Vancouver is full of instagrammable landscapes as well as a great city vibe. Whether you want to climb and mountain or hit the beach you will find instagrammable places all over Vancouver. If it’s a coffee shop or a city street full of cherry blossoms, Vancouver has that too! Below you will find the best Instagram spots in Vancouver
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Most Instagrammable Places in Vancouver
Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
Whether summer or winter, Capilano Suspension Bridge offers a glimpse into what makes Vancouver so beautiful, nature at its finest! Capilano Suspension Bridge crosses to towering evergreens, cedar-scented rainforest air, and Treetops Adventure, 7 suspended footbridges offering views 110 feet above the forest floor. Cliffwalk follows a granite precipice along Capilano River with a labyrinth-like series of narrow cantilevered bridges, stairs, and platforms and only 16 anchor points in the cliff supporting the structure!
Capilano Suspension Bridge is one of the top things to do in Vancouver. If you are heading there in the summer, go early or late to avoid the crowds. In the wintertime they put on a beautiful light display. You can read about it in the things to do in December post.
Location: 3735 Capilano Road, North Vancouver
Lynn Canyon Park
Located near Capilano Suspension bridge but without the admission fees and the crowds, Lynn Canyon Park and suspension bridge offers beautiful backdrops for Vancouver forest photos.
Address: 3663 Park Road, North Vancouver
The Blodel Conservatory offers beautiful flowers and exotic birds inside a giant dome in Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Park. Escape Vancouver’s often inclement weather for a taste of the tropics and view over 500 species of flowers and over 200 species of birds. Step into the ungle-like atmosphere and pick your angles to snap some colorphul photos for instagram.
Location: 4600 Cambie Street
Lions Gate Bridge
From the Prospect Point Lookout in Stanley park you will get this stunning view of the Lions Gate Bridge. The other side of prospect point looks over the water, make sure you take a few shot from that viewpoint as well. This is a popular place to visit in the summer as Stanley park is full of locals and tourists alike enjoying the stunning landscape and the beaches right in the city!
Location: 5601 Stanley Park Drive
Looking for some art inspiration for your upcoming photos. The Digital Orca welcomes cruise ship passengers who arrive into the terminal at Canada Place. It lies right in Coal Harbor near the popular Fly Over Canada attraction.
Location: Vancouver Convention Centre 1055 Canada Place
Artists Sandy and Steve Pell created the Kitsilano wings mural and it is the perfect Instagram spot in Vancouver. It was inspired by the bald eagles living near Kits Beach. They are a popular stop for locals who want a quick Instagram photo in Kits.
Location: W 4th and Burrard
If you are looking for photos in September or October, head out and take the cranberry plunge into one of the cranberry farms in Metro Vancouver. You will not find a more unique and seasonal instagram photo idea!
Historic Gastown is another perfect spot for Instagram photos in Vancouver. Vancouver’s oldest neighborhood, Gastown grew from a single tavern founded by John ‘Gassy Jack’ Deighton back in 1867. Today, the district retains its historic charm and features one-of-a-kind stores and galleries as well as some of the best places to eat in the city! Gastown’s cobblestones and steam clock make great backdrops 12 months of the year!
Address: Gastown Clock is at 305 Water Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 1B9
Stanley Park Seawall Siwish Rock
Siwash Rock can be found just past the underpass of Lions Gate Bridge on the Sea Wall walking and biking path. Anyone who has walked the Stanely Park Sea Wall will recognize this popular landmark just off the path.
If you love water views, after your walk around the seawall check out these Vancouver waterfront restaurants
Science World offers a dramatic city landscape mixed with the waters of false creek. You can access it from Main St/Science World Skytrain station or there is on-site parking. Consider walking around False Creek and you can get lots of unique angles of the poopular Vancouver monument.
Location: 1455 Quebec St
Flat Iron Building / Hotel Europe
Vancouver’s Flat Iron building is a six-story heritage building located at 43 Powell Street (at Alexander) in Gastown. The building was commissioned by hotelier Angelo Calori and built in 1908-1909. To get here, follow Water Street to the very end, it will then turn into Powell Street which is where you’ll find Hotel Europe. Gastown is a great place to shop for some popular Vancouver souvenirs as it features plenty of small boutiques and independent businesses.
Location: 43 Powell St
Launched in 2016, Alley-Oop was the first re-imagined laneway with murals lining both sides of the lane with the intention of enhancing people’s moods, and transforming a once dark, drab alley into a fun inviting public space. Bold pink and yellow paint and basketball hoops act as a beacon to those working in Vancouver’s business quarter, encouraging them to play, exercise, and socialize in the space. Located on West Hastings St between Granville St and Seymour St, because of its unique design and background appeal, the number one activity in the laneway is taking photos and videos!
