Do you want to create a gorgeous layout for your Instagram page? Then, why not grab your bestie for a weekend trip and head out to the most Instagrammable places in Vancouver?
This is sure to be a place you can capture some jaw-dropping content!
I am Stacey from Reef Life Diving, and as a Vancouver enthusiast, I tell you Vancouver has my heart. It is such a beautiful city, and with a setting like the west coast of Canada, you can’t go wrong.
Vancouver is known as Hollywood North. And you know the film industry wouldn’t use a place that isn’t absolutely stunning!
There are so many Instagram worthy places in Vancouver. The beaches, the buildings, the shops – oh my!
You can count on me to share (what I think) are the most Instagrammable places in Vancouver, if not in all of Canada!
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Instagrammable Places In Vancouver – UBC
Here is a list of the UBC Botanical Garden admissions & memberships!
1. UBC Rose Garden
When you stand overlooking this garden, you will see not just the garden itself but the ocean and mountains in the distance.
Over a dozen varieties of roses are planted that bloom from June to September. Take this opportunity to get both micro and macro shots for your feed right here!
2. Nitobe Memorial Garden
This memorial to Dr. Inazō Nitobe (1862-1933) is dedicated to him for his dream of developing better relations between North America and Japan.
The garden is always pruned to perfection in a traditional Japanese manner. Therefore, you can count on stunning content being taken here.
3. Greenheart Tree Walk
Have you ever dreamed about walking up in the ancient trees, looking down over the forest floor? Now you can!
This is a chance to use your artistic eye and take photos that are not available to just anyone!
Traversing 25m off the ground, this will surely be one of the more unique Vancouver Instagram spots!
Instagrammable Places In Vancouver – English Bay
4. Jericho Beach
Now this is a classic location!
This borders a few different areas on the south side of English Bay and is looking northeast towards downtown. Here you will be able to get some stunning photos.
5. Swing at Kitsilano Beach
If you are looking for a more playful shot, this is the location.
This swing is a bit hidden, so you may need to wander a smidge before coming upon it. But I promise, it will be worth the search!
6. Museum of Vancouver
This is not only the oldest museum in Vancouver but also the largest civic museum in all of Canada!
Outdoors you will find the iconic crab statue in the fountain and a beautiful building that is Instagram worthy in its own right.
No matter what, this is easily one of the most Instagrammable places in Vancouver!
PS. Check out the Museum of Vancouver website for Hours & Admissions!
7. Kitsilano Wings
Vancouver is known for its incredible murals, and this is one of the most iconic.
The wings in this mural are inspired by the bald eagles that frequent the area. Trust me; they are a do not miss piece of your collection!
8. Granville Island
Oh, Granville Island, how I love thee!
Whenever I am in Vancouver, I have to hit the market and wander the shops.
Undoubtedly, this is one of the better-known Instagram spots Vancouver has for a reason!
9. Sunset Beach – Engagement Rings
Sunset Beach is another of my favorite places to go while in Vancouver. My family loves to picnic in the green spaces and finish the day with a dip in the ocean!
In 2005, Vancouver installed the “Engagement Rings” statue.
It stands 30 ft tall and is a neat place to snap a photo. Can I suggest one at sunset with you standing inside the rings? Stunning!!
10. The Sylvia Hotel
There is nothing quite like a pretty building as the setting for an Instagram photo, and The Sylvia Hotel will not disappoint.
This heritage hotel was built in 1912 out of brick and terracotta. In the years since, it has been overtaken by vines, creating a lush and interesting façade.
Instagrammable Places In Vancouver – Stanley Park
11. Teahouse In Stanley Park
Gorgeous restaurant views is a staple in carefully curated content. And this Teahouse is sure to satisfy your appetite for content – and food!
They have a menu that changes for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner.
So no matter the time of day, you will have a variety of photo locations and delights to eat.
12. Siwash Rock
After a big lunch, a walk might be in order!
A short distance from the Teahouse is an iconic spot called Siwash Rock – also known as Pineapple Rock for obvious reasons.
Can you believe this outcropping is estimated to be 32 million years old?!
13. Prospect Point
The lookout at Prospect Point is Stanley Park’s highest point.
Up here, you can get photos of everything from Lion’s Gate Bridge, the North Shore Mountains, and Burrard Inlet.
Just another one of those fantastic Instagrammable spots in Vancouver.
14. Lions Gate Bridge
All great cities have a bridge the world knows about; in Vancouver, it is the Lion’s Gate Bridge.
