We’ve obviously covered some of the best places in British Columbia for nature photography, but there are some cool cities in BC as well. The second biggest city in Canada is Vancouver, and it might actually be the most photogenic.
This might be controversial, but from a photography perspective I prefer Ucluelet to Tofino.
In the city itself, Fisherman’s Wharf is a great place for photography. There are often sea lions popping their heads up there too.
Yoho National Park
I will also say that this is a great place to get a nice look into the rainforest here in British Columbia. It is so green here that it sometimes just doesn’t even make sense.
The remote islands are definitely the path less explored. In fact, many Canadians don’t even know about them.
Port Alberni is the heart of British Columbia’s forestry and fishing industry and while it isn’t your typical photography destination, it’s definitely worth a stop while driving through this huge province. The fjords are worth exploring, and even the industrial side of things is very photogenic.
Parliament is a fun place for photography, especially on a nice summer day.
The diversity in this province is amazing, and the sheer scale of nature in BC is just hard to match.
This lake is absolutely beautiful, and the lodge makes for a great subject. Personally, I’d recommend coming here at sunset. At sunrise, the light can get trapped behind The Rockies and leave your photography backlit.
The drive up to Takakkaw Falls is beautiful. And then the waterfall itself is just downright unbelievable. In fact, I’m always amazed how few tourists are here (relatively). It’s one of the special things about Yoho National Park, I think. Though it’s still in the heart of the Rockies and close to Banff, it is far less busy.
This is maybe the most popular hike in British Columbia these days. It’s also maybe one of the best photo spots in BC.
It’s actually incredible that a place this beautiful sits so close to the main highway, too.
Canadians often argue about which province is the most photogenic. Provinces like Alberta, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, Quebec, etc. are all incredibly beautiful places. But you’ll be hard pressed to find a more picture perfect place for photography than British Columbia. As an Alberta-born Canadian, that’s a bit tough to admit.
In particular, I love the area around of Telegraph Cove.
Moreover, you have a lot of nature to explore right within the city. Over on Stanley Park you not only have views of the city, but plenty of nature to explore. Over in West Van you also have Capilano with its suspension bridge that always makes for a good photo.
Prince Rupert itself is a calm coastal town, with plenty of deck space in the summer to enjoy the sea views. It’s also home to a massive concentration of bald eagles, who often sit outside of restaurant terraces looking for an easy snack.
Up river and up the road you do also have some other locations worth looking at. There’s a spot called Bailey’s Chute where the salmon run and there are often bears fishing. Then, up at the top you’ll get to Clearwater Lake.
Telegraph Cove and Alert Bay
Personally, I think Prince Rupert is Canada’s best kept secret. This northern coastal BC town is just special.
From a photography perspective, you have bald eagles, bears, totem poles, rain forest, coastline, and even a couple shipwrecks!
Off the coast, there are a couple islands worth exploring too. While Malcolm Island is the biggest, I personally love Alert. There’s an incredible totem pole display, a historical burial ground. And on the island there is a really cool ecological park with a nature boardwalk.
There are only three ways to reach Prince Rupert without flying. The first is by overnight ferry from Vancouver Island – a journey that cuts through the inside passage and is beautiful in itself. Secondly, by train journey from Edmonton, Jasper or Prince George. Or by driving. If you’re coming from Jasper, it’s at least 12 hours of driving time. So plan stops.
This area is home to some incredible photography experiences. For example, there are a number of whale watching excursions you can do out in the area. This region has a high concentration of orcas as well as other whales. It’s one of the best places in BC for whale watching.
Lake O’Hara isn’t an easy place to get to, but it’s phenomenal.
Maybe Canada’s most beautiful capital city, Victoria is definitely worth a couple days of photography.
Here in Ucluelet, you have access to some of the West Coast Trail. You also have access to some of the most beautiful coastline in British Columbia. There are tide pools along the rocks to explore, there’s a lighthouse, and there’s the rainforest. It’s easily one of my favourite places for photography in BC.
Within Yoho National Park, there are a number of photo locations. The most obvious being Emerald Lake.
Closer to Clearwater you also have Spahats Falls which is almost like a mini Helmcken Falls. It’s definitely also worth a photo despite not being quite as grande.
As always, this list is ongoing. Though I’ve spent a lot of time exploring British Columbia for cool photography locations, it’s a never-ending mission. If you have any personal favourite photo locations in the province, be sure to leave a comment below and let us know.
Wells Gray Provincial Park
As Vancouver sits on the end of a peninsula, it is nearly surrounded by water which makes it a really fun city to photograph. You have lots of open spaces to capture the city’s skyline.
As far north along the British Columbia coast as you can go before it becomes Alaska, you have the incredible islands of Haida Gwaii. These islands are home to some of the highest bear population in Canada, and is natural paradise.
You also have the Empress Hotel which is one of the famous railroad hotels of Canada. I’d personally recommend photographing the Empress at blue hour – it seems to really come alive in that sort of light.
The waterfall itself is beautiful, and is a quick 15 minute walk from the car park. From a photography perspective, I’d highly recommend getting up and close to the waterfall. The perspectives of the water running down the cliff walls are beautiful.
Joffre Lakes Provincial Park
Personally, I hiked to the top and and camped at the edge of the upper lake. I thought it made the most sense as a photographer. However, I got hit by some really inclimate weather and struggled to get great photos at the upper lake.
Tofino is definitely the more popular travel destination, but I think there is far more photogenic spots just a bit farther south in Ucluelet.
This is a bit of a different photo location in BC than your standard “mountains and lakes”.
Bridal Veil Falls Provincial Park
The town of Prince Rupert is remote. In fact, the nearest significant international airport is Edmonton, Alberta which is about a 16 hour drive away.
Inside the park, there are some spectacular waterfalls.
Wells Gray is a park found on west of the Rockies. You access the provincial park from the south at a town called Clearwater.
On this post, I’m going to walk you through a guide to the best places for photography in the province of British Columbia, Canada.
Best Places in British Columbia for Photography
The biggest of the waterfalls is Helmcken Falls which is quite a way up the road. It’s not only a massive waterfall, but the geography around it is just fantastic. It’s definitely worth the visit.