Vancouver is well-known for its beauty, and there are numerous breathtaking Vancouver views. Mountains, beaches, woods, and Vancouver lakes surround you. What’s not to love about that? Whether you’re a visitor to Vancouver or a native seeking a new Vancouver viewpoint, this list of the top Vancouver views will assist you in taking that new photo for the ‘gram!
Queen Elizabeth Park in Vancouver
Queen Elizabeth Park, sometimes neglected by visitors who prefer the infamous Stanley Park, boasts breathtaking vistas of downtown Vancouver and the North Shore mountains. From the top of the park, you can see past the carefully curated flowers and trees, across the river, and over to Grouse Mountain.
The Burrard Inlet Bridge
Great views of False Creek as it reaches the ocean may be had from the middle of Burrard Street Bridge. Head to the bridge’s northern end to capture Sunset Beach, English Bay, and Stanley Park all in one shot.
Granville Street Bridge
Granville Street Bridge is an excellent site to shoot photographs looking east or west. My personal favorite is to look west and photograph Burrard Bridge with Stanley Park and the Sunshine Coast in the background.
Don’t miss Charleson Park
This lovely grassy park on the southern side of False Creek is not just a terrific location to take your dog for a run (it’s an off-leash park! ), but it also provides lovely vistas of downtown Vancouver!
Londsdale Quay, North Vancouver
Standing atop Londsdale Quay in North Vancouver provides spectacular views of the Vancouver skyline. Take the seabus from North Vancouver to Vancouver for a more distinctive view of the skyline while enjoying the Vancouver city scenery.
Cypress Mountain Lookout
One of my favorite Vancouver sights is from the Cypress Mountain overlook on the way up to Cypress Mountain. Sunrise and sunset provide wonderful views of the city below.
Visit to Prospect Point
If you want to photograph the Lions Gate Bridge, visit Prospect Point in Stanley Park. This high point in the park provides views of the North Shore mountains, the bridge, and the Burrard Inlet below.
False Creek (Olympic Village side)
Visit Olympic Village in Vancouver and take shots of Science World and the tranquil waters of False Creek.
The Stanley Park Seawall (West End side)
Walk from English Bay to the second beach swimming pool, then follow the seawall around until you reach a location with a couple of benches. Then, as you return, take in the vistas of downtown Vancouver and its beaches.
Lookout at Harbour Centre
The Vancouver overlook, also known as the Vancouver observation deck, elevates you high up and provides a unique perspective of downtown Vancouver’s high-rise skyscrapers. Look south-east to see if you can spot Mt Baker, which is typically visible on a clear day. It doesn’t get much better than this for mountain views in Vancouver.
The Stanley Park Seawall (Coal Harbour side)
This region often turns pink and orange in the morning and provides a stunning perspective of the downtown Vancouver skyline. I’ve also observed river otters swimming about here! It’s also an excellent spot for a nighttime view of Vancouver.
Burnaby and Capitol Hill, Vancouver
Capitol Hill Reservoir Park in Burnaby, one of Vancouver’s hidden gems, is easily accessible via Skytrain. Views of Burnaby’s Metrotown skyline, the Vancouver skyline in the distance, and the North Shore Mountains are available from this Vancouver overlook.
Burnaby Mountain is another spectacular Burnaby sight. This is home to the SFU campus, a grassy slope with spectacular views of downtown Vancouver and the Lions Gate Bridge. This is a great position for a Vancouver sunset or a nighttime view of the city.
Don’t forget Granville Island
Great views of the Burrard Bridge and downtown Vancouver may be had on the western edge of Granville Island, where the seabuses dock.
From a floatplane
Taking a seaplane from Vancouver Harbour around the city is one of the top things to do in Vancouver. It has breathtaking views of the mountains and the city itself.
Grouse Mountain is famous
Grouse Mountain, located in the center of the North Shore’s three main mountain resorts (Cypress, Grouse, and Seymour), is one of the simplest to travel to from downtown Vancouver. The Grouse Mountain perspective of Vancouver provides excellent views of the city, especially if you climb to the peak (either on foot or by chairlift).
Two of Vancouver’s nicest beaches are Jericho Beach and Spanish Banks. Head to Jericho Beach for sunset and watch the volleyball players as the sun sets into the water.
You will reach Lonsdale Quay on the North Shore following a brief boat ride from the city center. A renowned market, excellent shopping, and even greater views of Vancouver from the other side of the lake can all be found on this waterfront. Take a picture of the enormous “Q” sign that towers majestically above the wharf while you’re there.
Ambleside Park in West Vancouver
When we first arrived to Vancouver, we spent a lot of time in West Vancouver, and it’s simple to see why when you take in the vistas from Ambleside Park.
Cypress Mountain Highview Lookout
When it comes to seeing all—and we mean all—of Vancouver, the Highview Lookout is hard to beat. The overlook, located just off the road leading up to Cypress Mountain Resort in West Vancouver, offers unmatched views that extend well beyond the city. After getting a beautiful panoramic image, head up to the mountain for some hiking in the summer or skiing in the winter.
Vancouver’s secret sunset platform
This sunset platform near Vancouver is my new favorite site to see the sunset in Vancouver, but it’s also great at any time of day! Bring some food and enjoy the scenery.
Cactus Club Coal Harbour
Cactus Club’s Coal Harbour location has to be one of the city’s most famous restaurants among visitors, and the wonderful food is only part of the reason. The other? Views of Vancouver Harbour, the North Shore Mountains, Stanley Park and even the Olympic Torch.
Best Time to Visit Vancouver
The greatest periods to visit Vancouver are from March to May and September to November, when the weather is moderate and hotel accommodations are inexpensive.
Summer is the most popular season due to the promise of warmer weather; however, if you’re planning a trip during this period, reserve your hotel room at least two or three weeks in advance.
If you enjoy winter sports, don’t let the freezing conditions dissuade you: this city is a perfect home base for skiers and snowboarders eager to test the powder at Grouse Mountain or neighboring Whistler. Layers are essential for comfort no matter when you come.
What to Know Before Visiting Vancouver
- Don’t worry about the rain.
- Don’t rent a car.
- Stay near Burrard and Robson.
- Know that you’re safe wherever, but your belongings aren’t.
- Know that we are Vanc-Uber-less. No longer!
- Don’t just say “Thank you.”
- Go to a restaurant district.
- Just put on anything.
- Prepare to go exploring Can-Asia
- Understand that Vancouver is a small city.