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The Best Places to Watch Breathtaking Sunsets in Vancouver

The Best Places to Watch Breathtaking Sunsets in Vancouver

Sunsets are truly spectacular moments, often overshadowing even the dawn. Yet, in our busy schedules, we often overlook this particular beauty of nature. 

That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the best spots in Vancouver to witness these breathtaking sunsets. Whether you choose to capture them in your mind or on your phone, we’re confident you’ll find at least one spot that resonates with you!

Sunset Beach

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


  • Open daily from 7 AM – 11 PM

Sunset Beach Park stands out as one of the prime sunset spots in Vancouver, hence the name! Nestled in the West End, this picturesque stretch offers unparalleled views of the ocean and mountains, making it a favorite among locals and visitors alike. 

What sets Sunset Beach Park apart are the public art pieces dotting its landscape, providing perfect foregrounds for sunset photography enthusiasts. 

From the iconic Inukshuk to oversized engagement rings, there’s no shortage of photo opportunities here, so be sure to have your camera ready. 

You’ll find it along English Bay as an idyllic setting for intimate evenings or stunning sunset photography sessions. During the summer months, many gather with their beach chairs to witness the breathtaking spectacle of fiery reds, oranges, and yellows. 

Pro Tip:
For that perfect sunset snap, make sure your phone or camera is fully charged and stake your spot early!

Barrett’s View 


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


  • Open 24 hours

When you’re searching for the most stunning spot to watch the sunset in Vancouver, look no further than Barrett’s View, also known as the Cypress Mountain viewpoint. 

This extraordinary vantage point offers sweeping vistas of downtown Vancouver, Stanley Park, and the Lions Gate Bridge. As the sky gradually blushes pink, the view becomes truly magical, making it a must-visit destination for sunset enthusiasts.

Pro Tip:
While accessible via public transport, reaching this spot may require a bit more effort, but the payoff is undeniably worth it.

English Bay, Second Beach, and Third Beach

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Location: Vancouver, BC V6G 1Z4, Canada


  • Open 24 hours

Looking for a prime spot to unwind and soak in the sunset? Look no further than English Bay or Second/Third Beach at Stanley Park. These seaside spots give you enough space to spread out with a blanket and picnic or enjoy drinks on a nearby patio. 

Plus, with plenty of restaurants and food options nearby, you’ll have lots of choices for post-sunset dining or drinks. 

For a more secluded sunset experience, head to Third Beach in Stanley Park. Here, you’ll be treated to sweeping views of the ocean and sky that are sure to leave you in awe. 

While Third Beach can get busy, especially during summer or sunny days, many visitors tend to leave after the sun sets, allowing you to enjoy the calming beauty of the coastline.

Pro Tip:
Some of the city’s top Happy Hours can be found in this area, so consider checking out Cactus Club English Bay or CRAFT English Bay for excellent deals.

False Creek Seawall

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Location: Vancouver, BC V6G 3E2, Canada


  • Open 24 hours

If you’re from Yaletown, you’ve probably heard that one of the best spots to catch a stunning sunset in Vancouver is along the False Creek seawall.

During golden hour, the scenery transforms into a breathtaking spectacle with the sky and water painted in countless hues. Although you won’t witness the sun dip below the horizon from this vantage point, the vibrant display of colors is truly mesmerizing. 

Plus, the bonus of watching adorable dogs frolic along the seawall adds to the charm. It’s undoubtedly one of the most picture-perfect scenes Vancouver has to offer.

Pro Tip:
For an even more spectacular view, head towards Science World to enjoy the downtown skyline and the iconic BC Place stadium as the backdrop.

Wreck Beach

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Location: SW Marine Dr, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4, Canada


  • Open 24 hours

For another memorable sunset experience in Vancouver, visit Wreck Beach at UBC, renowned for its stunning views of the sun sinking below the horizon. 

It’s a unique spot, known for its clothing-optional atmosphere, so you might catch more than just the sunset. Just note that while the views are fleeting, so will your stay as you won’t be allowed to stay overnight.

Pro Tip:
The beach is clothing optional, and kids are allowed there.

Lions Gate Bridge

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


  • Open 24 hours

The Lions Gate Bridge offers breathtaking views both day and night, making it an excellent spot for watching the sunset. During the day, you can marvel at its beauty against the backdrop of the harbor and North Shore Mountains. 

As the sun sets, the bridge becomes even more spectacular, with twinkling lights reflecting off the water and Stanley Park’s lights in the background. If you’re lucky, you might spot an eagle soaring across the sky. 

