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10 Most Scenic Vancouver Views

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From its snow-capped mountains and picturesque coastline, to its dazzling downtown skyline and oasis-like urban parks, Vancouver boasts more dramatic backdrops than your average cutting-edge metropolis. Discover breathtaking panoramas, get new angles on iconic sights, and make your Instagram followers swoon, with our pick of Vancouver's most scenic views.

Good for
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Like a Local

10 Places

4 City Tips

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10 Places

Queen Elizabeth Park

Gardens, Parks

Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

Bridges, Parks

Stanley Park

Parks

Jericho Beach

Beaches

Lonsdale Quay Market

Flea & Street Markets

Cypress Mountain

Mountains, Ski & Snowboard Areas, Cross-country Ski Areas

Grouse Mountain

Mountains

Cactus Club Cafe

Restaurants

Vancouver Lookout

Points of Interest & Landmarks, Observation Decks & Towers

Willow Stream Spa at Fairmont Pacific Rim

Spas

Destination BC's City Tips

  • Pressed for time? You can drive from Vancouver's mountains to its beaches in just 30 minutes, making it possible to ski, surf, and sightsee, all in a single day!
  • Explore on two wheels. There are more than 300 km of designated cycle routes to discover; and bike racks are standard on SkyTrains, SeaBuses and transit buses.
  • Free #VanWiFi is available at more than 550 locations across Vancouver’s downtown core and surrounding areas; making it easy to plan, book and flaunt your photos on the go.
  • Pick up free maps and guides, get dinner and tour recommendations, and plan your entire BC itinerary at the official downtown Visitor Centre; open daily, 9am-5pm.
  • Queen Elizabeth Park
    Gardens, Parks
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    Destination BC Says:

    As the highest point in Vancouver, the 152-hectare Queen Elizabeth Park offers some of the most spectacular views in the region. Take in sweeping vistas of the cityscape, and the North Shore mountains beyond; before exploring the diverse delights of this urban horticultural jewel.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • LGBT
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Be transported to another world at the tropical, glass-domed Bloedel Conservatory, where more than 120 exotic birds fly freely in lush green surroundings.
    • Book in for brunch with a view at the onsite Seasons in the Park - a unique farm-to-table dining experience, surrounded by greenery. Its Prime Rib Sundays are also legendary.
    • Stocked up at the farmers’ market? You’ll find picnic tables (May to October), BBQ pits, and portable toilets at the designated picnic area; west of the duck pond on Park Drive.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 316 things to do in Vancouver
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • What a brilliant reuse of an abandoned quarry,! 20/04/2019
    • Glorious! 20/04/2019
    • Queen Elizabeth Park
    Address:
    4600 Cambie St
    Vancouver, British Columbia V5Y 2M4
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 604-873-7000
    Other:
  • Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
    Bridges, Parks
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    Destination BC Says:

    Suspended 70 metres above the river, just north of Vancouver, Capilano Suspension Bridge offers far-reaching views over British Columbia's unique coastal rainforest. And the staggering vistas don't stop there; with the park's suspended Treetops Adventure and daredevil Cliffwalk also included in the admission price.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Mini guided tours are offered hourly; featuring an interactive history lesson and fascinating insights into the ecology of the West Coast.
    • Get here for free from various Downtown Vancouver locations via the park's free shuttle service.
    • Visit during the park's Canyon Lights Winter Festival, when hundreds of thousands of lights illuminate the rainforest and canyon.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 51 things to do in North Vancouver
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Amazing 21/04/2019
    • Unbelievably spectacular 19/04/2019
    • Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
    Address:
    3735 Capilano Rd
    North Vancouver, British Columbia V7R 4J1
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 604-985-7474
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Stanley Park
    Parks
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    Destination BC Says:

