Last Updated on April 18, 2023 by admin
Vancouver BC is a stunning coastal city filled with numerous Instagrammable viewpoints and attractions. Whether you’re a tourist or a professional photographer, you’ll want to know exactly where to go to see some of Vancouver’s best backdrops. We created this post to share 34 of Vancouver’s most Instagrammable spots. Pack your camera, make sure your phone is charged, and have fun exploring!
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Best Places to Take Photos in Vancouver BC
Vancouver Convention Centre West Building, 1055 Canada Pl, Vancouver, BC V6C 0C3, Canada
“Digital Orca by Douglas Coupland” by Ruth and Dave is licensed under CC BY 2.0
The Digital Orca is a sculpture located in Canada Place. It was created in 2009 and depicts a pixelated orca whale. If you head to the Vancouver Convention Centre, you can’t miss it. These whales migrate through the waters near Vancouver and are an important aspect of indigenous cultures. The orca whale is an important figure for many First Nations groups, often seen as the guardian of the ocean.
Capilano Suspension Bridge
3735 Capilano Rd, North Vancouver, BC V7R 4J1, Canada
One of the best places to take photos while in Vancouver is at the Capilano Suspension Bridge. (We wrote a full guide on the Capilano Suspension Bridge.) The suspension bridge is 450 feet long. We recommend visiting a bit before closing for the best chances of getting a photo on the bridge without too many other people. If you’re patient, you might just get the opportunity for one during the afternoon. (Like we did!) There will also be less people there if you go on a rainy day.
3735 Capilano Rd, North Vancouver, BC V7R 4J1, Canada
While you’re at the Capilano Suspension Bridge, be sure to also complete the Cliffwalk. The Cliffwalk is a Canadian Signature Experience, meaning it’s been designated as a once-in-a-lifetime travel experience. The walk will take you through the rainforest through a series of pathways that literally jut out of the cliff face.
1055 Canada Pl, Vancouver, BC V6C 0C3, Canada
“Olympic Cauldron Vancouver” by dronepicr is licensed under CC BY 2.0
The Olympic Cauldron was created for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. It’s located in the Jack Poole Plaza, which is right next to Canada Place. During the Olympics, it was lit throughout the competition. Today, it’s only lit on special occasions. Behind the cauldron, you’ll be able to see Vancouver Harbor, North Vancouver, and the North Shore Mountains.
999 Canada Pl, Vancouver, BC V6C 3T4, Canada
“Vancouver B.C. – Canada Place ‘Canapies'” by David Paul Ohmer is licensed under CC BY 2.0
Canada Place is a national landmark located right on the waterfront. You can’t miss this building, as the top of the building resembles sails on a ship. Located within Canada Place is the terminal for Vancouver-Alaska cruises, the Vancouver Convention Centre East, the FlyOver Canada experience, the Pan Pacific Hotel, the World Trade Centre, and Westpark. Canada Place is also where many events are held.
Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC V6G 1Z4, Canada
The totem poles at Brockton Point (located within the famous Stanley Park) were created by the First Nations people. There are a total of 9 totem poles in this location, and each of them tells a unique story. When visiting, remember to be respectful if taking photos.
Stanley Park Seawall
Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC V6G 1Z4, Canada
“Vancouver Seawall – Stanley Park” by abdallahh is licensed under CC BY 2.0
The Seawall is the longest uninterrupted waterfront path in the world. You can access the Seawall from numerous locations, although we especially like the Stanley Park portion. (The path wraps around the park.) You can walk the path or rent bikes. Last time we visited, we rented a tandem bike and had a fun afternoon seeing the park as we tried to maneuver the tandem bike together.
Second Beach Pool
735 Stanley Park Dr, Vancouver, BC V6C 2T1, Canada
“Second Beach Pool” by colink. is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0
The Second Beach Pool is a large heated pool in Stanley Park. During the afternoon, the bright turquoise seems to blend directly into the English Bay. And when it’s quiet in the early evening, it offers a beautiful reflection.
