So after spending a a couple of weeks travelling around the deserts of Arizona, Utah and Nevada and visiting San Francisco we eventually made our way north into Canada in the July of 2013. Canada will always have place in my heart after living in Vancouver for six months during the 2010 Winter Olympics. This was the first time I had been back since leaving in August 2010 so I was keen to catch up with lots of friends while also photographing the beautiful surroundings and also visiting some new destinations.
Our first stop was Victoria, the capital of British Columbia which is located on Vancouver Island. My brother and I went and stayed with out friend who lived on the island for just under a week, exploring the west coast of Vancouver Island and also going to a small music festival. After having an absolute ball, we departed Victoria with my next destination being Vancouver while my brother flew to Chicago and we would meet again at a later point.
I ended up staying in Vancouver for over a week wandering the city taking photos of iconic locations while also visiting friends I had made on my previous journey. I also ended up taking three new portraits as apart of my 25 portrait series which I was extremely happy about. After a great week, I then caught a flight over to Montreal where I was to meet up with Bryce and continue travelling together.
Montreal is my favourite city in Canada. That great mix of french culture with a really bustling and creative city. We ended up staying with a Guatemalan guy from AirBnb which was one of the best choices we ever made. He showed us lots of great places to eat including the best tacos I’ve had in my life which you definitely wouldn’t have found out if you kept to the regular tourists routes. We stayed in Montreal for about 4 - 5 days before jumping on a bus over to Toronto for our last stop on our Canadian adventure.
Toronto is a nice city but really doesn’t do anything for me. We had been there before (2010) but wanted to make another visit as we have Australian friends that live there. Canada is one of the easiest countries for Australians to getting holiday working visas so you can never go to far without hearing the distinct Aussie accent. Nonetheless we had a great time in Toronto. We spent almost 10 days in Toronto which was a lot but we had a lot of extra days to burn up before we were due to arrive in New York City and then make our way all the way down to North Carolina.
Vancouver & Victoria
All images shot on a Mamiya 7, 80mm f4.0 lens and Kodak Portra 160 and 400 film. Developed and scanned by Richard Photo Lab in Los Angeles, California.