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We’re  next to  the most picturesque part of the Rockies!

With a multitude of outstanding nature photography opportunities, we offer full-day and half-day excursions as well as photo editing classes, giving you a chance to combine a spectacular vacation with a wonderful, creative learning experience.

From inception to completion, you will be guided by renowned local photographer Dale Fletcher. Our casual format provides a blend of hands-on instruction and skills mastered over many years. Whether you are a beginner, an enthusiast or a professional, we invite you to join us on a photographic adventure of a lifetime.

Prices start at only $219 per room (based on double occupancy for midweek excursions with four or more people booked).

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Explore the following breathtaking settings:

Perry Creek is a 40-minute, easy-to-moderate hike to the falls. It’s worth it, though, as eagles are often spotted. A good trail for the most part, but loose rocks and water can make it slippery. We suggest bringing: shoes with a good grip, drinking water and a snack. Drive time to and from the Resort is 40 minutes total.

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Marysville Falls is an easy, ten-minute walk from the highway along the Mark Creek Nature Trail. The falls are 45 feet high and absolutely breathtaking!

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St. Mary’s Lake is a scenic, recreational lake west of Kimberley. It’s an easy hike and covers 295 hectares of land. This area is especially excellent for bird watching.

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Meachen Fallls is a breezy hike and has views of one of the most spectacular falls in the East Kootenays along with frequent eagle and deer sightings. The falls reach 85 feet through a narrow steep canyon, with the best viewing time being mid morning to early afternoon. We suggest bringing comfortable shoes, water and a snack.

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The Norbury Lake Tour is an easy walk around a 13-hectare lake. This is a very popular area for wildlife and offers fantastic views of the Steeples Mountain range.

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Bull River is a picturesque area that offers stunning mountain views. It’s also excellent for birdwatching enthusiasts, especially for those who like hummingbirds. Other types of wildlife you may see include big horn sheep, eagles, deer, elk and ospreys.

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It is a 20-25 minute hike to the top of the Hoodoos with a multitude of trails to explore and excellent views of the Columbia Valley.  The Hoodoos are 395 feet high and offers vistas in every direction, particularly for Columbia Lake and Dutch Creek.

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Eager Hill is a straightforward hike that offers an incredible panoramic view from the lookout of the Steeples, Mount Fisher and the Rockies.

Tour Information

Full Day Tours

We offer a choice of four full-day excursions. Please keep in mind that the length of each excursion will depend on how many people come on each trip as well as how long the group stays at each location.

Excursion #1 – Full Day
Marysville Falls
St. Mary’s Lake
Meachen Creek Falls
Perry Creek

Excursion #2 – Full Day
Marysville Falls
St. Mary’s Lake
Meachen Creek Falls
Creek at Fort Steele
Norbury Lake
Bull River
Trout Hatchery (minor stop)
Nesting birds
Eager Hill

Excursion #3 – Full Day
Perry Creek
Marysville Falls
St. Mary’s Lake
Meachen Creek Falls
Creek at Fort Steele
Norbury Lake
Bull River
Trout Hatchery (minor stop)
Nesting birds (minor stop)
Eager Hill

Excursion #4 – Full Day
The Hoodoos
Marysville Falls
St. Mary’s Lake
Meachen Creek Falls 

Half Day Tours

We offer a choice of four half-day excursions. Please keep in mind that the length of each excursion will depend on how many people come on each trip as well as how long the group stays at each location.

Excursion #1 – Half Day
Perry Creek

Excursion #2 – Half Day
Marysville Falls
St. Mary’s Lake
Meachen Creek Falls

Excursion #3 – Half Day
Creek at Fort Steele
Norbury Lake
Bull River
Trout hatchery (minor stop)
Nesting birds (minor stop)
Eager Hill

Excursion #4 – Half Day
The Hoodoos

Additional Information

Disclaimer: To ensure the best possible experience for your group, the required minimum group size of four persons must be met in order to complete your excursion booking. As well, certain dates or times for your photography excursion may already be booked by other groups. Although we will do our best to book your group for your most desired date, this may not be possible due to scheduling conflicts, and therefore we kindly ask that you be flexible with the times that would work for your group. Additionally, please note that all sites may not be accessible at your chosen day or time due to weather conditions or other unforeseen circumstances.

Waiver: All guests partaking in any activity or excursion organized through St. Eugene Golf Resort & Casino must sign a waiver prior to the start of the activity. Download the PDF version below.

What you should bring

Camera equipment for all hikes (could include):

  • DSLR or point-and-shoot camera (highly recommended over phones)
  • Extra batteries (make sure they are fully charged)
  • Extra memory cards
  • Tripod
  • ND filter (varying densities)
  • Circular polarizing filter
  • Cable release
  • Lens wipes
  • Macro lens
  • No drone aircraft allowed

Other considerations:

  • A good comfortable pair of shoes with a good grip
  • Water or energy drink
  • Snacks
  • Bug repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Bag (to carry your garbage back to the vehicle)
  • Rain gear

The Importance of Photo Editing

Take full control of your images by letting us show you how!

Most cameras released within the last four or five years are very intelligent and produce stunning images. Unfortunately, some of their adjustments are not suitable for certain situations. Images shot as jpegs, as an example, will often have lighting, sharpening and colour adjustments done automatically right in the camera.

If you want full control of your images, we can show you how to setup your camera to get the most out of them using software such as Lightroom and Photoshop.

Both products cannot be taught in a short amount of time, though. We can, however, show you some basic adjustments for both these programs that will greatly enhance your images. Also included in each editing class is the full Nik Collection software plugin package from Google.

Please note that all editing classes take place on the day after each photography excursion.

About Your Guide

Dale Fletcher has lived in the Cranbrook area for over 25 years. Being employed in the print industry for 28 years and being involved as a serious photographer for the last decade has positioned him perfectly for this adventure.

With photography shifting from film to digital at such a fast pace, the ability to fluidly manipulate images after they have been taken is rapidly evolving.

Photo editing has thus become an integral part of the entire process. Dale is knowledgeable in both Photoshop and Lightroom as well as several vital plugin software titles that work in tandem with these products.

Dale’s photography interests are mainly in landscape and fine art, although he also has experience in wedding and portrait projects.