Canadian Safaris for the Adventurous Photo-Hunter

By Rémi Tremblay   Creativa Village / Kanata Photo Safari

Canada is a hunting country. Individuals from around the world travel to this vast northern wilderness to experience the excitement of hunting. But, more and more people, including me, are uncomfortable with a sport that kills innocent wildlife, especially for the joy of trophy-making.

Nevertheless, despite this growing discomfort, we are all hunters deep within our genetic makeup. For hundreds of thousands of years, the human specie hunted for survival needs and spiritual aspirations. Eating its catch was not only to feed its body, but also to feel the primordial excitement of the wild, connect with life’s spirit and celebrate nature's gifts.

Amazingly, photographing wildlife also reactivates this ancestral genetic urge deep within us even if we do not kill for food. Photo-hunting plunges us into a visceral exhilaration found nowhere else in our technological civilization.

Even as a nature lover, I do recognize that there is a primal thrill in tracking wild animals. Our senses heighten to astonishing levels. We hear every sound, smell every scent, and see every movement. Our body embraces the natural world at an intensity rarely experienced by most modern humans. A meaningful resonance is produced deeply within our psyche, making us feel at home in the wild.

Hence, hunting is not just about killing for food. It is also about our embedded ancestral instinct, reawakening to life in all its wild and mysterious manifestations.

There is wisdom in hunting. Hunters have to intimately know the animals, their behaviour and habitat. They also have to know how to stay still, move silently and track footprints. Without that knowledge and discipline, traditional hunters and their dependants would die of hunger, especially during the harsh winter months. This crucial wisdom is passed on from generations to generations among aboriginal people. It is an ancient technology sacredly guarded by elders and eagerly taught to youngsters.

Photographing wildlife requires the same skill, knowledge and discipline as hunting. Even without the aim to kill, photo-hunting immerses us back into our ancient genetic makeup, regaining our deep connection with nature.

There is also an artistic dimension to photo-hunting. Not only will you capture wild creatures on film or digital memory, you will also want to create that perfect exotic shot with the right backdrop and light composition, thus unleashing your creative imagination.

Tracking and photographing wildlife is only the first step. Creating a memorable image is an extra challenge that hunters do not have to contend with. But this inner drive to create further increases the excitement of the hunt. As a result, photo-hunting ingeniously brings together our hunting and creative instincts, further amplifying our sense of aliveness. And the photographic benefit lasts for ever, especially when shared with friends, families and, for some, the public.

KANATA Photo Safaris, offered by Creativa Village, are photo-hunts of Canadian wildlife, guided by former hunters and now lovers of photography. You will be safely guided into the wilderness, tracking and shooting wildlife with your harmless camera. But like any authentic hunting expedition, there is no guarantee in seeing an animal everyday, adding to the thrill of the hunt. It is the unexpected, the surprise of encountering a wild creature suddenly appearing in front of you, that truly inspires awe.

Unfortunately, most African safaris have lost this primordial hunting spirit. Photo-hunters are sitting comfortably in Landrovers, traveling among animals that are protected in government reserves. The excitement of tracking and hunting wild game has disappeared. The element of surprise is gone. The intense awareness of the surroundings, including the tinniest of sounds, smells and movements, is not awakened, depriving photo-hunters of profoundly connecting with the natural world.

Luckily in Canada, we still have vast spaces of wilderness, allowing us to truly taste the ancestral hunting instinct deeply entrenched in us. Consequently, Kanata Photo Safari's mission is to offer this primordial awakening to all interested by creatively photo-hunting wildlife in Canada.

But you don't need to be a professional photographer to photo-hunt. All skill-levels can experience the excitement of the hunt and capture exotic shots. All that is required is a functional camera with a good zooming ability and, of course, adequate outdoor gear. Equipment is available at the base camp for digital photo editing and group photo viewing.

To rest from your days spent in the wilderness of the Precambrian Shield in central Ontario, the two-week photo safari is also intermitted by days of photo-hunting old artefacts along the historic Rideau Canal, a 202 km waterway hand-built from 1826 to 1831. You will visit ghost towns and remote villages, some dating back to the 17th century, ideal for shooting original and captivating photos. You will also witness haunting pictographs carved in stone by natives thousands of years ago, early expressions of the human creative instinct.

You will be staying in a luxurious base camp, a heritage country stone house (circa 1846) steps to the Rideau Canal and near the historic village of Merrickville. You will be enjoying exquisite service, accompanied by French-inspired meals to enchant your appetite.

Safari groups are limited to 8 people to ensure that you will receive the best possible service with undivided attention. And there are photo-hunts throughout the year so you can capture the distinctive beauty of each of the four Canadian seasons.

Since safety and security are a main concern, you will be photo-hunting with new and well maintained equipment, operated by professional and bilingual guides (French and English), who are well trained in CPR, First Aid and wilderness safety.

So bring your camera with you to Ontario, Canada and reactivate your life-intensifying ancestral instincts.

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