Vancouver, Canada is a spectacular city, surrounded by natural beauty wherever you look. Especially in the summertime, when the rain finally stops and people are able to get outside and explore their beautiful surroundings, the city comes to life. The Westside is where most people head when they want to get to the beach, as the shores of English Bay are blessed with several sandy beaches. Spanish Banks is one of the best, as it is a little bit less crowded than the other beaches, and has one of my favourite views of the downtown core, seen in the featured image above.
There are many different neighborhoods that make up the city, but Vancouver is best split along the divide of Ontario Street (one block west of Main Street), where the official east-west divide is located. It is bordered to the north by English Bay and to the south by the Fraser River. The westside is mostly made up of residential areas, and home to neighborhoods such as Kitsilano, UBC, Kerrisdale, and Oakridge.
Vancouver is the city where I grew up, so I have many favourite spots for photography that I have discovered over the years. My top choice has always been from the top of Queen Elizabeth Park (or the patio of Seasons in the Park Restaurant), where you get the best view of the city with the mountains in the background. The park is located at the top of Little Mountain (the highest point in the city) and allows for a panoramic view of the mountains with the city skyline below.
The westside is also home to the best beaches in the city, with Kits, Jericho, Spanish Banks, and Locarno beaches located along the shores of English Bay. From here you can see the waterfront view of the city, and catch a few rays of sunshine while you’re at it.
You will also find the trendy Granville Island, and False Creek, a great area to go for a walk or bike ride along the seawall, viewing the city from a different angle. If you’re not in the mood for water, head to UBC (British Columbia’s largest University) to see the Anthropology Museum or to one of the shopping areas like South Granville, Oakridge or Kerrisdale.
This collection of photos are my best of from West of Main Street, showing off the city and its beautiful surroundings from a few different perspectives. The city of Vancouver is growing and evolving faster than we can appreciate, but the one thing that will always remain is a beautiful view.
Spanish Banks. 2018.
False Creek Seawall. 2018.
Kits Point. 2018.
Canada Geese. 2018.
Downtown Vancouver at Night. 2014.
Locarno Beach. 2014.
Granville Island. 2014.
Queen Elizabeth Park Fountain. 2014.
English Bay / Downtown Vancouver. 2018.
Kits Point. 2018.
Under the Bridge / Sandbar Restaurant. 2006.
City Hall. 2011.
Canadian Geese. 2018.
The Entrance to False Creek. 2018.
Queen Elizabeth Park. 2018.
Granville Island. 2006.
Under the Pier. 2008.
Downtown Skyline. 2018.
Vancouver from above. 2018.
City Hall. 2007.
False Creek Marina. 2018.