The 31 Most Instagrammable Places In Vancouver
Discover the most Instagrammable places in Vancouver – the city that has it all. Vancouver is an energetic city set in a landscape of jaw dropping mountains and dense forest, paired with a rugged coastline and expansive waterside views. Located on the West coast of Canada, this epic city is the ultimate playground that offers visitors and residents so much to see and do. The diversity of Vancouver’s residents creates an exciting mix of cultures, which has also lead to an unbeatable international food scene. On top of all of this, Vancouver is an incredibly photogenic city. With scenic hiking trails and coastal cycle paths, plus architecture, museums, and art installations, there are endless opportunities to capture some stunning photos. To get you started, we’ve put together a list of some of the best places in Vancouver to visit with your camera.
City view from Vancouver Lookout
Vancouver Lookout is a great first stop as you arrive in the city as you can get an idea of where everything is by viewing it from above. Ascend the tower in a glass elevator to reach an observation deck 167 m above sea level. You’ll be rewarded with 360° views of Metro Vancouver, the North Shore Mountains, and Vancouver Island in the distance. Aim to visit just before sunset so you can appreciate the city in daylight, at golden hour, and as the city lights up at night. This definitely deserves a place on our list of the most Instagrammable places in Vancouver.
Top of Vancouver Revolving Restaurant
Experience fine dining in one of Vancouver’s tallest buildings. At the top of the Vancouver Lookout tower lies Top of Vancouver Revolving Restaurant. With angled windows to maximise the city views, and a complete revolution every 60 seconds, this definitely makes for a memorable experience and an epic photo opportunity.
Gastown District & Clock
Gastown is one of the coolest neighbourhoods in Vancouver. It was the original settlement at the core of Vancouver’s development. The old Victorian buildings are now full of indie art galleries and chic cocktail lounges. Gastown Steam Clock is one of the area’s main attractions, known for it’s antique style and unique steam-fuelled whistle that tells the time.
Located on Vancouver’s waterfront, the Polygon Gallery is a vibrant art institution showcasing photography and related media. This contemporary structure was designed by Patkau Architects, and opened to the public at the end of 2017. The unique design of the building makes it an awesome place to play with light and angles in your photos.
Robson Square & Ice Rink
Robson Square is located in the very heart of downtown Vancouver. From December until February, an outdoor ice rink becomes the focus of the square, offering free skating for everyone, every day of the week. The combination of old and new buildings surrounding the square plus the cool lighting in the ice rink make this an awesome place for night shots.
This awesome mirror light exhibit in Richmond is a photographers dream. As the first of it’s kind in Vancouver, the Moon & Back Gallery is full of interactive and photogenic art displays. The installations are spread out across multiple rooms creating awesome backdrops for your photos. This is easily one of the most Instagrammable places in Vancouver.
VanDusen Botanical Garden
Spanning 55-acres in the heart of Vancouver, the VanDusen Botanical Garden is a true oasis in the city. With more than 7,500 plant species and an Elizabethan hedge maze, these gardens are perfect for spotting and photographing nature and wildlife. Seasonal light shows, exhibitions, and events take place across the gardens, combining art with nature in the most enlightening way.
Aurora Winter Festival
Jump into the Christmas spirit at The Aurora Winter Festival in Vancouver. The beautiful light displays are simply inspiring, and they’re just the tip of the iceberg… Discover a winter wonderland of amusement rides, market huts and food gardens, plus a frozen river you can skate down for the ultimate festive experience. So grab your camera and head to the Aurora Winter Festival to create the most magical winter content you can think of.
The Digital Orca sculpture was installed next to the Vancouver Convention Centre in 2009. In this incredible display, artist Douglas Coupland pays homage to the Orca whale that is commonly seen off the west coast of Canada. The giant pixelated artwork depicts a killer whale frozen mid-leap, in a way that connects past, present and future.
Now home to around 16,000 Vancouver residents, the Olympic Village was originally built to house athletes, coaches, and officials during the 2010 Winter Olympics and Paralympics. The development offers a highly sought after urban lifestyle
with the serenity of being on the waterfront. The location and modern architecture make it a great place for taking photos.
Audain Art Museum
Another spectacular creation from the Patkau Architects, the Audain Art Museum is an architectural marvel. The museum’s permanent collection takes visitors on a visual journey from the late 18th century to present. The collection showcases artists from across the province, focusing on the richness of cultural difference in Canada. This place is definitely one of the most Instagrammable places in Vancouver
Vancouver Public Library
With a vision to inform, engage and connect the city, the Vancouver Public Library is a space that everyone can enjoy. The building is based on the famous Colosseum in Rome, designed with a greenroof on top for it’s CO2 benefits. Floor to ceiling windows and countless skylights flood the library with natural light, and offer an almost 360 degree view of the surrounding city.
Maan Farms Country Experience & Estate Winery
Vancouver Mural Festival
Vancouver Mural Festival takes place in the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood for a week in August each year. The event is organized by Create Vancouver Society, a Registered Non-Profit who create permanent large-scale public murals and support artistic and cultural development in the Lower Mainland. The festival is a colourful and energetic celebration diverse local cultures and their histories.
