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Nature Photography Blog Journal Index

Puffins Galore Deluxe Edition!

A Dream Photo safari: Live on a small island in a newly restored lighthouse just feet away from Atlantic Puffins and Razorbills.


July 29 to August 1, 2019 (4 Days/3 Nights)


August 1 - 4, 2019 (4 Days/3 Nights)


August 4 - 7, 2019 (4 Days/3 Nights)


August 7-10, 2019 (4 Days/3 Nights)



July 29 to August 1, 2020 (4 Days/3 Nights)


I have been in search of the ultimate destination for an Atlantic Puffin workshop / safari for a very long time.  The mandate was simple; find a location that is within reach, safe and easy to get to without a dangerous boat landing on slippery rocks and a place where we can get close to these comical little seabirds without hauling our gear up, and over, huge distances or having to hang over towering cliffs; a place where anyone can comfortably reach, regardless of age or physical ability; a place with reliable , safe and easy boat landings. I have photographed Atlantic Puffins in Iceland, England, Scotland, Wales, Maine, Newfoundland, New Brunswick and Quebec; All of these "known" places have their drawbacks., and I simply can't imagine subjecting my clients to the abuse.  Mission accomplished; I have found Puffin Paradise. This is the very best place in the world to photograph Atlantic Puffins and Razorbills fishing, with fish in their bills, in flight and in golden light.

Beyond the 50th parallel, along the North Shore of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, lies a remarkably beautiful scattering of some thirty limestone islands and more than 1000 granitic islets and reefs. The territory, the "Mingan Archipelago", became Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve of Canada 1984. 
This necklace of land carved out of the limestone bedrock is the site of spectacular natural monuments which bear witness to the never-ending wear of the sea and of the centuries. And there is an abundance of life in this strange half-world: plants of variegated hues and shapes, seabirds gathered in colonies, seals, dolphins and whales, swarming the blue vastness in which the islands bathe.

Many of my favorite images of Puffins and Razorbills were made with only my Sony a9 and Sony 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 G Master lens! The Puffins and Razorbills and plentiful and they fly within inches of us. There will be many opportunities to photograph the Puffins and Razobills returning to their burrows with fish in their mouths!

Join me, Canadian Wildlife Photographer Christopher Dodds, for a  dream Puffin photography workshop / safari. This trip will be limited to six participants and will surely be the trip of a lifetime for anyone seeking to get close and personal (safely) to Atlantic Puffins and Razorbills. We will be the only inhabitants of the island; we will be sleeping within 50 feet of the nesting Puffins and Razorbills! Gourmet meals included! Dawn to dusk Puffin photography.

Price is $3,995.00 (plus sales tax) including three nights single occupancy accommodation in newly restored lighthouse keepers home on isolated island, all Gourmet meals, Boat transportation to and from the island, park access fees and expert instruction from Canadian Nature Photographer Christopher Dodds. Other subjects might include Razorbill, Black Guillemot, Great Cormorants, Savannah Sparrow (there are many) Common Eider, Grey Seals and whales. Items of a personal nature, alcoholic beverages, transportation to Longue-Pointe-de-Mingan, Quebec, and souvenirs are not included.



Getting there:

Starting point is in the town of Longue-Pointe-de-Mingan.

Sept-iles Airport or YZV (serviced by Air Canada) is 152km or 94.5 miles

Quebec City Jean Lesage Airport or TQB (Serviced by most carriers) is 831km or 516 miles

Montreal Pierre Elliott Trudeau Airport or YUL (Serviced by most carriers) is 1,086km or 675 miles


Please feel free to email me or call me (514)945-6195 if you have any questions or concerns.

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