February 18, 2023 Sovereign LakeSnowshoes and Light painting

Image - February 18, 2023 Sovereign Lake

This page updated May 30, 2023

  • The Vernon Photography Club organizes field trips and outings throughout the year to enable members to visit and photograph interesting and unusual locations.
  • Our Outings Committee seeks out local and regional locations for our members to visit as a group.
  • Outings and field trips are a unique opportunity to experiment, share knowledge and learn in a fun and supportive group.
  • See our Outing Galleries for some of the images captured by members on previous outings.
  • Please note that club outings are for current, dues paid members in good standing only, except immediate family who are accompanying a member on an outing.
  • Outings may be to places that require extra fees paid by the members who attend.
    EG: - Park entrance fees, Entry fees to a business site or private area.


    Although Covid 'SEEMS' to have slowed it is still around and infecting people.
    We ask you to not attend any in person meetings or events if you suspect that you have Covid or Flu like symptoms.

This outings schedule is tentative and subject to short notices changes.

Please share 3 or 4 of your favourite images from each trip to our outings committee chair - Bob Johnson ([email protected]).
The committee chair will put together a slide show for display at a future meeting.
Please size your images as noted on the image submission page.

Our 2022 - 2023 Outings ran from August 24, 2022 to June 10, 2023.
Everyone had a great time at all of the outings held during the year.
The images submitted can be seen in the Outings galleries section 

2024 Outings
Outing Ideas
Do you have an idea for an outing next year?
Please let your Outing Committee know if you know of a venue/location that would be good to shoot.
 Either talk to Lois, Glennis or Bob or send us an email at [email protected]


June 10, 2023

One More Outing

There will be one more outing before we get together to celebrate another
great year for the Vernon Photography Club. This outing will be to the 1st Annual Komasket Pow Wow at the Okanagan Indian Band along Westside Road.
The Pow Wow should be colourful with lots of dancers and drummers.
Here are the details:
Date – Saturday, June 10, 2023
Time – The Pow Wow starts at 1 PM.
or those wishing to carpool, we will meet at the SE corner of the Village Green Mall, behind the Esso Gas Station, at 12:15 PM.
Location – At the Komasket Arbour on Komasket Road, off of Westside Road
turn onto Komasket Road at the OKIB Public Works Yard)
Cost – This is a free event.
More info on the OKIB website click here for the link.

June 22, 2023 Year End Gathering!

It is hard to believe that we are coming to the end of another fantastic year with the Vernon Photography Club.  As is the tradition, we will be holding a gathering on the last meeting date of June.
Come out and have some fun and socialize with your fellow Club members.  Spouses/partners are warmly welcomed to this event.  Here are the details:

Date – Thursday, June 22, 2023
Time – 6:30 PM 
Location – Polson Park – meet at the duck pond

Food – Bring your own packed dinner and beverages, we will be eating about 7:30 PM

Camera Gear – We will be having a photography challenge so be sure to bring your camera gear.  Additional details will be provided prior to the gathering.

May 2023 
MAY 2024

Trip to Palouse, Washington
Dates – April 30 to May 5, 2023 2024
Location – Colfax, Washington

We are extremely disappointed to announce that the trip to Palouse,
Washington has been postponed until the spring of 2024.
We have just discovered that access to Steptoe Butte State Park will be unavailable for several months this spring. The ability to drive up to the top of this viewpoint is critical for capturing the magnificent vistas that Jim Brompton showed us at the last education meeting. The good news – you now have a year to decide if you want to join us for this excursion in 2024!

September 2023 Bear Hunting (With Cameras) in Bella Coola
Bella Coola is one of the most amazing places in BC to photograph.  There is no end to what one
can take pictures of - bears, creeks, rain forest, waterfalls, mountains, old cannery, petroglyphs,
totem poles.......
Since our trip there a few years ago, there have been a lot of requests for us to return to the Bella
Coola Valley.  To do this trip, the planning needs to start now.
We would go mid Sept, 2023 which means we need to be making reservations very soon.
The costs would be about $210 for the bear tour down the river, about $50 - $75 for a guide to take
us to the petroglyphs plus costs for transportation to get there, accommodations and food.  We
expect to be gone for 6 nights.
 Last time some people did not do the last two nights at Tallio Cannery,
across the inlet from Bella Coola.
There is no guarantee that you will see bears but there is a very good chance.
Are you interested in making this trip?
 Please let Bob Johnson know at [email protected] by November 30.


