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A Guide to Instagrammable Places in Vancouver

A Guide to Instagrammable Places in Vancouver

Vancouver is stunning for photos! Besides the gorgeous natural scenery, there are hiking trails, cool architecture, museums, and art installations scattered around the city.

So, if you’re up for elevating your Instagram game, our guide will help you find the best spots to snap that perfect shot and create unforgettable memories.

Stunning Vistas at the Cypress Mountain Vancouver Outlook

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Address: Cypress Bowl Rd, West Vancouver, BC V0N 1G0, Canada

Operating hours: Monday to Sunday: 7am to 10pm

The Cypress Mountain Viewpoint is a 30-minute drive from downtown Vancouver, and it’s absolutely the spot to take stunning photos of the sunrise and sunset.

It’s a beautiful viewpoint overlooking the city of Vancouver, Stanley Park and all, with the city coming to life as the sun rises and sets, and the mountains all around just add to the magic of the moment.

Pro tip:
Since the view usually faces southeast, it’s really ideal to soak it all in during a sunny afternoon or evening when the sun is setting in the west. 

Marvel at the Modern Design of Lions Gate Bridge


Address: Lions Gate Bridge Rd, Vancouver, BC, Canada

It goes without saying that the Lion’s Gate Bridge is an engineering marvel.  It’s unbelievably photogenic, what with the stunning backdrop of the North Shore mountains and the shimmering waters of Burrard Inlet.

If you take a stroll about halfway across the bridge, you’re treated to this fantastic sight of Vancouver’s skyscrapers popping up over the lush trees of Stanley Park. Its elegant design and towering towers add to the allure of this engineering marvel.

Pro tip:
When you’re on the bridge, make sure you’ve got a good grip on your phone or camera because there’s quite a sizable gap between the walking surface and the railing. 

Snap Some Shots at Prospect Point


Address: 5601 Stanley Park Dr, Vancouver, BC V6G 3E2, Canada

Contact details: +1 604-669-2737

Operating hours: Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Prospect Point is at the northern tip of Stanley Park, and you’re in for a treat because it boasts the absolute best view of the Lions Gate Bridge. 

If you take a step back, you’ll see an absolute gorgeous view of the Lions Gate Bridge with a stunning mountain backdrop framing the bridge perfectly.

It’s a photo op waiting to happen, and the beauty of it is that you can snap amazing shots there any time of day.

Pro tip:
The perfect time to capture photos here is when the light starts to fade, and you can capture those long exposure shots with the trails of light from passing cars.

Pose against the Colorful Murals at Main Street


Address: 2111 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5T 3C6, Canada

Operating hours: Monday to Friday: 10am to 5pm

If you’re up for exploring some of Vancouver’s murals, the heart of it all lies between 4th and 12th Streets, and Cambie and Main Streets. A neat trick is to park around Main and 8th, and then you can embark on your own self-guided walking tour.

It’s honestly such a cool way to soak up the vibe of this part of Vancouver. Besides checking out all the awesome art, you’ll stumble upon some hip bars and restaurants along the way, adding to the whole experience.

Pro tip:
Don’t forget to snag the VMF app before you go! It’ll be a lifesaver for navigating the area and pinpointing those murals nearby.

Wander through the Lush Gardens of Queen Elizabeth Park

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Address: 4600 Cambie St, Vancouver, BC V5Z 2Z1, Canada

Contact details: +1 604-873-7000

Operating hours: Monday to Sunday: 6am to 10pm

At 125 m above sea level, Queen Elizabeth Park is the place for a breathtaking panoramic view of the city. It’s the highest point in the city, so you’re treated to this clear vista of the entire cityscape, framed by majestic mountains.

Apart from that, you can take a leisurely stroll around the park, and you’ll stumble upon plenty of other cool spots just begging to be captured on camera.

Pro tip:
If you like taking photos of wildlife, we suggest you keep your eyes peeled for the hummingbirds here!

Take Gorgeous Photos at Sunset Beach

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Address: 1204 Beach Ave, Vancouver, BC V6E 1V3, Canada

Contact details: +1 604-873-7000

Operating hours: Monday to Sunday: 7am to 11pm

Sunset Beach is seriously one of those places that were practically made for Instagram. I mean, just the name itself tells you what to expect, right? It lives up to the hype – the sunset views from there are absolutely unbeatable.

There’s also this adorable statue nearby that adds such a romantic touch to the whole scene. 

Pro tip:
There are lots of large tree logs along the beach where you can sit and watch the sun go down.

Check out the Stunning Olympic Cauldron

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Address: 1055 Canada Pl, Vancouver, BC V6C 0C3, Canada

Contact details: +1 604-689-8232

Operating hours: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

You can find the Vancouver Olympic Cauldron right smack in the middle of Jack Poole Plaza in downtown Vancouver. 

It’s not just the stunning display of the cauldron itself that grabs your attention – it’s also set against this breathtaking backdrop of mountains and the harbor.

