Welcome back Fogcouver!
Every year, for a short period of time, Vancouver experiences what meteorologists call 'inversion'.
For anyone who is interested, you can find a detailed description of this phenomenon here.
For these few glorious days, large areas of greater Vancouver become blanketed with thick fog. The fog is most prominent over bodies of water, with the Downtown core being the most poplar attraction for obvious reasons.
While inversions are yearly occurrences in Vancouver, they usually happen in the Winter months, long after the fall colours and leaves have disappeared. However, we've been lucky enough to experience a mini-inversion for the past few days, and we've been able to combine beautiful fall colours with golden sunrises and some eerie fog.
We had a few people ask us about recommendations for fog hunting locations, so we decided to write this blog post. Here are our top 7 locations in Greater Vancouver for fog photos:
1. Stanley Park - Hallelujah Point/9 o'clock gun/Harry Jerome Statue
This area has something for everyone, whether you are looking for a shot of golden rays hitting low hanging fog over the city skyline, or a bench underneath a colourful maple tree, shrouded in fog.
2. Lions Gate Bridge
Depending on the direction, walking on the bridge provides some great foggy perspectives of the Stanley Park seawall, Downtown Vancouver, Brockton Lighthouse and even Siwash Rock. We usually prefer to park the car either on the North Shore or at prospect point and walk on the side facing the City.
A while you're in the area, don't forget to look at the trees surrounding the bridge as they can provide some fantastic photos of fog/light rays.
3. Ambleside Dog Park
The perfect spot to use a telephoto lens for getting detail shots of Lions Gate Bridge, or the trees in Stanley Park. A great place to get some unique perspectives of the fog.
4. Cypress Mountain Lookout
This location is by far the most popular, and therefore the most crowded area to see the fog covered downtown core. The trees that are in front of the viewpoint are also growing and unfortunately are starting to cover most of the views. But you are almost guaranteed to take some amazing photos of fog either during blue hour or at sunrise.
5. Pitt Meadows/Pitt Lake
This area is definitely worth a visit for those of you willing to make a trip out to the Pitt Lake and dyke area in Pitt Meadows. The dyke trail system is beautiful and there are countless compositions for some beautiful, foggy goodness! Get there about 30-45 minutes before sunrise as the colour comes out earlier than normal in the Fall season.
6. Deep Cove
A not so hidden gem at the edge of Vancouver's North Shore, Deep Cove is a fantastic area to photograph fog and mist during Fall/Winter sunrises. The pier, the boats and the trees all lend themselves beautifully to the rolling fog.
If you are feeling up to it, Quarry Rock, a super accessible and short hike will give you an even better vantage point.
7. Golden Ears Provincial Park
This beautiful park is by far one of our favourite locations in Greater Vancouver. The park is beautiful in all seasons, but the rows and rows of trees really come to life during Fall/Winter mornings. A combination of mist/fog from Alouette Lake, as well as steam that rises from the trees with the first hint of sunlight, create the perfect conditions for amazing light ray displays.
Be aware that these light rays will only last minutes and usually don't appear until well after sunrise. So be patient and ready to snap away!
- Sasamat Lake
- Buntzen Lake
- Dog Mountain