Current Photo Tours 2018/2019 Schedule 

       - Costa Rica Photo Tour - Feb 7th to 16th, 2018

         - Weekend with the Wolves Photo Tour March 2nd to 4th, 2018

            - India Tigers Photo Expedition Tour April 29th to May 13th, 2018

               - Uganda Photo Tour August 11th to 22nd, 2018

                 - Kenya & Tanzania Photo Tour August 21st to September 4th, 2018

                   - Polar Bear Photo Tour Oct 27th to Nov 1st, 2018

                        - Galapagos Islands Photo Tour Nov 30th to Dec 11th, 2018

                            - Our 2018 Tour Brochure available for download

Franklin Island 4 Day Workshops - Sept 15th thru Oct 6th, 2017  

   "Ontario's Northland at it's best ..." Hosted by photographer Harry Cartner

One of the most unique photo shoots you will experience ....
"Join us on one of our 4 day workshops featuring Franklin Island near Parry Sound"

Franklin Island is exquisite, pristine and virtually untouched by man. The island is just the way it would have been found millions of years ago when the Canadian Shield was formed.

Your Photo Tour Trekkers host and award winning photographer, Harry Cartner will share his favorite locations on the island. Harry considers this island to be “Sacred Ground” and it is every landscape photographers dream.

Harry has hosted workshops in this region for 8 years and working with our boat captain knows the best spots on the island for photography. Experience this unique landscape and photograph what Mother Nature created millions of years ago on one of our 4 day workshops this fall.

Location address, directions and maps on the bottom of this web page. We look forward to you joining us this fall for the Franklin Island workshops.

                                                                                                               James Cowie


                                Download a copy of our Franklin Island Workshop Brochure

2017 Workshop Dates:

September 15, 16, 17, 18,  - Sold Out 

September 18, 19, 20, 21, - Sold Out

September 22, 23, 24, 25, - Sold Out

September 25, 26, 27, 28, - Sold Out

October     03, 04, 05, 06, - Sold Out

Click Here to Register for the Workshops

Franklin Island Workshop Itinerary:

DAY 1: Participants arrive in the afternoon and check-in to Snug Haven Resort. Please plan to arrive between 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. At approximately 6:00 p.m., we will host a welcome BBQ followed by an orientation in the resort club house this will take place at approximately 7:30 p.m.


DAY 2: Early morning we will meet at the resort dock, exact time will be announced the previous evening. We sail to Franklin Island which is approximately 10 to 15 minutes from shore. We will be staying on the island until 10:00 -11:00 a.m. departing earlier if the light fails us. At 3:30 p.m. we will do our second sailing to the island finishing by 6:30- 7:00 pm, or possibly later depending on the sunset. When we return to the resort, a light supper will be served and then we will meet in the club house to review images shot that day or if the skies are clear we will head out to Killbear Provincial Park for our night photography shoot. The activities of evening 2 & 3 are interchangeable depending on the skies.

DAY 3: Early morning we will meet at the resort dock, exact time will be announced the previous evening. Today we will sail to another location on Franklin Island, finishing between 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. As with the previous day this is contingent on the light. At 3:30 p.m. we will sail to a couple of other locations that are quite unique in their own way and finish off around 6:30-7:00 pm, depending on the sunset. When we return to the resort we will serve a light supper and either review images from our photo shoots or hold our night shoot at Killbear Provincial Park. The activities of evening 2 & 3 are interchangeable depending on the skies.


DAY 4: Gather in the early morning for final photography a farewells. We will host an optional visit to Killbear Provincial Park if weather was not co-operative day 2 or 3. Depart the resort at 11:00 a.m. 

During the course of workshops we will do some long exposure night photography if the skies are clear on night 2 or 3. In particular we will be photography lake landscapes with the Milky Way.


