It’s kind of an unfair list, because just about anywhere you are in Vancouver, you’re in for a visual treat. However, if you’re looking for that view that will titillate your eyes and cause an awe-inspiring moment, grab your camera and go to these places:
Grouse Mountain – The scenery on the gondola ride up to the top of Grouse is picture-worthy, but the pièce de résistance is the view from the top. If you can make it for one of the sunset tours on a sunny day, you’re in for an added bonus, courtesy of Mother Nature.
English Bay and Jericho Beach: Whether you’re hitting the beach for an evening constitutional, or to dine al fresco on a warm summer night, when the sun sets across the Pacific Ocean, it’s a view that even the best Photoshop artists couldn’t make up.
Harbour Centre Lookout : This may be one of the best places to catch a beautiful view of Washington’s Mount Baker. The magnificent, snow-covered mountain can be seen from much of the lower mainland, but the downtown skyscrapers can sometimes get in the way. The 360 degree view from the Harbour Centre Lookout is the best view of the city, when you want to see all angle.
One of my favorite views of the city can be found while standing at Cambie Street and West Broadway, and facing downtown. It’s the quintessential view of Vancouver’s downtown core, while the mountains in the background photo-bomb your eyes. If you’re in a car, head over the Cambie Bridge and make your way downtown; if you’re riding as a passenger, take in that view. And, don’t be surprised if you find yourself using that bridge to get in and out of downtown, just for the view.