The 12 Most Instagrammable Places in Vancouver

Beautiful sunset from Lonsdale Quay | © Hayley Simpson
Beautiful sunset from Lonsdale Quay | © Hayley Simpson
Photo of Hayley Simpson
Writer28 November 2017

It’s not news that Instagram has basically taken over the world in 2017. People are always looking for the best selfie backdrop or breathtaking view when they travel so that they can share it on their account. Keep reading to discover just where to find the most Instagrammable places in Vancouver, which are guaranteed to get you likes.

Grouse Mountain

Grouse Mountain is a great place to visit in both summer and winter. In all seasons, the view of Vancouver from the North Vancouver mountain is breathtaking, especially at sunset. In winter, Grouse Mountain transforms into the Peak of Christmas, which will bring a certain touch of holiday spirit to your Instagram feed. Step into the Light Walk, go ice skating, or even capture an action shot from the slopes.

Under a glittery sky. ✨ (📸: @vancitywild) #curiocityvan

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East Van cross

The East Van Cross (or sign) isn’t in the best location for selfies. But it looks amazing when lit up at night or backdropped against a blue sky, which is pretty rare in Raincouver. Artist Ken Lum created the Monument for East Vancouver, which was erected in 2010. It now graces jewelry, tote bags, and shirts as well, which are available at various local independent boutiques.

East Van | © Chris Huggins / Flickr


Gastown is without a doubt the most Instagrammable neighborhood in Vancouver. Some of the key places to visit include Hotel Europe, also known as Vancouver’s Flatiron building. It’s a perfect spot for an outfit photo. Secondly, the steam clock is a Vancouver icon. Thirdly, the ice cream at Soft Peaks is incredibly delicious and Instagrammable too. Gastown’s twinkling lights and cobblestone streets were made for Instagram.

Lonsdale Quay

Catch the Seabus from Waterfront Station in downtown Vancouver to Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver. In less than 30 minutes, you will be looking across to Vancouver’s skyline. It’s one of the best places to see the sunset in the city, and you can even see Stanley Park and the Lions Gate Bridge from the pier at the Shipyards next door. During the summer, the Shipyards also host a weekly Friday night market, where you will find the city’s best food trucks serving up delicious Instagrammable food too.

Beautiful sunset from Lonsdale Quay | © Hayley Simpson

Rainbow wall in South Granville

Located on Granville Street and W 6th Avenue, this rainbow wall will make your feed pop. There are two identical murals side by side in this carpark. Have fun posing with the rainbows: stand in the middle or do a jump shot or casually walk by the painting. It’s recommended visiting on a weekday, as the neighborhood will definitely be quieter.

Granville Island

There are also several places to get great Instagram shots on Granville Island. Beside the water in front of Granville Island Public Market, you can capture views of downtown Vancouver and both the Granville and Burrard Bridges. Looking towards Burrard Bridge, you can also see Stanley Park in the photos. Inside the market, get the quintessential Instagram photo of your shoes in front of a flower stand at Granville Island Florist. Alternatively, add some color to your feed and take a picture of the mural on the silos nearby.

Granville Island views | © Hayley Simpson

Angel wings

The painting of angel wings is another great street art piece in Vancouver. Find the #kitswings mural in Kitsilano, around Burrard and 4th Avenue. It definitely became a favorite photo stop this summer as people headed to Kits Beach. Check out the hashtag #kitswings on Instagram, and make sure you use it to tag your photo too!

When in Rome 💁🏼 #kitswings

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Stanley Park

One of the top attractions in Vancouver, Stanley Park looks good from every angle. It also has many gorgeous backdrops. As you enter Stanley Park from Coal Harbour, look back and capture Vancouver’s skyscraper skyline juxtaposed against the trees. Then continue onwards to the Brockton Point Lighthouse, Siwash Rock (a good place for sunset), and even Lions Gate Bridge, which has made an appearance on Instagram a few thousand times. Finally, for a beach shot, check out one of Stanley Park’s many beautiful beaches.

Follow the Seawall | © Hayley Simpson

Olive + Ruby Cafe

What makes for an Instagrammable café? Cute wallpaper? Check. Succulents? Check. Perfectly presented food and coffee? Check. Swinging egg chairs? Check! Olive + Ruby ticks all the boxes when it comes to Instagram, so make sure you visit this family-owned and -operated Vancouver business. The pretty food on offer includes delicious bowls and “things on toast.”

I was really excited about this latte 🤷🏼‍♀️

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La Pentola Mural

The final mural on the list, located on the side of La Pentola on Davie Street in Yaletown, is great for portraits. Share a photo of you and your special someone here, or perhaps a snap with a bestie? There’s no better backdrop to use to show your love for someone in Vancouver.

It’s love | © Hayley Simpson

Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

Venture into the wilderness and visit the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park for a treetop portrait. The most popular Instagram angle at the park is to walk away from the camera and onto one of the many bridges. Capilano can get busy with visitors during the day and over Christmas when it’s sparkling, thanks to its Canyon Lights event. So an alternative is to check out Lynn Canyon, which is free and has its own miniature suspension bridge too.

Queen Elizabeth Park

Queen Elizabeth Park is another great place to visit for several shots (to keep that Instagram game strong). Firstly, wander through the park, and capture a photo beside the manicured gardens or with some photogenic fall leaves. Then take a picture of the incredible skyline view, where the North Shore mountains provide a perfect backdrop for Vancouver. Finally, venture inside Bloedel Conservatory, which is a hidden tropical paradise in this Pacific Northwest city.

Fall in Queen Elizabeth Park | © Hayley Simpson

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