Majestic Lakes and Mountain Landscapes

Mount Assiniboine is a stunningly beautiful, exquisitely rustic setting that is accessible by foot or helicopter only. The scenic helicopter ride in is the perfect entry to our time at this exclusive location.

We’ll photograph majestic mountain peaks in the sweet light, the brilliant colors of the larch trees, and capture their reflections in the crystal clear lakes. We’ll shoot sunrise, sunset, and all day long. And after dinner, with clear skies, we’ll capture the beauty of Assiniboine in moonlight, and under the stars. We’ll be working with you on the art of seeing, better compositions, shooting panoramas, HDR, and even long exposures for silky-smooth water and dramatic skies.

When we come down from Mount Assiniboine, we’ll photograph the lakes, mountains, streams, and wildlife in the heart of Kananaskis country. Here we’ll have image reviews and critiques, furthering our composition and image-processing skills.

Everything’s all-inclusive: meals, transportation, double occupancy lodging (single available, excluding the Assiniboine Lodge), and photographic instruction and guiding from two pros.

We have a life-long love affair with the Rockies. In their book, “The Rockies,” Marc and David Muench put it best:

Enter into the wild and energetic landscape that is the Rocky Mountains, the most emphatic geology in North America. It is the center image of our continent—elevated to its full height. One is brought to a keen sense of the original and pristine earth, and nothing is as exhilarating as standing on or in front of its peaks at dawn or evening and witnessing the world’s slow, but persistent spinning in the universe.”

This exclusive workshop is not offered anywhere else, and it sells out year after year. Join us for the experience of a lifetime.


Canadian Rockies,
Alberta Canada




September 22–29, 2020

Fitness Level:

Some hikes of 3-4 km,
elevation gain, uneven ground 


1 Spot Left
Limited to 8 Guests

Absolutely fantastic! Assiniboine takes your breath away with its backcountry, remote, rugged beauty. The photography opportunities are incredible because of the amazing landscape. Photos at every turn! I think we’ve been changed forever. I was concerned about the level of hiking, but we did it. It is a physical trip. We loved Noel and Michael and hope to take workshops with them again. Their passion for photography, expertise, guidance, and teaching us not only how to take better photos but how to better process them was fantastic. And of course they knew exactly where to get the best photos. I learned so much this trip and had such an amazing time.
— Sally Cameron, Canadian Rockies '18
All the “above and beyond” effort that Muench puts into making sure every detail is covered and everyone feels special, as well as putting us in the right place at the right time for photography, makes every adventure worth every penny. You guys always put your heart and soul into these trips, and it shows–I can’t wait for more adventures!
— Chellie Hyre, Mongolia '19, Yellowstone '19, Botswana '18, Zimbabwe '18, Antarctica '17, San Juan River '17, Yukon '16, Svalbard '16, Muench Madness '15, Iceland '15, California Ranch '12

Itinerary and General Information

September 22, 2020: Fly into Calgary by midday. You will then take our shuttle service (90 minutes) from Calgary Airport to Canmore, arriving at Blackstone Lodge this afternoon. The workshop will commence with a group dinner and an orientation session.

September 23, 2020: After breakfast, we’ll make our way to the helicopter pad outside of Canmore. Our flight is scheduled to depart at approximately 12:30 PM, and 15 minutes later, we’ll arrive at Assiniboine Lodge. Take a moment to read the history of the lodge here.

September 24–26, 2020: Sunrise to sunset photography in the vicinity of Assiniboine Lodge. There will be plenty of opportunities for day hikes if you like. At night, with clear skies, we’ll shoot the moonlit Mt. Assiniboine and with lots of luck, the aurora borealis! We’ll also hold image review sessions as time allows, and we’ll teach some of our post-processing tips and techniques.

September 27, 2020: After breakfast, we’ll depart Assiniboine Lodge by helicopter, and make our way out to the day’s shooting location. We have numerous spots planned but we’ll keep the itinerary flexible so we can take local conditions into consideration. We will also make time for more image reviews, critiques, and post-processing. Overnight tonight at Kananaskis Lodge in the heart of Kananaskis Provincial Park. 

September 28, 2020: Sunrise through sunset shoots at location TBD based on local conditions.

September 29, 2020: After a morning shoot and breakfast, the workshop concludes and we will drive you to the Calgary airport. Flights home can be scheduled for anytime after 1:00 PM today. 

Note on Assiniboine Lodge: All lodging here is on a shared basis, with two to a cabin. All of the accommodations have shared shower and bathroom facilities that are nearby, but not within, the cabins.

What to Bring and How to Prepare for Your Workshop

Please see our How To Prepare For Your Workshop page now for guidelines on workshop prep, gear, and packing. Approximately 90 days before your workshop, you will be sent a PDF with more specific instructions.

What’s Included

  • Double occupancy lodging (possible singles available)

  • All meals and transportation during the workshop

  • Gratuities for lodge staff

  • Photographic guiding and instruction from two pros

  • Image reviews, critiques, post-processing instruction

  • Inspiration, fun, and a great time

Whats Not Included?

Transportation to and from Calgary, Alberta. Items of a personal nature. Alcoholic beverages. Mandatory Medical Evacuation InsuranceOptional Trip Cancellation Insurance. Anything not specifically mentioned as included.

Payment Terms

Your deposit of $3,000 will hold your space in this workshop. The balance of $4,495 will be due not later than June 1, 2020. All of our standard terms and conditions apply.

Additional Information

This workshop is a perennial sell-out. If you want to photograph and experience some of the most beautiful mountain scenery on the planet, click the "Sign Me Up!" button and we'll see you in Canada!