Aurora Borealis - Taku Kumabe

Aurora Borealis Photography Workshop

New for 2019 is Taku Kumabe's Aurora Borealis photography workshop at one of the most beautiful backdrops near Yellowknife, Northwest Territories: Blachford Lake Lodge.

Taku believes everyone should see the beauty of the Northern Lights with their own eyes at least once in their lifetime. To facilitate this, Taku has created an exciting workshop dedicated to photographing this special phenomenon.

With flat lands, no sea-water, and a dry climate, Yellowknife—sitting directly under the aurora oval—is scientifically considered to be one of the best places in the world to see the Aurora Borealis.

Northwest Territories—with its arctic landscape—is also a stunningly beautiful backdrop to photograph nature, waterfalls, and more.

If you have the opportunity, Taku highly recommends extending your stay to experience Yellowknife and its beautiful surroundings.Please feel free to consult with Taku for suggestions on a pre-/post-Blachford itinerary.

Blachford Lake Lodge is approx. 100km away from Yellowknife, sitting on a rocky shore along Blachford Lake. It is so remote it can only be accessed by a 25min. float plane ride from Yellowknife, and is the perfect eco-friendly lodge to act as a backdrop to the Northern Lights.

It is no wonder why the royal couple (Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge) spent some time at the lodge during their 2011 Canadian tour.

Visit their website for more information:

Workshop Details


August 25 - 28, 2019


CAD $1888.00 plus GST

(based on double occupancy)

Skill Level


*Itinerary at Blachford Lake Lodge subject to change. Photography editing requires laptops that are not provided.

Each day will include time for leisure activities. Hosted by the lodge, these can include hiking (2km, 4km, or 4km loop trails), a 2 hour guided boat tour, canoeing, kayaking, fishing (fishing license required), sauna, swimming, using the hot tub, or just relaxing in the lodge or cabin.

August 25

Arrive at the float plane base in Yellowknife for 9am.

Your float plane ride to Blachford Lake Lodge will leave at 10am sharp.

Upon arrival, a short lodge orientation will be led by staff.

Settle down in our cabins, and meet at the lodge for introductions, photography slideshow, and questions.


Afternoon photography lesson led by Taku.



Sunset photography session

Aurora photography session

August 26

Sunrise photography session (optional)


Photography session: viewing, critiquing, and editing.




Sunset photography session

Aurora photography session

August 27

Sunrise photography session (optional)


Photography session: viewing, editing, critiquing our photos.




Sunset photography session

Aurora photography session

August 28

Sunrise photography session (optional)


Pack up our bags.

Leave Blachford Lake Lodge; arrive in Yellowknife at approx. 11:45am.

What's Included

Float plane ride to/from Blachford Lake Lodge

All meals at Blachford Lake Lodge

Hiking, canoe, kayak, boat tour

Photography guide by Taku Kumabe throughout entire trip at Blachford Lake Lodge

What's Not Included

Transportation to Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada

Ground transportation to/from the float plane base in Yellowknife

Items of a personal nature

Travel insurance

Alcohol at the lodge (can be purchased at the fully licensed bar)

Additional tour fees at the lodge, if applicable

Workshop Cost

CAN $1888.00 plus applicable taxes and Eventbrite charges

Cost Structure

CAN $500 non-refundable deposit upon booking, before June 1, 2019

CAN $1388 balance before July 1, 2019, or

CAN $1888.00 up front before July 1, 2019.

Refund and Cancellation Policy

** Please note to adhere to lodge policies, single registrants after July 1, 2019 will be charged the single supplement fee of CAD$425. Please email me for additional information regarding this.**

Spots are non-refundable upon booking, but can be transferred to another individual. Participants are responsible for finding their own suitable replacement. Taku Kumabe reserves the right to cancel the workshop at any time for any reasons (ie. minimum number of participants not met, global or extreme weather conditions severely impacting itinerary, etc.). In the event of cancellation by Taku, all workshop fees will be refunded, including the deposit. Flights and trip cancellation fees will not be refunded, nor any additional costs the participant has already incurred for the trip.


Trip cancellation and medical/illness/emergency medical insurance is highly recommended. By participating in this workshop, you acknowledge this and release Taku Kumabe and any associates of all liability and responsibility from injury, illness, death, and anything else that may arise from this trip.

Travel Visa

It is the participant’s responsibility to ensure they have the proper and valid travel visa (if applicable) for the duration of the workshop.

Additional Notes

Each participant will be required to sign waiver forms from Taku Kumabe and Blachford Lake Lodge prior to their departure to Yellowknife. If the participant does not/cannot partake in any activities throughout the workshop for any reason, no refunds of any kind will be provided.

Seeing the Aurora Borealis is never guaranteed. The visibility of the Northern Lights depends on several factors including any solar flares, strength of the storm, and local weather and cloud conditions. There is a high percentage of chance that you will see the Aurora Borealis at least one night during a three night stay. However, there is always a possibility that the Northern Lights will not be visible for the duration of the workshop. While unfortunate, please note there will not be any refunds of any kind should this occur.