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Gord's Favourite Vancouver Viewpoints (1 through 8)

Vancouver is a very picturesque town. Here are some locations for great vistas of the city and surroundings.


1, Hollyburn, located on the skihill access road, is located in West Vancouver and offers a sweeping view of Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands, English Bay, Point Grey, Stanley Park, Vancouver, and Mount Baker in the distance. The view from the nearby Salmon House on the Hill is similar, and you can get an exquisite west coast dinner too.


2. Propect Point is in Stanley Park and offers views of North and West Vancouver, the Lions Gate Bridge, and English Bay. There is a small cafe.


3. Coal Harbour has a long seawall on both sides of the inlet. The view from Stanley Park allows nice skyline photos. The 10km walk around the seawalk is a photographers dream.


4. Spanish Banks is a large long public beach in Point Grey with views of the skyline, English Bay, freighters awaiting unloading and the southern Gulf Islands.


5. Burnaby Heights is a residential area located just east of the Transcanada Highway (#1) just south of the Second Narrows Bridge. The home have wonderful midcentury architecture and there are good views of the skyline and the bridge.


6. Granville Island is a public market area with food and artistis venues, plays and nightllife. THere are nice vistas of the Burrand and Granville Street Bridges and Yaletown skyline across False Creek Inlet.


7. Queen Elizabeth Park is the highest point in Vancouver proper -- an extinct volcano that hosts wonderful gardens, a conservatory, and views of downtown and the north shore mountains.


8. Granville Street Bridge can be a bit noisy but offers nice views of Granville Island, the Fairview Slopes, and the downtown west end. If you have to choose, the west sidewalk is better for photos.


See my two other photo lookout montages that are more regional. The individual photos are available in my photostream. Most of the photos date from 2008 to 2010, most with my Nikon D80, with one photo from the 1980s on Fujichrome.


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Taken on January 2, 2011