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14 of Vancouver's best viewpoints to visit this summer

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Chandler Walter Jun 14, 2017 7:35 am 3,946

A Vancouver summer calls for beach volleyball, day-long hikes, and all activities that make the most out of our notoriously elusive sun…

But sometimes it’s nice to take a break from all of that doing and spend some laid back time simply viewing all that Vancouver has to offer.

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Grab your binoculars, DSLR camera, and a bottle of wine—or sparkling apple juice, if anyone asks—and take a trip to any and all of these great Vancouver viewpoints.

You may just see something worth remembering.

Grouse Mountain

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Where: 6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver

While a snow-covered Vancouver does look absolutely stunning from atop the mountain in the winter, Grouse still offers a breathtaking view during the summer months. Take the gondola up for a fee, or—if you’re ignoring our advice on avoiding those day-long hikes for once—take on the Grouse Grind to really feel deserving of that beautiful view.

Queen Elizabeth Park

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Where: 4600 Cambie St, Vancouver

A popular destination for all those high school grad pictures that have been showing up on your Facebook feeds recently, Queen Elizabeth Park is no stranger to visitors looking for an amazing landscape picture.

Burnaby Mountain Park

The horizons are something. A bit different from home, that’s for sure. #kamuimintara #skyline

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Where: 800 Burnaby Mountain Pkwy, Burnaby

Big surprise, mountains tend to offer some of the prettiest views; who would have guessed it? An easy drive from downtown, Burnaby Mountain offers a quieter place to sit against a grassy slope and stare down at the city below. A fantastic place for that sparkling apple juice.

Harbour Centre — Vancouver Lookout

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Where: 555 W Hastings St, Vancouver

You don’t get the name “Vancouver Lookout” for nothing, so of course the Harbour Centre skyscraper finds a place on this list. Though tickets are $17.50 for adults, the Vancouver Lookout is a perfect place for tourists in the city to start their visit. It may even save you from getting lost later in the day!

Quarry Rock

In too deep (cove)

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Where: Baden Powell Trail, North Vancouver

This one isn’t going to cost you anything financially, though you may have to pay for it with some sore legs the next day. One of Vancouver’s favourite—and most accessible—viewpoints, you will need to hike roughly 1.5 hours to make it to the infamous stone terrace. Hiking shoes and preparation are recommended.

Top of Vancouver Revolving Restaurant


Where555 W Hastings St, Vancouver

You’re not just paying for the view with this one, though it is in the same building as the Vancouver Lookout. The Revolving Restaurant in Vancouver is a great place to take a date you want to impress, as you get both dinner and a 360 degree view of the city. A heads up – this location will be closing for good on September 29, so enjoy it while it lasts.

Lonsdale Quay Market

still trying to accept the fact that the “quay” is pronounced as the “key”

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Where: 123 Carrie Cates Ct, North Vancouver

A great place to catch a sunset, the Lonsdale Quay Market is only a short seabus ride away from Waterfront Station, and makes for a fun evening of browsing shops, watching the waves, and viewing the Vancouver skyline in all its glory.

Seaplane Tours

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Where: 1055 Canada Pl #1, Vancouver

Though it is probably the priciest thing on this list, the sights you’ll see from the gigantic windows of a seaplane will be—dare I say it—priceless. Nothing quite compares to staring down at the city from above, and you definitely won’t have to worry about anyone else having the same pictures—these will be one of a kind.

Lions Gate Bridge


Where: Stanley Park, Vancouver

You may not want to try navigating the Lion’s Gate traffic jam in a car, but the bridge makes for a great view if you go by foot. Of course, you could save yourself the sweat and drive across, but the beautiful views would most definitely be fleeting—unless you’re really stuck in traffic… which isn’t the most unlikely thing to happen.

Flights out of YVR

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Where: 3211 Grant McConachie Way, Richmond

We were mistaken… this is probably the most expensive way to get a great view of Vancouver, but you’ll get a trip out of it, at least! The sky-high view of the city is usually the cherry on top of any vacation—if you’re awake to see it.

Sunset Beach

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Where: 1204 Beach Ave, Vancouver

What kind of a list would this be if it didn’t include Sunset Beach? The name says it all—you’ve got your sunsets, you’ve got your beach… that’s a winning combination if we ever saw one.

UBC

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Where: Along Marine Drive, near UBC

There’s a few great spots to take in a sunset around UBC. Most only require that you pull over on Marine Drive, though if you’re feeling really adventurous—and okay with a few a hell of a lot of steps—you can join the nudists at Wreck Beach to see the sun go down.

Brockton Point Lighthouse

Canada doesn’t have human sized beavers, but we did see a hairy man that looked like Sasquatch

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Where: 2157 Stanley Park Drive, Vancouver

An easy one to drive up to, the Brockton Point Lighthouse offers a glimpse of the views along the Stanley Park Seawall—all from the comfort of your own car! If you look closely, you may just see some people at the Lonsdale Quay Market enjoying some sights as well.

Cypress Viewpoint


Where: Cypress Bowl Rd, Bowen Island

Last but not least on our list, the Cypress Viewpoint is the perfect place to get an eyeful of all of Vancouver. You’ll spy the green trees of Stanley Park, the traffic on the Lion’s Gate Bridge, the city’s glowing towers, and the planes taking off into the sky from YVR.


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Chandler Walter
Staff Writer with Daily Hive. Langara Journalism Graduate, subpar photographer, and extremely mediocre tweeter. He wishes he knew how to whistle (even just a little bit) or type with all ten fingers. And yes, like from 'Friends.' Email your story to [email protected]

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