Spirit of Superior Photo Adventure

• Dates: July 29-Aug 3, 2018
• Cost: $1546 CAN
• 6 days
• Limit: 10 participants

This workshop is organized by Rock Island Lodge.


Lake Superior shoreline

Part workshop, part adventure. This 5-day adventure is for photographers of all skill levels who want the experience of a canoe adventure, but also want to become better photographers.

Traveling in our 36-foot canoe, we retrace the historic trade route of the French Canadian voyageurs. We begin our journey at Sinclair Cove and paddle northward to Michipicoten. We’ll witness some of the most rugged coastline along the Superior coast; sacred pictograph sites including Agawa Rock; camp on pristine sand beaches and make tobacco offerings along the way just as the First Nations would have done.

What am I going to learn?

If you’re a beginner, don’t worry, we’ll cover the basics of camera control such as f-stops, shutter speed and ISO – and how different combinations of these create different results. Over the course of the weekend we’ll discuss composition, the rules to know, and the rules to break for creating engaging and powerful images. You’ll experience first-hand the creative process of a professional photographer, from image conception to the final digital result.

Photo critique is a big part of the process. We’ll have an ipad on hand to review and critique your images. This gives you an opportunity for immediate feedback which is critical in the learning process. We’ll also show you how to post processing your images. In digital photography image capture is only the beginning, the real fun is creating your images in post production.

By the end of the workshop you’ll have a solid foundation of photography and an understanding of what all those little knobs and dials do on your camera. You’ll know how to scout a location, pick the best spot, compose your photo, and get that amazing result. You’ll be a superstar at post-processing your images and impress your friends with your photos.

Full Itinerary

This workshop is run in partnership with:

A detailed itinerary along with a detailed list of equipment (photography and personal camping gear) will be sent to all workshop participants.


For those participants who are flying into Sault Ste. Marie Airport, there will be a van shuttle picking you up at 3pm and driving you to the Agawa Bay campground. We’ll have a trip orientation meeting there and a group dinner to get acquainted. After dinner we’ll venture out and do some shooting.


After breakfast, we prepare for a short shuttle to Sinclair Cove where we’ll begin our adventure. On the way we’ll stop to look at the Agawa Rock pictographs, including Mishipishu (the great water lynx). From there we load our supplies into our Voyageur canoe and start our adventure proper.

DAY 3 – DAY 6

For the next 4 days, we settle into a familiar daily routine of breaking camp, loading up our canoe, and paddling onward to our next campsite – just as the French Canadian voyageurs would have done, 150 years ago.

But unlike the voyageurs, we’re in no rush. There’s plenty of time to explore and to take pictures both during the day and once at camp. We’ll take our time exploring the rugged coastline, sheltered coves and sandy beaches along the way.

The weather in the summer is usually stable but if it does blow in, we’ll spend our time on shore shooting the crashing waves.

The last day of our journey we paddle to the mouth of the Michipicoten River, home of Naturally Superior. For those flying home from Sault Ste. Marie, a van will take you back to your hotel in the SOO.



  • All group camping gear
  • Trip guide and wilderness chef
  • Shuttles and park camping fees
  • Canoes / paddles / life jackets
  • Camping equipment: tent, air mattress
  • Delicious home cooked meals: Day 1 welcome dinner to the last day lunch
  • Professional photography instruction
  • Image reviews and critiques
  • Inspiration, fun, and a great outdoor experience
  • Camera equipment
  • Personal clothing/gear
  • Sleeping bag (rental available)
  • Pick-up / drop-off Sault Ste. Marie (+ $90 CAD)


  • "The best workshop I ever attended! Very well organized, very informative, lots of personal attention. Days filled with shooting, starting with sunrise and ending with sunset shoots, followed by the night photography of the stars. At the break times, presentation processing images, as well as getting feedback on the images taken that day. Thank you very much for great time. And looking forward to more workshops with you!"
  • "The workshop exceeded all my expectations. Ariel is a very patient and honest instructor and helped me understand the functions of my camera, which boosted my confidence. Through the workshop, we developed a good friendship within the group. I would highly recommend this workshop to anyone who wants to experience photography and travel."
    Iris L.
  • "Overall my experience was excellent. The instructors were knowledgeable and helpful. The people I met were very friendly and great to be around. Thank you so much for everything. I intent to do another workshop again. It was a fantastic learning experience."
    Susan M.