Where can you go to get a great view in Vancouver?
There are SO many places in, around and just outside of Vancouver that boast the best viewpoints: spots where you can see our entire city as well as the gorgeous scenery that surrounds us. These viewpoints are perfect spots to enjoy a glass of wine, hold hands with your partner, show off the city to visiting friends and family, or just take in the majesty of Vancouver
• Fraser River Park – The Fraser River played a major role in our development. Canneries, lumber mills and First Nations communities all lined the 1375 km long river and its Vancouver-area tributaries. Pack a lunch, bring your dog (much of the park is an off-leash zone) and check out the boats as they work their way up and down the mighty Fraser.
• Lighthouse Park – There are so many spots to enjoy the view from Lighthouse Park. Basically the water edges of the park all equate to fantastic views of Stanley Park, Lions Gate Bridge and the University of British Columbia or towards the Gulf Islands or even Vancouver Island on a clear day.
• Any of the three North Shore Mountains (Cypress, Grouse and Seymour) offer up spectacular Vancouver views. On a clear day you can see as far as Vancouver Island and Mount Baker (sometimes as far as Mount Rainier), but the real treat is the view of the city. Consider going at night for a spectacular view of the twinkling city lights. And on those occasional days that the city is fogged in, it’s often clear on the mountains making for incredible views of the city peeking through the fog.
• Cambie Street Bridge – The view from the Cambie Bridge (or Cambie Street Bridge) is perhaps one of the most under-rated, yet most spectacular, views of downtown Vancouver. Evening is the perfect time to stroll out to the bridge’s mid-span for beautiful views of the geodesic dome of Telus World of Science, False Creek, and the skyscrapers of downtown Vancouver.
• Burrard Bridge / Granville Bridge - The two bridges are often underestimated. The view is incredible from both bridges, on both sides. IMHO, the best way to visit is on a bicycle – both bridges have bike lanes.
• Lonsdale Quay If you are going from Downtown, make sure to take the Seabus for bonus view points. Once you are there, take a stroll on the pier, and walk to the other side of the station to take a picture with the “spaghetti statue”.
• Prospect Point / Brockton Point (Stanley Park) - You can drive directly to Prospect Point and park there; otherwise lots of buses will get you within a 15-minute walking distance from it. It is a very nice walk, if you want to get there by foot. Prospect Point is better to be visited during the daytime; although it’s very pretty at night too. I like Brockton Point better during the daytime.
• One of our top beaches is English Bay is another favourite Vancouver viewpoint. It's hard to beat of sitting on the beach taking in the extreme beauty of Vancouver's southwestern coastline. On clear days, the views from English Bay Beach extend past English Bay to Kits Beach, the mountains of West Vancouver, and beyond.
• The top of Queen Elizabeth Park is one of the best Vancouver viewpoints; it's also the highest point in the city of Vancouver. It is ideal for sunny days; the paths from the plaza take visitors through beautifully landscaped quarry gardens. The viewpoint provided is one of the best “in-city” spots for panoramic views.
It is easily accessible by transit and the directions from us can be found at here
• No other Vancouver viewpoints offer the immediacy of Granville Island: on Granville Island, the views of downtown Vancouver are right there. It's one of the best spots to see all the new buildings of the downtown core. Enjoy exploring Granville Island--and the famous Granville Island Public Market, where you can grab a picnic lunch to munch on the pier while taking in the views--or walk east along the Seaside Bicycle Route for more amazing, intimate views of Vancouver's downtown skyline.
• If you are a cyclist, the Adanac Bike Route between Commercial and Victoria Drives, Adanac gets steep. Stop at the top of the hill, catch your breath and turn around. Drink in the view of tree-lined streets, BC Place and downtown Vancouver. Click here for bike maps
• There are two viewpoints in downtown Vancouver that give visitors 360° views of the city and they both offer dining.
The first is located the Top of Vancouver Revolving Restaurant at the top of the Vancouver Look-Out
Other restaurants with amazing views of the city are
• Dockside – When it comes to water views in Vancouver, gazing east offers just as an amazing view as much as it does to the west. The patio at the Dockside offers vistas of False Creek and Science World. It’s a lovely place to kick back, nosh on some local Oceanwise seafood and fantasize about owning a yacht.
• Seasons in the Park – Hands down, Seasons in the Park is one of the most romantic places to dazzle your date with stunning panoramas of the North Shore mountains. Make sure to reserve a seat in the Skyline room.
• Lastly, for a birds-eye Vancouver view, consider hopping on a floatplane for a scenic flight tour of the city. Nothing beats taking to the skies and enjoying the panoramic views of the city, ocean and mountains. The floatplanes (or a helicopter) depart from the Coal Harbour in downtown Vancouver and a variety of tours of different lengths are available.