Lake O'Hara Artists Retreat

Let your creative juices flow on this Artists Retreat to the spectular Lake O'Hara region, we'll take care of the rest!


The Lake O'Hara region in the Canadian Rockies has inspired artists for over a hundred years: from Group of Seven member James Edward Hervey to countless amateur artists, its hanging valleys, pristine alpine lakes, wildflowers, and spectacular mountains invite visitors to caputure their experience through art and photography. This new self-guided camp provides you with the tools to do just that. The small group of 6 people will be accompanied by an artist-in-residence and a cook. Improve your painting skills with daily sessions by artist Patti Dyment. The art sessions will be general, geared towards tips on plein air painting and sketching, perspective, composition, and the unique challenges and rewards of capturing mountain landscapes. The rest of the day, you're free to explore the trails of Lake O'Hara; paint, sketch, or draw; or just relax and soak in the peace of this beautiful location.

Tasty and nutritious group meals will be created in the rustic kitchen at the Elizabeth Parker hut by a camp cook. The trails of Lake O'Hara are well-signed and well-maintained, and a variety of hikes of different difficulties (from very easy to strenuous) are possible. A hiking guide is not included in the camp but an ACC camp manager will be on hand to provide familiarity with the area and to facilitate the choosing and navigating of hiking objectives. We suggest that participants travel in groups and carry bear spray to minimize the chance of animal encounters. You will be sharing the Elizabeth Parker Hut with other visitors.

Paintings by our artist-in-residence Patti Dyment

Level of Difficulty: Introductory

This camp is open to all levels of artists. While daily sessions will be geared towards painting (oil) and sketching, artists or photographers who work in other mediums are welcome to attend. You should be a competent hiker, and comfortable independantly navigating well-signed trails with the the help of a topographic map.


  • August 13th-16th, 2018
  • $1,750 + tax
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Camp Itinerary

  • Day 1: Hike into the Elizabeth Parker Hut, get to know the group and explore the immediate surroundings
  • Day 2-4: Participate in daily art workshops with your Artist-in-Residence, then hike, paint, relax to your heart's content

Gear, Food & Lodging

  • Artistic guidance of a camp "Artist-in-residence"
  • Gear portering
  • Camp food and cook
  • Hut accommodation
  • Bus to Lake O'Hara
  • Wilderness passes
  • Transportation to/from Lake O'Hara parking lot (participants will be expected to use their own vehicles to carpool)
  • National Parks vehicle pass
  • Personal equipment
  • Note: This camp is not guided

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Lake O'Hara Artist's Retreat Artist in Residence

Patti Dyment

Living, hiking and painting in the Canadian Rockies for over three decades has given Patti a profound connection to, and appreciation of, the mountian landscape. She paints en plein air as much as possible. “When I look back at my plein air paintings, I am immediately returned to the experience of painting in that location; the wind, the temperature, the elation of grand splendor. My goal is to communicate all those sensations in all my landscapes, to connect with the viewer through a shared experience of natural beauty," she says. "I paint relentlessly, I teach painting, I study painting, I think about and dream about painting. It’s a wonderful fascination."

Born and raised in Alberta, she has lived in Canmore since 1985. She has taught several courses on painting and drawing, and she enjoys instructing/mentoring. In 2011, Patti was awarded signature status with the Federation of Canadian Artists.