Our Accommodations at Snug Harbour Resort: We will be staying in very spacious and new 2 and 3 three bedroom cottages. The cottages are 4-5 star accommodations. Laundry facilities are available, some in the cabins. Your cottage and room rentals are included in our workshop fees. You will be staying three nights. All the cabins are fully equipped with stoves, fridges, etc. The policy of the resort is that you bring your own bed linens and towels as there is an additional charge. Please bring your own food for breakfasts and lunces. The closest store is in Parry Sound 25 km’s away. There are some smaller stores (i.e. General Store etc) on the way into Snug Harbour. 


FRANKLIN ISLANDFranklin Island is a 2,261 acre Ontario Provincial Reserve Park, part of the Great Lakes Heritage Coast Line & the Georgian Bay International UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. The island has unique beauty, natural deep water harbours and amazing rock formations.



- Camera body. If you have a spare camera body, bring it along as a backup. 

- Tripod.

- Remote cable release.

- Wide angle lens. Bring your widest angle lens, and a short zoom lens

- Extra camera batteries for the camera. They should be fully charged the night before.

- Memory cards. You would need at least 16GB of memory if you shoot RAW files

- Neutral density graduated filter for shooting landscape photography.

- Polarizing filter.

- Lens hood. Be sure to bring a lens hood for the lens that you are using.

- Plastic bag, cloth or towel, to help keep equipment dry in case of rain.

- Laptop computer. If you have one, bring it so that you can download your images.

- USB or jump drive to put images on for our evening review


- Hiking boots are a MUST.

- No running shoes / sneakers allowed as the rocks are slippery when wet.

- Warm clothes.

-Since we will be on an island for hours, wear layers. It can be cold in the mornings.

- Energy bars or drinks, and bottled water. - Sunglasses.

- Sunscreen lotion

- Wide Brimmed Hat.

- Light rain gear.

- Toilet paper, in case of an “emergency” on the island.

- Flashlight or preferably a head lamp.

PLEASE NOTE: We will go out to the island rain or shine. The only time we won’t go out is during thunder / lightning storms and rough water. The weather conditions are completely out of our hands. If the weather turns bad we will make a determination on whether we go to the Island or if we return to the resort sooner then expected. We will do software training (Lightroom and Photoshop) if we can't get out to the island due to weather conditions. Killbear Provincial Park is also our back-up if we can't get to the island, because of rough water conditions / stormy weather. We will do our best to work with whatever mother nature provides, stormy skies also make for dramatic images.



Workshop Fees: 

Franklin Island workshop is $579.00 plus HST.

Fee includes 3 nights accommodations, Snug Harbour Cabins, Daily workshops, 4 boat trips to Franklin Island, Night photography at Killbear Provincial Park, Day photography at Killbear Provincial Park, Park Entry Fee, Welcome BBQ and Dinner each evening.   

Tour Exclusions: Any item not listed on the itinerary, personal insurance coverage, and alcoholic beverages. Please bring your own bedding and pack items for breakfast and lunch. Cabins have fridges and stoves.

Link to Franklin Island Workshop Registration

Franklin Island Workshops Brochure

Booking space may be done online or by contacting James Cowie at 519-679-8520 ext. 5 or by email or Katherine Hirtzel at 519-679-8520 ext 3 or by email the online booking is available by clicking on this link.

A non-refundable deposit of $50.00 is due at the time of booking, the balance is due August 15th, 2017. Carlson Wagonlit Travel recommends the purchase of travel insurance.

Photo credit  - Harry Cartner


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Take ON-401E To ON-400 Barrie,

Follow ON-400 N to ON-559 W in Carling. 

Take exit 241 from ON-400 and follow turn left ON-559W

Continue on ON-559 W and drive to Snug Haven Rd

In approximately 8.0 km turn right onto Snug Haven Rd

Then left into the Resort.

Snug Haven Resort - 10 Snug Haven Road Nobel ON P0G 1G0 Please arrange your travel to arrive between 3:00 & 4:00 p.m.