Vancouver is such a beautiful city. I can’t help but feel proud whenever I pull out my phone and share picture-perfect moments on Instagram.
If you’re anything like me, always on the lookout for the city’s beauty, this list of incredibly Instagrammable spots is a handy guide!
Whether you’re a local or just passing through, these places are guaranteed to level up your Instagram game with the true essence of Vancouver.
What are the most Instagrammable places in Vancouver?
The Granville Island sign is an IG crowd favorite. But the real deal is in the Public Market, a foodie’s paradise with fresh produce, artisanal goods, and handmade crafts.
You want color in your shot? The stalls are naturally vibrant and the atmosphere is alive with all visitors checking out this fresh blueberry and eyeing that irresistible canele.
Pro tip: Hop on the Aquabus to Granville Island, and your ‘Gram game is in for a treat with even more photo ops!
Gastown is a truly Instagrammable neighborhood. Its cobblestone streets, the iconic steam clock, and the cinematic allure that’s made it a popular movie setting have all earned their spot on Instagram feeds.
Aside from these, the street art and unique boutiques and cafes along Water Street are a goldmine for Instagrammers.
Pro tip: Gastown transforms into pure magic at night, especially with those gas lamps casting their warm glow.
Flat Iron Building
The Flat Iron Building in Gastown, also known as Hotel Europe in its glory days, is a testament to the city’s architectural finesse. It’s not just a familiar sight from the multiple online pictures of it; it’s also a favorite setting in movies, like The Changeling.
The building’s unique triangular form, situated right at the corner of Alexander and Powell Streets, begs to be captured in a photo.
On West 4th Avenue in Kitsilano, you’ll find the iconic Kitsilano Wings mural or #kitswings. Crafted to mimic a Bald Eagle’s wings, it’s become a local favorite for a playful Instagram shot.
Standing at a whopping 40 feet by 25 feet, these wings are ready to elevate your creativity, no matter how tall you are. Strike a pose, and let those vibrant wings be your canvas.
Pro tip: It’s one of the stops at the Vancouver Mural Festival. Make sure to swing by and explore more of the city’s Instagrammable creations adorning its walls.
For a killer view of the Lions Gate Bridge, Prospect Point is the spot. The surrounding greenery and the bridge against the sunset create a magical scene here at the northernmost tip of Stanley Park.
Locals love this spot for evening strolls, soaking in the beauty, and creating those Instagram-worthy moments.
Pro tip: Prospect Point is the pinnacle of Stanley Park. To soak in this viewpoint, a quick walk from the parking area is all it takes.
For a greenery-packed adventure, head to Queen Elizabeth Park and hit up the Bloedel Conservatory. It’s a paradise of lush plants, exotic flowers, and birds adding a touch of magic to the scene.
The conservatory is also perched at the highest point in the entire city. So, not only can you snap shots of vibrant greenery, but you also get killer views of False Creek’s waters, the North Shore mountains, all set against the urban landscape.
Pro tip: At this time of writing, the admission fee is CAD 7.40, but seniors and youth get it at a sweet discounted rate of CAD 5.20.
If you’re looking to capture a good view of the sunset, the name of this beach says it all. The sun setting over English Bay is a spectacle.
Sunset Beach is also home to the Engagement Sculpture, rocking two massive diamond engagement rings. With the sunset’s warm hues painting the shore, it’s the ultimate spot for a romantic shot by the sculpture.
Pro tip: You can also check out the other beaches in the city. If you want to capture some tranquility (or some feral bunnies), you can drop by Jericho Beach.
Vancouver Public Library
The Vancouver Public Library is an architectural masterpiece, especially the iconic Colosseum-like building that’s just next level.
Outside, you’ve got this luminous sign saying “The words don’t fit the picture” against the earthy brown hues of the building. Inside, the natural light coming in from the floor to ceiling windows and skylights is your ticket to capturing the quintessential library shot.
Pro tip: Ask the locals, and they’ll spill the beans about heading to the rooftop patio. It’s one of those spots that can give a good view of the city.
Grouse Mountain is popular as a winter destination, but it’s also a local playground begging to be captured throughout the entire year.
Grab shots of the vibrant wildflowers during a spring hike, the lush green mountains in the summer, and the leaves putting on a fiery display of red, orange, and yellow in the fall.
Pro tip: You can also hop on the Skyride gondola for epic views or snag a pic of yourself enjoying the ride!
The playful vibes at Alley Oop just scream to be shared on the ‘Gram. When you snap a pic here, you’re capturing the city’s knack for embracing creativity in unexpected places.
Locals even have a cute name for it – Pink Alley, thanks to its vibrant hues. But the hopscotch patterns, murals, and basketball hoop are all truly showstoppers, too.
Pro tip: Experiment with compositions that play up the murals, hoops, dumpsters, and all those quirky details. Better yet, throw in some people – get a friend to strike a pose against a mural or catch those spontaneous moments.
For a beach experience like no other, Wreck Beach in Pacific Spirit Regional Park has your back. It’s tucked away, offering a more secluded vibe for those wanting a unique coastal adventure.
