Winnipeg Photography Locations: St. Vital Park

Written by Robert Lowdon

Robert Lowdon is an internationally published commercial photographer based out of Toronto, Canada. He spends his time photographing architecture and industrial projects for the most part.

Published October 21, 2013

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Winnipeg Photography Locations

The second in my series of Winnipeg Photography Locations, Why not do a guide to St. Vital Park? I mean why not? So here it is the second installment, I bring you St. Vital Park.

Photographers Guide: St. Vital Park

St. Vital Park in my opinion is one of the best parks in Winnipeg, if not the best park in Winnipeg. There is a massive duck pond in the center of the park which is great as it gives the opportunity for many still water shots. There are numerous fountains in the pond but I generally try to stay away from these.

I find the park is best in the fall out of any other season. The main reason being the changing leaves reflecting off the still water of the pond can present some truly magical photographs. Bring a tripod and prepare for some long exposures.

Since this Winnipeg park is bordered by the red river on almost all sides there is a great deal of water shots. Through most of the year it is pretty easy to photograph quite a few sunset and sunrises. I tend to stay away from the west bank of the park as the opposing bank has some sporadic development that does not generally photograph well. Apartment buildings and landscape photography generally do not mix well.

There are numerous trails that run throughout the park along the river banks. These are generally great for photographs in the fall as well as winter. The park is generally deserted in the early morning. I would recommend arriving early before the sun rises as, like I mentioned earlier, the sun will usually rise other the river itself (depending on the time of year). There are many opportunities for great shots, bring a coffee and be ready for some amazing sunrises.

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