Photo Essay: Views from Vancouver Lookout

| June 15, 2013 | 27 Comments More

360* views from the Vancouver Lookout, an observation deck in the city center

Vancouver’s impressive setting – amid mountains and water – is best taken in from above. The observation deck of the Vancouver Lookout Tower (553.16 ft/168.60 m above ground) is the spot for 360-degree views of the city. Even before you get to the top, you get a glimpse of what’s to come during a 40-second ride in a glass elevator.

Once up, you can walk around the deck (informative displays are placed around the perimeter) or take a seat at a high table. Some of the sights include: the Pacific Ocean, Stanley Park, North Shore Mountains, Coal Harbour (a waterfront community), and historic Gastown neighborhood. 

Here are several pictures, taken during my morning visit.

Views from Vancouver Lookout

View looking southeast: historic Gastown neighborhood (left) and BC Place stadium (far right)

Gastown neighborhood Vancouver

Gastown and beyond

Vancouver Harbour

Vancouver Harbour and neighborhoods east of downtown

Vancouver Harbour

Vancouver Harbour

Financial District Vancouver

Financial District

Financial District & Stanley Park in Vancouver

Financial District and Stanley Park

Views from Vancouver Lookout

View south with Yaletown neighborhood in the background

If you go:

  • The Lookout is open year-round; hours vary by season
  • An admission ticket gives you all-day access to the deck
  • Complimentary, multilingual guided tours are available.

I was hosted in Vancouver by the Canadian Tourism Commission and its partners. All opinions are mine.
Read more about my #ExploreCanada journey.

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Category: City Pics, PHOTOGRAPHY

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Pola Henderson is a travel writer and city explorer. Besides Jetting Around, her writing credits include CNN, Yahoo, Expedia, MasterCard, among others. She also runs JA Media, a boutique agency specializing in content writing and event production. Happily multicultural, Pola grew up in Krakow, lived in Chicago for 13 years, and is currently based in her soul city Paris.

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  1. Vancouver looks like a beautiful city. A town that is definitely on my list. I hope the liquor stores stay open longer there than Toronto.

    • I see you noticed that about Toronto, huh?… Not sure about the booze situation in Vancouver, but it’s a cool city! The natural setting is probably my favorite thing about it.

  2. I could look at your photos hour after hour. LOVE!

  3. We have never been to Vancouver, thanks for showing us around!!

  4. Stunning photographs! Vancouver is so on my list!

  5. Vancouver looks like a beautiful city. You can’t beat a city surrounded by water and mountains.

  6. avatar Leah Travels says:

    I was recently told that Vancouver is one of the world’s greatest cities by Lee Abbamonte. I’d say that was the highest of complements given the source.

  7. Beautiful photos as always, and more reasons for me to get my butt to Vancouver. The more I discover about Canada, the more I love it!

  8. Beautiful pictures as always! Vancouver is a neat town, mixing beautiful oceanfront, nice neighborhoods and an industrial feel. Interesting mix.

  9. avatar Katherine E Bland says:

    The more I discover about Canada, the more I love it!

  10. avatar Agness says:

    Amazing scenery. I can actually picture myself standing on top! :-)

  11. avatar Maaike says:

    Such beautiful pictures! I never heard about this place before. I wish I had, then I would definitely have visited it during my visit in 2013. Maybe next time!

  12. Beautiful views of a beautiful city – your photography is gorgeous!

  13. avatar George Melnikoff says:

    Pola, good article and strong photos.having lived here for 6 months in the 80s, I recall what a vibrant city Vancouver was, and funky too.thank you, geo

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