Deep Bay Marina Photography Location
Deep Bay is a village on the east coast of Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. Deep Bay Marina is located at 164 Burne Rd, Bowser.
The vista that met our eyes as we arrived at the location was mesmerizing. A panorama of incredible beauty and serenity, almost too perfect for a mere snapshot. We wandered about, awed by its magnificence and unadulterated tranquility – with no one else around, it felt like sacred ground. The air was electric, buzzing with potential for captivating photographs just waiting to be taken.
We fired up our drone and sent it soaring through the clear sky, capturing breathtaking video and stunning stills of East Vancouver Island. Soon, you’ll be able to feast your eyes on the magnificent video as it premieres on our front page – a visual feast of our entire trip.
We had the entire island to discover, and yet we wanted more time there. As we returned to the ferry to leave, we were determined to savor every second and be left in awe by the breathtaking Qualicum Breeze Beach Resort.
When to Go to the Marina
Any time of year suits general photography, but Canada gets pretty cold. It didn’t seem as if it would get crowded at all.
Brush up on the basics before going if you are new to photography.
Shutter Speed – Find out more about how to shoot in shutter priority. This is used mainly for moving subjects when you need to avoid motion blur.
Aperture – Shooting in aperture priority allows you to focus on your depth of field. It is mainly used for still subjects.
ISO – This controls how much light is let into your camera when exposing your picture.
White Balance – Color temperature. Cloud, shade, sun, and also custom settings.
Photography at Deep Bay Marina
This location offers spectacular views, and you can capture some truly incredible images with a bit of planning. Here are some tips to help you make the most of your X marina experience.
1. Plan your shoot around the weather – The one cloud in our image was great, but we wish there were a few more. Sunrise may be really good here, too.
2. Give yourself plenty of time to shoot.– It’s a good idea to arrive at East Point Lighthouse well before sunset to have time to find the perfect spot for your photos.
3. Use a tripod – If it is windy and the water is moving, you can do long exposures, so a tripod is essential for keeping your camera still and ensuring sharp images. On our visit, it was very still.
4. Set your camera to manual mode – This will give you complete control over your camera’s settings and allow you to experiment to find the perfect exposure for the milky water images. Without moving water, shoot in shutter priority. There are birds moving pretty fast here.
Location – How to get to Deep Bay Marina.
Deep Bay Marina is located along the East side of Vancouver Island, near Denman Island, Qualicum Beach, off Crome Point Road, in Bowser, BC.
Qualicum Breeze Resort
Finding Dep Bay Marina and the Qualicum Breeze Resort
By Airplane and Float Plane
Whether you are flying in from Alberta, Washington State or places further afield, arriving on Vancouver Island by airplane is easy. Many daily direct flights are available from WestJet, Pacific Coastal Airlines and Harbour Air to Comox or Nanaimo. From either of these airports, direct shuttle service and car rental services are available.
If you are arriving from Vancouver or other Lower Mainland locations, regular ferry service from West Vancouver (Horseshoe Bay) or Tsawwassen is available from BC Ferries to Nanaimo, BC. The crossing time for this trip is approximately 95 minutes.
Alternatively, if part of your travels includes visiting Victoria or the southern part of Vancouver Island, regular ferry service from Tsawwassen is available from BC Ferries to Victoria, BC. The crossing time for this trip is approximately 95 minutes.
If you are arriving from Washington state, the Black Ball Ferry – the M.V. Coho – provides ferry service between Victoria, B.C., on Vancouver Island and Port Angeles, WA. The scenic 90-minute crossing allows you to relax and prepare for your vacation at the Qualicum Breeze House!
From Victoria, BC
If you are from Victoria or have started your trip further south on Vancouver Island, traveling by car to Qualicum Breeze Resort is pleasant and scenic. Travel northbound on Highway 19. Once you arrive in Parksville (just 15 minutes north of Nanaimo), you may continue on Highway 19 to Bowser or get on Highway 19A for a more leisurely, scenic, ocean-view route of the eastern side of Vancouver Island.
From Nanaimo, BC
If you are from Nanaimo or you have arrived by BC ferries from Vancouver or the Lower Mainland, Qualicum Breeze Resort is just a 45-minute drive northbound on Highway 19 or, once you arrive in Parksville (just 15 minutes north of Nanaimo), you may get on Highway 19A for a more leisurely, scenic, ocean view route of the eastern side of Vancouver Island.
