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Carmanah - The Land of the Giants

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Experience hosted by Dave

14 hours
Includes food, drinks, tickets, transportation, equipment
Up to 3 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

Through out this 1 day "Carmanah - The Land of the Giants Forest Experience", we will photograph and explore the hard to reach Carmanah Walbran Provincial Park located on the southern western remote edge of Vancouver Island (accessible by logging road only). Note, this "Experience" is most suitable for late spring through to early fall (not winter due to nasty storms).

Our visit to Carmanah will include exploring and photographing Canada's famous Heaven Tree (big sitka spruce tree) and the world famous Randy Stolsmann Grove in the heart of Carmanah (6-7 very big sitka spruce trees).

If time permits, a stop at the Looper Creek Limestone Box Canyon is on offer. In addition to the above, drone photography will be introduced too.

The transit time from Victoria to Carmanah parking lot is approx. 4.5 hours. Time spent in the park is approx. 4 hours. Return time to Victoria is approximately the same. This is a long 12-14 hour day but also some of the rarest trees found anywhere on the west coast.

In addition to still photography, I also offer video and drone demonstrations for those that are interested. Drone photography is a beautiful and unique way to see Carmanah from up above (not many people see it that way).
Through out this 1 day "Carmanah - The Land of the Giants Forest Experience", we will photograph and explore the hard to reach Carmanah Walbran Provincial Park located on the southern western remote edge of Vancouver Island (accessible by logging road only). Note, this "Experience" is most suitable for late spring through to early fall (not winter due to nasty storms).

Our visit to Carmanah will include exploring and photographing Can…

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What's included

  • Food
    Lunch is provided in my SUV which includes a fully functional fridge.
  • Drinks
    Water only on this trip unless we stop for a few minutes along the way to g...
  • Tickets
    Any applicable entrance or park fees included.
  • Transportation
    Transportation from either Sidney or Victoria (return) is included in my ve...
  • Equipment
    This Experience also includes photography instruction.
From $779
/ person
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Meet your host, Dave

Host on Airbnb since 2020
  • Identity verified
I am a full time professional nature photographer based on beautiful southern Vancouver Island. I have spend over the last 14 years photographing and exploring Vancouver Island and know it well. I am very personable and often teach private photography classes, as well as, offer small group (5 or less) workshops on Vancouver Island. I am also an accredited nature, landscape, and wildlife photographer with the Professional Photographer of Canada (PPOC). I also won the 2020 PPOC National Image Competition Best in Class Award for Fine Art with my image "Drop in time".!

I addition to my photography services, I offer guiding on Vancouver Island for small private groups with a fully licensed and insured vehicle to reach all the hard to get to locations. Amenities include on board fridge in vehicle, water, camping gear, and much more
I am a full time professional nature photographer based on beautiful southern Vancouver Island. I have spend over the last 14 years photographing and exploring Vancouver Island and know it well. I am very personable and often teach private photography classes, as well as, offer small group (5 or less) workshops on Vancouver Island. I am also an accredited nature, landscape, and wildlife photographer with the Professional Photographer of Canada (PPOC). I also won the 2020 PPOC National Image…
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Where you'll be

During the 1 day "Carmanah - The Land of the Giants Forest Experience" we will visit the following attractions in the BC Provincial Park.

First - Looper Creek Limestone Box Canyon
Second - Heaven Tree (large spruce tree)
Third - Randy Stolsmann Grove (6+ large spruce trees in a grove)

I have been to Carmanah Walbran Provincial Park five times (and the surrounding area over 15 times) in my photography career and know the locations well.

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Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Government ID

You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.

Guest requirements

Up to 3 guests ages 19 and up can attend.

More tips

I am able to pick up up at various locations around southern Vancouver Island to meet your needs. I also offer drop off service to efficiently combine other trips you may have planned along with your stay on Vancouver Island.

What to bring

Camera gear

Rain gear