It’s still standing tall, even though the flames have been extinguished for a while now. But hey, don’t count it out just yet – the cauldron does get re-lit for special occasions!

Pro tip:
Parking can be a bit of a hassle, so since you’re close to Gastown, you can easily hop on a bus or a train to get there and then just enjoy a nice stroll from one spot to the other.

Blend in the Aesthetic at Spanish Banks

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Address: 4801 Northwest Marine Drive, Vancouver, British Columbia

Contact details: 604-873-7000

Operating hours: Monday to Sunday: 7am to 10pm

Located along Northwest Marine Dr west of Tolmie St, Spanish Banks is like the cream of the crop when it comes to Vancouver beaches. It’s got expansive sandy shores that seem to stretch on forever.

During summer, you’ll catch some serious beach volleyball action on Wednesday nights. It adds this extra cool factor to the whole experience, making it a prime spot for snapping some unique Vancouver photos.

Pro tip:
The best time to take photos here is during the summer, as the place turns into this aesthetic paradise.

Capture the Magnificent Digital Orca

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Address: Vancouver Convention Centre West Building, 1055 Canada Pl, Vancouver, BC V6C 0C3, Canada

Operating hours: Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Made by Douglas Coupland, this 2009 sculpture is without a doubt, one of the most Instagrammed places in Vancouver. The Digital Orca, plus its stunning backdrop, makes it an absolute gem for taking pictures in the city.

Oh, if you’re facing the water, you’re in for a treat – you get this awesome view of seaplanes taking off for tours every 15 minutes. It’s honestly such a sight to behold.

Pro tip:
Make sure to come in from the left side of the building when you visit, because the spot you’re looking for is tucked away on one of the upper decks. 

Discover Hidden Gems in the Back Alleys of Chinatown

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Address: 418 East Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC

Contact details: 604-979-8368

Operating hours: Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

You know, Chinatown is just perfect for a leisurely stroll. Fan Tan Alley and Dragon Alley are absolute musts for wandering through – seriously cool spots. 

And here’s the best part: these alleys will lead you to other stores and hidden gems that you might not even notice from the main street. It’s like discovering a whole new side of Chinatown with every turn.

Pro tip:
Chinatown is known for its delectable cuisine, so try to roam around after your photo op for a delicious meal.

Strike a Pose at Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge

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Address: 3663 Park Rd, North Vancouver, BC V7J 3K2, Canada

Contact details: +1 604-990-3755

Operating hours: Monday to Sunday: 7am to 6pm

Opened in 1912, the Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge is about 50 metres above the beautiful clear pools and rivers of Lynn Creek and is situated amongst a 616-acre forest.

As expected, the bridge steals the show as the main attraction, and it’s a prime spot for snapping some incredible pictures in Vancouver. 

Keep walking along the trails towards Quarry Rock, and you’ll stumble upon plenty of other hidden photo spots that Vancouver has to offer.

Pro tip:
If you’re looking for a more peaceful and serene experience, during the winter months, parking is free, and you’ll find that it’s not as crowded.

Pose against the Backdrop of Vancouver’s Flat Iron Building

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Address: Gastown, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Contact details: 604-683-5650

Operating hours: Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Hotel Europe is the Flatiron building of Vancouver Gastown. It was built in the years 1908 and 1909, and is a quite iconic building close to Gassy Jack in Gastown.

The unique shape of this building makes it a standout spot for Instagram-worthy shots in the city. So if you’re on the hunt for some prime photo ops, you won’t want to miss this iconic landmark.

Pro tip:
You can’t really go in here as it’s been converted into residential, but you can still admire its stunning architecture from the outside

Document the Iconic Steam Clock in Gastown

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Address: 305 Water St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1B9, Canada

Contact details: +1 604-873-7000

Operating hours: Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

If you’re strolling through the cobblestone streets of Gastown, this steam clock is hard to miss. We mean, it’s practically a celebrity in the world of Vancouver Instagram spots.

Meticulously crafted by Canadian clockmaker Raymond Saunders back in 1977, its purpose was to attract more visitors to the shops and restaurants nearby. 

Technically, it’s not entirely steam-powered as it’s got an electric motor in there too. But hey, that doesn’t take away from its charm one bit!

Pro tip:
On the hour, every hour, you’re treated to this rhythmic release of steam accompanied by melodic chimes.

Pose amid the Cherry Blossoms at Vandusen Botanical Garden


Address: 5251 Oak St, Vancouver, BC V6M 4H1, Canada

Contact details: +1 604-257-8463

Operating hours: Monday to Sunday: 10am to 5pm

Nestled in Vancouver’s Shaughnessy neighborhood, the VanDusen Botanical Garden is an absolute haven for photography enthusiasts. 

Spread across 55 acres, this tranquil oasis boasts an impressive collection of over 7,500 plant species and varieties sourced from all corners of the globe.

And during winter, it’s like stepping into a magical winter wonderland, especially during the Festival of Lights, which transforms the park into a mesmerizing spectacle.

