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Best spots for family photography in Vancouver - part 2
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So let’s continue with five more special spots in Vancouver, worthy of being a background for your family pictures.
6. Vancouver Art Gallery and Downtown Vancouver
Downtown Vancouver is a great spot for some city looks. The Art Gallery has aset of stairs that would work perfectly for large families to position everyone. Georgia Hotel is just across the street and is another gorgeous location.
Parking might be a bit of a challenge, so please plan ahead to be on time.
7. Kitsilano Beach, Maritime museum and ferry dock.
Another beautiful Vancouver location with a view to English Bay, Burrard Bridge, and museum buildings (both Museum of Vancouver and Maritime museum). There is also one of a few dog-friendly beaches, if you have a pet and would like to get some candid off leash pictures.
Parking might get busy on a weekend, but generally not an issue with a few parking lots nearby.
8. Lynn Valley suspension bridge
Suspension bridge is a very famous Vancouver attraction, and the one in Lynn Valley is also free (compared to famous, but pricey Capilano Bridge). In addition to the bridge, there is a beautiful rainforest to wonder around and take magical images with green moss trees.
It is somewhat accessible for strollers and wheelchairs, but only to some parts.
9. Cleveland Dam
Probably the best spot in Vancouver for a background of the mountains and the lake (water reservoir, actually) without major hiking involved. You could see the peaks of the Lions from there, usually the tops are covered with snow even in the middle of the summer.
10. Whytecliff Park and Lighthouse Park
Both are located in West Vancouver, on the North Shore, and are just five minutes drive from one another.
Lighthouse Park naturally features a lighthouse, beautiful background of rocks, the ocean and even some Vancouver Downtown views on a good day. The rocks are fun to climb, but definitely not stroller/wheelchair friendly location. Please keep in mind that it is also about 10 min walk/light hike from the parking lot to the Lighthouse itself.
Whytecliff park is very close to the parking lot, features the same amazing rocks and also an island that becomes accessible on low tide. Very cool place to explore, but requires a lot of care to ensure safety, especially if young kids are involved. Consider going there for sunset photo shoot if possible.
There are so many great spots that I haven’t mentioned, such as Queen Elizabeth Park and their Rose Garden, Gastown area with the steam clock, UBC grounds, Acadia Beach, Pacific Spirit Park, and many, many more. If you have an idea in mind, please let me know and I will try to find a spot that works for your vision.
What if it rains?
After all, it is Vancouver. And rain happens.
And sometimes it is not an option to postpone the shoot, so we’ll pick a spot that has some covered areas and could protect from the rain. Some of my favorites are Granville Island (largely covered by the bridge) and Convention Centre downtown.
Thinking about a photo shoot for your family? Send me a message, I am happy to help!