Join us for an unforgettable, partial overnight experience as we venture to Algonquin Park to indulge in nature and landscape photography! At night, we’ll explore night sky photography and settle down by the campfire! Guided by our senior instructor, Jake Borchenko, and a professional wilderness adventure guide, we’ll explore the wonders of nature and landscape photography in a meaningful and memorable way.
No Camping Experience Required
Mandatory Swimming Ability Required
5 Days of Nature & Landscape Photography Lessons
Sleeping Bags & All Required Camping Gear
All Meals & Snacks in Algonquin Park
Transportation | Departure & Return | To and From 25 Toronto St.
Jake Borchenko, is one of our senior camp instructors, for Teen Camp 1. His portfolio showcases his passion for travel, documentary, and street photography, as he has travelled around the world, shooting documentaries in India, China and Nepal. Jake is a Broadcasting and Film graduate of Centennial College and has led youth trips across Ontario as a mentor with Skatelife Canada. Jake is passionate about experiential education and is currently studying at University of Toronto, pursuing a degree in psychology and sociology. His positive energy and zest for life has encouraged hundreds of our students, to reach new heights!
Algonquin Provincial Park
Whitefish Lake Campground
5-Star Reviews & Quality Instructors
Our instructors are excellent teachers, award winning photographers and have their work published! We consistently get 5 star reviews and listed as one of Toronto’s Top 10 Photography Schools by BlogTO.
We’ve teamed up with professional wilderness guides to ensure the safety of our participants. The guides are trained in Wilderness First Aid & Bronze Cross. In addition, all of our programs continue to uphold the highest standards of the Ontario Camps Association.
We know learning doesn’t only apply in the classroom! To really make it ‘click’, we focus on experiential learning by getting campers to shoot outdoors and put the principles they learned into practice.
Mandatory First Day
We’ll review tips for shooting nature and landscape photography, go over your equipment and review what to expect!
Depart from our studio at 25 Toronto Street first thing in the morning! When we arrive, we’ll set up in our campsite, and then we’ll grab our cameras and hit the trails to explore some of Algonquin’s most beautiful sites! In the afternoon, we’ll settle down by the campfire and explore night-sky photography!
Enjoy a full day exploring beautiful landscapes in the park! Explore evening photography as the sun sets and master those night-sky techniques. Enjoy your last night cooking and hanging out by the campfire!
Enjoy your morning with some fun outdoor activities before departing for Toronto. Drop-off at our studio (25 Toronto Street) mid-afternoon.
Meet at 25 Toronto Street for 9am to review your images! Student work will be showcased at our end of week exhibit!
There are only 2 sessions with limited number of spots for this program and registration will be on a first come first serve basis.
To ensure the safety of all the participants, we maintain a high instructor to participant ratio. Based on our experience, we have found that students are able to grasp the concepts better in small groups. This allows them to ask questions as we go and get the personal attention they need.
Program will require a minimum of 8 participants to run.
How do you address safety?
We take safety very seriously at GTA Photography. You can be sure that your child is in good hands. Here are just some of the measures we have taken to ensure the safety of your child:
Professional Guides: We’ve teamed up with professional wilderness guides to ensure the safety of our participants. The guides are trained in Wilderness First Aid & Bronze Cross. In addition, all of our programs continue to uphold the highest standards of the Ontario Camps Association.
Water Activities: All participants are required to know how to swim in order to attend this trip. Supervisors are guaranteed to be certified in Bronze Cross and/or NLS.
Staff Qualified in First Aid / CPR: All of our instructors and counsellors are trained in First Aid and CPR and are able to treat minor injuries on site. Parents will be immediately notified in case of injury or illness.
High Instructor to Participant Ratio: Our Teen Programs have a ratio of 2 staff to 16 participants.
Background Checks: It is our policy that we conduct background and criminal checks on all staff members.
Risk Management Training: All of our instructors and counsellors undergo thorough training in risk management and emergency procedures. All of our instructors and counsellors have cell phones and can be reached at any time.
How old does my child have to be to attend?