    The Central Park of Vancouver, Stanley Park is an incredible green oasis at the heart of the city. From its pristine beaches and rainforest, to its scenic Siwash Rock and Prospect Point lookout; the photogenic vistas on offer here are endless.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Hunger calling? Several popular onsite eateries mean you can enjoy ocean and forest views as you dine. Order scones for two under towering trees at The Teahouse.
    • Pick up the free map and guide at the Information Booth in the park; or use the interactive online map, to find everything from landmarks and bike trails, to cafes and beaches.
    • Climb to the Prospect Point lookout for unparalleled views of the city’s inner harbour, Lions Gate Bridge, North Shore Mountains and Burrard Inlet.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 316 things to do in Vancouver
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Scenic 21/04/2019
    • Trip down memory lane 21/04/2019
    • Stanley Park
    Address:
    Stanley Park Causeway
    Vancouver, British Columbia V6G 1Z4
    Canada
    Other:
  • Jericho Beach
    Beaches
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    Destination BC Says:

    Voted one of the 10 best beach cities in the world by National Geographic, Vancouver has no shortage of scenic sandy shores. Jericho Beach is one of the city’s most beautiful; with stunning views of the urban skyline creating an iconic photo backdrop.

    Good for
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The onsite Jericho Sailing Club offers tasty, good value lunch dishes; alongside incredible views of downtown Vancouver.
    • Jericho is less crowded than the city's downtown beaches, making it a memorable spot for sunset. Plus, look out for seals while you're there!
    • Set up camp for the day in just the right spot: the east side of the beach caters to swimmers, while the west is geared towards watersports (sailboats and windsurfers).
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #20 of 316 things to do in Vancouver
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Excellent for walks by the sea or a picnic 13/04/2019
    • great year round 04/02/2019
    • Jericho Beach
    Address:
    1515 Discovery St
    Vancouver, British Columbia V6R 4K5
    Canada
    Other:
  • Lonsdale Quay Market
    Flea & Street Markets
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    Destination BC Says:

    For extraordinary views of Vancouver from across the water, hop on the SeaBus from downtown to Lonsdale Quay on the North Shore. As well as Vancouver’s best view, it’s home to a popular indoor market; with over 80 specialty shops, farm-to-table stalls, an international food court and much more.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • The market is open daily, 9am to 7pm, making it easy to squeeze in a scenic visit.
    • Set right on the spectacular waterfront, Lonsdale Quay Hotel is one of North Vancouver’s best boutique accommodations, and a great alternative to staying downtown.
    • Look out for free culinary showcases, seasonal festivals and more held in and around the market throughout the year.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #13 of 51 things to do in North Vancouver
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • What Fun 17/04/2019
    • Perfect ! 31/03/2019
    • Lonsdale Quay Market
    Address:
    123 Carrie Cates Court
    North Vancouver, British Columbia V7M 3K7
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 604-985-2191
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Cypress Mountain
    Mountains, Ski & Snowboard Areas, Cross-country Ski Areas
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    Destination BC Says:

    Unrivalled views of Vancouver and beyond await at the High View Lookout – located just off the road up to Cypress Mountain Resort. With the Gulf Islands and Vancouver Island to the west; and the snow-topped Cascade Mountains to the east, the panorama you’ll capture here is one you’ll never forget.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • After taking a few shots, head up to the mountain for some of the city’s best hiking and wilderness camping in summer; or skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing in winter.
    • Did you know? Cypress Mountain, was the official freestyle skiing & snowboard venue for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games!
    • No need to drive. Cypress Provincial Park is serviced by Parkbus – a budget and environmentally-friendly shuttle service that runs from downtown Vancouver.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 25 things to do in West Vancouver
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Excellent skiing 03/04/2019
    • Best Skiing in Vancouver 31/03/2019
    • Cypress Mountain
    Address:
    6000 Cypress Bowl Road
    West Vancouver, British Columbia V7V 3N9
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 604-926-5612
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Grouse Mountain
    Mountains
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    Destination BC Says:

