11 am and drop you off at your hotel or airport will be about 3 pm.
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