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Archive: Field Trip Ideas

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Group Organizer
Vancouver, BC
Post #: 60
This is the archived list of Field Trip Ideas, compiled from members' suggestions, from July 2006 through April 21, 2013.

Public Events (people, action, crowds, fun)
* sporting and action (running races, cycling)
* family oriented (fairs, street festivals, carnivals)
* Hastings Racetrack (check policy first with track; action=tele; street=wide), http://www.hastingspa...­
* Lantern Festival
* Celebration of Lights
* Chinese New Year Parade, Chinatown

Attractions, Museums/Monuments (and architecture)
* UBC Museum of Anthropology (and grounds)
* Vancouver Art Gallery (building, Robson Square)
* Canada Place (plus Marine Building)
* China Town (colourful, exotic)
* Vancouver Aquarium

Attractions, Outdoor/Nature Sites (popular, populated)
* UBC Nitobe Memorial Garden/Botanical Garden
* Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
* Van Dusen Botanical Garden
* Bloedel Floral Conservatory - QE Park (indoor, year round)
* Stanley Park (various sites, seawall)
* Capilano Suspension Bridge
* Lighthouse Park
* Community gardens in Strathcona
* PNE Italian Gardens

Bird Watching - Seasonal
* Snowy Geese (last 3 wks in Nov - Reifel Sanctuary)
* Eagles (first 3 wks in Jan - Brackendale)
* Snowy Owls (Jan/Feb - South Ladner)

Local Treks
* Dykes in South Ladner (Snowy Owls and other birds of prey)
** foot of 72nd St in Ladner, bird of prey rehabilitation centre close by that gives tours every 30 mins
* Maplewood Flats (1.5 hr trek)
* Lynn Canyon/Valley (Water theme?)
* Burnaby Lake
* Burns Bog (1.5 hr trek)
* Spit at Crescent Beach
* Serpentine River
* Pitt Lake, Katzie Marsh (2 hr trek)
* Hike the backside of the Chief near Squamish
* Shannon Falls near Squamish
* Mount Seymour Ski Area

Outdoor, Travel Trips
* Canoe Trips
* Mount Baker
* North Shore
* Grouse Mountain
* Whistler
* Victoria
* Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, April 1-30

Time of Day Trips
* Early morning shoots
* Late afternoon shoots

Culture, other, art, architecture
* Streetlife
* Urban decay
* Gym
* Riverview Psych Hospital
* Tunnel under Post Office (now closed?)
* Rogers Sugar Refinery
* Gastown
* Granville Island
* Richmond Buddhist Temple, http://www.buddhistte...­
* Graffiti
* Art Gallery Mystery tour (or our own Mystery tours?)
* Old districts, warehouses, rundown buildings, under bridges
* Industrial yards, harbours, train tracks
* Churches

Keep the ideas coming! Add your field trip ideas to this thread and we'll consolidate them into this post. Thanks.

A former member
Post #: 19
(Edited the first sentence for clarity of subject. I'm leaving this post because it's good information from Andy, in response to threads that have been deleted. -Trish)

Shooting at Main and Hastings might be difficult. I've been wanting to go down near main/hastings and shoot some really urban shots with people on the street and all the characters that can be found there. I have been a little scared to do so myself with all my expensive gear all alone. Not sure what would happen with a group of people, but seems a little less scary.

Having your equipment stolen would be the least of your worries in that area. I would not recommend shooting openly down there and especially in a group. My experience has been that they do not like to be made into photo-op material for shutterbugs. There are a couple of reasons that they feel this way (that I know for sure). One, they are being exploited, and secondly, there are more than a few down there who are wanted by the law (elsewhere) and do not appreciate the possibility of being recognized. Personally I've had my life threatened a couple of times for just having a camera out and shooting buildings etc. I also know of someone who was chased and pummeled with an umbrella by a woman who took exception to be being photographed.

