It’s hard to beat this city in the springtime. You’ve got snow on the mountains, cherry blossoms everywhere, and it’s warm enough that you can actually take it all in. So, we’re here to help you do just that, with some absolutely amazing spring viewpoints around Vancouver. From the beaches to the mountains, here’s where your next city adventure should lead to.
This is our guide to some of the most stunning spring viewpoints in Vancouver.
This is the best beach in Stanley Park. Plus, Stanley Park has once again added a devoted lane for cycling this summer, which makes it easy to fold into a springtime bike ride, which is always nice. Anyway, spend a couple of hours hanging out before grabbing that perfect sunset pic.
Where: Stanley Park Dr
Not only is the park gorgeous, but this beach offers one of the best vistas of the Vancouver skyline. It’s less busy than Kits Beach too, so you won’t have to fight off other people in order to get your viewpoint. The final kicker? It’s a popular spot for dog walking, which means dog spotting for you!
Where: 3241 Point Grey Rd
As Vancouver’s only nude beach, this spot provides unobstructed views of the ocean, with a couple of islands here and there for good measure. It’s also the only place where you can get a picture of a full moon during the day. Hehehe. Plus, those stairs can be your exercise for the day.
Where: NW Marine Dr
Grouse Mountain offers the quintessential view of Vancouver from above. Sure, it might be a ‘grind’ to get up there, but you’ll be rewarded with a stunning vista of Vancouver, the ocean, and the rest of the Lower Mainland. Catch it on a super clear day and you might even see Mt. Rainier in the distance.
Where: 6400 Nancy Greene Way
The Cypress Mountain lookout definitely isn’t as popular as the Grouse Grind. But! This one does save you like 2800 stairs to climb and is still absolutely gorgeous. Perfect for a quick afternoon trip to West Van, and a great way to show off the full city to anyone who might be visiting.
Where: Cypress Bowl Road, West Vancouver
This sprawling park in the heart of Mount Pleasant also happens to be the highest point in the city of Vancouver. Enjoy some beautiful flora before finding a great vista of the city and mountains to the north. And, maybe even bring a few snacks for a picnic out there!
Where: 4600 Cambie St
While cruise ship spotting is unlikely anytime soon, the Lions Gate Bridge offers amazing views of Stanley Park, the Burrard Inlet, and the city’s skyline. It’s kind of a doozy to get to the middle, but it’s absolutely worth it! Definitely a bucket list option for the spring viewpoints in Vancouver.
Where: Lions Gate Bridge Rd
This spot at the edge of West Van is a double whammy of fun. First, you’ve got a very photogenic lighthouse. Then, you’re treated to a rare view of Vancouver, which is best experienced early in the morning to capture that glorious dawn shot. One of the few spots on this list where we recommend sunrise over sunset trips.
Where: 4902 Beacon Ln
We like this spot because it offers gorgeous views of downtown Vancouver and is still relatively accessible. And as an added bonus, taking the SeaBus to get over there is actually a nice ride. Who would have thought that public transport could be so fun!?
Where: 123 Carrie Cates Court, North Vancouver
This might be a weird pick, but it’s one of our favourite views in Vancouver. You get amazing views of Canada Place, and the bridge into it from the edge of Gastown shows the stark difference between East Van and Downtown. Underappreciated area, in our eyes. At sunset, it’s awash in light.
Where: 101 E Waterfront Rd
And that’s our roundup of some amazing spring viewpoints to check out around Vancouver! We hope that you make the most of our beautiful city this spring, folks!