I had the opportunity to visit Canada for the first time this past March and chose Vancouver as my first destination. My boyfriend and I both absolutely loved Vancouver, and I think you will too.
There are tons of great restaurants and bars, but also stunning natural beauty everywhere you look. If you want to spend some quality time outdoors in a new destination, you must plan a visit to Vancouver. Still not sure?
Here are my favorite photos to inspire you to visit Vancouver from my own trip this past spring. Enjoy.
15 Photos to Inspire You to Visit Vancouver
The view of the lighthouse from Lighthouse Park in Vancouver. This makes the perfect first stop if you’re planning to do a Sea to Sky Highway road trip.
This is the pier at Canada Place near downtown Vancouver. This is basically just a large pier, but the views of the water and mountains are worth the walk to the end. You’ll also get to see seaplanes taking off from the water nearby.
This was my favorite stop along the Sea to Sky Highway north of Vancouver. The views of the mountains and the surrounding bay were incredible.
One of the many beautiful trails in Stanley Park. This one will take you down to a lookout over Siwash Rock.
View from the lookout deck at the Sea to Sky Gondola.
View of the Sea to Sky Gondolas climbing the mountain just south of Squamish. If you have the time, I definitely recommend stopping to ride the gondola.
Siwash Rock in Stanley Park. It’s basically a large rock poking out of the water with a tree on it. I did enjoy the trail down to the lookout area near the rock. Plus the surrounding view is quite impressive as well.
Beaver Lake in Stanley Park. I was really excited to see this lake when I saw it on the map of Stanley Park. I had no idea what to expect when I got here. Turns out there isn’t a whole lot going on, but there were a lot of birds. So maybe if you’re into bird-watching, this is the spot for you. Or, if you just want a picture of yourself standing next to a small body of water.
View from the suspension bridge at the top of the mountain near Squamish. You can get to this bridge by riding up the side of the mountain on the Sea to Sky Gondola.
The famous Capilano Suspension Bridge. Arrive early or stay late if you want good pictures of the bridge.
Inside the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, you’ll find a series of wooden walkways and bridges on the opposite side of the suspension bridge. The wooden walkways weave through the lower levels of the forest displaying the various plant and animal life of the forest. There are signs and information posted along the walkways as well so visitors can learn interesting facts about life in the world’s forests.
The popular Totem Poles in Stanley Park. You can find them on the eastern edge of the park at Brockton Point. Apparently the Totems are the most popular tourist attraction in the entire park.
A small cabin along the wooden walkways of the Living Forest path at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park.
This is a view of downtown Vancouver from the area near the Totems in Stanley Park. This is where you can get on the running and biking trail that circles the outer perimeter of the park. There is also a bike rental stand just across the street from here, so if you didn’t come with a bike, you can still ride on the trail.
This photo was taken at the bottom of a trail that looks out onto Siwash Rock in Stanley Park. My travel partner made me laugh, as usual and captured this candid shot. There are tons of little trails like this all over Stanley Park. If you have the extra time, head down the trails and see what you find.
I hope you’ve enjoyed viewing my favorite 15 Photos to Inspire You to Visit Vancouver. It really is such a fun and beautiful city. If you’re on the west coast it makes a perfect long weekend getaway if you’re looking to visit somewhere new.
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Eden FitePart-time Traveler | Dog Lover | Avoider of Crowds
I help people use their vacation days to see the world.