I think you have two choices for photographing the poor; you can either photograph secretively, or get to know them and they might work with you.
user 3483965
North Vancouver, BC
Post #: 2
For all those flower picture lovers how about visiting Minter Gardens, their open from April 1st to mid. October. They have a calender of events on their website: http://www.mintergard...­

Also to visit the Vancouver Aquarium, shows & times on their website: http://www.vanaqua.or...­

A former member
Post #: 26
Hi Trish,

The St. Paddy's day parade seems like a good photo opp...

4th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade
Sunday, March 18th, 2007 at 11am
New, longer Parade Route!
The Parade will begin at Howe & Drake and march north on Howe Street, turning right at Smithe St. onto Granville St. The parade will then march south on Granville Street ending at Drake and Granville Street


Edit note: Although the morning AFTER St. Patrick's day may be very painful if one celebrates this holiday fully...
A former member
Post #: 6
Hi all,

Here's a "refresher" of some of those older suggestions and a couple of new ones:

- Sporting event shoot: June 16th or 17th, "Alcan Dragonboat Festival" (­)

- Festival shoot: June 22nd to July 1st, "Vancouver Jazz Festival" (http://www.coastaljaz...­)

- Night shoot: July 25th (Spain), July 28th (Canada), August 1st (China), or August 4th (Grand Finale), "HSBC Celebration of Light" (http://www.hsbccelebr...­)

- Nature/Landscape shoot: in Horseshoe Bay/Howe Sound region -- Lighthouse Park maybe? (http://www.seethenort...­)

I'll most likely try out all of those places/events so if anyone wants to join, send me a mesage or reply here. If anyone would like to make any of those activities an official meetup event, please go ahead.


Group Organizer
Vancouver, BC
Post #: 377
I love all of these ideas! Thanks everyone for your enthusiasm.

If you're keen to help set anything up, please message me directly. My time is soon becoming more available and I can use all the help I can get to inject some momentum in this eager group!

Yay! Can hardly wait to see you all again!

phil h
user 7602053
Vancouver, BC
Post #: 1
1. Westcoast Railway Museum at Squamish - been there twice, no crowds, too many photo-ops to mention here.

2. Mountain View Wildlife conservation centre (http://www.mtnviewcon...­) - I spoke to the rep at the Summerfest meeting and he would consider $10-$15 discount per person (normal cost $30 per person) for a group of 20-25 people
A former member
Post #: 2
I've been invited by Terry Rea, one of the people who watches over the motorcycle museum at Trev Deeley, to bring our group in to photograph at our hearts content (just need to let him know in advance if we go as a group).

http://www.trevdeeley...­ for more info
user 3929613
North Vancouver, BC
Post #: 58
The 13th Annual Fort Langley Cranberry Festival http://www.fortlangle...­.
October 11th, 2008
9:00AM - 5PM
in the Village of Fort Langley

I posted this as an event last year and the photos­ submitted by the group were excellent.
They flood the cranberry marshes early in the day and the gorgeous berries float to the top. We could walk around each 'pond' to get as close as we wanted to the fruit and the people working in the fields.
Don't miss a taste of cranberry wine at the Fort Langley Wine Co. beside the fields.

The Village of Fort Langley hosts this annual event featuring cranberry sales, special presentations on the history of the cranberry industry, live music, entertainment, activities, contests and prizes, a scrumptious pancake breakfast, food vendors, a market with dozens of retail vendors, and a canoe regatta on the Bedford Channel.

The festival is a free community event and is attended by approx. 15,000 - 20,000 visitors annually.

Did you know that B.C. is the third largest producer of cranberries in the world? In addition, the Fort Langley Cranberry Festival is the only cranberry festival in BC and one of only three festivals like it in Canada celebrating the cranberry harvest season.
user 3929613
North Vancouver, BC
Post #: 166
Capilano Suspension Bridge; a photo scavenger hunt to find hidden items in the clues.
Grouse Mountain on a clear day for city views and action shots of the skiers, snowboarders and skaters.
Lighthouse Park for a moody walk in the greenery and scenery across the inlet.
Granville Island is full of interesting quirks and off beat things that beg to be photographed.
Arrival of the cruise ships the first week of April from Pacific Place.
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