One of the best things about choosing to elope in Vancouver versus having a larger wedding is that you can get married anywhere you want! With that in mind, below are the best elopement locations in Vancouver along with photo examples of each. Keep in mind that many of these places can get very busy on weekends (especially during the summer), which is why I suggest getting married on a weekday.
My Top Ten Vancouver Elopement Locations
- Lighthouse Park
- Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge
- Redwood Park
- Mt. Seymour
- Terra Nova Rural Park
- Pitt Lake
- Stanley Park
- Whytecliff Park
- Queen Elizabeth Park
- Coal Harbour
Easily my favourite elopement location in Vancouver — it doesn’t get much more PNW than Lighthouse Park. The expansive park offers incredible scenery and your choice of eloping in the forest or along the water. The views of downtown Vancouver in the distance is the cherry on top.
Take a look at these sessions to see what your Lighthouse Park elopement photos could look like.
Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge
The equally as beautiful (and free) version of nearby Capilano Suspension Bridge. My suggestion for eloping at Lynn Canyon is anywhere along the banks of the crystal clear river.
Located on the outskirts of the city in South Surrey, Redwood Park offers both fields of tall grass and forests of towering trees. This is one of my favourite wedding locations to photograph, in part because it’s never busy.
The best adventure elopement location in Vancouver. My suggestion would be to take a hike up to Mystery Lake at the top of the mountain. Take a look at this session to see what a Mt. Seymour Elopement could look like.
Terra Nova Rural Park
A very peaceful park setting with willow trees and tall grass close to Vancouver. I suggest eloping here during the fall when the trees change colours — an already beautiful setting is taken to the next level. See more Terra Nova Rural Park Elopement photos that I took at this wedding.
If you want the mountains in the backdrop (without actually hiking up them) I suggest Pitt Lake. A beautiful setting that can get very busy on any good weather day, I suggest eloping here early in the morning. All the portraits in this Pitt Lake elopement were shot here.
A spot that will occupy every best elopement location list in Vancouver — Stanley Park is very popular for good reason. Having photographed 100’s of weddings in the city, I have a few secret locations in the park that will ensure complete privacy. Take a look at any of these posts to see what your Stanley Park Elopement photos could look like.
This is up there with Lighthouse Park as one of my favourite locations to photograph weddings in Vancouver. Whytecliff Park has the best sunset of any spot in Vancouver. I suggest aiming for low tide and having your elopement on the small island just offshore. A truly one of a kind spot in Vancouver! Want to see more? Take a look at this Whytecliff Park Elopement.
My favourite location at Queen Elizabeth Park for an elopement is actually the not gardens where most people go. Instead, at the edge of the park are small groves of trees filled with ferns, making it the best forest location in the heart of the city. Interested in having your elopement in Queen Elizabeth Park? Take a look at these photos.
For more of an urban backdrop to your elopement, I suggest Coal Harbour and specifically the rooftop above the Cactus club restaurant. While not the most private, it’s definitely the best combination of city and mountain views. This Coal Harbour elopement will give you an idea of the type of photos you can expect.
Deer Lake Park
A quiet location just outside Vancouver, Deer Lake Park is expansive and easily accessible. The portraits in this Deer Lake Park elopement were all shot in the area.
Pacific Spirit Park
Location at the edge of the UBC Campus, Pacific Spirit Park is a large forested area. Take any of the trails leading through the park until you arrive at a location that perfectly suits you. Take a look at these Pacific Spirit Park engagement photos to get an idea of what you can expect.
A very private location on the way to Squamish, Lions Bay is right on the water and has some of the best sunset views in Vancouver.
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