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Heading to Vancouver? Be prepared for one of the most adventurous photography spots and picturesque cities that Canada has to offer. Vancouver and the West Coast of Canada offer some of the best hikes, scenery, and all-around outdoor activities, you could ask for your travelgram. There are lots of Instagram spots in Vancouver.

Vancouver is one of the best place to visit in Canada. This city is surrounded by backdrop mountain and urban beaches. Vancouver is regarded as one of the most beautiful cities in the world. This city is famous for it’s rich cultural heritage. By the way, thanks to the huge influence of Chinese back in the 90’s, Vancouver’s Chinatown is considered to be one of the TOP 5 in the WORLD for Chinese food, if not the best.

These are places where, no matter what angle you shoot or what street you end up on, you’re probably going to have really good pictures. Vancouver is an animated fusion of cultures and cuisines of Asia. There is a lively counter cultural activity from a popular nudist beach to the political headquarters of the Marijuana Party and with the Bustling Asian neighborhoods.

If you are looking for a place to enjoy bustling city life and also the beauty of nature, you do not have to look further from Vancouver. It boasts of a rich culture and great food. Vancouver also hosts cultural events including theatrical events, festivals, live music.

When it comes to the natural wonders of the city, you would definitely be mesmerized by mountains, rain-forests, beaches, amidst the skyscrapers and steely structures. You would have a great time outdoors trying out sports like mountain biking, skiing, biking, kayaking and relaxing.

If you are looking for specific things to do and places to visit to add to your itinerary, Stanley Park, Vancouver Aquarium, Chinatown, English Bay, Queen Elizabeth Park, VanDusen Botanical Garden, are few of the places that you should definitely see while visiting Vancouver.

Canada is a country with large populations of diverse wildlife. Imagine the excitement of seeing a grizzly or black bear in their natural habitat. The best place to see them is around the Vancouver Island area, the Queen Charlotte Islands, and into the North of British Columbia. Whale watching is best around Vancouver in British Columbia, Tadoussac in Quebec and the Cape Bretton Highlands in Nova Scotia.

This place is gorgeous! If you are into nature, wildlife, hiking, kayaking, boating then come here!

Instagram spots in Vancouver

Here are the top things to do in Vancouver area in no particular order:

1. Granville Island


There are several places to eat in Vancouver where you can find restaurants, each with its own style and characteristics. It is almost impossible to take a horrible photo in Granville Island. There are spectacular (and immediate) views of the city, beautiful food and fresh produce at Granville Island Market, picturesque alleys, craft shops and the adorable Aquabus water ferry.

And, smaller, more hidden and more special, we always have the Granville Island. There we have a very bohemian, calm atmosphere that we could almost call hippy. Within the local market, with excellent products, we can find food stands that offer more elaborate things than the usual food court in a much more welcoming environment than the usual impersonal shopping centers.

In Granville Island there is also a brewery that we can visit and where we can also participate in tastings. Granville Island is located just south of downtown Vancouver, below the Granville Street Bridge. You can get to Granville Island by bus, Aquabus (which will take you through False Creek from Yaletown), on foot or by bike or by car.

Getting in touch with nature is one of the best things about travel and a lot of the time, it’s the peace and quiet that people love about it. If you love nature but you are still looking for thrills, you can get a great combination of the two in the Instagram spots in Vancouver. Vancouver is the birthplace of mountain biking, one of the best ways to get up close and personal with nature.

There are plenty of motorbiking trails through some of the most beautiful national parks in the world where you will find incredible views and plenty of wildlife. Some of the biking trails are pretty advanced but there are plenty of great routes for beginners as well. Biking is great, but you can also experience the great national parks from above on a wild zipline.

2. Capilano Suspension Bridge


Do you recall seeing the suspension bridge fading into the fog in a dense rain-forest? This place is magical and I would recommend going on a rainy day, in the early morning when it opens or be one of the last people to leave when it closes. The cost is a bit pricey for adults and if you are just going to see the suspension bridge over Lynn gorge, but makes it worthwhile if you go to the tree top walks. It is an extremely popular Instagram spot in Canada so be strategic when you go.

3. Cypress Mountain


Saint Marks Summit is a popular hike that only takes a morning, 4-5 hours round trip. The views are spectacular of the Howe Sound and the islands. You will see the trail head starts at Cypress Mountain, from here go to the beginning of Lion's Express chairlift and take the Howe Sound Crest Trail.

Follow the trail head markers, you will follow the ones for the Howe Sound Crest Trail and The Lions rather than it actually saying St. Mark’s Summit at St. Mark’s comes first. Another indicator for the trail is Bowen Lookout. Take your time at the top to soak it all in.

Drive up the mountain and at about half way up you get to the lookout point. You can take it the stunning city of Vancouver from high up and watch the clouds move below you. Type in Cypress Mountain in your Google Maps or GPS and it's located in West Vancouver. No hiking here, this is just for a photographic opportunity.

