10 perfect spots to catch sunsets in Vancouver

Jul 19 2018, 2:39 am

It’s no secret that West Coast sunsets are a thing of beauty. And with the city now in full summer mode, sunsets in Vancouver are a truly spectacular sight.

Here is our roundup of some of the best places to watch sunsets here in the city.

Cypress Mountain

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The lookout on Cypress Mountain is one of the best spots for skygazing in Vancouver – whether you’re looking for meteor showers, the aurora borealis or just a plain old sunset.

Kits Beach

For a more relaxed beach sunset, head to Kits beach, where folks play guitar, slackline and just wander along the shore, taking it all in. If you’re lucky, you might even see a whale.

Grouse Mountain

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If you need to reach a mountain lookout on public transit, then Grouse Mountain is for you. Take the bus to the bottom, get up there by gondola, relax in the restaurant – then bask in the golden glory of your sunset view over Vancouver.

Jericho Beach


Jericho Beach is located on the north side of Jericho Park at the west end of Point Grey Road. Long days and long evenings are the name of the game here.

Wreck Beach

For an alternative sunset, climb down the 400 steps to Wreck Beach out at UBC. Clothing may be optional, but sun worshipping is expected at the nightly nudist sunset ritual.

English Bay

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If you can find a friend who lives in a high rise facing English Bay, invite yourself round and share their gorgeous view over some drinks as the sun sets. Perfect.

Sunset Beach

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How could we leave out Sunset Beach? You may not get any peace or quiet there in the summer, but it’s a great place to catch those last few rays with friends before party time

The Galley

The Galley, beachside at the Jericho Sailing Centre, is open till sunset every day. You’ll get a fantastic view as the sun sets and burns up the skies over downtown Vancouver, Stanley Park, the North Shore Mountains, Bowen Island, and the Strait of Georgia.

The Seawall

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There’s nothing quite like feeling the dusky breeze in your hair as you ride home along the seawall, only to be surprised by the red and gold skies dancing before your eyes.

The Wicklow

The classic patio with a view, The Wicklow overlooks False Creek and offers sunset summer evenings with cold beers and fresh food. Watch the sun go down behind the dock and dream about owning one of the sailboats bobbing just below your feet.

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