Photography Adventure Tours on Vancouver Island in the post pandemic era by Dave Hutchison I have been photographing and exploring the wilds of nature on & off Vancouver Island for over 16 years. A particular facet of my business that prospered pre pandemic was Adventure Tours (also known as, Guiding). What is an Adventure Tour? It is an excursion where I take photographers and tourists to unique destinations on Vancouver Island. In the past clients have found me by Google searches or Facebook. Over the years, I have had Adventure Tour clients from Australia, United States, Alberta and Ontario, as well as from British Columbia. During the pandemic, I only had clients from BC and Alberta as travel was restricted into Canada. As of March 1, 2022, visitors coming into Canada will only need an antigen test in order to cross the border into Canada thus making it much easier to explore places like Vancouver Island.
What makes my Adventure Tours unique and special? I have been travelling and photographing Vancouver Island for over 16 years and have a very good knowledge of Vancouver Island. I am happy to say, I am insured (both ICBC & private) and have a license exemption from the Ministry of Transportation. There are stipulations with the Ministry exemption. I am required to have an ICBC safety inspection every 6 months, have signage on my vehicle, not carry more than three passengers, and I can’t specifically charge for driving people (like a taxi). I include transportation in a package or offering which is ultimately to photograph beautiful Vancouver Island. As a bonus, I offer pickup and drop off service from Victoria International Airport and BC Ferries Swartz Bay Terminal.
I also offer what I call a full-service experience. I offer half and full day, as well as, multi day Adventures. The multi day adventures can be combined with camping or motels. My Acura SUV is outfitted with a fridge, portable stove, lithium battery pack (for charging batteries and running the fridge when not driving). I also carry a first aid kit (First Aid Certified), tool box and lots of cutlery, plates, jackets, etc. It sure is handy to have a cold bottle of water on those hot summer days! Below are examples of beautiful locations on Vancouver Island that I offer on my Adventure Tours.
(can be combined with Mystic Beach or Sombrio Beach)
(can be combined with Sandcut Beach or Sombrio Beach)
(can be combined with other locations in the Port Renfrew area)
(can be combined with Avatar Grove & Eden Grove)
(can be combine with other locations in the area)
Now I am outfitted for 2022 what comes next? Will the Adventure Tour bookings and numbers return to a pre pandemic state as we venture further into a post pandemic era? So far, I have had two inquires for the spring so that is a good start. For Adventure Tour information, pricing, and options, please visit https://davehutchison.ca/adventure-tours/ Dave Hutchison is an award-winning landscape & wildlife photographer based near Victoria on southern Vancouver Island. Dave has been a PPOC member since 2013 and won Best in Class in “Fine Art” at the 2020 PPOC National Image Salon. Dave has three PPOC accreditations – nature, pictorial/floral, & wildlife. Dave is also an International Brand Ambassador for Singh-Ray Filters based in Florida (discount coupon code dhi15 for 15% off at checkout at https://singh-ray.com ). Further discounts and deal are at https://davehutchison.ca/affiliates/ Dave leads multi day workshops for landscapes & wildlife photography on the BC coast & The Great Bear Rainforest https://davehutchison.ca/grizzlies-great-bear-rainforest/. Dave also offers webinars & private Zoom sessions around the globe on Long Exposure Photography – “The Art of Seeing What You Can’t See”.