With 10 mountain ranges, unspoiled wilderness, lakes and ocean vistas, there is no shortage of places to watch an incredible sunrise or sunset in BC. This week, photographer @davidvassiliev is sharing some of his favourite spots to start or end the day.
“A last-minute decision to hike up Mount Seymour’s first peak and sleep under the stars led to one of the most rad sun rises I’ve seen. Despite the endless number of bugs, this was one of my favourite memories because of the spontaneity of the whole adventure. We planned the excursion during the work day and were able to gather a group of five friends to come and enjoy the hike. If you plan to hike Seymour for sunrise or sunset, I recommend you bring some bug spray.”
“I was able to witness the first sunrise of the summer of 2016 at the top of Hollyburn Peak on Cypress Mountain. My friend and I had decided to spend the summer solstice doing some epic activities. We started with a sunrise hike (pictured above), followed up with a hike on the Sea to Sky that we always wanted to do. Then, we went cliff jumping at Lions Bay and finished the day with beach BBQ in Deep Cove. To say the least; it was an epic day!”
“Tofino is one of my favourite places to spend time all year round, but I especially love it in the summer due to the fact that you can relax by a fire on the beach with your dinner and enjoy the warm sunset. The relaxed and friendly atmosphere makes Tofino a must – visit if you haven’t already. Don’t forget eat at the legendary Tacofino while you’re visiting.”
“Pictured above is the first sunrise of 2017! My friend and I decided we wanted to do something different for New Year’s Eve. Instead of going to a House Party or a Bar with a ridiculous cover charge decided to go to Elfin Lakes. We weren’t expecting anyone else to be there yet it turned out to be the biggest New Year’s party we’ve ever been to! We celebrated the new year with roughly 70 people and exchanged adventure stories. Elfin Lakes is a great place to visit for an overnight trip because there is a heated hut with stoves and bunk beds (which you need to reserve otherwise you need to reserve a tent spot). If you are thinking of also doing this hike for New Year’s but don’t want to spend the night in the cold snow you should reserve your spot in the cabin 3-4 months in advance.”
David is an amateur photographer residing in Kelowna. He grew up in Surrey, right in between the mountains of the North Shore and Fraser Valley. He can never get enough sunset/sunrise adventures especially if it involves a trip to Howe Sound or Tofino.
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