This gorgeous bridge connects downtown Vancouver with West Van and North Van. It is an extremely busy location which allows for some really neat tricks of light at night!
15. Stanley Park Seawall
The whole loop of this seawall is approximately 10km (6.2 miles), and if you are feeling energetic, you can do the entire thing in a couple of hours.
Otherwise, it is perfectly acceptable to pick a starting point and just do a section of it, as I do.
Depending on what types of Instagram material you are looking for, you could stroll along the southeastern part of the wall and catch the next couple of places as you go!
16. Stanley Park Totems
As you pass through the carved Red Cedar Portals, you can appreciate the stunning beauty of the art the Coast Salish First Nations People create.
Walking along the trail, you will pass beside 9 totem poles.
They were carved by artists of several different First Nations along the coast.
17. Brockton Point Lighthouse
At the far east end of Stanley Park is the Brockton Point Lighthouse.
Though not the original, this lighthouse was built in 1914 to assist with shipping traffic in and out of the Burrard Inlet.
It is no longer staffed and offers an opportunity for some wistful photos in a historical location.
18. Vancouver Aquarium
This aquarium is one of my earliest memories!
We have been going here for generations and have watched the growth, development, and ethical changes occur along the way.
It is still a spectacular place to visit. And who doesn’t like a good aquarium pic in their feed?
Instagrammable Places In Vancouver – West Vancouver
19. Lighthouse Park Bunker
I am about to let you in on a local secret!
If you are strolling around Lighthouse Park in West Vancouver, head down the main trail towards the lighthouse.
When you see the path heading down towards the water, take that, then wander down the beach again towards the lighthouse.
As you navigate along there, you will come upon the little bunker tucked away!
It offers a neat spot to grab a photo before carrying on your travels.
20. Horseshoe Bay Lookout
This was one of the best-hidden gems of Vancouver but is growing in popularity.
While Vancouver does not have a shortage of brilliant lookout spots, this might be the very best one. Go and see for yourself!
To get there, take Horseshoe Bay Drive (under the Sea to Sky Highway), approximately 1.5 km (0.9 miles) past the junction of Marine Drive and Horseshoe Bay Drive, and it is on the left side.
It is not visible from the road, but likely there will be other cars there, indicating the location.
21. Whytecliff Park
Located nestled between West Vancouver and Horseshoe Bay is this lovely park.
There are tons of activities available here and even more opportunities for content creation! As you stroll around the park, be sure to check out the lookout on the westernmost side!
22. The North Shore – Eagle Bluffs
This is one amazing hike, but it is not for the faint of heart! This is an intermediate hike that is about 4 hours round trip.
You will find a small lake up there, and the reward at the top is the Eagle Bluffs! The whole experience leaves no shortage of opportunities for photos.
Instagrammable Places In Vancouver – North Vancouver
This might be a great option for you: Vancouver City Sightseeing Tour
23. Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
Speaking of iconic!! The Capilano Suspension Bridge is one of the most sought-after Instagrammable spots in Vancouver.
The whole park is spectacular, however. You won’t be sorry you came!
24. Grouse Mountain Park
If you have heard of Vancouver, you have probably heard of the Grouse Grind. This is a well-known hike up Grouse Mountain that some people even race up!
But Grouse Mountain Park has a plethora of things to do and, therefore, a plethora of opportunities for Instagram worthy photos!
This is a do not miss location.
25. Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge
This spot is a bit quieter than some others. But it is beautiful! So, stop in the middle of the swaying bridge, and take a look around you!
26. Fun Alley
Heading back into the city, in the neighborhood of Lonsdale, is this cool little spot.
It was painted as part of a program called “Studio in the City,” which offered youth the opportunity to apprentice in the arts.
27. Lonsdale Quay Market
Also known as “The Quay,” this market is a delight. You never know what you might see with different pop-up vendors and artists in residence!
The fully revitalized food hall is opening soon, and Strathcona is opening its second location in The Quay.
This is an up-and-coming reinvented location that will give you some unique content.
28. Shipyards Coffee
There is nothing like a cute coffee shop to make your Instagram feed pop!
Shipyards has delicious baked goods, pretty coffees, and a lovely location – all you need to do is show up!
29. Waterfront Park
As you carry along through Lonsdale to the west, you will come to Waterfront Park.
This location is excellent for a picnic, strolling trails, or viewing art installations. Plus, this is where you can take the Seabus back and forth to downtown.
