Wild Places

The Art of Landscape and Travel Photography

Vancouver Island

In 2011 we visited Vancouver Island together with the Olympic NP for the first time. Sadly we had only about one week on the island and could only explore the southeastern part. Therefore we decided to return this summer vacation. After a direct flight from Frankfurt to Vancouver with Condor we went straight to Vancouver Island.

This was our itinerary:

  • Goldstream Provincial Park

Goldstream Falls, Goldstream Provincial Park, BC, Canada

  • Victoria

Victoria, BC, Canada

  • Sooke Potholes Park

Sooke Potholes Park, BC, Canada

  • Botany Bay near Port Renfrew

Botany Bay, Juan de Fuca Marine Trail Provincial Park, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

  • Sombrio Beach in the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail Provincial Park

Sombrio Beach, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

  • Duncan (with its famous totems)

Duncan, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

  • Englishman River Falls Provincial Park

Englishman Falls, Englishman Falls Provincial Park, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

  • Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park

Little Qualicum Falls, Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

  • Cathedral Grove in the McMillan Provincial Park

Cathedral Grove, MacMillan Provincial Park, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

  • Schooner Cove Trail, Wickaninnish Bay and Tofino in the Pacific Rim National Park

Wickaninnish Bay, Pacific Rim National Park, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

  • Amphitrite Point on the Wild Pacific Trail near Ucluelet

Amphitrite Point, Ucluelet, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

  • Strathcona Westmin Provincial Park with Lower Myra Falls and Lady Falls

Lower Myra Falls, Strathcona Provincial Park, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

  • Tree-to-Sea-Drive to Thasis

Tahsis, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

  • Atluck Creek Canyon in the Little Huson Caves Park

Little Huson Caves Regional Park, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

  • San Josef Bay in the Cape Scott Provincial Park

St Josef Bay, Cape Scott Provincial Park, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

  • Telegraph Cove

Telegraph Cove, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

  • Vancouver city

Vancouver, BC, Canada

At Telegraph Grove we did a nice whale watching tour where we saw some seal colonies and about 20 humpback whales in action.

Telegraph Cove, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Telegraph Cove, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Telegraph Cove, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Telegraph Cove, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

We had altogether three weeks of time and besides the last two days we spent all our time on Vancouver Island. On the first half of our trip we had very sunny weather with temperatures around 25°C. For waterfall and rainforest photography it was much too sunny. I could only use the time before sunrise or after sunset for some serious shooting. But otherwise it was great for a relaxed summer vacation. Especially since we were camping with our tent all nights.

During the second half of our trip the weather changed completely. We had lots of rain with temperatures around 10°C. Also not very easy for photography because I often had to use a rain protection for my camera which significantly reduces the usability.

Cathedral Grove, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

And of course we often had to put a very wet tent together. Actually it never got dry before we returned to Vancouver. Most of the time we stayed on national park campgrounds close to the road and with some kind of infrastructure. But on two places we were camping directly at the beach after a short 1-2 hour hike: At Sombrio Beach and at St Josef Bay.

St Josef Bay, Cape Scott Provincial Park, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Both places were really great with some of the most spectacular landscapes in the Pacific NW. And camping at these places gives you the opportunity to shoot at the best light and weather conditions. And we had some nice campfires at the beach. Since we live in an urban environment in Germany this is a rare opportunity for us and my daughter Linnéa really enjoyed it.

St Josef Bay, Cape Scott Provincial Park, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Despite the not so easy conditions I got some nice landscape images from this trip. You can find my results together with the images from 2011 in my Pacific NW gallery.

My photography kit consisted again of two Nikon D800E, a Gitzo tripod, some filters and just two lenses: the Zeiss Otus 55mm and the Zeiss Distagon 21mm.

This is how it looks if you try to get images of a bird of prey with a 50mm lens:

Sombrio Beach, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

This was also the first trip where my daughter Linnéa was serious about doing some photography by herself. I gave her my Nikon 1 AW1 and I must say I’m really amazed and a bit proud of her results. The following images were all shot by Linnéa, I just assisted her with the post processing in LR after the trip.

Strait of Georgia, BC, Canada

Goldstream Falls, Goldstream Provincial Park, BC, Canada

Goldstream Falls, Goldstream Provincial Park, BC, Canada

Cathedral Grove, MacMillan Provincial Park, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Cathedral Grove, MacMillan Provincial Park, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Cathedral Grove, MacMillan Provincial Park, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Goldstream Falls, Goldstream Provincial Park, BC, Canada

Goldstream Falls, Goldstream Provincial Park, BC, Canada

Sombrio Beach, Juan de Fuca Provincial Park, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Vancouver, BC, Canda

Sombrio Beach, Juan de Fuca Provincial Park, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Sombrio Beach, Juan de Fuca Provincial Park, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Telegraph Cove, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Telegraph Cove, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

I think, that’s not bad for an 11 year old girl.

We finished our trip with two days in Vancouver. I really love this city. Some areas of Vancouver changed quite a bit compared to 2011. Vancouver now reminds me a lot of Berlin with its unrivaled diversity of interesting small shops and individual restaurants, all this combined with much nicer surroundings. But there ain’t no such thing as a free lunch: Vancouver is a lot more expensive than Berlin. But if I had enough money and could choose a place to live, it would probably be Vancouver.

2 Responses to “Vancouver Island”

    • Boris

      Thanks trees! And due to your comment about the 2000 I changed the wording slightly.

      Reply

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