A picture is worth a thousand words, so what better way to document Vancouver’s beauty than through photographs. Whether you’re local to the area or a visitor, you may want to capture all its best angles but not know where to start. Here are the top 10 spots around the city to step-up your Instagram feed!
1. Pink Alley, W Hastings St.
The vibrant colors and bold designs might make this spot the most recognizable street in all of Vancouver. Pink Alley, also known as Alley Oop, is the perfect backdrop to liven up any Instagram photo. The walls and a portion of the ground are painted in beautiful pinks and yellows. The fun, abstract designs also make for some variety and keep the eye interested. You can find the Pink Alley near W Hastings and Granville St. which is a 2-minute walk from the Waterfront Skytrain Station.
2. Prospect Point, Stanley Park
The Lions Gate Bridge is a beautiful structure that connects Stanley Park to North Vancouver. Prospect Point, on the northern edge of Stanley Park, offers a stunning view of the bridge and more! At this lookout, you get a clear sight of the Lions Gate Bridge and its accompanying mountain landscape. It’s the perfect photo-op that beginner and professional photographers alike will want to capture.
3. Burrard Landing, Waterfront
Looking for grand and amazing structures all in one place? The Burrard Landing is the place to be for just that. Located right by Canada Place, this area is home to a number of Instagram-worthy sculptures. You’ll especially want to keep an eye out for the Olympic Cauldron and the Digital Orca to add to your photo collection.
4. Vancouver Public Library, W Georgia St.
For breathtaking architecture, you won’t want to miss a visit to the Vancouver Public Library. The curved shape of the building and its frequent use of windows creates an open and bright atmosphere. Combined with its lush rooftop garden, this multi-story library provides a good opportunity to get creative with your Instagram photos, inside and outside of the building!
5. Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, Chinatown
To bring some peace to your Instagram feed, take a stroll through Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden. The trees, structures, and serene pond make for a beautiful and calming space. Take photos and spend the day at this Ming Dynasty-style garden home, and share what you learned about Chinese culture with your family and friends!
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6. Sunset Beach Park, West End
The West End of Vancouver is the district of many of the city’s most prized beaches, Sunset Beach Park being no exception to that. It is a quintessential Instagram-worthy view. The long stretch of this sandy beach and the waves softly crashing on the shore make for a beautiful landscape photograph. But as you may have guessed by its name, this west-facing beach also gets phenomenal sunsets. If you’re lucky, you just might be able to capture the perfect golden hour.
7. Granville Island
Known as an artistic and charming area, Granville Island has many picturesque spots. But if you do ever find yourself on the island, be sure to make your way underneath the Granville Bridge. There, you’ll have a great vantage point of the Granville Island neon sign. Being one of the more popular tourist attractions in Vancouver, this is a must-see spot to add to your Instagram photo to-do list.
8. Siwash Rock, Stanley Park
The Siwash Rock is a sight to marvel at! This is a spectacular rock formation that stands out from the water and has a lonesome tree sitting on top. It is located on the northwestern coast of Stanley Park and can be seen from nearby hiking trails. There’s even a walkable pathway right by the water, for a perfect view of the formation. Head over to the Siwash Rock to take advantage of this photo opportunity!
9. Brockton Point Lighthouse, Stanley Park
Being the city’s largest urban park, wandering around Stanley Park is your best bet for finding photo spots just like the Brockton Point Lighthouse! It is a grand red and white structure that, on its own, will make a great addition to your Instagram feed. But the view behind it is just as much something to marvel at. At this lookout point, you’ll be able to get a view of the North Vancouver skyline and the mountains just over the water.
10. Queen Elizabeth Park, Cambie St.
This lush, green oasis is guaranteed to be the perfect backdrop or subject for your next Instagram post. Queen Elizabeth Park is an urban landmark in Vancouver. Located on top of a hill, you can snap photos of the distant landscape of the city. But the beautiful greenery of the Quarry Gardens and Rose Garden are the true stars of the show. The Queen Elizabeth Park is one photo spot you won’t want to miss!