Completed 2022 - 2023 Outings
If you attended any of these outings, and have images to share please contact
Bob Johnson - 
[email protected]

August 24, 2022

Special Photographic Opportunity - Raptors at the Allan Brooks Nature Centre

September 27, 2022

Kangaroo Creek Farm and KF Centre for Excellence at YLW
We would love to receive a few of your best images from the recent outing.
Please send 3 or 4 images from the Kangaroo Creek Ranch and the KF Centre of Excellence to [email protected] by October 9, 2022.
The KF Centre for Excellence has expressed an interest in obtaining some of the images from our outing. When sending in your images, please let me know if you do not wish to share these with KF. They have assured me that photographic credits will be given if the images are used for commercial or promotional purposes.

October 04, 2022


The hot, dry summer that we have experienced this year has severely reduced the number of mushrooms that we had intended to focus on for our October 4 outing to Mabel Lake.  Alternative targets for the outing such as Cascade Falls are also suffering from the drought.  As a result, it has been decided to postpone the Mushroom Outing until next year.  An October outing will take place this year and we will announce the theme, date and location soon.

We are disappointed that we need to cancel this outing but we look forward to the return to Mabel Lake in 2023.

September 29, 2022 An enjoyable time meeting the public was had at this event in Polson park.
Join us for a Public demonstration outing between 5 PM & 7 PM Thursday Sept 29
Vernon Kin Beach - 
Details in this link.
 This is a part of the Vernon Arts Hub Culture Days

October 15, 2022 The October Outing was to the Pleasant Valley Cemetery in Vernon.
his cemetery was established in 1902 but also includes some of the graves and headstones moved from the earlier cemetery on Old Kamloops Road.
November 12, 2022 The November Outing was exploring the “City Lights” as Vernon comes alive at night.  We will walked around downtown and captured some of the buildings at night and light trails from the traffic.  Afterwards, we went up to Turtle Mountain and saw the lights of the city from above.
January 21, 2023 The Jan outing was to the Lumby Village Salmon Trails
A great time was had by all that attended - The day started out with a touch of fog and after an hour or so turned into sunshine.  Many of out members had never stopped in to traverse the trails and after this visit many are planning return trips.

February 18, 2023 We met on Saturday, February 18 at the Sovereign Lake Nordic Centre.
About 20 members attended for a most enjoyable afternoon and early evening.
The afternoon started with a snowshoe trek to capture some wonderful mountain snow images.
Following the snowshoeing we were be able to warm up and have dinner in the Old Lodge Cabin – hot drinks, hot dogs, chips and cookies were be provided.
Following dinner, we did some fun light painting and night photography.
A great time was had by all.

March 24, 2023

BC Winter Games - Returned to Vernon!
Everyone had a great time in challenging conditions (for the most part) capturing the athletes at the games this year.

A great time was had by all.  Images will be posted on our site after the April 13th meeting.

April 29, 2023 Barn Quilts in the North Okanagan

A great time was had by all 16 or so members on the Barn Quilts tour of the Armstrong area.
Barn Quilts tell stories of historical significance and act as a means of guiding visitors to rural areas and businesses.
Canada’s barn quilt tradition first began in Ontario which introduced their first Barn Quilt Trail in 2009.  Since then there have been more than 7000 barn quilts decorating the countryside in Canada and the US and the numbers are growing.
We are fortunate to have over 50 barn quilts in our region.
Click here to download a map from Tourism Armstrong Spall. for the outing

MAY 21, 2023 May Outing – Falkland Stampede Sunday May 21/23
The Falkland Stampede outing was enjoyed by all that attended.
We look forward to seeing images from there.
The Stampede has a long history having started up in 1919, just after WW1 as a
community picnic celebration.
Today it is it ranks in the top twelve of rodeos in Canada. On this outing there will be opportunities to capture the thrilling rodeo action as the cowboys and cowgirls compete.
Prior to the rodeo, the Stampede Parade will travel through Falkland with an abundance of photographic opportunities. So, put on that western attire (if you have any) and join us for this fun outing.