Featured Vancouverite: David Ellingsen

Hometown: Cortes Island, British Columbia

How long have you been a Vancouverite? 10 years

I am a photographer. In my commercial work, I photograph people for advertising, editorial, and corporate clients, attracting commissions from publications such as the New York Times Magazine, Marie Claire, Men’s Health, and People along with partnerships with DDB, MTV/Nickelodeon, BC Place Stadium, Translink, and BC Hydro. I also have a fairly significant fine art practice with recent exhibitions in China and the US. You can check out my work here: www.davidellingsen.com.

Favourite place in the city:
Iona Beach on the north side of the airport. I’m a keen road cyclist and usually include this epic location on every ride that I can. This area is comprised of wide open space that few seem to know about, as well as a walkable jetty that will put you in the middle of Georgia Straight. Gorgeous.

Best way to spend a Saturday in the city:
Well, for starters, a bike ride would have to be in there. Ride to breakfast at Little Nest on Commercial Drive, stop at the farmer’s market at Trout Lake, cruise down Main Street and hit the seawall.

The Vancouver Art Gallery has been showing some stellar stuff over the last few years so I’d put that on my list as well.


Favourite Vancouver restaurant:
Little Nest for breakfast or lunch. I was going to say that it’s the Drive’s best-kept secret, but it’s so busy now that I suppose that wouldn’t be true anymore. Their target market is young families, so the kids abound, but if you’re cool with that, and don’t mind a little friendly chaos, the food is downright fantastic (mostly organic and local too), and the coffee is some of the best in town (a triple shot is the standard).

Top insider tip for visitors:
Gene Cafe on Main Street has the best coffee in Vancouver… worth the wait.

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