Sea to Sky Views for Every Adventurer

From sea to sky, and everywhere in between, Vancouver provides some of the most stunning natural scenery in the world. Whether you’re adventuring on foot, by bike, or by kayak, Vancouverites know you always need to budget a little extra time to account for photo stops, whether traveling on the road more or less traveled.

To celebrate the beauty of our Big Backyard, and possibly uncover some spots you might not have heard of, visited recently, or thought to explore in that way, we crowdsourced some favourite viewpoints in and around the city. Add them to your summer exploration bucket list to help you soak up the best of the season in BC whether you’re in downtown Vancouver, north of the city, or south.

Downtown – Siwash Rock, Stanley Park Seawall, Vancouver, BC

Photo credit: The Weather Network

Photo credit: The Weather Network

This iconic Vancouver landmark stands like a lone giant mid-way through the Stanley Park seawall. While it’s easy to get to by bike or on foot (in fact, impossible to miss if you’re doing the seawall loop), there is a way to get a different view. Rent some kayaks in downtown and get up close and take a closer look at Siwash Rock, for a unique 360 degree perspective on this natural beauty.

South – Fisherman’s Wharf, Steveston Village, Richmond, BC

Photo Credit: Stephanie Bendo

Photo Credit: Stephanie Bendo

Historic Steveston Village, 30 minutes from downtown Vancouver at the south-west tip of the province, often gets sunnier, dryer weather than the rest of the lower mainland (yes, we’re talking to you, rainy North Shore). Its seemingly never-ending horizons, broken up only by the fishing fleet that calls Steveston home, make for some truly stunning and unique west coast vistas. Grab some fresh fish and chips and explore the Steveston Fisherman’s Wharf, then stroll or ride your bike west past the Gulf of Georgia Cannery to Garry Point Park, for a few different perspectives on this quaint village with awe-inspiring views. For a longer adventure, head north and continue on this circuit, know as The Dyke – the flat gravel path loops around Richmond from south to west to north. Traveling past Richmond’s farmland (keep your eyes peeled for the dairy cows grazing in the marshland) and waterways, while taking in the North Shore mountains in the distance, can make for a leisurely day of exploring a new Sea to Sky perspective.

North – St. Mark’s Summit, Howe Sounds Crest Trail, North Vancouver, BC

Photo credit: Elena Sabourova

Photo credit: Elena Sabourova

Sea to sky at its finest, the view of Howe Sound from St. Mark’s Summit is a breathtaking stunner. If you’re looking to take on a hike, and get rewarded, this 11km summertime trail is hard to beat. The route starts from Cypress Mountain – from the parking lot near the lodge, head to the chairlifts and look for signs for the Howe Sound Crest Trail. At about 4 hours roundtrip, the hike is just long enough to provide a solid challenge, but short enough to be easily accomplished in an afternoon. Forget waiting to get a table on a restaurant patio – take your lunch or dinner with you on a hike to St. Mark’s Summit, and you’re guaranteed to get the best seats in the house.

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Julia Montague is a freelance writer, mountain adventurer and eco-enthusiast based out of Vancouver, B.C. Follow along with her adventures on Instagram.
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