We are introducing a brand new series of Photo Essays! Have a look at amazing Photo Sets all shot by talented photographers. Explore the vibe of the city, its hidden treasures, explore Vancouver! This time, let's have a look at Vancouver through the lens of Kevin Eng!
The Incredible Transformation of Vancouver
Fall is one of the favourite seasons of the landscape and urban photographers — and no wonder: the burning red, bright yellow, and many shades of orange can change familiar urban scenes into some very dramatic images!
Vancouver is surrounded by high mountains and has a great selection of city parks where you can enjoy long nature walks. A brisk walk, breathing in the fresh air and admiring nature’s colour palette can recharge your batteries like nothing else. Take your camera with you and hunt for the perfect fall picture!
The Best Spots for Walks in Nature around Vancouver
1. Stanley Park
With more than 404.9 hectares of green area, this urban park close to downtown Vancouver is even bigger than New York’s Central Park! This is definitely one of the most visited areas for recreation by both locals and tourists. The 22-kilometre seawall path circles the park and provides the perfect route for walks, biking, and inline skating. In the middle of the park you can explore the deep forest by choosing from the over 200 kilometres of trails and roads in the park.
2. Queen Elizabeth Park
Queen Elizabeth Park is a municipal park located on Little Mountain and is the second most visited park in the city. This beautifully landscaped garden also happens to be the highest point in Vancouver (152 metres above sea level), so expect to enjoy some of the best views of Vancouver while exploring its many paths. In 1939, the royal couple King George VI and Elizabeth II officially opened Lions Gate Bridge while on a visit that was celebrated by naming the new park after the Queen. The gardens in full bloom offer many romantic retreats for dates. While in the park, pay a visit to the Bloedel Floral Conservatory!
3. Lighthouse Park
Lighthouse Park is quite a different place from the first two parks listed. The area is covered by rugged rainforest and in many places the only access to the sea is large rocks. At the southernmost tip of the peninsula is Point Atkinson, with its beautiful white lighthouse that was built in 1875. A good place for a short hike, but you’re advised to bring good hiking shoes, as the ground can be very rough and slippery after a rain.
4. Capilano River Park
This park, located in the District of North Vancouver, is a little bit further from downtown but still easily accessible by local transit. The park encompasses most of the upstream areas of the Capilano River with the Cleveland Dam surrounding Capilano Lake (notice that the area north of the dam is closed to the public), a large source of the region’s drinking water. Catch some great views of the roaming river from the dam or learn about the fish life cycle in the fish hatchery nearby. Take the 232 bus (from Phibbs Exchange), 236 (from Lonsdale Quay), and 246 (from downtown Vancouver) or to the trail entrance.
5. Pacific Spirit Park
When you head west in the city, you’ll find Pacific Spirit Regional Park located in the University Endowment Lands on Point Grey. What are the highlights of this park? At the base of Trail #6 you will find the world-famous, clothing-optional Wreck Beach! And the entire section running from the rocky Acadia Beach to Trail #7 is also clothing-optional. There are many multifunctional walking and hiking trails that are suitable for hiking, biking, and horseback riding — perfect for a family day out!
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Meet the Photographer
Kevin's passion for photography has encouraged others to see the splendor and beauty of nature right at their doorstep, as he captures the sights of the day, and colors and mystery of world while it sleeps. Many of the subjects of his work are based locally in his hometown in Vancouver, B.C, where he first discovered his fascination with night photography. Kevin is a currently working as a music teacher, music director for his church, and landscape photographer.