The Gryphon Development takes condominium living to a whole new level. Located in Kerrisdale, Gryphon brings 25 years of inspired global architecture and artist-led design expertise to create a living space that puts art at the forefront. ‘Art lives here’ accurately describes this unique and unapologetically photogenic living development, and is the reason that it made it’s way to our list of the most Instagrammable places in Vancouver.
Photo by @milkandcoffeelove
The Bloedel Conservatory is an indoor tropical garden and aviary at the top of Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Park. The conservatory is home to more than 120 free-flying exotic birds, and 500 exotic plants and flowers, all living together under an impressive glass dome. The entire dome can be lit up to recognize cultural occasions and important events, which are great opportunities for epic night shots.
Yaletown umbrellas at Bill Curtis Square
Head to Bill Curtis Square in Yaletown to find a canopy of colourful umbrellas. Tucked away behind the Canada Line station, this brightly coloured art installation is aptly called “Underbrella,”. It’s surely one of the most Instagrammable places in Vancouver, and will be the perfect backdrop for your next post.
Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
The Capilano Suspension Bridge hangs 70 metres above the Capilano River in North Vancouver. Walk high up in the trees along the 140 metres long bridge, through thick forest and across the flowing river below. It’s a beautiful way to connect with nature, and an extremely picturesque setting for landscape and portrait photography. The bridge is decorated with lights at Christmas time, making this a particularly nice time to visit.
The North Shore Eagle Bluffs
Hike up to Eagle Bluffs for jaw-dropping panoramic views over the city and ocean below. Located on the rocky slopes above Eagle Harbour, this viewpoint is most often reached via a 4 hour round hike starting at the downhill ski area of Cypress Mountain. The reason this made our list of the most Instagrammable places in Vancouver is because the trail offers beautiful scenery from start to finish, including Cabin Lake and Black Mountain, and ending with the Eagle Bluffs view.
David Lam Park
Ideally located along the water’s edge, David Lam Park is a picturesque downtown park with sport courts, playgrounds and a spacious grassy area. Soak it all up as you hang out in the sun, with views of False Creek and Yaletown. Take a walk along the waterfront to discover a series of intriguing sculptures – they’re great locations for taking creative photos with a water and skyline backdrop.
Stanley Park Seawall walk
Head to the waterside for a 10-km loop around Stanley Park. Hugging the seawall, this is easily Vancouver’s most popular place to breathe in the fresh air and take in the calming views. Walk or cycle along the winding path, stopping regularly to appreciate the views and get those all important Instagrammable snaps.
Siwash Rock (aka Pineapple Rock) at Stanley Park Seawall
Siwash Rock can be found along the Stanley Park Seawall. Standing somewhere between 15 and 18 metres tall, this iconic rock has been locally recognised for years. The name comes from the Indigenous Squamish people, based on a legend that a man was transformed into this rock. With an interesting story and an ideal location, this unique rock formation makes a great photo, especially as the sun sets over the water behind it.
Chinatown Millennium Gate
This eye-catching gate consists of 3 tile-roofed arches, ornately designed and painted in the traditional Chinese style. The gate marks the entrance to Chinatown in downtown Vancouver. ‘Remember the past and look forward to the future’ is inscribed in Chinese characters on the Eastern front of the gate.
Vancouver Art Gallery
The Vancouver Art Gallery is recognized as one of the most respected and innovative visual arts institutions in Canada. The gallery showcases contemporary visual art from local and international artists. The museum building is a renovated 1906 neo-classical courthouse building, combining history with modern art in the most appealing way.
The Vancouver Block Building
The Vancouver Block is a visually striking fifteen-storey building located near the intersection of Georgia and Granville Streets. Boasting an extreme Edwardian Commercial style, the building’s ornate exterior represents the rapid growth in Vancouver’s economy in the early twentieth century. The structure is adorned with terra cotta details and is topped by a large clock tower with neon hands.
Granville Island is Vancouver’s premier artistic and cultural hub. Located under the south end of the Granville Street Bridge, the island is home to a huge Public Market with over 50 food stalls, plus some of Canada’s best artists and designers. Granville Island also hosts performing arts and cultural festivals throughout the year, and is popular with locals and visitors alike.
Photo © Edinei Matos, 2020
Jukebox Print is a successful Vancouver-based printing company, that happens to have an awesome office building. Painted in brightly coloured stripes, the building’s façade is an Instagrammer’s dream. It’s located in the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood which is known for being cool and artsy. You can find this awesome photo backdrop on West 4th Avenue.
Christmas Market at Canada Place
Everyone loves a Christmas Market! Cute wooden stalls selling all sorts of goodies, and decorations and lights everywhere you look. The market at Canada Place is a massive outdoor market hosting more than 80 vendors selling traditional German food and products from around the world. As well as being super fun, this can be a great setting for festive photos.
Originally built as as Expo Centre in 1986, this futuristic-looking structure is now home to Vancouver’s Science World. The geodesic dome has become an iconic Vancouver landmark, located on the waterfront at the end of False Creek.
Prospect Point / view over Lions Gate Bridge
Prospect Point is Vancouver’s original viewpoint. Located at the Northern tip of Stanley Park, this lookout offers incredible views over the water and Lions Gate Bridge. Take a walk along the trails around the main viewpoint and you’ll be rewarded with plenty of interesting views.
Always a favourite spot whenever we’re in Vancouver, Gastown is overflowing with charm. If you’re a morning person, you can have these beautiful streets to yourself bathing in the perfect golden light.