The next great Vancouver photography location in this series is Stanley Park. It’s a pretty obvious place to mention, but it’s such great location that it has to be on this list! Also, it is named after the same Lord Stanley of Preston who donated the Stanley Cup trophy, making it an appropriate time to write about Stanley Park because the Vancouver Canucks are competing in the Stanley Cup finals! They have a great chance to win the trophy for the first time in their 40 year history. The last time a Vancouver team won the Stanley Cup was in 1915 by the Vancouver Millionaires.
As a photography location, Stanley Park has a lot to offer. It’s a large natural park with beautiful forests, beaches, a seawall, outdoor pool, and many other recreational facilities. It is also next door to downtown Vancouver, which makes it incredibly easy to get to. The close proximity to the city also provides some spectacular skyline views.
Here are some suggestions for photography locations:
Head over to the east side of the park to get beautiful morning golden hour light, and views of Coal Harbour, Burrard Inlet, North Vancouver and The Lions Gate Bridge.
Morning light - Coal Harbour view from Stanley Park
The shot below was taken on the eastern side of the park near Brockton Point.
Beach north of Brockton Point - Stanley Park
The western side of the park is perfect for evening golden hour light and sunsets with a view of English Bay.
Destined for Beauty - Sunset at Stanley Park
Lions Gate Bridge
The Lions Gate Bridge is a Vancouver landmark that makes a great subject for photos. The bridge can be seen from the seawall and from Prospect Point at the north end of the park.
Lions Gate Bridge
Stanley Park has some spots with views of the city in the background and water and beach in the foreground.
Blue Peace - English Bay from Stanley Park
View of Canada Place from Stanley Park
The Vancouver Aquarium is located inside Stanley Park and has great photography opportunities, including beluga wales, sea otters, seals, jellyfish and seahorses!
Jellyfish at the Vancouver Aquarium
The numerous gardens provide beautiful scenic spots for photography in Stanley Park.
Sara - Stanley Park Location
If you are visiting Vancouver or a resident of the city, Stanley Park is a wonderful spot for nature photography, seascapes, and landscapes, or as a location for portraits and people photography. It is a huge park and I have barely covered a tiny part of the potential photographic opportunities. I know one photographer who only photographs the wild life and plants in Stanley Park.
Feel free to post links to any photos that you have taken at Stanley Park!
Part 1 Cypress Viewpoint