InstaVancity: An Instagrammer’s Guide to Vancouver

Getting Around By Stefan Zechner December 14, 2017

As one of the world’s most livable cities, it’s no surprise Vancouver’s an Insta-gold mine. Just ask one of the 10 million tourists who visited in 2016.

Now it’s your turn. We’re un-couvering the most photogenic spots in Vancity for your feed.

1. Stanley Park

Number of Hashtags: 438,536

This urban oasis tops the list with its beaches, hiking trails, and Canada’s largest aquarium. For a winning backdrop, snap a selfie at the Brockton Point lighthouse on Stanley Park’s Seawall (9,220 hashtags alone).

2. Granville Island

Number of Hashtags: 229,712

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Put burst mode to work: Capture a slice of life at the hectic Public Market as you walk along the fresh produce, seafood, and gourmet food stalls. Once you’ve had your fill of #eaaaats, take a breather and catch a show at the Waterfront Theatre.


3. English Bay

Number of Hashtags: 241,698

The ocean never looked so good ??? #vancouver #hellobc #curiocityvan

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Treat yourself to some modern Canadian food at Cactus Club Café as you wait for a sunset pic at English Bay Beach.

4. Grouse Mountain

Number of Hashtags: 124,285

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Grouse Mountain’s famous Skyride offers aerial shots of mountain peaks and the Gulf Islands all in eight minutes. To really set your ‘grams apart, bring an attachable lens to capture a wide-angle view.

5. False Creek

Number of Hashtags: 102,387

The Olympic Village (70,390 hashtags alone) in Southeast False Creek is #goals for any sports fan. Today, it’s one of the greenest communities in the world and its promenade emits a New York Highline vibe.


6. Capilano Suspension Bridge

Number of Hashtags: 77, 292

The first lights are on the #capbridge ????

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Don’t let your fear of heights hold you back from this wobbly bridge that dangles 230 feet above the Capilano River. Have a friend take a vertical panorama of you standing in the middle with the towering trees as your backdrop.


7. Canada Place

Number of Hashtags: 74,235

This iconic building sits on a pier that spans over the shores of the Burrard Inlet in the heart of Vancouver’s harbor front. Visit at night to Boomerang the light displays on its 90-foot fiberglass sails.

8. Lynn Canyon Park

Number of Hashtags: 50,265

There are enough hiking trails throughout Lynn Canyon Park to walk for hours — and enough waterfalls to fill your story along the way.


9. Quarry Rock

Number of Hashtags: 40,339

Hike to the top of Quarry Rock and grab a front row seat to #NoFilter views of Deep Cove and Vancouver’s ocean inlet.

If you’re feeling inspired, don’t stop at Vancouver. Our guides to Barcelona and Berlin will keep you busy.