688 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1P1, Canada
“Pink Alley or Alley Oop in Vancouver Downtwon” by ana.iammatteo is licensed under CC BY 2.0
Alley Oop is a prime example of using every inch of public spaces. This creatively-painted alley was designed to be a community space. You will likely see people playing sports and taking photos against the brightly painted walls.
3690 Park Rd, North Vancouver, BC V7J 3K2, Canada
“Lynn Canyon Park – Suspension Bridge” by GoToVan is licensed under CC BY 2.0
A less-busy alternative to the Capilano Suspension Bridge is Lynn Canyon, which also has a suspension bridge. There’s also no admission fee! If you want a suspension bridge photo with a lush forest in the background, head to Lynn Canyon.
Vancouver Art Gallery
750 Hornby St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2H7, Canada
“Vancouver Art Gallery” by Rodefeld is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0
The Vancouver Art Gallery is a cultural hub with numerous exhibitions and displays. You can take some pretty beautiful photos by the steps (with the lion in the background) or by the fountain.
Vancouver Public Library (Central Location)
350 W Georgia St, Vancouver, BC V6B 6B1, Canada
“Vancouver Public Library Central Location” by Fixed in Silver is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0
The Vancouver Public Library is reminiscent of the colosseum, except with one wall spiraling out. The lobby is also very impressive with large glass ceilings. (Really fitting for Vancouver’s nickname of the City of Glass.) I loved libraries to begin with, but there is something truly extraordinary about this one!
1455 Quebec St, Vancouver, BC V6A 3Z7, Canada
“science world” by focusedcapture is licensed under CC BY 2.0
The large dome of Science World is an unmistakable part of Vancouver’s skyline from the water. It’s a unique place to grab photos while outside, and a really fun place to explore inside. (Especially on a rainy day in Vancouver!)
555 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6B 4N6, Canada
“Vancouver Lookout @ Harbour Centre” by GoToVan is licensed under CC BY 2.0
Head to the top of the Vancouver Lookout where you can get unparalleled views of the city. Dress up and enjoy the views!
26 W Pender St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1R3, Canada
“Vancouver Chinatown” by rendomthoughts is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0
Located within Vancouver’s Chinatown, the Millenium Gate is the main entrance to this neighborhood. It was built in 2002.
Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
578 Carrall St, Vancouver, BC V6B 5K2, Canada
“Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden” by IQRemix is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0
This quiet spot in Chinatown is an ideal place for contemplation and rest. The gardens are exquisite and also the perfect place for photos. The garden is a registered museum and is one of Vancouver’s top tourist attractions. We wrote all about our experience at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden if you’re interested in learning more.
Puffcream from Popina Canteen
1691 Johnston St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3R9, Canada
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What’s more Instagrammable than delicious food? The puffcream dessert from Popina Canteen is one of a kind. You can find it on Granville Island. (They also have some pretty impressive fried chicken sandwiches if you’re looking for a full meal!)
Vancouver, BC V6Z 2M3, Canada
“The aquabus making its rounds” by footloosiety is licensed under CC BY 2.0
To get to Granville Island, opt to ride the rainbow-colored Aquabus ferry. You’ll get great views of the city, as well as lots of fun photos on the boat.
4600 Cambie St, Vancouver, BC V5Y 2M4, Canada
“Inside Bloedel Conservatory” by 3dpete is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0
The Bloedel Conservatory and aviary is located within Queen Edwards Park. There are over 100 exotic birds and over 500 exotic plants. Within the dome it’s warm and temperate to support the species. There are countless photo opportunities.
Morton Park, 1800 Morton Ave, Vancouver, BC, Canada
“A-maze-ing Laughter” by chris.huggins is licensed under CC BY 2.0
This set of 14 bronze statues is located in Morton Park, which is within walking distance of Stanley Park. The sculptures were created in 2009. The sculptures were created for the Vancouver International Sculpture Biennale.
Vancouver, BC V6J 1A3, Canada
“Elsje Point, Vancouver” by jmv is licensed under CC BY 2.0
One of the best places to get photos of the Vancouver skyline is from Elsje Point. The point is near the Vancouver Maritime Museum.
