CityMash.com - We are so lucky to live in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. But sometimes, we forget exactly how pretty Vancouver actually is. Like when it’s snowing in the month of March and all we want to do is close the blinds and forget the outside even exists.
But we swear, Vancouver is a truly gorgeous place to call home! Don’t believe us? Check out the views from these 13 stunning spots in Vancouver to help you remember how lucky we are to live here.
Vancouver Lookout Harbour Centre
Of course, for a great view of Vancouver you have to head to the Vancouver Lookout at Harbour Centre. Enjoy a 360 degree panoramic view of Vancouver 553 feet above the city.
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Down a treacherous staircase on the Western point of UBC campus lies Wreck Beach. This beach is most well known for its loose definition of beach-appropriate attire (read: it’s a nude beach). But besides nudity, Wreck Beach also offers some gorgeous views of Vancouver.
Pan Pacific Vancouver
The Pan Pacific Vancouver is one of the most luxurious hotels in downtown Vancouver. While staying at the hotel or attending a function there, you can enjoy stunning views of the Vancouver skyline, harbour and Coastal Mountain Range.
While the Stawamus Chief Mountain is an hour outside of Vancouver, the view from the top is too good to not include on this list. So once you finally make it to the top of this 11 mile hike with some huffing and puffing, you won’t regret it. The view is so worth it.
Sea to Sky Gondola
Also in Squamish, the Sea to Sky Gondola is another stunning viewpoint. Take a ten minute ride up the Howe Sound slope to enjoy a view 885 metres above sea level. If you’re afraid of heights, this one might not be for you.
Prospect Point lies on the northern tip of Stanley Park. This is Vancouver’s original viewpoint and a must see for Vancouver residents and visitors. If you love mountains and the ocean, which you must if you live in Vancouver, you need to get to Prospect Point.
Seasons in the Park
Seasons in the Park is one of the most unforgettable dining experiences in Vancouver thanks to the gorgeous view from the dining room. Make a reservation for this restaurant in Queen Elizabeth Park and you won’t be disappointed. Though you may have to show up early if you want a prime seat by the window.
Granville Island is one of the most iconic places in all of Vancouver. And it is also home to some of the best views of the city. Walk out the back of the Public Market for views of the marina, Burrard Street Bridge and the West End. You’ll also be battling hordes of tourists and aggressive seagulls while you’re out there, so watch out!
Deep Cove Lookout Trail
Head to Quarry Rock in Deep Cove for a beautiful view from North Vancouver. A short hike will get you to this iconic lookout spot. And if you have a pup, bring them along to enjoy the off-leash forest area of the hike. Then sit, relax and take in the stunning view.
Head to Capitol Hill in Burnaby for a beautiful view of the city. Capitol Hill sits 203 metres high and offers views all the way to the North Shore. Locals love gathering in the park on Capitol Hill to enjoy sunsets and a great view of the annual fireworks over English Bay.
English Bay Beach
English Bay, also known as First Beach, is a popular location downtown for cyclists, runners and people just looking to hang out at a beautiful beach. English Bay leads into the Seawall, which offers even more stunning views of Vancouver. And if you manage to take in the view from one of the high rise apartment buildings along English Bay, you are in for a treat.
Cypress View Point
Cypress View Point is located halfway up the south side of Cypress Mountain and a short 20-30 minute drive from the Vancouver city centre. Once there, you’ll enjoy a stunning panoramic view of Vancouver, the water and Stanley Park. Pack a picnic and spend some time taking in the view.
Jack Poole Plaza
Jack Poole Plaza on Vancouver’s Waterfront is the perfect downtown location for an iconic Vancouver view. You can see the water, mountains and, of course, the famous torch from the 2010 Winter Olympics. If you get bored of the view, which would be hard to do, you can also enjoy people watching on this busy block.
See? We told you that Vancouver was beautiful! Where is your favourite view of the city?