Snap pics of the raw beauty in the cliffs and ocean, but be prepared for a workout – there’s a serious staircase situation to conquer.
Pro tip: Wreck Beach is known for its clothing-optional status, so be respectful and mindful when you’re taking photos.
Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
If you’re craving a contemplative shot, make a beeline for the Sun Yat Sen Garden in Chinatown pronto. It’s like an oasis of tranquility, whisking you away from the hustle and bustle of urban life.
Capture the vibes with shots of the serene koi ponds, the lush greenery, and the intricate landscaping and architecture that define the garden.
Pro tip: Thinking of using this spot for a more staged photoshoot, maybe for a wedding or graduation? Just a heads up, you have to make a reservation with the garden’s management.
Spanish Banks is like this hidden gem with these huge sandy beaches and mountain views. It’s a quieter spot, perfect for capturing the beauty of the coast.
Throw in a picnic, snap some pics, and if you’ve got a furry sidekick, bring them along for the photo fun.
Pro tip: Sunsets at Spanish Banks? Pure magic. The sky goes all kinds of colors, and the water mirrors the whole stunning spectacle.
For a dose of rugged nature, Lighthouse Park in West Vancouver is unbeatable. Grab shots of the dramatic coastline, old-growth forest, and the iconic Point Atkinson Lighthouse.
The rocky cliffs and sandy beaches provide either a jaw-dropping or peaceful setting for your photos—just roll with the time of day and weather vibes.
Pro tip: If you’re into wildlife, keep your eyes peeled for seals chilling on the rocks or bald eagles doing their majestic soaring overhead.
Bill Curtis Square Umbrellas
Wander through Yaletown and discover Bill Curtis Square, a hidden gem where a lively array of umbrellas splashes vibrant color across the urban backdrop.
It’s the perfect spot for a carefree Instagram snap. Head there in the late afternoon for the most magical lighting as the sun filters through the umbrellas.
Pro tip: Yaletown District is also really beautiful. Check out the restaurant patios formed from the platforms of red brick warehouses and take a snap!
Hop over to North Vancouver and discover Lonsdale Quay, a bustling market that treats you to stunning views of the city skyline. The fusion of urban and natural elements creates a captivating backdrop that’s pure Instagram gold.
Don’t miss capturing the vibrant market stalls, the lively waterfront atmosphere, and, of course, the colossal, red, and iconic “Q” standing proudly on the waterfront.
Pro tip: Take a detour to the Shipyards District. The blend of industrial and modern vibes, alongside the sleek lines of fantastic restaurants and those dreamy waterfront views, makes for a frame-worthy scene!
Robson Square Ice Rink
Robson Square (What is Robson Square known for?) magically transforms into a winter wonderland thanks to its outdoor ice rink. From December to February, it’s a free-for-all for skaters, with bonus points for live music vibes leading up to Christmas.
Capture the pure joy of skaters up close and let the domed ice skating rink serve as the perfect backdrop for some wider shots.
Pro tip: Go for those nighttime shots. The square is decked out in festive charm, and including the surrounding buildings in your frame gives you this beautiful contrast of blue and white against black and yellow lights.
If there’s a vote happening, Cypress Lookout can take the crown for the absolute best Instagram-worthy views in Vancouver.
The lookout serves up a buffet of vantage points, from close-ups of the city skyline to the majestic mountains – everything your Instagram dreams are made of.
Pro tip: Wait for the fog to roll in, and you’re in for a treat. The buildings peeking out of the mist make for that perfect Instagram shot.
Located in Jack Poole Plaza, the Digital Orca effortlessly grabs your attention. The incredible pixelated artwork gives off serious video game vibes, making it not just a conversation starter but a standout memory.
Douglas Coupland’s masterpiece is doubly fascinating with the killer whale subject right by the water. The mid-leap pose also adds a sense of action and energy to the scene.
Pro tip: While you’re in Jack Poole Plaza, keep an eye out for the Olympic Cauldron. It’s another piece for the ‘Gram, especially during the Olympic season.
Capilano Suspension Bridge
Suspended 70 metres above the canyon floor, the 137-metre-long bridge gives you a unique perspective of the waters and the swaying wooden bridge amid the surrounding Douglas fir trees.
The blend of adventure and nature makes this spot perfect for visually striking Instagram posts. If the combination of adventure and nature aligns with your interests, this location is an ideal setting for your IG photos.
Pro tip: Consider swinging over to the Cleveland Dam to capture photos when the gates release the water. With that much energy in the subject, you can grab photos that are not only stunning but also convey a rush that you can hear.
Stanley Park Seawall
The Stanley Park Seawall is a Vancouver classic. It’s a very long uninterrupted waterfront path, so a stroll can give you plenty of subjects to choose from.
For a really cool photo, you can capture joggers, cyclists, and the stunning views of the city, mountains, and ocean from the Seawall.
Pro tip: Ride a bike to cover more ground and find the perfect spot for your Seawall photo.