2019 Aurora Borealis Photography Workshop

at Blachford Lake Lodge

New for 2019 is Taku Kumabe’s Aurora Borealis photography workshop at one of the most beautiful backdrops near Yellowknife, Northwest Territories: Blachford Lake Lodge.

Taku believes everyone should see the beauty of the Northern Lights with their own eyes at least once in their lifetime. To facilitate this, Taku has created an exciting workshop dedicated to photographing this special phenomenon.

Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada

With flat lands, no sea-water, and a dry climate, Yellowknife—sitting directly under the aurora oval—is scientifically considered to be one of the best places in the world to see the Aurora Borealis.

Northwest Territories—with its arctic landscape—is also a stunningly beautiful backdrop to photograph nature, waterfalls, and more. If you have the opportunity, Taku highly recommends extending your stay to experience Yellowknife and its beautiful surroundings.

Please feel free to consult with Taku for suggestions on a pre-/post-Blachford itinerary.

Blachford Lake Lodge

Blachford Lake Lodge is approx. 100km away from Yellowknife, sitting on a rocky shore along Blachford Lake. It is so remote it can only be accessed by a 25min. float plane ride from Yellowknife, and is the perfect eco-friendly lodge to act as a backdrop to the Northern Lights. It is no wonder why the royal couple (Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge) spent some time at the lodge during their 2011 Canadian tour.

Visit their website for more information: https://blachfordlakelodge.com.

Workshop Information

Date

August 25 – 28, 2019

Cost

CAN $1888

Fees are based on double occupancy.

Skill Level

All

*Itinerary at Blachford Lake Lodge subject to change. Photography editing requires laptops that are not provided.

Each day will include time for leisure activities. Hosted by the lodge, these can include hiking (2km, 4km, or 4km loop trails), a 2 hour guided boat tour, canoeing, kayaking, fishing (fishing license required), sauna, swimming, using the hot tub, or just relaxing in the lodge or cabin.

August 25

Arrive at the float plane base in Yellowknife for 9am. Your float plane ride to Blachford Lake Lodge will leave at 10am.

Upon arrival, a short lodge orientation will be led by staff.

Settle down in our cabins, and meet at the lodge for introductions, photography slideshow, and questions.

Lunch

Afternoon photography lesson led by Taku

Leisure

Dinner

Sunset photography session

Aurora photography session

August 26

Sunrise photography session (optional)

Breakfast

Photography session: viewing, editing, critiquing our photos

Lunch

Leisure

Dinner

Sunset photography session

Aurora photography session

August 27

Sunrise photography session (optional)

Breakfast

Photography session: viewing, editing, critiquing our photos

Lunch

Leisure

Dinner

Sunset photography session

Aurora photography session

August 28

Sunrise photography session (optional)

Breakfast

Pack up bags

Leave for Yellowknife late morning

Return to airport

What’s Included

  • Float plane ride to/from Blachford Lake Lodge
  • All meals at Blachford Lake Lodge
  • Hiking, canoe, kayak, boat tour
  • Photography guide by Taku Kumabe throughout entire trip at Blachford Lake Lodge

What’s Not Included

  • Transportation to Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
  • Ground transportation to/from the float plane base in Yellowknife
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Travel insurance
  • Alcohol at the lodge (can be purchased at the fully licensed bar)
  • Additional tour fees at the lodge, if applicable

Cost

CAN $1888 plus applicable taxes and Eventbrite charges, based on double occupancy.

Single participants will be paired into same-gender cabins on a first-come, first-served basis. Single occupancy supplement, add CAN $425.

Structure

CAN $500 non-refundable deposit upon booking, before June 1, 2019

CAN $1388 balance before July 1, 2019

Or pay all fees up front.

Cancellation Policy

Spots are non-refundable upon booking, but can be transferred to another individual. Participants are responsible for finding their own suitable replacement.

Taku Kumabe reserves the right to cancel the workshop at any time for any reasons (ie. minimum number of participants not met, global or extreme weather conditions severely impacting itinerary, etc.). In the event of cancellation by Taku, all workshop fees will be refunded, including the deposit. Flights and trip cancellation fees will not be refunded, nor any additional costs the participant has already incurred for the trip.

Insurance

Trip cancellation and medical/illness/emergency medical insurance is not mandatory, but is highly recommended.

Travel Visa

It is the participant’s responsibility to ensure they have the proper and valid travel visa (if applicable) for the duration of the workshop.


Each participant will be required to sign waiver forms from Taku Kumabe and Blachford Lake Lodge prior to their departure to Yellowknife, otherwise the participant forfeits their right to participate in the workshop without any refunds.


If the participant does not/cannot partake in any activities throughout the workshop for any reason, no refunds of any kind will be provided.


Seeing the Aurora Borealis is never guaranteed. The visibility of the Northern Lights depends on several factors including any solar flares, strength of the storm, and local weather and cloud conditions. There is a high percentage of chance that you will see the Aurora Borealis at least one night during a three night stay. However, there is always a possibility that the Northern Lights will not be visible for the duration of the workshop. While unfortunate, please note there will not be any refunds of any kind should this occur.

Click on the button below to book your spot now. You will be redirected to the Eventbrite site, which will take care of the transaction on their secure servers.

This event has a minimum participant number of six (6) people. If six participants do not book before June 1, 2019, the workshop may be cancelled.