10 places to take photos of the snow in Metro Vancouver

Dec 5 2016, 6:53 pm

Winter is here, bringing blankets of beautiful snow to Metro Vancouver and plenty of fresh tracks in the surrounding mountains.

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Of course, you’ll probably be spending most of your time stuck in traffic or waiting for a bus. 

But the snowfall also means plenty of good photo opportunities around town – so here are 10 of the best places to take photos on a snow day.


Van Dusen Botanical Gardens

Winter is gorgeous at the Van Dusen Botanical Gardens, with muted colour palettes, stunning silhouettes and a scattering of colour with winter berries and blooms aplenty.

Stanley Park

The quintessential walk around our spectacular urban forest and leafy beaches means plenty of snowy treetops – venture into the park to see raccoons playing in the white stuff.

Queen Elizabeth Park

Queen Elizabeth Park is the highest point in Vancouver, and a great spot to gaze over our city turning white this winter. The Quarry Garden is also a winter wonderland this season.


The streets of leafy Kitsilano look gorgeous blanketed in sparkling snow, and the view of the North Shore mountains from Kits Beach is beautiful.


One of the many perks of attending school in Vancouver is the sweeping University Endowment Lands, its 993 acres of greenery turning white in the winter.

Pacific Spirit Park

Watch out for falling snow from the treetop canopy as wander among the snowy trails at Pacific Spirit Park. You can also go hunting for mushrooms too, just don’t eat them!

Grouse Mountain

On a clear, crisp winter’s day, you’ll get a great view of Vancouver blanketed in white. Failing that, head out on the snowshoe trails to discover a hidden winter wonderland.


Burnaby Mountain


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UBC students may have the Endowment Lands, but SFU students have an entire mountain and forest blanketed in shimmering white to enjoy.

Deer Lake Park

Winter wonderland

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The walk around Deer Lake is an easy stroll for a winter’s day, passing by a beach, a viewing tower, and a pier, with a beautiful winter wonderland all around you.


Green Timbers Urban Forest

Once the snow hits the Green Timbers Urban Forest, you’ll be floating on a carpet of white as you stroll the second growth forest trails, or wander around the picturesque lake.

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