Vancouver’s North Shore is a beautiful place. From our mountain peaks to our lush forests, and unique neighbourhoods there is something for everyone…and it all makes for a great Instagram backdrop! Here are seven places for you to update your feed with. No filter needed.
The Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge is one of two suspension bridges on Vancouver’s North Shore (the other being Capilano Suspension Bridge) but they both offer very different experiences. Lynn Canyon suspension bridge is a 40 metres long wooden plank bridge originally built in 1912. Just wide enough for two people to pass each other it offers a rustic and jiggling adventure 50 metres above the beautiful river of Lynn Creek. Visit the charming End of the Line General Store after for coffee or lunch or to pick up some local souvenirs!
Grouse Mountain is the North Shore’s year-round playground, and it also offers amazing year-round photo opportunities too. The views from the top stretch for miles and offer a wonderful experience whether you have just climbed the Grouse Grind in the summer, rode the Skyride up to summer activities like the lumberjack show, bird demonstrations, or to see the bears, or you set your photo up with a winter snow scene while visiting for snowshoeing, skiing, or snowboarding.
For a truly unforgettable experience on Grouse try the mountain zip line where you speed through the air at up to 80km per hour!
Lower Lonsdale’s Fun Alley mural provides the perfect backdrop for your Instagram photos! The brightly designed mural lives up to its name! After taking your new profile pic stop at Buddhaful next door for equally brightly coloured smoothies and acai bowls!
If you want #WestCoast vibes for your photos Whytecliff Park is the place for you. This beautiful corner of Howe Sound has a rugged coastline and spectacular views of colourful mountains and passing boats. If you visit at low tide you can make the hike to Whyte Island – an Instagram favourite.
Capilano Suspension Bridge is one of the North Shore’s most popular attractions and for good reason! It’s a must-see when visiting Vancouver as it offers visitors a unique mix of adventure, history and culture as well as a dozen different places to take like-worthy Instagram pics. Enjoy the thrill of walking across the 137-metre long bridge suspended 70 metres above the Capilano River.
Lonsdale Quay Market is a visual experience in itself, filled with local boutiques, delicious restaurants in the food court, and a brewery, as well as some of the best views of Downtown Vancouver at the front. But, it’s the giant Q that has gotten very used to having its photo taken!
Make a night of it with a stay at the Lonsdale Quay Hotel located within the market!
Lighthouse Park is one of Greater Vancouver’s most beautiful parks, filled with hiking trails and viewpoints. Stand next to giant old-growth Douglas firs or visit the impressive Point Atkinson lighthouse, first built in 1912!
If you’re looking for an incredible insta backdrop, giant art canvas walls can be found in Edgemont Village during Vancouver’s Mural Festival August 4-22nd. Help share diverse local artists on your feed and get a unique photo in the process! You will find the colourful murals at locations in Edgemont such as BMO, Village Physio and Caffe Artigiano. Check out the artists and map here.
For absolutely stunning views of Howe Sound, the top of St.Mark’s Summit is one of the most insta-worthy photo spots on the North Shore. The jaw-dropping natural beauty of the Tantalus Mountain Range and even Vancouver Island will make any follower drop a like on your post. This hike is about 10.4km and 3- 5.5 hours though, so be prepared to work a bit for that epic photo!
For an eye-catching view that doesn’t disappoint or require a steep hike, the Horseshoe Bay lookout is everything. Capture incredible island scenery and if you’re lucky you may even see a glimpse of a ferry going by! This hidden gem is located on Horseshoe Bay Drive. It is 1.2 kilometres past the junction for Marine Drive and Horseshoe Bay Drive on the left-hand side.
Located next to the Lonsdale Quay Market, the lock of love fence provides iconic scenery for your feed. The combination of the waterfront, downtown skyline, romantic love locks and possibly even a Shipyards District sunset, are sure to make for a beautiful picture.
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