Engagement Photo Locations in Vancouver & Surrey
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Stanley Park Seawall
Vancouver has the world’s longest uninterrupted waterfront path. The 28 km Seaside Greenway is an uninterrupted pathway, including the Stanley Park Seawall, that extends from the Vancouver Convention Centre to Spanish Banks Park. Perfect for a walk, cycle, or jog, it is the most popular recreational spot in the city.
The Seawall is divided in to two clearly marked sections – one for walkers and joggers (closest to the water), and one for cyclists and inline skaters (inside path).
Be sure to follow the signs to make sure you use the seawall safely, especially on sunny summer days and weekends when the area is particularly busy.
Brockton Point Lighthouse
Named after Francis Brockton, it is the most easterly part of Stanley Park and is home to the now automated lighthouse. The lighthouse was built in 1914 and was designed by British Landscape Architect Thomas Hayton Mawson, who also constructed the lifeboat house located below the point and other Stanley Park landmarks.
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Sunset Beach Park
About the Park: One of Vancouver’s spectacular beach parks, a seat on a bench under the lacy black locust trees will quickly charm with its views of English Bay and Vanier Park. While lovely from the seawall, a step into the park reveals the large lawns and sandy beaches that are loved by sunbathers, soccer players, and those out for an invigorating stroll.
History: The First Nations people first referred to this location as Ay-Ay-yul-shun or “soft under the feet”. By the turn of the 20th century the pioneers were calling it Sunset Beach and the Park Board, though it did not own the property (the Provincial Government had title), provided informal supervision here during the warmer months. Finally, on June 27, 1941, in a convoluted land exchange involving the Park Board giving Abray Park (located adjacent to the Mountain view Cemetery) to the City and the City selling the northwest corner of Davie and Granville Streets to Gulf Estates Ltd., the deed to Sunset Beach (along with four water lots leased to the City later in 1942) was then turned over to the Park Board under a 99 year lease with the Provincial Government.
Granville Island has an interesting set up where it includes industrial activities (like a cement plant) and streets of parking combined with boutiques, artisan studios, places to eat and theatres scattered around. It’s also one of the Lower Mainland’s most popular tourist destinations.
Rising 1,250 metres (4,100 feet) above Vancouver and just 15 minutes from the city’s downtown core, is the vast alpine playground of Grouse Mountain. The iconic Red Skyride gives visitors and locals alike the opportunity to see the jaw-dropping majestic nature of B.C. unfold in front of them during the 8 minute ride from the Valley Station to the summit. As Vancouver’s most popular attraction, Grouse Mountain is the only truly four-season destination in the lower mainland and features a wildlife refuge, vast selection of dining options, thrilling outdoor adventure, summer activities galore, the best in local snow sports…and much more. One thing is for certain: there is no place quite like the Peak of Vancouver.
Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhood, Gastown grew from a single tavern founded by John ‘Gassy Jack’ Deighton back in 1867. Today, the district retains its historic charm and independent spirit. Victorian architecture houses a thriving fashion scene, impeccably curated décor boutiques, one-of-a-kind galleries and some of the best culinary fare in Vancouver. It’s a gathering place for stylish locals and an ideal neighbourhood to explore on foot. Gastown lies along the north of the downtown Vancouver peninsula, from Richards east to Main Street, and south to Hastings Street.
Capilano Suspension Bridge
Only 15 minutes from downtown Vancouver, allow 2 – 3 hours for your visit to Vancouver’s iconic Capilano Suspension Bridge, hanging 450 feet (137m) across and 230 feet (70m) above Capilano River. The park offers more than just the bridge. Its surrounding 27 acres celebrate nature, history and culture in unique and thrilling ways. No more so than with Cliff Walk, which hangs for 213m (700ft) and reaches 91m (300ft) high, hugging the granite cliffside and offering a panoramic view of the thriving rainforest and canyon far below. On Treetops Adventure venture from one magnificent old growth Douglas-fir to another on a series of seven elevated suspension bridges, reaching as high as 110 feet (33m), for a squirrel’s eye view of the forest. Guides, signage and interactive exhibits throughout the park help you in your understanding of rainforest ecosystems and their sustainability.
Bloedel Conservatory is a domed lush paradise located in Queen Elizabeth Park atop the City of Vancouver’s highest point. More than 120 free-flying exotic birds, 500 exotic plants and flowers thrive within its temperature-controlled environment.
Constructed through a very generous donation from Prentice Bloedel, Bloedel was dedicated at its opening in 1969 “to a better appreciation and understanding of the world of plants.” Designated as a heritage building, it is jointly operated by Vancouver Park Board and the Vancouver Botanical Garden Association. Together, these partners also operate VanDusen Botanical Garden.
Fun Alley – North Vancouver
Fun Alley near Lonsdale Quay is the most colourful alley in North Vancouver. What use to be a less than animated corridor transformed by splashes of bright red, blue, pink, green and purple all over the walls and floor. The alley has become one of the most popular art installation in the Lonsdale area and has made its way all over social media platforms.
Wedding, Engagement or Personal Promotional Photography*
Looking to capture your special day at either UBC Botanical Garden or Nitobe Memorial Garden? The cost for wedding, engagement, or personal promotional photography is $250, which includes a two-hour photo session and admission to the Garden (up to maximum 15 people). For groups over 15, additional people can be added at our group rates. Both gardens can be used with an additional payment of $50 if visited on the same day (must be booked in advance; please note that Nitobe Memorial Garden has a maximum capacity of 25 people due to the sensitivity of the garden). Please view and abide by our Garden Etiquette & Rules.
*a staged photoshoot, such as for a family gathering, reunion or special occasion