Photographing Vancouver in the Spring

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Cherry Blossoms at Stanley Park, Vancouver, B.C., Canada

Cherry Blossoms at Stanley Park, Vancouver, B.C., Canada

The Vancouver area is a place that I’m fairly familiar with. My parents took me there when I was a kid to see Expo ’86, I revisited with my mom several years ago when we spent 12 days photographing the area, and I was most recently there two years ago. Given where I am in life now it made sense to take my wife and son to Vancouver there. I’ve had limited experience traveling with an infant prior to this trip so believe me when I tell you that it is not easy. I had to pick and choose when I made my photos but that wasn’t such a big deal since I had already photographed most of these locations before. It certainly helped to pick a hotel within walking distance so I could get up early and stay out late when necessary. The most challenging aspect to photographing on this trip was actually the weather. It rained almost every day on the trip. The first several days never let up either so I didn’t bring my camera out much during this time. Luckily the weather started to stabilize toward the end of the trip however which is when I made most of these photos shown here.

Rain in Vancouver is hardly a surprise. That’s the downside to being so beautiful. My previous visits were during the summer and even then it rains though not nearly as much nor as cold. So while the miserable weather did not lend itself to many scenic photo opportunities, it was great for photographing flora. I had no idea that Vancouver had so many cherry blossoms. There weren’t really any garden flowers blooming unlike in the summer but the cherry blossoms were incredible. The rhododendrons were just starting to bloom too.

Based on my experiences, I would recommend visiting later in the spring or during the summer unless you have enough time to wait out the rain. If you’ve been to Vancouver before like I have then by all means visit during different times of years to experience the seasons but for a first-time visitor I’d go between May – September.

Red Rhododendron Bloom at Stanley Park, Vancouver, B.C., Canada

Red Rhododendron Bloom at Stanley Park, Vancouver, B.C., Canada

Capilano River Regional Park Hiking Trail, North Vancouver, B.C., Canada

Capilano River Regional Park Hiking Trail, North Vancouver, B.C., Canada

Downtown Vancouver Skyline Reflection from Stanley Park, Vancouver, B.C., Canada

Downtown Vancouver Skyline Reflection from Stanley Park, Vancouver, B.C., Canada

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  1. Beautiful images Richard! The rain here certainly does make spring photography a challenge, especially for subjects like the cherry blossoms which won’t wait around for a sunny day. I got to Stanley Park on Friday, by then most of the blossoms were fading. Tons of tulips and daffodils though!

      • I have a lot of photos of that area with blossoms already, so I wasn’t too concerned. Like you said, there is always something to shoot. There were 5 different wedding groups vying for position under the remaining flowers at the Rose Garden area, so I happily moved on. Photographed some of the buildings (Convention Center etc) downtown along the seawall. Parked in Stanley Park and walked all the way past Canada Place. Had you been to Capilano River Park before? I quite enjoy that park along with Lynn Canyon.

        • Bummer. The cherry blossoms did seem to be the most popular photo subject in Vancouver. Everywhere I went I saw a cluster of people around cherry blossoms.

          Yes, been to Capilano multiple times. One of those photos is in this post. 🙂 Haven’t been to Lynn Canyon though.

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