Despite occasional windiness, a visit to the bridge promises stunning views and a romantic atmosphere, perfect for capturing unforgettable sunset photos. 

Pro Tip:
Traffic can be heavy during peak hours, so it’s best to bike or walk when you can. Plus, doing so is a great exercise!

Deer Lake

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Location: Burnaby, British Columbia


  • Open 24 hours

Walking around Deer Lake in Burnaby is already our favorite activity, but catching the sunset from the canoe rental side takes the experience to another level. 

While it may not be a top spot for sunset seekers outside of the local neighborhood, witnessing the sun sink behind the trees against the backdrop of South Burnaby’s ever-changing skyline is an absolute must. 

Pro Tip:
There’s parking right by the water, so you can easily access these breathtaking views without having to trek far.

Cypress Lookout

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Location: Cypress Bowl Rd, West Vancouver, BC, Canada


  • Open daily from 7 AM – 11 PM

Cypress Lookout Point on Cypress Mountain is a prime spot in Vancouver for sunset watching. With its panoramic view of the city and beyond, it’s a breathtaking sight no matter the season. 

Whether you’re gazing at the sky’s transition from blue and pink to a deep purple at dusk or capturing stunning photographs, Cypress Lookout Point promises a memorable experience. 

Pro Tip:
Plenty of parking is available, making it convenient for visitors of all ages to access. Plus, you can enjoy a picnic at the park, as there are tables available for dining.

Crescent Beach

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Location: Beecher St, Surrey, BC V4A 2E1, Canada


  • Open from 11 AM – 8:30 PM

One of the top attractions in Surrey is Crescent Beach, especially during sunset when it showcases its beauty at its finest. What sets it apart from other beaches is its pet-friendly policy. 

From mid-September to mid-May, dogs are allowed on the beach, provided they’re leashed. This rule changes during the summer months due to the higher volume of visitors, ensuring safety for both dogs and beachgoers. 

While a stroll at high tide still offers pleasant views, the beach is significantly narrower, so the experience may not be as impressive.

Pro Tip:
For the best beach experience, visit during low tide when the shoreline stretches out endlessly, creating a spectacular sight. 

Kitsilano Beach

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Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada


  • Open 24 hours

Crossing the Burrard Bridge to Kitsilano leads us to one of our favorite spots for sunset watching in Vancouver: Kitsilano Beach, often called Kits Beach. 

Located across the water from downtown Vancouver, the atmosphere here is more relaxed compared to English Bay. There are fewer large crowds and a mix of people enjoying activities like beach volleyball, cycling, and leisurely strolls. 

Kitsilano Beach spans two kilometers of shoreline and sits outside False Creek, offering stunning views of the city skyline and the setting sun. During summer, the beach basks in ample sunshine, making it perfect for picnics and beach volleyball. 

As the day winds down, find a spot on the sand and watch the sky transform into hues of pink, orange, and purple. This riot of colors as a backdrop is perfect for your group photos with family and friends!

Pro Tip:
For a simple and tasty picnic, grab some bagels from Siegel’s nearby and savor them as the sun dips below the horizon, painting the sky in shades of blue and gold.

Fred Gingell Park

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Location: 253 English Bluff Rd, Delta, BC V4M 2M9, Canada


  • Open daily from 8 AM – 10 PM

In search of a new Vancouver sunset spot? Consider Fred Gingell Park in Delta, where sublime views await over the Strait of Georgia and the Gulf Islands. 

This lush park, often dubbed one of Delta’s best-kept secrets, boasts a steep set of stairs leading down to the picturesque Tsawwassen Beach. 

The park features a 50-meter-high cliff, likened by locals to a mini version of the Grouse Grind, ideal for a workout. Once atop, the lookout area offers unparalleled views, making it the perfect spot to watch the sunset over the mountains.

Pro Tip:
When you need to go, you need to go. At the entrance of the beach, you’ll find a portable toilet for your comfort.

Lighthouse Park

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Location: 4902 Beacon Ln, West Vancouver, BC V7W 1K5, Canada


  • Open daily from 7 AM – 10 PM

One of the top sunset spots in West Vancouver is Lighthouse Park, featuring the picturesque Point Atkinson Lighthouse. While it’s quite popular, reaching it requires a bit of walking, making it less crowded than other spots. 

Yet, the effort pays off with stunning views. With its iconic white base and red top, set amidst rocky terrain, Lighthouse Park is a favorite among locals for sunset viewing. 

Situated on the western tip of West Vancouver, it offers breathtaking vistas of Burrard Inlet and the North Shore Mountains. The rugged coastline creates a serene setting to witness the sun dip below the horizon.

