When you think of Victoria, BC we conjure images of Parliament Buildings, a bustling harbour and the iconic Empress Hotel . While these are just a few great reasons to visit, these highlights only scratch the surface of what the coastal capital city has to offer. You can experience the beauty of a sunset from just about anywhere, however, it is Victoria’s seaside proximity and expansive ocean horizon that provides for some stunning sunsets.
Those who rise early enough to greet daybreak will be rewarded with the sort of mysticism that only exists at sunrise. Just as one can’t contain sunshine in a jar, the following pictures, as gorgeous as they are, only capture the essence of Victoria’s sunrises and sunsets.
As those who have experienced a Victoria sunrise or sunset first hand will tell you, you simply have to experience it to believe it.
Harling Pt, Esquimalt
After a day of wind and rain, I packed up my daughter and rushed out to catch the last rays from the Chinese Cemetery at Harling Pt. We were treated with a beauty of a sunset, not uncommon here, but never the same look.
We were blasted with rain and wind all day until about an hour before sunset. Then, as often happens on a rainy day, a sliver of light opened on the horizon and I knew a great sunset could happen. My daughter and I jumped in the car and drove the few minutes down the road to catch this one on the docks.
Cattle Point may not be your typical Victoria location to shoot the sunset, but the lichen on the rocky coastline provides some foreground interest, and every once in a while the sky lights up in some beautiful colour. I used a longer shutter speed to smooth the water out providing some contrast to the rocky coast.
I was pretty giddy to see the skies light on fire recently. This was shot in the Blenkinsop Valley, again a couple minutes from our home. The recent rain had flood the fields providing the perfect reflections. Pretty epic sunset!
A group of young people take in the sunset at Holland Point in Victoria. This is a very popular spot to see the sun go down in Victoria, with it’s west facing exposure. I thought the people, the storm strewn driftwood, and rocky coastline captured the west coast feel of this spot.
This photo was taken at sunset at the beautiful Sombrio beach on the Juan de Fuca trail. Following an engagement photo session on the beach our group watch the sunset before heading back to the city. This is a 8-minute long exposure of the rocks. I love how there is a painting-like effect with the water and the rocks.
Sunsets spent at Clover Point in Victoria. This photo shows a sliver of the Vancouver Island coast with the silhouette of Washington rising behind it. This was a 10 minute exposure of a beautiful winter sunset.
One of the iconic adirondack chairs that are perched at the water’s edge on Kitty Islet making this a very a popular spot to sit and enjoy the view. This was a rare evening when there was an empty seat.
Sheringham Lighthouse is located just west of Sooke on Hwy. 14 heading towards Port Renfrew. It is still a working lighthouse that is now automated and is quite old. I know the town of Shirley is trying to preserve it as there was talks of Oceans and Fisheries closing it down and removing it. It overlooks the Juan de Fuca Strait.