When it comes to spectacular views, Vancouver has it all: mountains, beaches, gardens and urban skylines. It may seem like everywhere in this city has great sights, but we turned to our friends on Facebook to find out their favourite places for scenic landscapes.
Not surprisingly, many people mentioned the mountains as a go-to place for great views. Grouse Mountain, with its Skyride gondola, ziplines, paragliding and helicopter tours, provides ample opportunities to take advantage of sky-high vantage points.
"Parts of Mount Pleasant are great! Plus Grouse Mountain, of course."
"Cypress Mountain. Beautiful lookout over the city and English Bay."
- Pat M.
"Or any mountain AFTER HIKING UP IT!"
- Henry A.
Restaurants with a View
We’re not strangers to Vancouver restaurants with great views, and apparently neither are our Facebook friends. Whether you want to enjoy the city skyline at Cloud 9 Revolving Restaurant or panoramic valley views at The Observatory, there’s no shortage of tableside scenery.
"The outdoor patio of the Altitudes Bistro on top of Grouse Mountain is pretty great."
- Fresh Tracks Canada
"I like to take guests to Burnaby Mountain. The walking paths around Horizons Restaurant have some stunning views of downtown Vancouver, the mountains and ocean. The rose gardens are kind of good for photos too."
- Darryl S.
Summer festivals like Bard on the Beach and Celebration of Light have been making the most of the natural splendor found at Vancouver’s beaches for quite some time, but as locals know, you don’t have to attend an event to enjoy these serene views of sand and surf.
"English Bay, Stanley Park Seawall, Lonsdale Quay, False Creek — these are just the ones I remember — I am sure there are many more!"
- Michael C.
"All of the waterfront…"
- Gini C.
And the List Goes On...
We asked for locals’ favourite views, and some of the responses were overwhelming. Here are some detailed lists of places to visit, which can be found in Vancouver and beyond.
"Horseshoe Bay, and any view from the BC Ferries of our numerous islands, Fort Langley along the river, parts of Glover Road and 264th Street, Derby Reach, Harrison Hot Springs, the lakes and Fraser River...almost all of BC is beautiful... White Rock, Steveston [in] West Vancouver: Dundarave and Caulfield, Lighthouse Park and Whytecliff Park."
- James N.
"Wow! Now that’s almost a trick question, because…when you have a city as beautiful as Vancouver, every view is a *best view* so to speak. Personally, I love the view from the top of the Empire Landmark Hotel, as well as the skyline view from Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver."
- Tia International Photography