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Photography in Vancouver

Photography in Vancouver

Vancouver’s best places for photography include VanDusen Garden, the Bloedel Conservatory and all the city’s various parks and neighbourhoods.

From skylines to nature, mountains, buildings and people, learn where in Vancouver to take photos and why Vancouver is a photographer’s paradise and playground.


Best Places for Photography

Directly below is a list of some of the top places from which to take amazing shots, plus scroll to the bottom of the page for examples.


North Shore Scenic Spots

  • Cleveland Dam (for stunning views of Capilano Lake with the snow-capped  Lions peaks in the background).
  • Cypress Mountain (from the top of the ski hill, or from the lookout three-quarters of the way up the road).
  • Deep Cove (both from the shore and from a boat in the water, either rented or your own)
  • Grouse Mountain (from the SkyTram, the ski slopes, the chairlifts, the ziplines and most spectacular of all – from the observation deck in the giant “Eye of the Wind” turbine).
  • Lighthouse Park (it has exceptional views of the North Shore and Vancouver in the distance – so bring a zoom lens.  If you’re lucky, you might even get snow-capped Mount Baker in the background to the city).
  • Lonsdale Quay (great views of the tugboats and Vancouver across the water, both from the ground and up in the observation tower with the giant “Q” on top, not to mention from the SeaBus too while crossing the inlet).
  • Mt. Seymour (spectacular views of area mountains, Vancouver and the entire Lower Mainland from the top of the ski hill on a sunny day).


Bloedel Conservatory and Fountain
Bloedel Conservatory at Queen Elizabeth Park


Top Photo Spots in the City of Vancouver


Sunset Photography Along the River
Sunset during the eagle-viewing season


Other Great Places for Photography

  • Sea to Sky Region (any one of dozens of places along the highway).
  • Whistler (both in the village and all over the ski hill, especially from the peaks).

The above are some of the absolute best places for taking photos and admiring the view, but there are more.

Click any of the following pictures to learn more about the location and its attractions.


Howe Sound Sea to Sky Views
Sea to Sky Highway View
False Creek and Granville Island in Fall
Granville Island from False Creek Seawall
Sunset at Siwash Rock in Stanley Park
Siwash Rock in Stanley Park
Sun Yat-Sen Garden in Vancouver's Chinatown
Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden
Vancouver from the False Creek seawall near the Olympic Village
View of False Creek from the Olympic Village
People admiring the Lions Gate Bridge from Stanley Park's Prospect Point
Prospect Point at Stanley Park
Beautiful evening sunset in English Bay from Stanley Park
Sunset from Third Beach at Stanley Park
Boats in the water at Deep Cove in North Vancouver
Deep Cove in North Vancouver
Coal Harbour
Coal Harbour from a Harbour Cruise Boat
False Creek from Granville Island at Night
View of Burrard Street Bridge from Granville Island
Lighthouse Park View of Vancouver
Lighthouse Park in West Vancouver
Burnaby Mountain
View from Burnaby Mountain
Lower Mainland View from Cypress
View from Cypress Mountain Lookout
Vancouver View from Queen Elizabeth Park
View from Queen Elizabeth Park




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