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
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.
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
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.
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.