Photo 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!
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.
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In Downtown Vancouver
Granville Island – A Public Market from old wharehouses
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
Near Downtown Vancouver
Ferry to Lonsdale Quay – From Downtown Vancouver a passenger ferry will take you here
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
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
The Sylvia Hotel – Fantastic location on English Bay
The Barclay House B+B – In the heart of the city
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
My wife and I just wanted to thank you for a great weekend at Nikon School in Sacramento, CA this past weekend. We both learned a lot, and I have been telling all my colleagues and friends about it.Neil H. & Rose S.
“Really enjoyed Nikon school this past weekend! Fabulous teacher! Very inspiring! I had a hard time going to work this morning. I wanted to go out and take pictures instead!”Lori C.
Hi Nick, Thanks for the great input. I can’t wait to take your advice, my camera with its 18-55mm lens and those Cokin filters and go shoot more landscapes! It was super of you to take the time to get me started in the right direction. I really appreciate the time you took from your busy schedule to help me. Nikon is lucky to have you as an Ambassador/Instructor and I was lucky to end up in your class! Thanks again, Lynn R.Lynn R.
First let me say thank you for the great content and your outstanding presentaiton at the New York Nikon DSLR Color, Light & Tech program.Subhra B.
You were one of the instructors this past weekend at The Nikon School in Cleveland. This was the fifth Nikon School that I have attended. (two film classes, two digital classes) This was the first time you instructed one of the classes that I attended. I want you to know you are a great instructor! I really enjoyed your style of instruction. I also appreciate how you have follow up info on your web site for Nikon School students. Thanks again for a great class.Eric I.
Nick, I am so hugely grateful for you. One of best things I ever did was take the course with you. ShellyBShelly B
Thoroughly enjoyed the Nikon Training program yesterday at Babson College. Presentations were informative and entertaining. It was a great opportunity (as well as a 60th Birthday Gift). I got a tremendous amount of valuable information and had a great time.John L.
It was really nice meeting. I enjoyed the lecture you gave entitled “Introduction to Digital SLR Photography, Color, Light and Technology” on October 15 & 16, 2010. You were witty and very informative. Your presentation drew me and the audience in and held our attention for the two day classes. There was never a dull moment. I will begin to implement all of your suggestions and I am confident I will improve and be a better photographer. Thank you for your helpful comments and suggestions.Marilyn C.
Great class as usual Nick. Thank you. You’re an inspiration to all of us Nikonians… my work has definitely improved because of you. Thank you again.David W.
I have been trying to email you to thank you for your time that you spent in Miami at Nikon school and really appreciate your time, that’s why I said that your short clip brought tears to my eyes because I have three kids of my own and I was a traveling man just like and could identify with it all!Eddie B.