Nestled between the snow-capped peaks of the North Shore Mountains and the sparkling waters from the Pacific Ocean, Vancouver is well known for its majestic natural beauty. And with convenient access to Whistler, the Canadian Rockies and Vancouver Island, residents have a plethora of year round sports and recreational activities to participate in. All that combined with a mild climate, diverse population and environmentally-friendly initiatives, it’s not hard to see why Vancouver has consistently ranked high for its quality of life.
To see more of what Vancouver offers, we combed through Instagram to see the city through the eyes of some local Instagrammers. Here’s what we found!
Photo: kaiyhun/Instagram Located minutes from the downtown core, Stanley Park is arguably the crown jewel of Vancouver. At 1,001 acres, the public park is larger than New York’s Central Park and attracts over 8 million visitors each year to its 17 miles (27 km) of nature trails, winding seawall and picturesque lookouts.
Completed in 1930, the Marine Building at 355 Burrard Street was once the tallest building in the British Empire. The 21 storey tower features architectural details like intricate brass accents, terra cotta trim, a symmetrical brown brick facade, and is known as one of the finest examples of Art Deco architecture this side of New York City. It’s also easily recognizable for its unique wedding cake icing-like top.
A popular destination for cyclists, runners, and walkers, English Bay is renowned for its spectacular sunsets. And as a gateway to the Pacific Ocean, it’s also a great spot to watch huge cargo ships and cruise liners sail by.
Nestled underneath the south end of the Granville Street Bridge, Granville Island was once an industrial manufacturing area dotted with factories, plants, and sawmills. Today, the area has transformed into a tourism and entertainment hub and is home to the popular Granville Island Public Market filled with local and exotic offerings from farmers, bakers, butchers, and fishmongers.
BC Place Stadium
Instantly recognizable as the backdrop to the 2010 Winter Olympics, BC Place Stadium was known for it’s air supported, dome roof. After the Olympics, the roof was permanently deflated during renovations and replaced with what is now the world’s largest cable supported retractable roof.
Lions Gate Bridge
Stretching 1,823 metres (5,890 feet) across the Burrard Inlet, the Lions Gate Bridge connects the downtown core to the north shore, through Stanley Park. Although it’s often plagued with commuter traffic, the iconic suspension bridge does have dedicated bike and pedestrian lanes on both sides.
Toronto has the Distillery District, Sydney has The Rocks, and Vancouver has Gastown. Situated in the northeast section of downtown Vancouver, Gastown is a federally designated National Historic Site. The area is known for its rich history, cobblestone walkways, and architecturally significant buildings including the the six-storey, flat-iron — and supposedly haunted — Hotel Europe.