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Great Vancouver Photography Locations: Part 2 – Stanley Park

June 5th, 2011 No comments


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.


Coal Harbour

Morning light - Coal Harbour view from Stanley Park


The shot below was taken on the eastern side of the park near Brockton Point.

Up Early in Stanley Park

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

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

Lions Gate Bridge


City Views

Stanley Park has some spots with views of the city in the background and water and beach in the foreground.

Blue Peace

Blue Peace - English Bay from Stanley Park

View of Canada Place from Stanley Park

View of Canada Place from Stanley Park

Vancouver Aquarium

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

Jellyfish at the Vancouver Aquarium


The numerous gardens provide beautiful scenic spots for photography in Stanley Park.

Sara - Stanley Park Shoot

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!

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Part 1 Cypress Viewpoint

Great Vancouver Photography Locations: Part 1- Cypress Viewpoint

May 26th, 2011 No comments

Series: Great Vancouver Photography Locations


Part 1. Cypress Viewpoint


As a Vancouver based photographer, I've had the opportunity to shoot at a variety of locations around the city and would like to share some of my favourites. In each post, I'll cover one location and include links to the previous post.

Vancouver is a great city for photography. I moved here five years ago, and it inspired me to get more serious about it. I bought my first DSLR because I didn't want to waste my opportunities with a point & shoot camera! The city is surrounded by a beautiful natural ocean and mountain environment. Its northern latitude gives the city exceptional light with golden hours lasting much longer than one hour, and the proximity to the ocean provides a beautiful atmosphere. The biggest downside with Vancouver is its famous rain, which can settle in for a week or two at a time, especially in the winter! Ironically, that made me get more involved in studio photography where the unpredictability of the weather was not a problem! But when the weather and light are great, there's nothing I'd rather be doing than shooting outdoors at one of Vancouver's beautiful locations.

For those unfamiliar with Vancouver, the city's locations include:

  • Beaches
  • Mountains
  • Coastal Rainforests
  • Urban architecture
  • Industrial areas
  • City skyline
  • Reflections over water
  • Parks & gardens
  • Marine locations
  • Bridges

Please feel free to share your favourite Vancouver photography locations in the comment section.

Cypress Viewpoint

This is a great place to for breathtaking shots of the city. You can see downtown, the Lion's Gate Bridge, Burrard Inlet and a huge vista of the surrounding areas of Vancouver. Mount Baker, in Washington State is also very prominent on a clear day. If you get there an hour before sunrise, you will have both the city lights and a beautiful sunrise. It is easily accessible with a parking area next to the viewpoint.

Here's some information on getting to the Cypress Viewpoint.

Burrard Inlet

View of Vancouver from Cypress Mountain

Burrard Inlet and Mount Baker

Predawn Light from the Cypress Viewpoint

Mount Baker

View of Mount Baker from Cypress Mountain