Pro Tip:
This spot is the perfect getaway from the city’s hustle and bustle. Also, it’s a very popular area for proposals due to its IG-worthiness.

Burnaby Mountain Park (Simon Fraser University)

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Location: 100 Centennial Way, Burnaby, BC V5A 2X9, Canada


  • Open 24 hours

If you’ve neem to Simon Fraser University (SFU), you’ve at least caught the sunset at the Burnaby Mountain campus. There’s something truly captivating about witnessing the sun sink behind the mountains, painting the sky with fiery hues. 

While the campus itself offers a decent sunset view, an even more breathtaking sight awaits at Burnaby Mountain Park. Here, you can explore scenic trails and soak in panoramic views of Burnaby, Downtown Vancouver, Deep Cove, and the Burrard Inlet.

The playground near Rose Garden offers a pleasant spot for children to play. Plus, there are several restrooms conveniently located along the trails. 

Pro Tip:
As for dog-friendliness, you’ll often see people walking their dogs along the trails, making it a welcoming environment for furry companions.

White Rock

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Location: British Columbia, Canada


  • Open 24 hours

White Rock earns its spot on almost all lists of amazing sunset spots as Canada’s longest pier. A stroll along this 470-meter pier during golden hour is a must-try experience. 

Being surrounded by pink and golden skies with the sun setting behind the trees, the ocean to your left, and darkened details adding to the ambiance, it all is as magical as can be. 

Locals swear by White Rock’s sunset views, nestled on Semiahmoo Bay on the Canadian side. This coastal city offers mesmerizing vistas of the ocean and sky, making it one of Vancouver’s most stunning sunset spots. 

With its picturesque pier, sandy beaches, and scenic walking trails, White Rock sets the stage for nature’s evening spectacle.

Pro Tip:
Head to the small lookout at Centennial Clock to catch a stunning view of the sunset over the pier.

Capitol Hill Reservoir Park

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Location: 229 N Hythe Ave, Burnaby, BC V5B 1G6, Canada


  • Sunday to Monday: 7 AM – 12:30 AM
  • Tuesday to Saturday: 7 AM – 12 AM

Capitol Hill in Burnaby is a favorite spot among locals to watch the sunset. Situated on the north slopes of Burnaby Mountain, this stunning park offers incredible views of the downtown city skyline and beyond, along with views of the North Shore Mountains. 

It’s a small green space tucked away in a residential block, with little more than a patch of grass and a few benches, but don’t let its size fool you. This hidden spot is one of the prettiest and most romantic sunset spots that Vancouver has to offer. 

As the sun sets over the bay, you’ll be treated to beautiful hues of yellow and orange that will take your breath away. With its sweeping panoramic view, Capitol Hill is ideal for a breathtaking sunset each night.

Pro Tip:
We recommend getting here early to snag one of the coveted benches as there are only a few up for grabs! 

Steveston (Richmond)

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Location: Richmond, BC, Canada


  • Open 24 hours

One of the best things to do in Richmond is to visit Steveston. This charming fishing village, famous for its seafood and filming locations, holds a special appeal for us due to its stunning sunset views. 

A historical port in the City of Richmond, Steveston also offers plenty of local shops and restaurants to explore. Whether you choose to watch the sunset along the boardwalk or at the Steveston Fisherman’s Wharf, you’re in for a memorable experience.

Pro Tip:
Our recommendation? Grab some ice cream or fish and chips nearby and settle in to enjoy the spectacle.

Queen Elizabeth Park

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


  • Open daily from 6 AM – 10 PM

Queen Elizabeth Park is your picturesque setting for a sunset stroll. While you won’t witness the sun setting on the horizon, there’s a special charm to exploring the park during golden hour. 

Perched at the highest point in Vancouver, the park provides stunning views of North Vancouver and the distant sunset. With its lush greenery and scenic vistas, Queen Elizabeth Park is a popular spot to catch the sun’s descent amidst the trees and clouds.

Pro Tip:
Don’t forget to admire the park’s iconic fountains and visit the Bloedel Conservatory for more stunning sunset scenes!

Lonsdale Quay

Location: North Vancouver, BC, Canada


  • Open 24 hours

Lonsdale Quay, situated across from Coal Harbour in Downtown Vancouver, offers one of the best views of the city skyline across the Burrard Inlet. Accessible via Seabus, it’s an ideal choice for sunset viewing accessible by public transport. 

As the sun sets, you’ll witness a stunning silhouette of Vancouver’s skyline, enhanced by the numerous bars, restos, and buildings nearby. 