Museum of Vancouver
1100 Chestnut St, Vancouver, BC V6J 3J9, Canada
“Museum of Vancouver” by *_* is licensed under CC BY 2.0
The Museum of Vancouver (MOV) features collections and exhibitions related to indigenous stories, the history of Vancouver, and much more. This is a great place to start your visit to Vancouver to get better acquainted with the city’s history and cultures. Plus, taking pictures by the giant crab is pretty cool.
Museum of Anthropology
6393 NW Marine Dr, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2, Canada
“Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver” by EarthOwned is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
The Museum of Anthropology (MOA) is located at the University of British Columbia. The building’s architecture is super unique and a great place for photos. The juxtaposition between the concrete and delicate glass is really beautiful. If you are a traveler that enjoys learning about different cultures (isn’t that why we travel?), then this is a great place to learn about cultures from around the world, including those local to British Columbia.
6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver, BC V7R 4K9, Canada
Grouse Mountain is located about 30 minutes’ north of Vancouver. It’s well worth the drive. Taking the gondola up to the top of the mountain will give you unparalleled views of Vancouver.
43 Powell St, Vancouver, BC V6A 1E9, Canada
“Hotel Europe, Gastown, Vancouver, BC” by w_lemay is licensed under CC0 1.0
Hotel Europe is a heritage building located in the Gastown neighborhood. The building was completed in 1909. It’s definitely a unique building for a photo backdrop.
Gastown Steam Clock
305 Water St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1B9, Canada
“Gastown Steam Clock” by IQRemix is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0
Also located in Gastown is the Gastown Steam Clock. This iconic marker of the neighborhood is powered by steam and periodically whistles.
Bill Curtis Square
1198 Mainland St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2T9, Canada
“Underbrella at Bill Curtis Square, Yaletown” by GoToVan is licensed under CC BY 2.0
The “Suspend” installation is a giant grid of cables in which decorations are suspended for artistic interest. You can find Bill Curtis Square in Yaletown. The installation changes periodically, so it’s worth returning to see what’s been changed.
1154 Gilford St, Vancouver, BC V6G 2P6, Canada
“The Fall Ivy on the Sylvia Hotel” by keepitsurreal is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0
Vines nearly cover the entire side of the Sylvia Hotel. During fall, they are especially beautiful as the leaves change colors, but this is a great place for photos during any season. This hotel always reminds me of Rome, where I first saw buildings fully covered in ivy.
Vancouver, BC V6E 1V3, Canada
“Engagement” by SqueakyMarmot is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0
These giant engagement rings are located near Sunset Beach. The rings are nearly 30 feet tall and are a popular place for photos.
4902 Beacon Ln, West Vancouver, BC V7W 1K5, Canada
“* Lighthouse *” by Venture Vancouver is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0
Lighthouse Park is a National Historic Site of Canada and is located within West Vancouver. The lighthouse is highly photographed and tourists often visit this landmark.
East Van Sign
2113-2173 Clark Dr, Vancouver, BC V5T 1E6, Canada
“East Van Sign” by chris.huggins is licensed under CC BY 2.0
The East Van Sign is located in East Vancouver. Prior to its construction, the cross was commonly painted on graffiti in the neighborhood. Now, it’s a timeless symbol of the East Vancouver neighborhood.
534 W Pender St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1V3, Canada
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There’s a ton of Instragram-worthy food in Vancouver. Cartem’s Donuts is one such place! Their menu is filled with beautifully-decorated donuts that will definitely spice up your Instagram feed.
Lions Gate Bridge
Lions Gate Bridge Rd, Vancouver, BC, Canada
“Lions Gate bridge and dowtown Vancouver” by Hub☺ is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0
The impressive Lions Gate Bridge was constructed in 1938. It connects the City of Vancouver to North Vancouver. There are a lot of good places where you can grab photos, but you might want to consider taking photos from Prospect Point in Stanley Park. (Not pictured here.)