Instagrammable Places In Vancouver – Downtown
30. Olympic Cauldron
In 2010, Vancouver held the Olympics. The cauldron was one of two during the games, but now is the only one.
It remained lit for the duration of the games but is only lit on special occasions now – making it a great photo location!
31. Digital Orca
Just down from the cauldron is this cool sculpture of a killer whale!
It was created in 2009, covered as part of an article by Architectural Design, and described as “both beautiful and bizarre.”
32. Botanist Restaurant
As part of your content, this restaurant is sure to delight! It has the most attractive aesthetic, great light, and delicious food. It’s worth a visit.
33. Vancouver Art Gallery
This is where you can get your Vancouver Art Gallery Tickets!
In keeping with the theme of cultural content, the Vancouver Art Gallery on Hornby Street is a sure thing.
Of course, the art collections are worth the visit, but the building that hosts it is worth the visit all on its own. The lobby area with the staircases is easily one of the superb Instagrammable places in Vancouver.
34. Robson Square Ice Rink
Robson Street is known for its great shopping. There is also a charming (covered) outdoor skating rink in the wintertime! Imagine the photos you could take here!
35. Ackery’s Alley
This is one of the laneways reimagined by the City of Vancouver.
They have been taking utility laneways and turning them into vibrant public spaces.
The objective of this project is for them to be used as community spaces – and intended to be some of the best Instagram spots Vancouver has to offer!
36. Vancouver Public Library
Not everyone would think to add books to their Instagram feed.
But the Vancouver Public Library has some of the most beautiful architecture. It may help add ‘dark and moody’ elements to your feed!
37. Marine Building
The main entry doors of this historic building are a fantastic spot to grab some content.
It is known as one of the best Art Deco buildings in the world! That, in and of itself, is a great reason to have it on your Instagram page.
Instagrammable Places In Vancouver – Gastown
If you are interested in a “foodie” tour, the Gastown Historic Walking Food Tour might be for you!
Or are you feeling a bit “spooky?” Check out the Vancouver Lost Souls of Gastown Walking Tour
38. Alley Oop
Alley Oop is the first of the two laneways curated to be a community space in Vancouver.
Like Ackery’s Alley above, this is a fun space to hang out and grab content for your feed.
39. Vancouver Lookout
Here is where you can get tickets for the Lookout!
An iconic spot, you take a glass elevator up to the top of this building (553 ft/ 168 m) and discover 360° views of the whole city.
When you are done marveling at the sights, don’t forget to snap some photos!
40. Top of Vancouver Revolving Restaurant
In the exact location as the Vancouver Lookout is a whole other experience.
Here you will find a restaurant that turns slowly so you can see the entire city as you eat your meal!
41. Steamworks Brewpub
The building housing this brewpub was built in the 1890s and offers interest to the eye while also satisfying your belly!
The food, drink, and company at Steamworks are unparalleled in Gastown.
I highly recommend having a flight of beers here (if you drink). They are some of my favorites!
42. Gastown Steam Clock
Another of the iconic Vancouver Instagram spots is the Gastown Steam Clock. You can find it gracing the finest social media pages – yours should not be left out!
43. L’Abbatoir Restaurant
As far as restaurants go, this one is a beauty!
The name might give it away – the cuisine is French inspired – and delicious! With a very interesting aesthetic, this might be one of the most Instagrammable restaurants in Vancouver.
44. Silk Dinner Lounge
If you want something more visually decadent, I recommend checking out Silk Dinner Lounge.
The fabrics and colors are stunning, and the fusion cuisine is reportedly delicious!
45. Hotel Europe – Flat Iron Building
Here is another one of the iconic and coolest Vancouver Instagram spots.
Just like the steam clock, this is one of those photos that are a must-have for your Instagram feed.
46. Cadieux Bakery
Gastown has its fair share of culinary delights.
Cadieux Baker is one for the list! Their location is brilliant for photos, but so is the art they serve as food. Definitely worth a stop.
Instagrammable Places In Vancouver – China Town
47. Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
Since you are on the search for the most Instagrammable places in Vancouver, this utterly divine garden needs to be on the list.
It is one of the first “scholars” gardens built outside of China, and it is an absolute honor to be able to visit this location.
Instagrammable Places In Vancouver – Yaletown
48. Bodega on Main
A restaurant that has hand-carved stools at the bar?! This is nearly unheard of!
I cannot wait to drop in here for their Spanish flair and all the tapas I can fit in my belly. Let me know if you liked it there as much as I did!
49. Science World
Another great location that is great for the Gram!