Location: 688 W Hastings St
Fun Alley is perfectly paired with a visit to Lonsdale Quay and one of North Vancouver’s top Instagram spots. Created by artist Lukas Kasper, his aim was to bring people together through a display of vibrant colours. Its intent was to capture people both young and old and bring a flare to North Vancouver. Located just after the intersection of Lonsdale Avenue and W 1st St, Fun Alley is a 5-minute walk from Lonsdale Quay.
Location: Lonsdale Ave Between W 1st and W 2nd in North Vancouver
Lighthouse Park offers a stunning view of the beauty all around Vancouver. The lighthouse and light station grounds at Point Atkinson are one of Canada’s National Historic Site and one of the most photographed and recognizable landmarks in Metro Vancouver
Location: 4902 Beacon Ln, West Vancouver
Van Dusen Gardens
If flowers and colors are your thing, then Van Dusen Gardens in Vancouver is the perfect Instagram spot for you. Admission rates are around $10 (it changes seasonally).
Location: 5251 Oak St. Vancouver
Bill Curtis Square
You can find these colorful umbrellas in Yaletown. They are located in Bill Curtis Square which is behind the Yaletown-Roundhouse Canada Line Station. Named, #underbrella by the Yaletown Business Association, it stands as a symbol for Raincouver, but with the idea that you’re hanging up your umbrella now that summer and sunnier weather is here. Come and enjoy colorful umbrellas in the sky and they change each season! And if it rains… it will keep you dry!
Location: 1198 Mainland
15 More Instagram Locations In and Around Vancouver
- Granville Island
- Silvia Hotel
- Dr Sun Yet Sun Classical Garden
- Whytecliff Park
- Quarry Rock
- Cleveland Park
- Canada Place
- Vancouver Art Gallery
- Olympic Torch
- Engagement Sculpture
- Grouse Mountain
- East Van Sign
- Bill Curtis Square
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Find the perfect quote for your Instagram photo with this list of Vancouver Instagram captions! If you are looking for something funnier, check out Vancouver puns. They are short and sweet and are often the perfect captions.
5 Things to Bring with You to Vancouver
Are you planning a visit to Vancouver and want to know what you should not forget? Here are 5 essential travel items for any time of year!
A good rain jacket is always a good idea, even in the summer. While you are not likely to get wet in July and August, late august almost always sees a wet day, and May, June and September will also get rain. If you want to read about average rainfall, I have more information on weather in Vancouver. Even if you are coming in the winter, unless you plan on skiing, you can get away with a rain jacket and some good base layers for most of the winter in and around Vancouver.
A good power bank to charge phones and other devices is always a good idea. After a day of videoing, GPS and taking photos, the last thing you want is a dead cell phone. These are inexpensive and come in handy during the day. If you are flying to Vancouver, make sure you keep any power banks in your hand luggage, as security will often remove them from checked bags (I have found that out the hard way before).
A universal adapter is going to be handy for International Visitors. Canada uses the same plugs as the USA but if you are coming from somewhere else abroad, grab yourself one before you arrive.
A good guidebook is something I always get when I am researching a new location. Lonely Planet is the usual go-to, but if you
Reusable shopping bags are available to buy everywhere, but if you want to get a compact one before you arrive, it is a good idea.
Reusable water bottles are also a good idea. You can buy bottled water anywhere that you can get drinks, but Canada does pride itself on recycling as much as possible, and why shell out wasteful dollars when you can drink the tap water all over British Columbia.
Travel Insurance for Canada
There are a few other things to think about when it comes to international travel. The first thing is travel insurance. Whether it is an emergency room visit for something as simple as strep throat, or an emergency appendix surgery, or an unfortunate moped incident things do go wrong when people travel everyday. Canada is a very expensive country for medical care and a doctors visit in an Emergency Room is over $800 to just see the doctor.
I highly suggest travel insurance and a good policy. I personally never travel without it, and I even checked into my policy about care for my children if I am ever in an accident or hospitalized. There are just too many things to think about.
You can find out more information and buy your travel insurance here.
Renting a Car in British Columbia
Rental Cars are very popular in British Columbia. There is just so much to see and there is not a train or bus network outside of Metro Vancouver or Victoria. If you plan on leaving Vancouver and want to see even the local ski hills, I suggest a rental car. You can get a rental car before you arrive.
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Lindsay Nieminen is the creator of UncoveringBC.com. She grew up and still lives in the suburbs of Vancouver with her family. She aims to inspire inform, and educate others about traveling in her home province of British Columbia. She is also the creator of carpediemourway.com which aims to show parents how to seek out adventure at home or abroad, with their children in tow!