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Vancouver’s best places for photography include its skylines, nature, mountains, water, buildings and people. Learn where in Vancouver to take photos and why Vancouver is a photographer’s paradise and playground.

Best Places for Photography

Directly below is a list of some of the top places from which to take amazing shots, plus scroll to the bottom of the page for examples.

Cleveland Dam Reservoir with Snow
Cleveland Dam and Capilano River Regional Park in Winter

North Shore Scenic Spots

  • Cleveland Dam (for stunning views of Capilano Lake with the snow-capped  Lions peaks in the background).
  • Cypress Mountain (from the top of the ski hill, or from the lookout three-quarters of the way up the road).
  • Deep Cove (both from the shore and from a boat in the water, either rented or your own)
  • Grouse Mountain (from the SkyTram, the ski slopes, the chairlifts, the ziplines and most spectacular of all – from the observation deck in the giant “Eye of the Wind” turbine).
Grouse Mountain tram above snowy trees in the winter
Grouse Mountain SkyTram in Winter
  • Lighthouse Park (it has exceptional views of the North Shore and Vancouver in the distance – so bring a zoom lens.  If you’re lucky, you might even get snow-capped Mount Baker in the background to the city).
  • Lonsdale Quay (great views of the tugboats and Vancouver across the water, both from the ground and up in the observation tower with the giant “Q” on top, not to mention from the Seabus too while crossing the inlet).
  • Mt. Seymour (spectacular views of area mountains, Vancouver and the entire Lower Mainland from the top of the ski hill on a sunny day).

Top Photo Spots in the City

Vancouver from a boat in English Bay
Vancouver from a boat in English Bay
  • False Creek (anywhere along the seawall, including from both the Burrard and Granville Street Bridges, the Olympic Village close to Science World, along the water near Yaletown, or near the entrance to English Bay).
  • Granville Island (at the public market inside, and everywhere in the region outside that’s close to the water.)
  • Kitsilano (from its beach, or Jericho, Spanish Banks or any of the other beaches along those shores too).
  • Queen Elizabeth Park (any time of year, but especially when there are spring and early summer flowers, or in October with the autumn leaves).
  • Stanley Park (from virtually anywhere, but in particular near Siwash Rock, locations facing south toward Vancouver’s downtown skyline, and multiple angles toward the Lions Gate Bridge).
  • Sun Yat-Sen Garden (especially from May to September).
  • Vancouver Lookout (for the most amazing 360 degree views of the city, but it needs to be on a sunny clear day).
  • VanDusen Garden (year-round, including in the winter with their night time Christmas lights).
  • Yaletown (along the False Creek waterfront).

Sunset Photography Along the River
Sunset photography during the eagle-viewing season

Other Great Places for Photography

  • Sea to Sky (any one of dozens of places along the highway).
  • Whistler (both in the village and all over the ski hill, especially from the peaks).
Vancouver Sunset from Lonsdale Quay
An early February Sunset from Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver

The above are some of the absolute best places for taking photos and admiring the view, but there are more.

Click any of the following pictures to learn more about the location and its attractions.

Howe Sound view from the from the Sea to Sky Highway
Sea to Sky Highway View
View of Granville Island with reflection in False Creek waters
Granville Island from False Creek Seawall
Sunset at Siwash Rock in Stanley Park
Siwash Rock in Stanley Park
Sun Yat-Sen Garden in Vancouver's Chinatown
Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden
Vancouver from the False Creek seawall near the Olympic Village
View of False Creek from the Olympic Village
People admiring the Lions Gate Bridge from Stanley Park's Prospect Point
Prospect Point at Stanley Park
Beautiful evening sunset in English Bay from Stanley Park
Sunset from Third Beach at Stanley Park
Queen Elizabeth Park and the fountains by the Bloedel Conservatory
Bloedel Conservatory at Queen Elizabeth Park
Boats in the water at Deep Cove in North Vancouver
Deep Cove in North Vancouver
View of Coal Harbour from a boat in Burrard Inlet
Coal Harbour from a Harbour Cruise Boat
Evening view from Granville Island
View of Burrard Street Bridge from Granville Island

View of West Vancouver and it's coastline from the Lions Gate Bridge
West Vancouver from Lions Gate Bridge
Couple on rocks admiring Vancouver from Lighthouse Park
Lighthouse Park in West Vancouver
View of Indian Arm from Burnaby Mountain
View from Burnaby Mountain
View of Vancouver from Cypress Mountain
View from Cypress Mountain
Vancouver View from Queen Elizabeth Park
View from Queen Elizabeth Park



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