Many people ask us where the “best places to photograph in Vancouver” are. Well there isn’t just one. See below for our quick and dirty recommendations for the best places to photograph Vancouver!
Brilliant day or night, this historic area has textures and buildings to satisfy photographers at any level. It’s being gentrified, so don’t forget your credit card! You’ll want to stop in at one of the cafes, restaurants or shops in the “modern heritage” buildings. You may have heard of the steam clock, this draws visitors from near and wide, and when you face West you will be rewarded with the Harbour Centre in the background.
Portside Park (used to be Crab Park)
This area boasts excellent and unique views of the city from the East edge (not many people make it to this area) but if you turn around you will see the core of our port culture. Fishing boats with fresh catches, container ships being loaded and unloaded, and a variety of other marine activity take place here. All of this with the North Shore mountains as a backdrop.
Canada Place/Convention Centre
We all know and love iconic Canada Place with the Sails, but next door is the architecturally unique Convention Centre West. You know the one, the angular building with the grass roof next to the 2010 Olympic Cauldron. This area has it all, views of the North Shore, and enough lines and angles to inspire any architectural photographer.
It is gorgeous inside and out. Whether you have a quick moment to drive around the perimeter, or if you get a half day to wander the trails in the interior. They don’t call it the jewel of Vancouver for nothing. You will be rewarded with postcard-worthy views of the city, colourful and cultural totem poles, mountains, and the open harbour once you make it around to the west side. Stop and enjoy the beaches or grab a bite at the Fish House or Prospect Point Café.
At the end of False Creek near Science world is Olympic village. There is a small stretch of railroad tracks, a big copper pipe, a lagoon, the colourful aqua bus station, kayak and dragon boating kiosk, Science World (worth mentioning again), views of the city (see a pattern here?), BC Place and our historic salt building that is now home to the Craft Beer Market.
If you like beaches, then kits is the place for you. Summer or winter, you can wander around on the rocks, or stay safely on the walking path. This lively area provides Vancouver’s main “urban beach “experience, with beach volleyball and stand up paddleboards in the summer, and … not as much in the winter. In the winter, visit the nearby Museum of Vancouver – with their own lagoon, epic views of the city, and if it’s raining go inside where they welcome photographers with open arms.