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Gord's Favourite Vancouver Viewpoints (17 through 24) | by Gord McKenna
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Gord's Favourite Vancouver Viewpoints (17 through 24)

Vancouver is a very picturesque town. Here is the next and last installment (sites 17 through 24) of great vistas of the city and surroundings.


17. The Stanley Park Seawall has continuous stunning vistas of Vancouver and the surrounding mountains. This point, near the Brockton Point Lighthouse, provides a nice view of the Lions Gate Bridge and West Vancouver. The Seawall is a popular place to walk or bicycle and is 10km around.


18. The Stanley Park Teahouse is a wonderful restaurant and the grassy area in front (once part of a battery of naval harbour guns) has a commanding view of the English Bay and freighters waiting to unload their cargoes.


19. The new Vancouver Convention Centre is very walkable and has views of the Northshore Mountains, Stanley Park, and Coal Harbour.


20 Siwash Rock is located in Stanley Park on the seawall, just west of the Lions Gate Bridge.


21. Vancouver has some interesting architecture, some 100 years old, some modern. The view shown here is on Howe Street at Georgia and shows the Vancouver Art Gallery (the old courthouse) with the Sheraton Wall Centre in the background. There are nice vistas and views of the downtown buildings throughout downtown Vancouver.


22. Ladner’s Westham Island is a small rural / agricultural area on the Fraser River delta just south of the Vancouver International Airport (YVR). There is a winery and the Reifel Bird Sanctuary. The Bird Sanctuary and the Westham Island Bridge provide the only good public access to the dyke areas for photography but well worth the visit.


23. Walking the Alex Fraser Bridge provides stunning scenery, especially of industrial activities along the Fraser River and of the mountains on the Gulf and San Juan Islands. Best to park at the ice rink at the southeast corner of the bridge.


24. The Holiday Inn Lookout is a nifty treat. Located on Broadway above False Creek the top floor of the parkade provides stunning views. But my trip there last week saw construction of a new building immediately north of the parkade, which may block the views, necessitating renting a hotel room for the great vistas. You’ll notice quite a lot of views of Yaletown, downtown, the NorthShore Mountains and False Creek are taken from this vantage.


Please see my two other photo lookout montages of the Vancouver region’s view points. The individual photos are available in my photostream. The photos were taken over the past couple years, mostly with my Nikon D80. Drop me a line if you’d like specific directions to get to any of these points.


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Taken on January 3, 2011