On grey days like today, it’s always a good idea to remind ourselves that Vancouver is an amazingly beautiful city even when it’s cloudy! With its epic sunsets, snow-capped mountains, and sky-scraping trees, this place is pretty easy on the eye.
Whether you’re already an Instagram aficionado or you’ve never heard of it, these 10 places are great to check out as a guaranteed spot to take some great photos. A picture is worth a thousand words, so we’ll let this list do the talking. Can you guess #1?
10. Outdoor art pieces
The scenery isn’t always the centre of attention in Vancouver, the outdoor art installations also get a lot of love! Some of the most popular art pieces captured most commonly on Instagram include the Digital Whale near the Convention Centre, the laughing men in English Bay, the East Van Cross, and other public art pieces.
9. The rainbow crosswalk on Davie Street
The city of Vancouver installed a permanent rainbow crosswalk on Davie Street to celebrate the Pride Festival in 2013. They have been a permanent staple in many photos of Vancouver, celebrating pride and acceptance in this city. They make an already colourful neighbourhood even brighter!
8. The Gastown Steam Clock
It’s no surprise that the Gastown Steam Clock is so often photographed, especially at night. But, no matter what the time, you’ll always find a group of photographers crowded around the clock taking a picture at the corner of Water and Cambie Streets as steam escapes from the clock.
7. Lions Gate Bridge
Most Vancouverites have a love/hate relationship with the Lions Gate Bridge. This iconic bridge provides access to the North Shore and the mountains, but can also get a bit snagged by traffic. No matter what your opinion of it is, we can all agree that the bridge definitely makes for a very pretty picture!
6. Science World
Popular for kids and adults alike (especially with their new Adults-Only nights), Science World makes a great background object for photos. When it’s lit up at night it’s a sight to behold and looks almost alien-like.
5. Top of Grouse Mountain
The photos from the top of Grouse Mountain can be breathtaking, with a view stretching across Vancouver and over to the Island. You can almost see the lights flickering in the city below. Many photos are also now being taken of the popular Grouse Mountain Light Walk.
Okay, it’s not a location, but Vancouverites LOVE their food. And, they love taking pictures of it! Foodie pictures change from season to season, but the most common shots are drool-worthy images of pasta dishes, epic sandwiches, locally-crafted ice cream, and waffles.
3. In nature (hiking, biking, running, golfing, paddleboarding, etc…)
The climate in Vancouver sure helps make it possible to hike, bike, and paddleboard all year long! Locals and tourists alike head to the mountains and trails in droves, getting the great fresh air that all the nature surrounding us provides. Popular locations for photos include Grouse Mountain, Deep Cove, Kitsilano beach, and local parks.
2. Stanley Park Seawall
Whether you’re biking, running, or walking around it, there’s a good chance that you’ll pause for a few seconds to get a picture. The Stanley Park Seawall is a great place to take a leisurely stroll or a long 18km run, it’s nice and flat, has amazing views, and has interesting activities going on around it! Don’t be surprised in the summer if you come across a raging drum circle, an outdoor movie, or a random dance party.
1. English Bay Sunset
Sunsets in Vancouver can be absolutely spectacular, and the best seat in the house to take them in is at English Bay. The sky puts on a show with fiery reds, opulent oranges, and pleasant purple/pinks. Most of the time you just have to stop what you’re doing, stare at the sky and mutter to yourself “wow!”
Where’s your favourite place in Vancouver to take photos? Let us know in the comment section below!