As the indigenous proverb says: "We don’t inherit the planet from our parents; we borrow it from our children" Paul Zizka Photography is very concerned with the state of our dear Earth and vows to do anything possible to reduce the impact of its activities on the environment. This means adhering to Minimum Impact principles whenever possible and committing to sustainability by donating 1% of its annual revenues to environmental organizations. The main driving force behind the company is the belief that the path to treating our environment better lies through helping people reconnect with, understand, and truly love the planet again.
Here is a standard gear list for the typical workshops. This list is flexible to allow for different weather conditions. You may be surprised at some of the items you will see on there, but know that it can snow in August in Banff National Park. I do have extras of some the items so I may be able to help. Simply contact me to let me know what you are missing and I will be happy to help. I can also provide advice on gear you may need to purchase or rent.
Once you have reserved your space for a given workshop, you will be contacted regarding payment, which is typically done via PayPal, cash or cheques.
Paul Zizka Photography does not charge cancellation fees for the one-day workshops. However, please let me know as early as possible if for some reason you are unable to make it. The policy is different for multi-day tours - I suggest you contact me directly should you have any questions regarding that policy.
Please let me know about your condition at the time of reservation.
Overall, the Canadian Rockies are rather chilly but the summers are usually quite nice. The air is generally dry and the region gets less rain than many would expect. However, as in any mountain region, weather is unpredictable, which means that forecasts are notoriously unreliable and that it can snow at any time of year. In other words, be ready for anything. Click here to check the current weather conditions and forecast for the town of Banff, and here for info about the average temperatures and precipitation for the Banff area.
Traveling in the mountains involves risks. Always. No one can eliminate hazards entirely. By deciding to venture into the mountains, you are accepting that there are inherent risks. Upon booking, you will be sent a waiver that will be explained and signed the day of the workshop. Paul Zizka Photography reserves the right to refuse a client if it is deemed that for any reason the client could potentially compromise the safety of the group.
Unfortunately I cannot, but I can help you arrange yours. In the end, it is a lot more convenient for all if visitors have their own vehicle. Whenever convenient, we carpool as I join the guests in their vehicle. Since we are concerned with preserving the natural environments we have the chance to experience, please consider making your stay carbon-neutral and asking for a green vehicle when reserving your car. Please see the next question for more information on transportation.
Renting your own car (which you can do upon arrival at the Calgary airport) is definitely the best option if you plan on exploring the Rockies on foot, as trailheads are challenging to get to using public transportation. Please see "What are the best online resources I can use to plan my trip?" below for great starting points.
Here are a few pointers regarding entering the country. Please contact me if you need help planning. Most visitors fly in through the gateways of Vancouver, Edmonton or Calgary, from which it is possible to take a bus, shuttle or to drive your own car to reach the mountain parks. Here is a list of all the airlines that land at Calgary Airport. A great way to get a glimpse of spectacular Western Canada is to fly into Canada and fly out of Vancouver, or vice-versa. You will need a valid passport to enter Canada. Residents of some countries will also need a visa.
The mountain parks are expensive compared with most of Canada but remain a good deal for those coming from Europe or the US. Here are a few indicator prices. Click here for an exchange rate converter if needed.
Let's hope it gets good ones soon!