Pro tip:
If you want your photos to be people-free, it’s best to head over to VanDusen Botanical Garden first thing in the morning

Capture the Serenity of Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden


Address: 578 Carrall St, Vancouver, BC V6B 5K2, Canada

Contact details: +1 604-662-3207

Operating hours: Sunday: 9:30am to 4pm

Nestled within Chinatown is a true gem – the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden. Every inch of this garden exudes rich history and tradition, drawing inspiration from the Ming dynasty and the first of its kind to be built outside of China.

As you stroll along the meandering pathways inside, you’ll encounter stunning pavilions, covered walkways, a serene jade green pond teeming with graceful koi fish, and even a collection of 150-year-old miniature trees.

It’s no wonder that this garden has become an undeniable favorite among Vancouver’s Instagrammers. With its timeless beauty and serene atmosphere, it’s the perfect backdrop for capturing unforgettable moments.

Pro tip:
Entry to Sun Yat-Sen Park itself is free for visitors to enjoy. However, there is an admission fee required to enter the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden.

Marvel at Flowers at Leis de Buds


Address: 2202 W 4th Ave, Vancouver, BC V6K 1N8, Canada

Contact details: +1 604-428-7858

Operating hours: Monday to Sunday: 10am to 6pm

In the charming neighborhood of Kitsilano, there’s a hidden gem of a flower and plant shop that will surely catch your eye. You’ll be amazed by the stunning array of blooms and unique greenery that grace its shelves.

On sunny days, this shop transforms with a breathtaking floral display outside and over the entryway, making it a super Instagram-worthy spot. 

Inside, there are locally sourced goods to handcrafted treasures that sets an artisanal atmosphere, with everything curated to perfection.

And here’s the cherry on top – this shop is committed to sustainability and supports BC growers, making it not only a beautiful destination but also an eco-friendly one.

Pro tip:
They also have a studio where you can create your own bouquet. A great way to spend an evening with a loved one or friends if you ask us.

Kick a Pose at Whytecliff Park

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Address: 7102 Marine Dr, West Vancouver, BC V7W 2T3, Canada

Contact details: +1 604-925-7275

Operating hours: Monday to Sunday: 7am to 10pm

Located along the rugged coastline of Howe Sound in West Vancouver is Whytecliff Park. This spot offers breathtaking views of Howe Sound, the majestic mountains, and the rugged coastline, and it’s truly a sight to behold.

But what sets it apart as one of Vancouver’s most Instagrammable spots is the enchanting Whyte Islet. This small island, nestled within West Vancouver, is a true gem and a favorite among photographers, especially during sunset.

Pro tip:
Keep an eye on the tide as it can come in quite swiftly.

Stroll along the Picturesque Seawall

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Address: Vancouver, BC V6G 3E2, Canada

Contact details: +1 604-682-2222

Operating hours: Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

If you’re looking for some spectacular views of the waterfront and Vancouver’s iconic skyline, the Seawall is the place to be. 

Starting from Coal Harbour, you’ll be treated to a stunning sight of Vancouver’s skyscrapers standing tall against the lush greenery of Stanley Park. 

It’s a juxtaposition that’s simply breathtaking and it’s no wonder why this spot is considered one of the most Instagrammable locations in Vancouver.

Pro tip:
A word of caution if you’re out and about after dark: keep an eye out for coyotes. Locals suggest that if you ever find yourself approached by coyotes, shining a phone flashlight on their face might help deter them.

Explore the Bustling Stalls of Granville Island Public Market


Address: Public Market, 1689 Johnston St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3R9, Canada

Contact details: +1 604-666-6655

Operating hours: Monday to Sunday: 9am to 6pm

Granville Island is an absolute haven for Instagrammers. But where we want you to go is the infamous public market. Trust is, it’s worth a visit if you’re looking to take pics of local delicacies.

Inside the market, you’ll find plenty of photo-worthy moments capturing the vibrant local produce. But the photo ops don’t stop there – once you step outside, you’ll be greeted with stunning views of the Burrard Bridge. 

And let’s not forget about the iconic neon ‘Granville Island’ sign – it’s practically begging to be snapped!

Pro tip:
It’s not just an Instagram-worthy place, the surrounding area actually has improv theaters to enjoy shows at and art galleries!

Grab a Photo with the Famous “A-Maze-Ing Laughter” Statues in Morton Park

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Address: Morton Park, 1800 Morton Ave, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Contact details: +1 604-873-7000

Operating hours: Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

You’ve got to check out the “A-Maze-Ing Laughter” sculpture by Yue Minjun in Morton Park – it’s an absolute delight! This beloved bronze masterpiece is sure to bring a smile to your face.

Scattered around the park, this sculpture is a true testament to creativity and brings a vibrant energy to the already scenic surroundings, perfectly capturing the artistic spirit of the city.

Plus, while you’re there, don’t miss out on the breathtaking views overlooking English Bay and Burrard Inlet – it’s the cherry on top of this already amazing experience.

Pro tip:
There’s always people here so if you want photos with no one in the background, the best time to go is in the morning before 10 am.