Vancouver to Ketchikan

Vancouver to Ketchikan

Vancouver is a city in British Columbia, Canada.  Canada offers the following points of interest for tourists and photographers;

  • Stanley park (and view of the city)
  • Capilano suspension bridge
  • Vancouver Lookout (and view of the city)
  • Granville island (and view of the city)
  • Science world
  • Canada Place
  • BC Place
  • Robson square and Robson street shopping
  • Trips to Victoria, Vancouver Island
  • Trips to the Canadian Rockies, Banff, Jasper and Lake Louise
  • Steam Clock and Gastown
Vancouver, BC, Canada

Vancouver, BC, Canada

In recent years Canada has become an expensive place to visit but fortunately you can still find some great value hotels in Vancouver.  Most budget hotels will be found around Gastown and to the east of Gastown.  The more upmarket hotels are found on Robson street but there are a few budget options here too.  Airbnb is always a great option in any big city.

Totem Poles, Stanley Park, Vancouver.

Totem Poles, Stanley Park, Vancouver

The number one destination to visit in Vancouver is without doubt Stanley Park.  Of the 3 nights I spent in Vancouver, I ran around Stanley Park each morning.  You could easily spend a few days in the park without seeing Vancouver itself.  A walk around Stanley Park offers the following points of interest;

  • Totem Poles
  • Amazing views of Vancouver city
  • Lots of monuments and sculptures
  • Siwash Rock, Lost Lagoon, Hollow Tree, Beaver Lake, Prospect Point
  • Wildlife including, eagles, birds, herons, bats, beavers, coyotes, racoons, seals and of course squirrels
  • Artists (get your portrait done)
  • Flora and fauna
Vancouver, BC, Canada

Vancouver, BC, Canada

A couple of good places for city photography are the harbor which has still water and gives a perfect reflection photograph.  Another great place is the Vancouver Lookout which offers brilliant views of Stanley Park and the city.  From the other side of Vancouver you can get great photos of the city from Granville Island and also by taking the Aquabus.

An important part of the city to visit is Gastown and the steam clock.  You’ll find lots of touristy shops, cool cafes and restaurants in Gastown.  Don’t go too far east from Gastown though as the city turns very ugly, very quickly!

Victoria is the capital of British Columbia and it’s possible to visit on a day trip from Vancouver.  You can take a seaplane to Victoria from Vancouver harbor which will give you the opportunity to take some great aerial shots of Vancouver, Victoria and the islands in between.

Not far from Vancouver are the Canadian Rockies which offer some of the most beautiful places on earth.  Many people hire a car before driving to Banff, Jasper and Lake Louise for a few days.

Princess Cruise, Vancouver to Ketchikan

Princess Cruise, Vancouver to Ketchikan

Canada Place is a tourist attraction which also serves as Vancouver cruise port.  It’s also a great place to watch the cruise ships and sea planes entering and leaving the harbor.  Vancouver has a very busy harbor!  I chose a Princess Alaska cruise to take me on the final leg of my journey to Alaska.  The first leg of the journey was an overnight trip to Ketchikan.  Immigration for the USA takes place in Canada place, so you’ll be stamped out of Canada and into the USA before boarding the cruise ship.  Make sure you have a valid ESTA for the USA or you won’t be able to board the cruise ship.

Ketchikan to Juneau

2017-03-13T13:20:23+00:00January 19th, 2017|Canada, North America|25 Comments


  1. Sindi February 5, 2017 at 5:47 pm - Reply

    Thanks very informative post. Here in Africa we hardly hear much about Canada being a tourist destination but now I know to look into it.

  2. Antarik Anwesan February 5, 2017 at 6:02 pm - Reply

    This looks interesting. I like it how you have said the landscape turns ugly too soon if you go far east. The reflection photograph is cool!

  3. Anja / Womanhattan February 6, 2017 at 1:14 pm - Reply

    Canada is truly beautiful country and it is definitely on my must-see list. Thanks for this post, I’ve learned new things.

  4. John February 6, 2017 at 4:46 pm - Reply

    I have always wanted to visit Canada. Vancouver looks like such a pretty destination! Can’t wait to see your pictures from the cruise to AK!

  5. Tiana February 6, 2017 at 6:10 pm - Reply

    Looks like a great place to visit. I will be there in July!

