It’s hard to beat this city in the springtime. You’ve got snow on the mountains, cherry blossoms popping up everywhere, and it’s usually warm enough to shed some of the thicker layers. So with that in mind, we thought we’d share some scenic spots around the city to take in the spring views – from the beaches to the mountains.
By far our favourite beach in Stanley Park, and the perfect walking distance to English Bay if you want to make an afternoon of it. You’ve got sandy beaches, lush trees, and plenty of spring flowers popping up to catch your eye!
Where: Stanley Park Drive
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 experience. The final kicker? It’s a popular spot for dog walking, which means its dog watch o’clock for you!
Where: 3241 Point Grey Road
As Vancouver’s only nude beach, this spot provides unobstructed views of the ocean (among other things). Plus, those stairs can be your exercise for the day!
Where: North West Marine Drive
Don’t get us wrong, you’re pretty much guaranteed the best views from any point at False Creek. If you want to get a more comprehensive view of the skyline, water, trees, and happy off-leash dogs running around, then you’ll definitely want to check out the views above Charleson Park.
Its prime position also reduces the risk of accidentally wandering into the bike path and getting hit by a cyclist. So that’s a win.
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 Road
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 Lane
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
And that’s our roundup of some amazing spring viewpoints to check out around Vancouver! Cheers.