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A Microadventure Through Lower British Columbia

Getting the best shots while you have limited time.

By: Garrett Schmidt + Save to a List

So you have one day to adventure through lower British Columbia. What do you do? Well I just so happen to have some great places to check out while you are there. Don’t waste the time you have searching around. Hit the main spots but venture off the beaten path a bit so you can get some amazing pictures!

If you arrive in time for breakfast and coffee check out Echo Café. They have a great latte and the best invention I have ever tasted… Waffle BLT. So amazing. It is very filling as well so you can make it out on the road until dinner.

If you have the equipment go ahead and go to Whistler if the weather permits. If it's snowing you may not be able to make it quite that far up the road.

We wanted to work our way down the map towards Vancouver. We first stopped at Brandywine Falls. There is a great adventure about this place, it is worth the stop. 

Following the Sea-to-Sky highway south; the next cool place is Shannon Falls, which is a 335-meter waterfall. It's quite overwhelming that there is that much water barreling down the mountain.

After you have spent some time checking out the falls, keep going down south to a nice little coast line suburban village called Furry Creek. If you are like me then you try to stay away from people when on adventures, but this place is very quiet and you can walk down to the water from the parking lot. This place has some amazing views especially if you are on a time crunch.

Last but not least, probably one of my favorite spots to grab some photos before you head back to the states is Porteau Cove Provincial Park. It has this nice little pier to look out on and look at the mountains in the distance. The sunset here is quite glorious, casting golden rays into the choppy water.

Sometimes the weather can be against us, especially in the PNW I have come to find out. I think this can work towards a photographer’s strengths, or grow their weaknesses.

Use the clouds, let them set the mood. Don’t let the weather ruin the short amount of time you have in a place. 

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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