  6. Madhurima Maiti February 7, 2017 at 11:07 am - Reply

    This post looks interesting. Vancouver is a great place to explore. Hope to visit soon 🙂

  7. Naomi February 7, 2017 at 5:56 pm - Reply

    I fell in love ever since watching the 2010 Olympics and I’d love to go to Vancouver one day. I like how the waterfront looks and I can see its appeal on photographers! But wow, a final trip by cruise to Alaska, sounds like the best way to explore the coastline!

  8. Abhinav Singh February 7, 2017 at 7:11 pm - Reply

    I am eyeing Canada as one of my top destinations this year. I like taking city shots. I love shooting Mumbai,India especially in night. I am sure I will find Vancouver as exciting to shoot. Some great tips there.

  9. Kate February 7, 2017 at 7:42 pm - Reply

    Great post, having visited recently I can say that you are totally right about going east of Gastown. I was shocked! How strange that a beautiful city can change in one block. We found a great cocktail bar in that part of the city though, just scary to wander through. Nice guide.

  10. Mel February 7, 2017 at 8:13 pm - Reply

    I love Vancouver and Victoria. Such pretty towns (mostly)! Good to know there are still a few less expensive places to stay.I love the totem poles and all the PNW native art. And starting the day with a run through Stanley Park sounds pretty great,

  11. Jen February 7, 2017 at 9:43 pm - Reply

    Vancouver is a foodie paradise!! The museums and shopping along Robson Street are wonderful, and a great way to build up an appetite for the next delightful meal.

  12. Sara Essop February 8, 2017 at 2:52 pm - Reply

    Vancouver looks like a great city with so much to do. I especially like places that have a sea or a river. I go crazy taking photos in them. And I would just love to do a cruise from Vancouver to Alaska

  13. Katie February 8, 2017 at 5:08 pm - Reply

    I would love to visit Vancouver! It looks like such an awesome city and so beautiful!!

  14. Kassie February 8, 2017 at 5:18 pm - Reply

    Wow I never knew how much there was to do and see in Vancouver! Stanley Park looks like it would be amazing. Definitely want to plan a visit to this fun and interesting city!

  15. Alberto C. February 9, 2017 at 12:46 pm - Reply

    Last time I travelled to Canada a few years ago I only got the chance to visit the East cost, but Vancouver looks amazing! So much to see and do, hopefully for the next time!

  16. Diana February 9, 2017 at 3:24 pm - Reply

    I love Vancouver and Capilano! Jasper is still on my list of places to visit – I’ve been to Banff and Lake Louise, one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen. I would love to take the cruise from Vancouver to Alaska.

  17. Bruce Schinkel February 11, 2017 at 8:41 pm - Reply

    Great overview of Vancouver! Like you I found Stanley Park was an amazing place to get lost in for a few hours, and a photographer’s dream.

  18. Anita February 12, 2017 at 2:43 am - Reply

    I have never been to Canada or Vancouver. It’s helpful information for planning a trip. Thanks for sharing!

  19. Stewart February 12, 2017 at 2:54 pm - Reply

    I’ve always wanted to stop in Vancouver. It’s funny because I’ve been to Seattle so many times, and it truly isn’t that far away, I just haven’t made it up there yet. My list of Canadian destinations I want to visit just keeps getting longer and longer!

  20. Coralie February 12, 2017 at 6:48 pm - Reply

    Man, I really want to go to Canada someday, the landscapes are to die for and the people seem so nice !
    The cruise sounds fun too, I hope I’ll go someday 😀

  21. Christopher James March 8, 2017 at 11:31 am - Reply

    I’m Canadian, but haven’t been back to Canada in a long while. It’s clear that needs to change!

  22. Katherine May 9, 2017 at 8:30 pm - Reply

    Great round up of Vancouver! By the time we got there last year, the Science Museum wasn’t open anymore. I’m not sure if they’re doing renovations. But I loved Vancouver so much. The Capilano Suspension Bridge was really cool!

  23. Liliane Fawzy May 10, 2017 at 1:59 pm - Reply

    Couldn’t agree more about Stanley Park. I’ve been twice and had to repeat both Stanley Park and Capilano Suspension Bridge because I liked them so much!

  24. Windsor May 13, 2017 at 4:12 am - Reply

    Being from Vancouver Island I’ve explored the area quite a bit over the years but was still curious to see what advice you would give on places to see. I think you did a great job covering all the major things to see and do in Vancouver. We can’t wait to go on an Alaskan cruise.

    • James Smith May 13, 2017 at 5:22 am - Reply

      I wish I had taken the boat over from Olympic National Park to Vancouver Island before going to Vancouver. Vancouver Island looks so beautiful!

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