Photo Trekking in Vancouver

grizzlyPhoto Trekking in Vancouver: Vancouver is a unique city in the world with large salmon runs coming into the downtown harbour and migrating up the streams and rivers into the mountains that surge up from the ocean.

Locals have been known to windsurf during the day and ski that evening on the local north shore hills as we call them. Often called the “Waste Coast” by jealous eastern Canadian’s, a play on “West Coast” lifestyle we locals have known to love and get lost in!

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

We are an ethnic city with some great communities to visit like Chinatown, Italian and Punjabi. It is a rich place to explore for photographers to walk, bike, bus or drive to many great locations. Below is list of places to visit and things to do in and around the Vancouver area.

Are you are interested in doing a custom photo learning trek in Vancouver? I do two types of treks, the first is a day trip around Vancouver where you will learn many of the basic photo technics, the second type is we travel to a remote fishing lodge near Vancouver and do a more intensive learning experience including if you want a river raft trip. Just email me for rates and info! In addition since 1994 I have been doing workshops world wide on Photo Workflow, Color Management, Photoshop and RAW processing just email me for information.

When ever you see my ”  ”  logo it is placed before a favourite place of mine so get there early as you might find yourself behind me!

In Downtown Vancouver

Granville Island – A Public Market from old wharehouses

Stanley Park Seawall – (Walk, or Bike lots of places to rent Bikes near the start of the Seawall)

Vancouver Aquarium – Go when it opens and make sure to start at the Beluga Exhibit for great pictures

MOA at UBC – When you go here make sure you walk around outside to the outdoor Totems

Nitobe Gardens – Japanese Gardens 2 blocks from the MOA and worth a quiet moment to reflect

Vancouver’s China Town – Tops the list as one of North Americas modern day chinese communities

Dr. Sun Yat Sen Chinese Garden – A short walk from the heart of Chinatown

Walk Spanish Banks beaches – Start near Jericho and walk west


MOA Totem Poles

Near Downtown Vancouver

Ferry to Lonsdale Quay – From Downtown Vancouver a passenger ferry will take you here

Walk the Trails with the large trees at the Capilano Fish Hatchery

Grouse Mountain – Best to visit on a clear evening and watch the sun go down

Lighthouse Park – A hike through the trees to Vancouver’s most famous lighthouses

Lynn Canyon – A swinging bridge in North Vancouver

Reifel Bird Sanctuary –  A favourite place for bird watchers and photographers alike.

Shopping for Outdoors Stuff, Computers and Cameras

MEC (Outdoor Store)

Arcteryx Outlet Store (Outdoor Store)

MacStation (Mac Computer Store)

Simply Computing (Mac Computer Store)

Leos Camera Supply (Camera Store)

Beau Photo (Camera Store)

Lens and Shutter (Camera Store)

Kerrisdale Cameras (Camera Store)

Restaurants – Dinner

Grouse Mountain Grizzly Bear

Vijs – (Great Food at a great price)

SandBar – On Granville Island

Burgoo – Great warm comfort food in a intimate surrounding.

Restaurants – Lunch

Sciue – A few locations around Vancouver, just think of Italy in Vancouver and this would be it!

Rangoli – If you cant get into Vijs (which is next door) Rangoli is great for lunch or dinner

Vancouver Accommodation

The Sylvia Hotel – Fantastic location on English Bay

The Barclay House B+B – In the heart of the city

Looking to venture a little further outside of Vancouver? If you are not renting a car the bus service is great (see Bus Services)


Thor at the Brackendale Art Gallery

Ferry Ride – The ride through active Pass is a highlight so have your camera handy and pick a nice day to go

Walk around the Inner Harbour and Victoria – Lots to see on the walk around the Legislature Building is a photographers favourite at night

Royal Victoria Museum – All the history of British Columbia is here

Empress Hotel for Afternoon Tea – A wee bit of England for tired feet

The Canoe Pub – A little hidden from the main street but a great find for those that make the trek

Willies Bakery and Cafe – Great coffee and food


The Stawamus Chief – A rock climbers play ground but has a great hike and view from the top!

Shannon Falls – A horsetail falls near Highway 99 impressive in the spring run off.

Britannia Copper Mine – Much of the X-Files was filmed here before it was renovated

Brackendale Art Gallery – The start of a great walk to see Eagles in the Squamish Valley


Peak to Peak Gondola – Not for those afraid of heights!!!

Mountain Biking – Just rent a bike and just explore the village and trails

Need more to explore check out some of the things at Find Family Fun.

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