The outside of the building is just cool, but the inside has so many neat areas to explore.
The best part is they rotate their displays periodically. So what you see this visit might be different next visit – and your pictures can be too!
50. Spyglass Dock
This is a fabulous location to sit and watch the sunset from. It gives you unique views down False Creek towards downtown, David Lam Park, and Granville Island.
51. Small Victory Bread & Coffee
This contemporary coffee shop can fit the bill if you are looking for great Vancouver Instagram spots.
They serve coffee, sandwiches, and baked goods – while providing a sophisticated atmosphere.
52. Bill Curtis Square
This is easily one of the most Instagrammable places in Vancouver!
Yaletown is known for being hip and trendy, and they use Bill Curtis Square to show that off.
Every season they change the art installation hanging above the square, making it possible to get new content for your feed each time you go!
53. David Lam Park
Whether you stroll through the cherry blossoms, have a picnic, or use the green space to fly a kite – David Lam Park has options galore to create more content for your feed!
Instagrammable Places In Vancouver – South Cambie
54. Queen Elizabeth Park
This park is a vast 130 acres and is considered “Vancouver’s horticultural jewel.”
There are many places to visit at this location. As you can see, Queen Elizabeth Park will give you tons of opportunities for content creation!
55. The Bloedel Conservatory
Located within Queen Elizabeth Park, this site deserved its own recognition.
This conservatory is within a dome-shaped, temperature-controlled building and is home to more than 100 exotic birds and over 500 exotic plant and flower species!
This might be the true jewel in the park!
56. VanDusen Botanical Gardens
Just a few blocks away from QE Park! This is an ample space in its own right, at 55 acres, and is home to over 7,500 plant species from all over the world.
Here is another of the best Instagram spots in Vancouver!!
57. Moon & Back Gallery
In my opinion, this place is one of the most epic Instagram spots Vancouver has!
It is Canada’s only “immersive infinity mirrored digital light gallery,” and if it sounds out of this world, that is because it is!
Can you tell I am super excited to share this location with you? I can’t wait to see if you love it as much as I do 😊
FAQ On Most Instagrammable Places In Vancouver
Can You Drive Onto Granville Island?
YES, you can drive onto Granville Island, but parking on Granville Island is limited. It might take a bit of time to find parking, so please be patient! Granville Island is a people-friendly place, so watch out for those that are on foot – especially children who might be running around.
Why Is Granville Island Famous?
Granville Island is famous because of its unexpected mix of uses for its vendors and shoppers. In fact, 50 independent food retailers operate out of the Public Market. The Market also has great shopping hours; open from 9 am – 7 pm, which makes this a popular place to head for all sorts of fare.
Can You Take Photos In The Street?
Yes, you can take photos in the street in cities and towns as they are designated for public use – so feel free to take those pics! Just do not take photos of people on private property, and there should not be an issue. Parks and beaches are also public spaces!
What Is The Best Time Of Day For Street Photography?
The best time of day for street photography is during the golden hours of sunrise and sunset! The light at both these times of day is beautifully soft and can be somewhat dramatic. Using these times of day gives you an edge on your photos before you have even started editing!
What Is The Best Time Of Year To Go To Vancouver?
The best time of year to go to Vancouver is between the months of June to September. You will likely experience less rain and it should be nice and warm, too. This will give you approximately 13 hours of daylight to get lots of shopping and exploring done around the city.
Is Vancouver A Walkable City?
Vancouver is a very walkable city – in fact, it is consistently ranked as one of the most walkable cities in Canada! It is known for being easy to get around within the downtown area. The neighborhoods flow together, so you can walk from one to the other with no problem!
Is Vancouver Safe?
Vancouver is a safe city for visitors to enjoy without worry. The city has a low crime rate and a very low risk of natural disasters. Serious crimes against tourists do not happen often, but be smart and follow basic personal safety guidelines while out and about. This will help to avoid pickpocketing or theft.
Now You Know All The Hot Vancouver Instagram Spots!
This is a vibrant city with so much to do. It really is one of my favorites to visit for not just the culture but for the food and drink as well.
The best part is it would be difficult to run out of the most Instagrammable places in Vancouver.
While there, check out a concert, a hockey game, or maybe even stumble upon the filming of your favorite television series!
You can hit up the aptly named Sunset Beach for the gorgeous light. After the sun goes down, head over to Gastown and grab a bite to eat at one of the most Instagrammable restaurants in Vancouver!
After all this information, which locations do you think will be the best Instagram spots in Vancouver?
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