Imagine yourself here, June 9-11, 2017, in beautiful Niagara-on-the-Lake.
We all need to get away at times – to a new place, with like-minded people – to be inspired and rejuvenated. September is one of the best months to visit the Niagara region – the weather is just about perfect, the flowers are still blooming, and the entire month is devoted to the celebration of grapes and wine.
During this weekend, 10 of us will gather for photography, walks, and talks.
Niagara-on-the-Lake is located on Lake Ontario, near Niagara Falls and Buffalo, New York. This tiny tourist town draws thousands every year to the world-renowned Shaw Festival Theatre and is known for its quaint shopping area and historic homes. You can tour historic Fort George, a battleground for the War of 1812, or visit nearby Niagara Falls, one of the wonders of the world.
The town is small and walkable. We’ll photograph the historic neighbourhoods, vineyards, and the lakefront. We’ll share food, wine, and conversation. We’ll talk about why we photograph and how to become clear on what we’re photographing.
I’d love to meet you and talk photography.
A Friday evening gathering and talk on photography at my home, beginning at 7 p.m. (or whenever you get here). Wine and appetizers will be served. Weather permitting, we’ll walk to the lake for sunset.
Morning visit to the downtown shopping area on Queen Street and surrounding historic neighbourhoods.
An outdoor picnic lunch and photography in the vineyards.
A contemplative photo walk through the Commons park.
Dinner and conversation overlooking Lake Ontario. Note: This is optional. I will book a reservation at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Golf Club for those who want to do this, but the cost is not included in the weekend price.
Saturday evening is on your own. I recommend going to a Shaw Festival play.
Morning photo walk followed by a gathering and sharing of photos at my home. We’ll finish by noon.
Photography and Food: $250 per person. This includes wine and appetizers on Friday evening and a picnic lunch (including wine or other beverages) on Saturday. Register and pay below.
This cost does not include travel to Niagara-on-the-Lake or accommodations, breakfasts (included in most accommodations), or dinner on Saturday. Extra costs are outlined below.
Location and Accommodations
Niagara-on-the-Lake is a 45 minute drive from Buffalo, New York and about an hour and a half drive from Toronto. Visit this page to learn more and to search for accommodations (being Wine Festival time, it’s best to book early).
Accommodations are separate and need to be booked by you. As this is high season, it’s essential that you book early. There are plenty of wonderful B&B’s and Inns in Niagara-on-the-Lake but they fill up quickly.
DownHome Bed and Breakfast (on my street) – $200 – $220 CDN per night
Le Papillon Bed and Breakfast (two blocks from me) – $169 CDN per night
Or search through Niagara-on-the-Lake Bed and Breakfasts. It’s a small town so most everything is walkable. Let me know if you have any questions about a place.
If you’d like the full inn/spa experience, check out Vintage Inns. The Pillar & Post is the closest to me.
The Shaw Festival Theatre draws thousands to Niagara-on-the-Lake every year between April and November. See the schedule here.
Note: If you’re coming by yourself and are interested in attending a play, let me know and I will see if I can purchase tickets for a group.
Theatre tickets, Fort George admission, or any other excursions you do on your own.
You do not need a car for the workshop. Most places we’ll go are walkable if you’re staying in town. We will have transportation provided for the Saturday lunch.
Please contact me below if you have any questions.