    Soak in incredible views of the city to the south as you hike up the famous Grouse Grind trail, ride the gondola, or hit the runs at the iconic Grouse Mountain ski resort. Just 15 minutes from downtown, this famous North Shore mountain destination boasts incredible vistas year-round.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Mountain Admission tickets include a scenic round trip Skyride, access to the Grizzly Bear Habitat, Sliding Zone, Snowshoe Trails and more!
    • Hiking up the Grouse Grind trail gets you free access to Grouse Mountain; open daily, 9am to 10pm.
    • Get your adrenaline pumping as you whizz around the peaks and canyons of Grouse Mountain by zipine. Its two-hour, five-line circuit is the ultimate way to take in the views.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #10 of 51 things to do in North Vancouver
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great day trip from Vancouver 20/04/2019
    • Serenity near downtown 14/04/2019
    • Grouse Mountain
    Address:
    6400 Nancy Greene Way
    North Vancouver, British Columbia V7R 4K9
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 604-984-0661
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Cactus Club Cafe
    Restaurants (Canadian, American, Bar)
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    Destination BC Says:

    For dinner with a view, book ahead for a window seat at Cactus Club, Coal Harbour. Overlooking the water, Stanley Park and the North Shore Mountains, it’s one of the city’s most popular spots for impressing out-of-town guests. Plus, the restaurant’s locally-sourced specials are delicious.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Happy hour runs from Monday to Thursday, 2-5pm and 10pm-close; Friday 2-5pm. Don’t miss $7 house cocktails and $4 truffle fries overlooking the harbour.
    • Visiting in autumn? Don't miss the Cactus Club’s famous Pumpkin Cheesecake – a seasonal special, with caramel sauce, toasted walnuts, warm spices and hand-whipped cream.
    • Vegetarians and vegans are well catered for here, with several creative and tasty options to choose from, including the Crispy Tofu Bowl and Garden Burger.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #34 of 3,080 restaurants in Vancouver
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • The best Cactus Club of them all 15/04/2019
    • Great Food and Service 14/04/2019
    • Cactus Club Cafe
    Address:
    1085 Canada Pl
    Vancouver, British Columbia V6C 0C6
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 604-620-7410
    Hours:
    Sun - Wed
    11:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
    Thu - Sat
    11:00 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.
    Other:
  • Vancouver Lookout
    Points of Interest & Landmarks, Observation Decks & Towers
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    Destination BC Says:

    Boasting panoramic 360° views of the city and beyond, the Vancouver Lookout is an iconic Canada landmark. Whizz up to its 550-feet Observation Deck for unparalleled vistas over the city, mountains and ocean; or dine at Top of Vancouver, for magical revolving views and an upmarket meal.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • The Top of Vancouver Sunday Brunch runs from 11am-3pm and is a great way to kick-start a leisurely day in the city.
    • Use OpenTable to book ahead at Top of Vancouver, and reserve the best seats (and views) in the house.
    • Vancouver Lookout admission tickets are valid for multiple entries in the same day, meaning you can take in the views morning, dusk and night.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #36 of 316 things to do in Vancouver
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A Good City Overview 21/04/2019
    • Good 360 degree views, especially of the harbor 18/04/2019
    • Vancouver Lookout
    Address:
    555 West Hastings Street
    Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 4N6
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 604-689-0421
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Willow Stream Spa at Fairmont Pacific Rim
    Spas
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    Destination BC Says:

    Perched on the fifth floor of the Fairmont Pacific Rim, the 8,500-square-foot Willow Stream Spa takes one-of-a-kind pampering to a whole new level. Soak up incredible views of downtown Vancouver, the waterfront, and the mountains beyond, as you relax on its spa terrace in between top-rated treatments.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Couples
    • Luxury Traveller
    Tips
    • The spa Fitness Centre is open 24/7 - including Fitness on Demand classes around the clock for guests.
    • Try the spa’s exclusive Zen bath soak, followed by a signature Van Active body treatment - the perfect rejuvenating combo after a busy day of sightseeing.
    • Travelling with your partner? Unwind side by side with the sensual Harmony for Two package, which starts with a signature couples’ massage and ends with a nourishing spa lunch.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 224 Spas & Wellness in Vancouver
    • Oasis in the city 14/04/2019
    • Relaxing Spa 30/03/2019
    • Willow Stream Spa at Fairmont Pacific Rim
    Address:
    1038 Canada Pl
    Vancouver, British Columbia V6C 0B9
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 604-695-5550
    Other:
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