Where glassy cityscapes collide with marvels of nature, Vancouver is no doubt a photographer’s dream. I may be biased, but I believe that I live in one of the most photogenic cities in the world. Rain or shine, I find myself on the constant prowl for the perfect shot. So, whether you’re a visitor or a local, an amateur or a pro, here are 6 gorgeous Vancity photo walks you don’t want to miss.
There’s a lot to love about Gastown. Between cobblestone streets, ornate street lamps and magical lights, it’s hard to resist its historic charm. Initially Vancouver’s first downtown core, Gastown today is home to hip boutiques, startup offices and some of the most photographed landmarks in the city, including the Steam Clock and the Hotel Europe building.
2. False Creek
The False Creek seawall walk from Science World to Granville Island is one of my favourites. This walk is the perfect vantage point for capturing Vancouver icons like Science World and BC Place, plus you’ll be treated to views of the skyline, Yaletown and countless public art pieces.
The night time shots from here are simply magical too:
… and if you walk a little further, you’ll get to Sunset Beach, the West End king of golden hour:
3. Queen Elizabeth Park
There’s a reason why this park is the place to take wedding, engagement and prom photos. From here, you get amazing views of the skyline and North Shore mountains, plus the park itself is absolutely beautiful. Be sure to stop by the “Dancing Waters” fountain too!
4. The Stanley Park Seawall
This walk is quintessentially Vancouver. From the city’s glassy skyline to the park’s iconic Totem Poles, the images you capture here are the most famous postcard shots of the city. Walking the whole seawall? Be sure to take in classic views of Lionsgate Bridge, Siwash Rock and the inukshuk-laden beaches, then catch the glorious sunset from English Bay to cap it all off. Perfection.
5. Coal Harbour
I’m absolutely obsessed with the high rises at Coal Harbour. If I’m downtown and have time to spare, this is my go-to “happy place”. As a bonus, Coal Harbour is also close to Jack Poole Plaza, home of the Olympic Cauldron and famous Digital Orca sculpture. Venture a little further down the seawall to catch photos of the marina, where it’s all boats boats boats.
6. Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
Walking into Dr Sun Yat-Sen’s Chinese Garden is like being transported to a whole new world. A peaceful getaway in the middle of the city, it offers picture perfect gazebos, koi ponds and more. Definitely a sweet escape from the city’s hustle and bustle.
Recognizing that the city is full of hidden gems, I’m always on the lookout for more places to go. Let me know in the comments if I’ve missed any of your favourites!