4. Burrard Inlet


It is otherwise known for the West Vancouver lighthouse. Take Marine Drive West and take a left onto Beacon Lane into Lighthouse Park. This is a great spot for a quick nature fix and only an hour or less walk round trip. This is an extremely photogenic spot so it is a great place to photograph the sunrise or the sunset.

Continue further down Marine Drive to this incredible beach location located near Horseshoe Bay Ferry terminal. There's a small island called Whyte Islet, and it's a photographer's dream location during sunset.

5. Stanley Park Seawall


On a sunny day one of the best things to do in Vancouver is to run around the Stanley Park Seawall which is approximately around 8.5 km. It takes about 2 hours to complete the loop.

6. Siwash Rock


If you are limited with time, go to Siwash Rock. Siwash Rock is the incredible island rock formation that is located on the North Western side of Stanley Park. You can get there without doing the entire Seawall perimeter walk by driving just past Prospect Point lookout and before or around Third Beach parking lots.

7. Grouse Grind


How fast can you go?! This is a popular hike used by all fitness levels. The hike consists of wooden stairs up alongside Grouse Mountain. The way up will take between 45 minutes to 1.5 hours depending on the length of your breaks and fitness level. Ensure you bring your wallet, debit/credit, cash to buy lunch, snacks or beer at the top where the gondola is at.

Take a bottle of water as well. On the way down you have 2 options to go down the east side trail (not the stairs) or the gondola. This hike takes 2-3 hours round trip or 1.5 hours with the gondola down. The record on the way up is 23:48 min and the record number of ascents in one day is 16, but doing it once is okay too.

8. Kitsilano Beach


While in Vancouver, visit Kitsilano Beach. It's one of the most popular beaches and park locations year-round and it is an ideal location to relax for the day. Kitslano Beach has all of the amenities you could ask for including restaurants, coffee shops, walking paths, and even a swimming pool for a low cost if the ocean is too cold for you.

9. Gastown


One of the best places to visit in Vancouver Canada are the Gastown which is one of the oldest part of Canada. Where you will get to see the historical buildings with stunning architecture. Also you can visit to Steam Clock which is major Instagram spot to visit in this city.

10. Spanish Banks Beach


Spanish Banks Beach Park is near UBC and it offers some of the best conditions for skimboarding you could ask for. Low tides create large shallow pools perfect for skimboarding or even just beach walks. I recommend visiting this Instagram spot in Canada during all times of the day, but especially sunset due to its west facing location.
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malibluemymind said...

wow! I have been recently looking for inspiration pictures to plan my next "faraway" trip, which means outside Europe. One of my destinations was Canada after seeing beautiful pictures, the other was west-south USA!
malibluemymind

Su said...

I have never been to Canada, it looks like a wonderful country. I am originally from Thailand but now I live in England.

Emily Fata said...

As a Canadian, I feel so ashamed that I've not yet visited Vancouver! It looks like such an incredible place to visit, and totally Instagrammable!

Ashli Ferguson said...

that lighthouse looks amazing ! I have always wanted to travel to a lighthouse and this one looks so adorable!

Chad said...

I live in Canada but i've never been to Vancouver yet, i keep on hearing how gorgeous it is. This summer for sure.

Caits Cozy Corner said...

im planning a trip to vancouver in a few months and def will take a look at all of these while im out there- thanks for such great places to take some meorable photos!

Susie's Reviews said...

I am down the road a bit in Oregon and I would love to come visit.

Jessa B. said...

i came across your blog just at the right time. i will be visiting Canada soon and this will come very handy! Thanks for the great tips!

Czjai said...

The lighthouse looks very picturesque. Truly Instagram-worthy. :)

Lyosha Varezhkina said...

I want to visit Canada one day for a long trip. I don't know when but I sure will

Sue-Tanya said...

I hope to visit Canada later this year. If I do i'll make sure to check these spots out.

Alexa said...

Sign me up for the St Mark’s and Tunnel Bluffs hike. I’m always up for a good adventure, especially when the hike has little increase in elevation. Not a fan of climbing hills with an 11 month old!

Alexandra Cook said...

What a beatiful place. Canada is one of the Country I always wanted to visit. Truly a bucket list material.

Clare Minall said...

Such a great and very detailed post. So many great deatination to visit in Canada. I would love to go there soon.

Itsasweetsweetworld said...

I have visited Seattle before and I've heard Vancouver is just a short drive from there. I should definitely check it out sometime. Sounds like just the place for a short trip!

Dr. K. Lee Banks said...

These are some great suggestions for places to visit. I always love seeing photos, because it's like a virtual tour. As a Maine resident, I especially like the places you listed in #5-#8, as we have similar beautiful locations and scenery here.

Unknown said...

Love these photos. I've already wanted to go to Vancouver!

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