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Summer Sunset and the "Drum Circle" at Third Beach

Third Beach is one of Vancouver’s naturally sandy beaches, located close to the downtown core. Stanley Park’s forest looms behind this nearly hidden treasure of a spot, shielding dippers and tanners from urban noise. Third Beach lies between Ferguson Point and Siwash Rock, along the Stanley Park Seawall. In the daytime Third Beach is a great spot for quiet bathing, picnic suppers and in the evening it's sunsets, offer incomparable vistas. The sunset will take place at 8:57....this photo walk will allow time to photograph both the blue and golden hours.

For some tips and pointers on capturing a beautiful sunset - http://digital-photography-school.com/how-to-photograph-sunrises-and-sunsets/

In addition, every sunny Tuesday evening during the summer, music lovers and bongo-drumming dudes and dudettes get together at Third Beach to celebrate the sunset. The drum circle was first started by Vancouver local, Brahm Olszynko who started a weekly jam 8 years ago with just 3 drums and 4 people. Now, the drum circle has expanded to host hundreds of people in search of a good beat.

Where will we meet: We will meet at the bottom of the stairs that lead down from the Third Beach Parking Lot and Concession Stand.

How do I get there: For transit, check out the closest bus stop at www.tranlink.ca. If driving or cycling, follow Stanley Park Drive and watch for signs to Third Beach. There is a fee for parking your vehicle in Stanley Parl

What shall I bring: Your camera...any camera is fine...your DSLR, a point and shoot or your camera phone. A tripod (or another means to keep your camera still and steady. Wear comfortable shoes and clothes...... and sunscreen!

AT ALL TIMES, PLEASE BE MINDFUL OF YOURSELF AND YOUR FELLOW PHOTO WALKERS, YOUR PROPERTY AND YOUR SURROUNDINGS! VANCOUVER PHOTO-WALKS OR IT'S ORGANIZERS ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR YOU OR YOUR PROPERTY! 

AFTER THE PHOTO-WALK DON"T FORGET THAT YOU CAN SHARE UPTO A MAXIMUM of 8 PHOTOS WITH THE GROUP.....ANY MORE THAN 8 WILL BE REMOVED.

Hope to see you all there!

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  • Sonia

    Another fantastic night in Vancouver and to have the added bonus of the drum circle topped it off.
    thx for organizing

    1 · August 3, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for organising, Kelly.....it's been a while since I was on that part of the seawall.

    August 2, 2014

  • tracy

    Beautiful night at the beach,doesn't get any better

    July 31, 2014

  • Toni B.

    I have now experienced the quintessential west coast experience ... bongos, thongs & bongs. Thanks, Kelly!

    July 31, 2014

  • Geoff D.

    Very cool event, loved it

    July 31, 2014

  • Matthew

    this was fun and the setting sublime!

    July 31, 2014

  • Heather

    Thank you for organizing this Kelly. It was a such a lovely evening to be at the beach.

    July 30, 2014

  • Chris

    Fabulous! What a fun evening out with the crowds and the magnificent beauty of our city.

    July 29, 2014

  • Grant

    Kelly, it has been far too long since I was on the seawall at sunset. Thank you for taking us there and introducing us as well to another wonderful aspect of Vancouver in the summer - the drum circle.

    July 29, 2014

  • kelly

    Hi, we will wait for everyone a few extra minutes.....this is one of those situations where there will be lots of people so if you arrive late or/and can't find the .group ...we will start out out by heading north (or if you are facing the water to your right)

    3 · July 28, 2014

    • Jane W.

      Thanks for letting us know which way you're headed. Can't get there until after 8:00.

      1 · July 29, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry I cannot make it.

    July 29, 2014

  • Matthew

    should be a beautiful evening for sun and water shots

    1 · July 29, 2014

  • kelly

    Yes, I understand this is a somewhat difficult location to get to, but in addition to the sunset, we thought watching the drum circle would be different and interesting and....... they only do it at third beach......we hope to be posting some more sunset walks over the next few weeks and hopefully everyone will be able to attend.....

    July 28, 2014

  • jordan k.

    I wish I could join all for the sunsets and gather some tips on how to use the manual setting better, but biking/transit just seems to be a distance for me. Perhaps next time, I am cancelling.

    July 28, 2014

  • Laurence

    Sorry but I will not be able to join you. Have fun :)

    July 28, 2014

  • Candy

    Wish I could join you all! Don't think I can make it on time, sunset will be gone by the time I get home from work & make it to 3rd beach! :-( Oh well next time! Happy shooting everyone! Can't wait to see the photos!

    July 28, 2014

  • jordan k.

    I will be taking transit also, when I map it out I somehow get two locations for Third Beach, both directly apart from each other...? One at seawall near Aquarium: Stanley Park area, and the other along a seawall route up from English Bay Beach, then Second Beach to Third Beach, which is the correct place to meet?

    July 27, 2014

    • kelly

      Hi Jordan....the latter is the correct location

      July 27, 2014

    • Doris F.

      And it's a bit of a walk from the nearest bus stop which is at Davie and Denman. I will be doing the same thing.

      July 27, 2014

  • Laurence

    Coming from White Rock I will try. Do you know where is the closest parking lot? Thanks

    1 · July 27, 2014

    • kelly

      There is a parking lot right at Third Beach Laurence.

      July 27, 2014

    • Rob

      Good to know!

      July 27, 2014

  • Laurence

    Thanks Kelly

    July 27, 2014

  • Doris F.

    Hi! Would it be possible to get a ride back with someone to a nearby bus stop after the meetup? That would be awesome. Thanks! :)

    1 · July 26, 2014

    • Darrell M.

      Hi Doris We should be able to work something out.

      1 · July 26, 2014

    • Doris F.

      That's great, Darrell! Thank you so much. :)

      July 26, 2014

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