Adventure programs are designed and appropriate for students ages 14 – 17.
If you have any questions regarding the age group, please feel free to contact us.
We will be staying at Whitefish Lake Campgrounds; All sleeping bags and camping gear will be provided. No camping experience is required.
Bus transportation provided by a third party bus provider will pick us up and drop us off on-site at 25 Toronto Street.
Outhouses and running water are available within walking distance to our sleeping accommodations, but there are no showers. It is expected that everyone is going to get dirty and that’s okay!
Phone Use On Trip
There is limited reception in the park. If you want to bring your phone, we recommend bringing a plastic ziplock to keep it dry at all times! We will not be responsible for broken, lost or damaged phones. Communication between our overnight program and camp director will be ongoing while our participants are away. Parents are welcome to speak directly with our camp director while participants are away on trip if they have any questions!
What To Bring?
Pack light! Everything you pack will have to be carried on your back.
-Lunch for Tuesday bus ride (all other meals and snacks provided)
-Camera, charger, 2 camera batteries and SD cards
-Medications (if required)
-Basic Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste)
-Sunscreen, hats and sunglasses
-Active daytime outfit
-Comfortable evening outfit (sweater, sweatpants, extra socks)
How early should we register?
Registration is open until one month before each session begins. Please note that in prior years most of our camps have sold out months in advance. In order to guarantee enrolment, we recommend registering as soon as you know your schedule and at least a month in advance. Avoid the rush – register early and secure a spot!
What are your registration policies?
During registering a $500 deposit is required to secure a spot.
Within 30 days of the original booking full balance is due to reserve the spot.
After June 1, 2019 full payment is due to reserve the booking.
Cancellation by Participants:
Cancellations for adventure programs are non-refundable.
Cancellation by GTAPC:
GTA Photography Classes reserves the right to cancel the session if there is inadequate enrolment. In the event that a program must be cancelled, you will be notified by email with adequate notice (please be sure to register using the email address where you can best be reached). You may then either reschedule for another session or receive reimbursement of fees.
If you are allergic to something, or have an intolerance, please let us know in advance! You can do this when you fill out your registration form so we can do our best to accommodate you!
Meals | While In Algonquin
Tuesday: Lunch and Dinner will be provided. Evening snacks provided. Wednesday: All meals provided. All snacks provided. Thursday: Breakfast and lunch provided. Snacks provided. The food is delicious and will be prepared for our participants. Meals will be primarily vegetarian based with meat add-ons to meet a variety of diets!
Can I bring my own food / snacks?
You are more than welcome to bring your own snacks, but there will be more than enough food to eat! Please bring extra food within reason, as all food will have to be properly stored away from our sleeping accommodations.
We will do our best to prepare for rainy days! Please bring waterresistantbags and clothing to keep our equipment and us dry! Supplementary activities will be planned in the event that it rains.
Do you accept international students?
Yes! A tourist visa is all that is required to attend our camp. Student visa’s are not required for summer camps.
Our programs are taught in English and do require a good understanding of the language in order to participate and follow the program. Students should be able to converse at an Intermediate to Advanced level in order to participate in our summer camp programs. If you have any questions about this requirement, please contact us for more information.
Do you offer financial aid or scholarships?
Yes! We believe that every child should have access to camp and financial limitations should not be a factor when making the decision to go to camp. Every summer, we have a select number of spots that are open to students in need.
Deadline to apply for financial aid is Monday, March 19, 2019. Campers will be notified if they were granted a spot by end of April. Please fill out the application below and email it back to us (firstname.lastname@example.org) by the deadline.
Upon booking a $500 deposit is due to reserve the spot. After 30 days full payment is due. if there are issues with this please contact email@example.com. This program will be offered to participants on a first come, first serve basis. If you would like to opportunity to join Jake and other fellow teens up north for a 3 day adventure program, please fill out this form below as soon as possible.
Space Is Limited | Secure Your Spot Before The Rush | Program is limited to 15 participants Register by filling out the form below. $500 payment is required upon booking. Within 30 days full payment is due.
After June 1, 2019 full payment is required to reserve booking.