Canada Spotlight - Tofino, British Columbia

Here we are, Tofino, Canada's Pacific Northwest and western most part of Vancouver Island.

Imagine the feeling of peace you could get from gazing at the calm inside waters of Clayoquot Sound.  Or the bobbing heads of surfers braving legendary swells on endless beaches. Or even from food so fresh that you pass on your morning stroll back from a sunrise photo shoot of muted silver skies ushering in brilliant coloured horizons above the rolling and crashing waves on one of the many beaches, and all just for you and your camera, or it seems. 

We invite you to step into the land of the “Group of Seven” painters and capture the essence of the Pacific Northwest. Our destination, Tofino, British Columbia.

Tofino, located in the Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, Tofino typifies the majesty of the Pacific Northwest, boasting flawless natural beauty accentuated by a tapestry of vibrant communities.

This area inspires many renowned artists and artisans, who honor the magic of this land by bringing it into the physical realm. Add to that a climate that summons outdoor enthusiasts from all corners of the Earth and it is clear that Tofino is poised to please the photographer.

In August, as summer begins to usher in the autumn, fog starts to descend on the waters, making for a very dramatic, yet sometimes, peaceful golden hour and blue hour photo shoot.

In November, the winter tides start to crash along the shorelines and create awe inspiring nautical weather for any photography enthusiast. The average temperatures will range from lows of 5C to highs of 10C. The periods of precipitation that we will receive take breaks for dramatic clouds and sun carving through to the sea below.

In 2016 we are running two separate workshops, a stormy season workshop in November and a summer workshop in August. Please check out both those trips here. Click Here


Kevin A Pepper

Kevin is a photographer and educator based in Waterloo, Ontario. His first love is photographing nature, regardless of the season or weather condition; the Ontario landscape and its wildlife are his inspiration. But you will also see other styles of photography in his portfolio. From street photography to urban exploration of abandoned buildings and architecture, he loves to capture it all with his camera for his corporate clients and his growing personal portfolio. Kevin’s images have been featured in Canadian Nature Photographer, PHOTONews Canada, Photo Technique Magazine, The London Free Press, The Weather Network, and National Geographic Online. His diverse client list includes the City of Cambridge, Olympus, GORE Mutual, TVO, and African Lion Safari. Kevin also operates “Northof49 Photography”, a company launched in 2012 dedicated to teaching amateur photographers through International and Canadian-based workshops. In the coming year, Kevin will be leading workshops in Iceland, Mongolia, Tanzania, Venezuela, Provence, and numerous destinations across Canada. Website: