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Fantastic Photo Walks in Metro Vancouver!


Beautiful British Columbia“. It’s on our license plates, so you know there’s something to it. With vibrant urban neighborhoods, blazing colors of natural beauty, and the dreamy meld of ocean and mountaintop views, the Lower Mainland is a photographer’s paradise. Group photo walks have become popular hobbies for both professionals and amateur shutterbugs — but where are the best places to shoot?

First we talked with a local Vancouver Photowalks meetup organizer Barry J. Brady for his suggestions:

Gastown Steam Clock, Instagram @speedeye

GastownWaterfront Station to Carrall Street at the Gassy Jack Statue. You get everything on this route -  great buildings, interesting people, tree-lined streets, interesting alleyways, views of old buildings (and, new ones and of course!), as well as plenty of Vancouver character.

Along Granville StreetNelson Street to Waterfront Station. Granville Street is an institution. Photographically, it has so much to offer from old buildings with neon signs to great people shots of street performers. It also has a mix of old and new: once you cross over West Georgia, the landscape changes and the buildings become more modern, with great images everywhere.

Coal Harbour WaterfrontWestin Hotel to Pan Pacific Hotel. This route gives incredible views of the coastal mountains and the tall glass buildings that line Coal Harbour! Iconic shots include: the orca and the raindrop statues at the Vancouver Convention Centre, the cruise ships in the harbour at Canada Place, the seaplanes taking off and landing in the harbour, and the stunning views of the glass buildings of North Vancouver alight with the sunset.

Chinatown Gates, Instagram @c_r_smith81

Stanley ParkBus Terminus to Prospect Point – This is a great way to see nature in the city! Walk past Beaver Lake, and keep an eye out for the furry critters. Take a slow walk into the forest and you may even spot some owls and other wildlife, as well. But, be sure to make your way to Prospect Point for fabulous shots of West Vancouver and the Lions Gate Bridge, and for sunset shoots looking out towards Nanaimo on Vancouver Island.

ChinatownFrom Keefer Street, into Strathcona and up into Chinatown. This is almost a heritage walk – the route combines the original eclectic homes of Strathcona with the cut and thrust of the trading stores in Chinatown. There are some amazing people shots in Chinatown and beautiful original Vancouver architecture in Strathcona!

More Fantastic Photo Walks in Surrey, Richmond and Burnaby

Photo Walks a-plenty! Here are some more great suggestions:

Surrey City Center. This one comes recommended by Surrey Is the Bomb:

Central City Tower, Instagram @marpz97

I walked the area around the City Centre Library, the construction sites around it slated for our new City Hall and 3 Civic Plaza. I walked over to check out Ultra, a new residential highrise that’s a block off of University Drive. I also took a bunch of pictures of the Central City Tower because I think it’s a gorgeous piece of architecture. In 4 or 5 years this neighbourhood is going to look very different, I can’t wait to see it. Check out all the pictures!

Steveston, Richmond. From the Gulf of Georgia Cannery to the Pieces Gift Shop in Steveston’s oldest building and down to the waterfront fishing boats, there are infinite possibilities for the imaginative photographer, as Miss604 could tell you.

Parks in Burnaby. Nature’s whimsical beauty is on full display all year long. Deer Lake Park is a photo walk mecca, with its wonderful riverside vistas and mysteries of the trails. Meanwhile, Photographer Ned Tobin shows us some possibilities on Cariboo Hill.

Where are your favorite places to take pictures? Leave your suggestion in the comments.