10 Best Scenic Viewpoints in Vancouver

Nighttime view of downtown Vancouver from the Stanley Park Seawall

Nighttime view of downtown Vancouver from the Stanley Park Seawall. Photo: Tourism Vancouver / Kazutoshi Yoshimura

Vancouver is a gorgeous city sandwiched between the mountains and the ocean. Whether you’re looking for the perfect photo or just want to soak up the beauty, there are lots of great views around town. Here are our picks for the best scenic viewpoints in Vancouver.

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10 Best Scenic Viewpoints in Vancouver

10 Places to take in Vancouver’s best views

Photo credit: Seasons in the Park

Photo credit: Seasons in the Park

Vancouver ranks high on many indices – quality of life, sustainable practices, food trucks, and Canadian cities to visit. Oh, and Vancouver happens to be gorgeous.

When I first moved to Vancouver nine years ago I always compared Vancouver to the hot, younger sister of the Canadian trinity of cities (hello Toronto/Montreal I’m looking at you, elder siblings). I felt like Vancouver was flighty, a little vapid at times but, boy oh boy, was she a looker.

The longer I live here, the more I realize that Vancouver has a big heart and brains to match her stunning good looks. From all the social justice, education and tech institutions located here to her ability to host a great party to her parks to her greatest asset, her people, Vancouver has much be ranked. She’s the kind of city that some may love to hate (again, looking at you Toronto) because she is the whole package: brains and beauty. 

I’ve gathered up a list of some of best places to admire Vancouver at her most beautiful. Herewith is my personal list of 10 of Vancouver’s prettiest viewpoints or lookouts. This list is not meant to be an exhaustive compilation but instead a start to a conversation about just where we can admire views of our brainy, bodacious city.  Continue reading:
10 Places to take in Vancouver’s best views

The “New” Seasons in the Park: Same Fabulous Views, New Attitude

Seasons in the Park Restaurant. Photo: Sequoia Company of Restaurants

There are few restaurants in Vancouver that can boast views as breathtaking as those at Seasons in the Park Restaurant. Perched on a hillside atop Queen Elizabeth Park—the highest point in the city—the restaurant’s floor-to-ceiling windows and rustic patio take full advantage of the gorgeous vistas of downtown Vancouver’s skyline and the northern mountains. It’s one of the Top 5 Vancouver Restaurants with a View.

I had lunch at Seasons in the Park last week and was surprised to discover that this local favourite has been quietly making substantial changes over the last year. In the past, Seasons was best known as a fine-dining destination, a place for celebrations, family reunions, and other special occasions. Today’s Seasons is still worthy of special events, but it’s evolving away from its former “fine-dining” designation to a more relaxed one: it has changed its menu to include a wide variety of reasonably-priced (though still delicious) casual fare, has extensively renovated its Winebar, and has launched a new cocktail list, too.

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The “New” Seasons in the Park: Same Fabulous Views, New Attitude

Top 10 Vancouver viewpoints

The Lookout (c) Tourism Vancouver

Pulled the night shift at the Vancouver 2010 Main Press Centre at Canada Place last night and the most common query from the international journalists was “Where can we get a great view of the city?”

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Top 10 Vancouver viewpoints