Pro Tip:
Be sure to catch the sunset at least once from this spot – it’s truly something special!

Ambleside Beach

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Location: Argyle Ave, West Vancouver, BC V7V 1A4, Canada


  • Open daily from 12 PM – 7 PM

Located within the vast Ambleside Park in West Vancouver, Ambleside Beach stretches from Lions Gate Bridge to the foot of 13th Street. It’s an ideal spot for a day of exploration, with sandy shores, scattered logs, and stunning views of the sunset. 

The beach overlooks the oceanfront buildings against a backdrop of mountains, creating the perfect picturesque sunset setting. 

Pro Tip:
When exploring, keep in mind that there are no provisions for stays over 24 hours in the public car parks nearby.

Burrard Bridge

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Location: Burrard Bridge, Vancouver, BC, Canada


  • Open 24 hours

Standing on Burrard Bridge to watch the sunset might seem unconventional, but we believe it offers one of the most picturesque views of the West End, making it worth experiencing at least once. 

On the East side of the bridge, you’ll find benches along the pedestrian path where you can sit and soak in the scenery. While it’s not typically listed among Vancouver’s top sunset spots, the breathtaking views from Burrard Bridge speak for themselves. 

With scenic vistas from both sides, the West side provides the optimal vantage point for sunset views, as the sun descends over the distant horizon. 

Despite the occasional blurriness, you can expect your photo to show a radiant sun setting on the left, casting its glow over the ocean below. On the right, you’ll see beaches, buildings, and boat docks.

It’s ideal for taking pictures and observing boat traffic, particularly on clear days. While there’s a slight incline, benches are available if you need to rest.

Pro Tip:
Access is convenient from both ends of the walkway, but be cautious of bikes and cars. 

Whytecliff Park

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


  • Open daily from 7 AM – 10 PM

Whytecliff Park, near Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver, holds a special place in our hearts as a must-visit park. It’s a prime spot to catch a stunning sunset, with its rocky island offering a picturesque backdrop for memorable photos. 

As the sun dips below the horizon, expect to see the sky burst into a mix of purple, pink, orange, and yellow hues, creating a breathtaking scene against the silhouette of dark mountains. 

Adding to the charm and serenity is the sight of BC Ferries passing by on the ocean, While reaching this hidden area may initially seem challenging, the journey is undoubtedly worth it.

Pro Tip:
At the park, there’s a decent-sized parking lot, but it gets busy on weekends, especially in summer. If it’s full, don’t worry. 
Just past the park entrance and a bit further up the road, you’ll find overflow parking on your right.

Coal Harbour

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Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada


  • Open 24 hours

Coal Harbour in Vancouver is your chance to witness the stunning sunset. Whether strolling along the Seawall or atop the Cactus Club restaurant, you’ll find picturesque views. 

You’ll be surrounded by the sun framed by the ocean below, with trees, a walkway, and yachts dotting the horizon. 

Pro Tip:
Try to get the public art sculptures in the foreground while you snap the scenic sunset. Our favorite pieces are The Drop in front of Mahony’s Tavern and the Digital Orca in Jack Poole Plaza.

Granville Bridge

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Location: Granville Bridge, Vancouver, BC V5Y 1V4, Canada


  • Open 24 hours

For a different perspective and clearer views of the sunset, head to the Granville Bridge, another excellent location. From here, you can capture stunning shots that include the Burrard Bridge, a popular spot for photographers. 

As the sun sets, the sky turns pink and yellow. In your photo, you’ll see numerous waterfront buildings and the bridge on the left side, adding more charm to the view.

Pro Tip:
Walk slowly along the bridge to get different angles of the sunset. Just note that the pedestrian pathway can be a bit narrow.

Horseshoe Bay Lookout Platform

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Location: Horseshoe Bay Drive, West Vancouver, BC, Canada


  • Open 24 hours

For a unique spot to catch the sunset in Vancouver, head to the Horseshoe Bay Lookout Platform. This secret spot offers a perfect setting for a romantic evening or that picturesque photo opportunity. 

From the elevated platform, you get to enjoy breathtaking views of Howe Sound as the sun sets. Watching the ferries glide in and out of the harbor adds to the serene ambiance of this popular spot, beloved by locals for its natural beauty and tranquility.

Pro Tip:
Accessible via a short ferry ride from Horseshoe Bay to destinations like Nanaimo, Langdale, and Bowen Island, it’s worth the trip. The best way to reach the lookout is by car – it’s about a 25-minute drive from Vancouver.