Level Up Photography Tour: 3

Tour Description



Price per Adult

Start Building


  • Learn from Jason Symington’s 25+ years teaching photography
  • Round Trip Transportation
  • Backstage access to Discovery Wildlife Park and get up close with animals
  • Access to Writing-On-Stone, with exclusive tour of hoodoos and petroglyphs
  • Sunset photos at Indian Battle Park, Lethbridge
  • VIP access to Birds of Prey Centre, with flight presentations
  • Beekeeper experience with Chinook Honey Company
  • Entry to the Lacombe Blacksmith Museum with demonstrations
  • One night accommodation
  • Guided Private Tour
  • Subjects to photograph
  • Permitting and photo releases
  • Presentations and discussions
  • Park fees, hotel tax and GST

Top Sites

  • Discovery Wildlife Park
  • Writing-On-Stone Provincial Park
  • Lethbridge
  • Birds of Prey Centre
  • Chinook Honey Company
  • Lacombe Blacksmith Museum


  • Sandman Signature Lethbridge

Postcard Views

Suggested Itinerary

Good morning! We start early today as we meet at the north side of the Edmonton Inn and Conference Centre to load the motor coach. Be early to sign in, load your gear and take your seat.

6:40 AM – Meet at the north side of the Edmonton Inn and Conference Centre 11834 Kingsway NW

7:00 AM – Coach departs

8:00 AM – Discussion about photographic controls and process’

9:15 AM – Meet with the Discovery Wildlife team to begin the exclusive backstage guide tour. You will get up close with various animals like wolves and bears to learn about their individual stories, instincts and how they interact with the staff. This time will be used to create images and develop visual storytelling techniques.

11:00 AM – Lunch stop (not provided, students are encouraged to bring snacks on the bus).

12:00 PM – Photography discussion.

3:45 PM – Private guided access to the petroglyphs and hoodoos at Writing-On-Stone Provincial Park.

5:45 PM – Coach departs for Lethbridge.

7:15 PM – Arrive at the Sandman Signature Lethbridge. Check in, grab a bite, relax in the pool or take sunset photos at the next door Indian Battle Park,

*Time and activities subject to change.

Wear layers of clothing so you can remove or add them as required by our Alberta weather.

Wear good comfortable shoes (hiking shoes/boots are recommended, no flip flops).

Bring all of your photography gear, lenses, filters, extra batteries and storage cards, and tripod. The coach will be locked and items can be left at owner’s risk.

(additional charge)

Upgrade your accommodations at the Sandman Signature Lethbridge to include a larger executive suite with added amenities including sitting area.

Good morning! We have another early start today, so grab your breakfast, check out of your room and load the motor coach.

6:45 AM – Coach available for loading.

7:00 AM – Coach departs

7:30 AM – Arrive at the Birds of Prey Centre before they open for VIP access to their residents. You’ll have the opportunity to photograph various birds from a far and up close as well as a flight presentation.

10:00 AM – Photography discussion.

11:30 AM – Lunch stop (not provided, students are encouraged to bring snacks on the bus).

12:15 PM – Meet with the team at the Chinook Honey Company. Guests will get a private tour and then gear up in beekeeper attire to get up close with the buzzing bees.

2:00 PM – Photography discussion.

3:45 PM – Meet the blacksmith team at the Lacombe Blacksmith Museum. View one of the oldest blacksmith shops in all of Canada and receive a demonstration of the ancient art.

4:45 PM – Dinner stop (not provided).

5:15 PM – Coach departs for Edmonton.

7:00 PM – Arrive at the north side of the Edmonton Inn and Conference Centre 11834 Kingsway NW. Tour concludes.

*Time and activities subject to change.

As we will be outside, it’s best to have a hat to give you some shade from the sunshine.

Use your smartphone to take notes (recording of the presentations will not be permitted).

(additional charge)

Jason Symington is an artist, photographer, filmmaker, and Professor based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He received his BFA in Photography with a minor in Art History from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD) and his MFA in Photography from the University of Saskatchewan (USASK). Symington’s work is rooted in the zeitgeist, sharing and transmitting knowledge, facilitated through careful and close listening, open dialogue and focused observation, he offers unique insights and connections.
Be prepared to become a better photographer

(additional charge)

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Price Details

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy (assuming 2 adults in the room)

The inclusions are listed above.

Our prices include hotel taxes and GST!

What else you Might need

Below is a list of common things you might need to purchase for your tour at an extra cost. (not included)

  • Camera gear
  • Meals & Gratuity
  • Equipment insurance

Cancellation Terms

We understand that plans can change. With our cancellation policy, you can cancel your tour 7 days prior to the travel day for a full refund.

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Something Not Perfect?

That’s ok. We can customize any part of this tour so that it suits you perfectly.


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