Qualicum Breeze Resort – Mesmerizing Melody
-by Pamela Goodyer
The moment I opened my eyes, the sensation was indescribable. A mesmerizing melody of life filled every inch of the atmosphere, and I felt an immense connection with the ocean and its ever-changing rhythm. The sun had finally revealed itself from behind a thick blanket of mist that hung in the air. Its golden rays touched my skin only for a second, then disappeared as if the universe was blessing me for this one spectacular moment.
This is what the owner had spoken of the night before: it was almost like standing on the deck of an old schooner, feeling the wind brush over my skin and the salt fill my lungs with every deep breath I took. From this moment onwards, I knew why this place was special – it had captured the essence of the seaside and bridged it to my reality.
I looked around in awe, taking in the majestic mountains that bordered this wondrous scene across the ocean. As I sipped on my cup of hot tea to savor each second here, I could feel that at any moment, this beautiful serenity would be taken away by a drizzle of rain or the time to head back to the ferry to journey home.
As I sat outside, I read the resort information book and found the hotel was for sale. A powerful connection was embedded within me and my spirit; I wanted nothing more than to wake up every day and feel this peace, so I entertained the thought of purchasing the resort. Everywhere I looked revealed beauty and luxury – from the remarkable architecture to the gracefully appointed furnishings – it almost felt like this paradise had chosen me.
I was in Canada, its majestic beauty stretching before me. Even the coldest days would provide a captivating view from this room, with its three large windows close to the ocean—only steps away. This sight, a gift of nature, filled me with gratitude and pure awe.
I could survive the winter’s chill and endure these cold days if I could only have moments like this for eternity; perhaps I could build a magnificent room of crystal and glass that overlooks the infinite sea. Then, a snowbird I could become, flying off in search of warmth during the long winter months. My journeys would be filled with extravagant private jet photo tours to exotic locales while I teach my clients and a caretaker runs the resort.
This morning’s memories are a singular experience of such magnitude that it will indelibly imprint on my soul. If I cannot acquire this paradise, I shall traverse the shorelines and mountaintops of the world in pursuit of a place that could bring forth the same inner delight with the same euphoric energy that reveals itself to me… For this moment, an aura of contentment shall linger within me until my dying days; its essence will be engraved in my heart permanently.
I now realize I was someday going to move somewhere warmer than New Jersey, but I came to a stark realization that as long as I have a place that brings me moments of true serenity and divine solace while overlooking the water when the weather is not right, I can still live in the actual serenity and divine solace even when the weather is bad. I can be enveloped in the sacred bliss of any location while looking through the glass.
There are no fees to visit the Marina. There are plenty of places to do photography along the waters while driving the scenic route.
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FOOD & DINING
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Do you want us to send our photography and ghost-hunting friends to your restaurant after their ghost-hunting trip? Put your restaurant information here. We will put a picture of your establishment, the website link, the phone number, and the information on your restaurant to make it easy for our photographers and ghost hunters to find you.
DON’T EAT HERE!!
WHERE NOT TO EAT!
Sandbar Cafe – Which was worse, the waitress or the meal? We are having a hard time deciding. And as you can see, we rarely have this kind of horrible experience. There aren’t many restaurants around here, but I highly suggest you add extra time when going out to eat to be sure to pass right by this place. We are going to give her the Worst Waitress of the Year award.
EAT BREAKFAST HERE!
Go past the horrible restaurant to Tam’s Takeout and have cooking and service by someone who cares about your satisfaction. The menu is limited, but the service is good and fast. It’s right on the main road, at 5874 Island Hwy W, Qualicum Beach, British Columbia, CA. We give them 5 out of 5 stars.
Don’t forget that you can use a rain sleeve on your camera if it is raining. If it is bright and sunny, you want to use a low ISO such as 100.
If you are doing photography along with your ghost hunting on cloudy days, you can do running water or waterfall photography to avoid the glaring sun. You can also use an ND filter to get a long exposure for dramatic effects, even in the sunshine. If you ghost hunt indoors in abandoned places, be careful!