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This year the BPC is putting together a list of inspirational locations to shoot at for members.   These locations are ideas you can use to get out and shoot, shoot, shoot, but please respect landowners/farmers and their respective privacy.   If you have an idea which can be added to the list please email Allan Books (Publicity), publicity@barriephotoclub.ca or use the form on the members menu above. 

Inspirational Shoot Locations


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Awenda National Park

670 Awenda Park Rd, Tiny, ON L9M 2J2

(705) 549-2231

provincial park in Tiny Township, Ontario, Canada, located on the northern tip of the Penetanguishene Peninsula on Georgian Bay. large rocks on beach, great for forground interest. looks good with fall colours. Large adjoining campground. Like a lot of parks in Ontario and the rest of Canada you'll find patches of poison ivy. Long pants are recommended in the forest.

Wasaga Beach



large beach area, spectacular sunsets during summer and fall. There are 5 beaches, beach 1 tends to be the most popular. Beaches 3 and 4 tend to be quieter, but these two have a parking fee.

Wilkins Beach / Wilkins Trails.

located at the end of Crimson Ridge Dr. Follow Hurst to Golden Meadow Dr north to Crimson Ridge, turn right and follow as far as it goes. There is street parking only.

Street parking only, make sure you are not in a no parking area. A few steep stairs to get down to the water. From there, the trails are wide and groomed, and slightly hilly. There are narrow, steep trails if you want to be adventurous, but worth it if you are up for it.


Wilkins Beach is one end of a set of trails that go for a couple of miles. There is a creek that flows into Kempenfelt Bay. At the mouth there is a small beach. There are always ducks and seagulls. There is a wooden bridge that crosses the creek, a good photo op. If you follow the trail across the bridge you'll come to a pond. Depending on time of year, there a birds and dragonflies etc. If you had stayed on the main trail it takes you thru the forest and somewhere in there is another bridge and another pond, you just have to explore. This is a good all year location as you can capture its mood in its various weather and foliage conditions.

For landscape its suggested to bring a normal to wide angle lens, or a telephoto that has wide angle to 100mm. For the Insects , birds etc then bring a longer telephoto. And of course your tripod and cable release.


Copeland Forest




Landscape, wildlife common on to deciduous forest and marshland.

Lightweight tripod will make hiking easier.

Located only 20 minutes north of Barrie. Take Hwy. 400 to Exit 121. Turn towards Craigslist (EAST), and the make a quick left onto Ingram Rd. Park accross from Breen's Lumber. 4400 acres of deciduous forest and wetlands, including a Ducks Unlimited pond project.



For sunrise, go to Lions Gate Point. Take Brunel Rd in the centre of town till you pass the school on the left. Follow the signs to the Lions Gate Point. There is a lookout over Fairy lake.

For sunset, follow Brunel road a couple more km and you'll see a river and locks on the right side. Keep going a short distance and you'll see a parking area on the right looking out over a small lake. It's not as good as the sunrise location but if you are in the area , it works.


If you visit Huntsville and want to shoot either sunrise or sunset, here are two locations. Check out the times and weather first. Some clouds would help.

use a tripod and wide angle lens. If you have a neutral density filter, about 3 stops, either in a holder or hand held over the sky at the horizon you can lighten the foreground. Or LR/PS can do it in post processing

These locations are very close to downtown Huntsville and handy if you are staying there. Just remember to checkout sunrise and sunset times and get there early to get set up. Sunrise and sunset are always a crap shoot so good luck.
Potts Falls, Bracebridge


From Barrie drive north on Hwy 11 to 117/Cedar Lane exit, turn left onto Cedar Lane and once over the bridge immediately turn left into the High Falls Picnic Area and walk to the falls.



Potts Falls is a pair of small falls right next to the much bigger and more impressive High Falls.

Tripod, wide angle lens, Neutral Density filters, Circular Polarizer filter