Revisiting Van and Vic in Photos

When I was in university, which seems like ages ago, I put myself through school by working as a driver guide for a tour company in Western Canada.  As such, I’ve spent a whole lot of time in places like Vancouver and Victoria.  The only thing is that I have never really spent a whole lot of time photographing either city.  When you’re working you don’t want to look like a tourist snapping photos, and when you’re off the books you want to be in bed or a pub.

Luckily, I found a way back to the beautiful west coast of Canada via ExploreBC.  The majority of places we are going are places on the roadtrip I’ve never been.  However, I had also been looking forward to seeing these familiar cities nearly as much as the new ones for a chance to finally capture them on film.

Below I have included my favourite 20 photos taken from Vancouver and Victoria over the past 3 days.  The photos are very loaded toward Victoria because I had very limited time in Vancouver, so if you’re from Vancouver please don’t be offended and refrain from the “I can’t believe you don’t have a picture of Stanley Park!” comments for now. They also include some surrounding areas like Butchart Gardens and the BC Ferries ride from Vancouver to Swartz Bay.

If you’re interested in finding out more about ExploreBC you can follow along on twitter and Instagram via the hashtag #ExploreBC where we’re posting a lot off up to the second content.  You can also check out the Tourism British Columbia facebook page.

Vancouver Skyline from Vanier Park at Dawn

Vancouver Skyline from Vanier Park at Dawn

Vancouver Skyline in Black and White

Vancouver Skyline in Black and White

Empire Theater Vancouver

Outside the Empire Theater in Vancouver

Mussels in Vancouver

Great Mussels from the Yaletown Brewpub

Heading through the little islands on the way to Vancouver Island

Heading through the little islands on the way to Vancouver Island

The Sunken Garden at Butchart Gardens Victoria

The Amazing Sunken Gardens in Butchart Gardens.

The Sunken Garden at Butchart Gardens Victoria

The Sunken Gardens from a different perspective than the classic angle.

A Bloom at Butchart Gardens

A Bloom at Butchart Gardens

More flowers from Butchart Gardens

More flowers from Butchart Gardens

Flower in Butchart Gardens

Last flower photo from Butchart Gardens… I swear.

Rose in Butchart Gardens

Ok, I lied… well, this is the last one, although I have plenty more!

High Tea at the Empress Hotel

Getting High Tea at the Empress…

Girls hanging out at BC Parliament

Some chicas hanging out at the BC Parliament Buildings

BC National Museum

A real life Mammoth at the Royal BC Museum.

Seafood Poutine

Seafood poutine from Red Fish Blue Fish…so good.

Horse Carriage Rides in Victoria

Carriage ride good sir??

BC Parliament at Dusk

The BC Parliament Buildings at dusk, with the Totem Pole in the Foreground

The Empress Hotel

The always classy Empress Hotel

The Empress Hotel

Such a Beautiful Colour Palate

Victoria Panorama

A Pano of the entire Victoria Inner Harbour including the Parliament Buildings and the Empress Hotel


Author: Brendan van Son

Author: Brendan van Son is a travel writer and photographer from Alberta, Canada. He has visited 6 of the 7 continents and more countries than he has the desire to count. Check out his profile on . for a little bit more about him.

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11 Comments

  1. This is one of the more creative photos essays I’ve seen from your collection. I like the way you’ve edited some of the shots (such as the empire theatre) and played around with the DOF (The Empress Hotel & Sunken Garden). Nice work old son.

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    • Thanks Sam – Put some serious work into these shots considering I only had 72 hours to get them all!

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  2. Love it, good work man and those early wake-ups appear to have paid off!

    See ya tomorrow.

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    • Thanks Roberto!

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  3. So gorgeous and yes I think my favorite is the Empire Theatres one. Nice work, Brendan!

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    • Thanks Larissa – Glad you like the images. So much more to come still from the Left Coast.

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  4. The photos of the flowers are gorgeous, Brendan – I especially love the second shot of the Sunken Gardens.

    And mmmmm, mussels. Always love to see a good bit o’ foodporn in photo essays!

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    • Thanks Tom, glad you like the images!

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  5. Looks awesome! Can’t wait to see the rest of the trip’s photos – you have a great eye! :)

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  6. Wow you are a very creative photographer! I love the third picture! It looks like vintage yet it still have some sense of art in it.. I am looking forward to seeing more of your photos! Thank you!

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    • Thanks McKinley, I’m glad you like my work :D

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