Located at the top of the Harbour Centre near historic Gastown, Vancouver Lookout is a tourist attraction that offers 360-degree views of the city.
View from the Top of Vancouver
At about 550 ft (or 168 m) high, Vancouver Lookout offers visitors a truly spectacular birds-eye view of the surrounding area. You can see Canada Place and the whole of the downtown core, as well as Stanley Park, the North Shore Mountains, Burrard Inlet, and as far away as Surrey and beyond (assuming good weather).
The attraction’s address is 555 West Hastings Street.
Situated at the edge of Gastown in the Harbour Centre building just a block from Waterfront Station, visitors can have a memorable meal at the Top of Vancouver revolving restaurant (yes, the place really does spin around, but thankfully only very slowly), or just buy a ticket straight to the observation deck.
Tips and Advice
TIP #1: We recommend visiting the Vancouver Lookout on a sunny day. Vancouver is especially beautiful on a clear day as clouds will hide the spectacular North Shore mountains. (The only advantage to visiting the Vancouver Lookout on a rainy day is the fact that it’s an indoor activity – the scenery though just won’t compare).
TIP #2: Especially if you’re into photography, it’s good to know that you are allowed to go up and down the Vancouver Lookout more than once during the day (at least you could at the time of this writing). This means you can go back when the sun is facing different parts of town, or in the evening when it’s setting over the horizon.
TIP #3: If you are visiting from out of town, unless the weather forecast is better earlier in your stay than later, we recommend you visit the Vancouver Lookout at the end of your holiday when it’ll be more interesting when you can recognize places you’ve visited in the distance.
TIP #4: Vancouver Lookout is a participant most years in the Kidsworld Program where children ages 4-13 can attend a selection of local attractions on specific days of the year along with an accompanying adult at no additional cost! It’s a great deal, especially if you want to visit places like the Vancouver Lookout for cheap!
Check out the official Vancouver Lookout website for more information on this great attraction and its amazing views.