Canada was recently named the second-most beautiful country in the world, and Vancouver is no exception.
With lush forests, awe-inspiring coastlines, soaring mountain ranges, and wildlife galore, our port city is famous for its beauty.
Whether you are looking to stargaze, soak in a sunset, or simply see a sweeping perspective of the Lower Mainland, here are some of the best places to do so near the city.
Vancouver viewpoints and beyond
Top of Vancouver
Dinner and a view, anyone?
The Top of Vancouver Revolving Restaurant offers an unbeatable dining experience. For one, the view is spectacular: perched 553 feet high above the city streets, guests are privy to sweeping views of downtown Vancouver. What's more, the restaurant offers delectable high-end entrées and appetizers, as well as a bevy of mouthwatering desserts.
While this stunning viewpoint isn't located in the City of Vancouver, it is well worth the journey and the hike. Not only does the excursion provide a great workout, but the payoff will also take your breath away. There panoramic views of the Howe Sound at the end, as well as a number of beautiful waterfalls to see along the way.
Note: Due to COVID-19, Stawamus Chief Park will be open for day use including climbing, however the main Chief Trail (Backside Trail) is closed. Apron Parking Lot and the Climbers Parking lot are open. All campsites are open.
Burnaby Mountain's viewpoint offers scenic views of the Burrard Inlet, downtown Vancouver and the Indian arm. What's more, there are a number of lovey trails to hike through on the mountain, which makes it an ideal place to get some exercise as well as soak in a marvellous panorama. In addition, residents of the Lower Mainland may access the locale from a number of buses.
The view from Grouse Mountain is beautiful on its own; however, the mountain's Eye of the Wind attraction offers a view that can't be beat. The viewPod is actually the highest vantage point in the Lower Mainland that is accessible to the public. So, if you are looking for a jaw-dropping view from way up high, this is the place to be.
Located at the northern tip of Stanley Park, Prospect Point offers sweeping vistas of the city as well as a fantastic place to watch cruise ships sail past. What's more, the spot is rich in history. For example, the SS Beaver crashed ran aground at the point in 1888, and the signal station was erected in 1923.
Porteau Cove Provincial Park
Porteau Cove Provincial Park, located in Squamish off the Sea to Sky highway, offers a fantastic place to soak in the stars. This is because it is farther away from the city’s light pollution and provides the perfect stage for sky magic. So, if you are looking to catch a meteor shower, a lunar eclipse, or even the northern lights, this is the place to be.