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18 Photos That Prove You Really Must Visit Vancouver at Night

Picture of Hayley Simpson
Writer
Updated: 25 March 2017
Vancouver is a photogenic city both day and night, as it’s filled with spectacular scenery. Its perfect combination of being an urban city surrounded by nature means it truly is a beautiful sight to see. From its mountaintops to its parks to its inner neighborhoods, here are some of the best views you can witness if you visit Vancouver at night.

North Vancouver

Directly across the water from downtown Vancouver is North Vancouver. From here, you can see Vancouver’s skyline in its entirety. Skylines always look better lit up at night.

Vancouver Skyline from North Vancouver | © Tristan Todd / Flickr
Vancouver Skyline from North Vancouver | © Tristan Todd / Flickr

Cloud 9

Get a glimpse of Vancouver’s West End neighborhood and Robson Street from Cloud 9. The revolving restaurant and lounge is on top of the Empire Landmark Hotel.

Vancouver's West End | © Colin Knowles / Flickr
Vancouver’s West End | © Colin Knowles / Flickr

Winter Wonderland

Although Vancouver doesn’t get as much snow as other Canadian cities, it does look good as an urban winter wonderland. This photo is from Stanley Park, looking towards Coal Harbour and downtown Vancouver.

Glowing Winter Wonderland | © Steve Rosset / Shutterstock
Glowing Winter Wonderland | © Steve Rosset / Shutterstock

Downtown Vancouver

From this Gastown viewpoint, many Vancouver landmarks are visible. In the background is the Lion’s Gate Bridge, and then there’s Stanley Park, Canada Place, and Vancouver Lookout.

Downtown Vancouver | © Alex Costin / Flickr
Downtown Vancouver | © Alex Costin / Flickr

Coal Harbour

Coal Harbour is a Vancouver neighborhood just outside the main downtown area. It’s known for its perfect waterfront location, closeness to Stanley Park, and a plethora of apartment buildings.

Queen Elizabeth Park

In the opposite direction of North Vancouver, Queen Elizabeth Park also offers excellent views of the Vancouver skyline. From this urban park, the city is perfectly backdropped by one of its biggest drawing cards: its snowy mountains.

Queen Elizabeth Park scenery | © Pierre Leclerc / Shutterstock
Queen Elizabeth Park scenery | © Pierre Leclerc / Shutterstock

The Seawall

The Seawall is the world’s longest uninterrupted waterfront path, at 28 kilometers (17 miles) long. From the Olympic Village section, the area literally glows thanks to Science World’s dome and BC Place, a local sports stadium.

Olympic Village Views | © Michael Nugent / Flickr
Olympic Village Views | © Michael Nugent / Flickr

Vancouver Lookout

Although the best photos of Vancouver at night usually include Vancouver Lookout as part of the skyline, the views from the Lookout itself are worth seeing.

Views from Vancouver Lookout | © GoToVan / Flickr
Views from Vancouver Lookout | © GoToVan / Flickr

Granville Island

Granville Island is a popular tourist destination in Vancouver that fortunately lives up to the hype. Located between two bridges and surrounded by marinas, it’s a beautiful place to visit at night.

Foggy Granville Island | © Colin Knowles / Flickr
Foggy Granville Island | © Colin Knowles / Flickr

The Flatiron

Hotel Europe, or Vancouver’s version of New York City’s Flatiron, is a city landmark located in Gastown. Surrounded by the neighborhood’s historic lamps, it definitely looks European at night.

Gastown's Flatiron Building | © GoToVan / Flickr
Gastown’s Flatiron Building | © GoToVan / Flickr

Celebration of Lights

The Celebration of Lights Festival, which happens every summer, is the longest-running offshore fireworks competition in the world. It truly lights up Vancouver.

Vancouver's Celebration of Lights | © Colin Knowles / Flickr
Vancouver’s Celebration of Lights | © Colin Knowles / Flickr

Jack Poole Plaza

Directly in front of Jack Poole Plaza is North Vancouver and its mountains. Turn in the other direction to see the Olympic Cauldron and just a few of Vancouver’s many apartment buildings.

Christmas at Jack Poole Plaza | © GoToVan / Flickr
Christmas at Jack Poole Plaza | © GoToVan / Flickr

West Vancouver

From West Vancouver—an area known for its expensive houses with ocean views—the entire downtown Vancouver area is visible. From this viewpoint, in particular, you can see Stanley Park, the Lion’s Gate Bridge, and the skyline.

Sunrise from West Vancouver | © Pierre Leclerc / Shutterstock
Sunrise from West Vancouver | © Pierre Leclerc / Shutterstock

Alleys

Although walking down city alleys alone at night isn’t the best idea, some of them do offer different angles of Vancouver Lookout—the crown in Vancouver’s skyline. A local favorite is a bright pink and yellow alley just off Granville Street near Pender Street.

Looking up in a downtown alley | © Kenny Louie / Flickr
Looking up in a downtown alley | © Kenny Louie / Flickr

Gastown

Gastown is one neighborhood in Vancouver that definitely looks better at night, thanks to the historic lamps lining Water Street and the trees adorned with fairy lights year-round.

Gastown at night | © GoToVan / Flickr
Gastown at night | © GoToVan / Flickr

Mountaintops

Cypress Mountain, Mount Seymour, and Grouse Mountain are the three main mountains close to Vancouver. As they’re located in West and North Vancouver, from the top, you can see Vancouver stretched out in front of you. Grouse is open in both summer and winter; therefore, this view can be captured no matter the season.

On top of Grouse Mountain | © Lijuan Guo / Shutterstock
On top of Grouse Mountain | © Lijuan Guo / Shutterstock

Street art

This Keith Richards artwork was photographed down a lane off Vancouver’s Commercial Drive neighborhood, which is a great place to spend an evening in the city.

Keith Richards Art off Commercial Drive | © Colin Knowles / Flickr
Keith Richards Art off Commercial Drive | © Colin Knowles / Flickr

Stanley Park

Stanley Park may be more exciting to visit in the day, but the views from the Seawall towards Coal Harbour and the city are clearly better in the evening.

Stanley Park and Coal Harbour | © Larry Qian / Flickr
Stanley Park and Coal Harbour | © Larry Qian / Flickr