Whether you’re selling your vehicle or just want to admire it, a scenic location with your vehicle can create a memorable set of photographs. August 19th marks World photography Day, which dates back to 1939, and to honor this day, we want to share with you some of the best and most scenic spots to photograph your car around Metro Vancouver.
Spanish Banks Beach – West Point Grey
At the northern tip of West point Grey in Vancouver you’ll find Spanish Banks beach. This is a very popular area during the summer months with parking being difficult to find. But if you arrive in the early hours of the morning or during the colder months of the year, chances are that the long parking lots will be mostly empty. The ocean and North Shore backdrop give a feeling of grandeur and openness.
Dunsmuir Viaduct – 80 Expo Boulevard, Vancouver
If you’re looking for a “dystopian city” theme to your photos, the parking lot under the Dunsmuir Viaduct next to Rogers Arena is a great place. The thick, concrete pillars of the Viaduct along with the nearby billboards and enclosed space makes this spot a hit among photographers. Usually, cars are positioned between the pillars and the photos are taken with Rogers Arena & Stadium Skytrain station in the background. This is a great spot in the evening light.
Granville Island – Vancouver
There are a few spots to find around Granville Island but none more so iconic than the parking lot next to the Tap & Barrel restaurant. It is difficult to find an empty space during the day in this location so it’s best to try during the early hours in the morning or late in the evening. This spot provides an amazing backdrop of the southern portion of downtown Vancouver along with the Burrard St. Bridge.
Alouette Lake – Maple Ridge
If you’re looking for a forest as your backdrop, the day use south beach parking lot at Alouette Lake is a perfect location. Thick trees surround the parking lot with only a small clearing at the entrance to the beach. However, this area gets very busy during the summer months. If you want an empty parking lot, it’s best to go during the other 3 seasons of the year.
Stanley Park – Vancouver
For the quintessential shot of downtown Vancouver, you have to travel to Stanley Park just after Deadman’s Island. The small parking lot next to the road provides an unobstructed view of the Vancouver Convention Centre, Canada Place, Vancouver Harbour Centre, and the downtown skyline. However, that parking lot is usually full of tourists and shuttle bus services. Just like many other locations around downtown, it’s best to visit this one in the early mornings or late evenings.
Fort Langley Community Hall – Fort Langley
For a small-town feeling, Fort Langley is one of the best places to photograph cars in front of early 1900’s buildings. The Community Hall on Glover Road is one of the more iconic buildings in the area but the other buildings along that road and Mavis Avenue also provide interesting backgrounds.