2305 Cornwall Ave, Vancouver, BC V6K 1B6, Canada
“Kits Pool” by Ruth and Dave is licensed under CC BY 2.0
The Kitsilano Pool is commonly referred to as “Kits Pool.” It’s a large, heated saltwater pool in Kitsilano Beach. The contrast in colors between the two bodies of water makes for a unique photo.
Made by Mister Artisan Ice Cream
1141 Mainland St, Vancouver, BC V6B 5P2, Canada
What’s unique about Mister Artisan Ice Cream is that they use liquid nitrogen for a “richer, creamier, denser” ice cream. Their perfectly square ice cream sandwiches are especially popular. We are dying to go back to Vancouver so we can try these ice cream sandwiches!
Map of Vancouver’s Best Photography Locations
We created this handy map with all of the locations, so you can easily plan your sightseeing efficiently. Happy travels!
What to Bring to Vancouver BC
We recommend that you pack the following items when you travel to Vancouver BC:
- Packable rain jacket
- Comfortable daypack
- Portable charger (so your cell phone doesn’t run out battery)
- Insulated water bottle
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Flannel shirt
Best Hotels in Vancouver
In previous trips, we’ve stayed at the Residence Inn Vancouver Downtown (by Marriott). We really liked this hotel because it was centrally located and walkable to everything. We also were glad to have our own kitchenettes to store food and heat up leftovers.
Another hotel to consider is the Opus Vancouver, which is a trendy boutique hotel with brightly colored rooms. (Perfect for an Instagram shot!) It’s located in the Yaletown neighborhood.
If you have the budget, one of the best hotels in Vancouver BC is the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. The hotel has the nickname “castle in the city”, so you know it’s fancy. The hotel recently completed a $75 million renovation, so it is nothing short of spectacular.
The Pan Pacific Vancouver is a luxury hotel located near Canada Place. The hotel has waterfront views and is still walkable to downtown attractions.
We also recommend that you look into the JW Marriott Parq Vancouver. This hotel has a rooftop hot tub with views of the city, a casino, and lots of dining options. We stayed there during our last trip to Vancouver, and the views from our room were absolutely spectacular!
For a full list of hotels in Vancouver BC, click here.
Summary: Best Photo Locations in Vancouver BC
We hope you enjoyed this post on Vancouver’s most Instagrammable spots! Vancouver is a gorgeous city, and pretty much everywhere you look there is a gorgeous backdrop. Surrounded by mountains and water, we’re sure you’ll love visiting the Glass City!
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Our complete list of the best places to take photos in Vancouver is:
- Digital Orca
- Capilano Suspension Bridge
- Cliffwalk (also located in Capilano Suspension Bridge Park)
- Olympic Cauldron
- Canada Place
- Brockton Point
- Stanley Park Seawall
- Second Beach Swimming Pool
- Alley Oop
- Lynn Canyon
- Vancouver Art Gallery
- Vancouver Public Library, Central Location
- Science World
- Vancouver Lookout
- Millenium Gate
- Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
- Popina Canteen
- Bloedel Conservatory
- A-maze-ing Laughter
- Elsje Point
- Museum of Vancouver
- Museum of Anthropology
- Grouse Mountain
- Hotel Europe
- Gastown Steam Clock
- Bill Curtis Square
- Sylvia’s Hotel
- Engagement Sculpture
- Lighthouse Park
- East Van Cross
- Cartems Donuts
- Lions Gate Bridge
- Kitsilano Pool
- Mister Artisan Ice Cream
If you enjoyed this post, you may be interested in the following posts:
- Complete Restaurant Guide to Vancouver
- How to Spend a Weekend in Vancouver BC (2 Day Itinerary)
- 30 Things to Do in Vancouver when it Rains
- What to See at the Vancouver Aquarium
- Capilano Suspension Bridge Park Guide
- Complete Guide to Stanley Park
- Our Guide to Granville Island Public Market
- How to Travel from Seattle to Vancouver (and Vice Versa!)
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