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 eight places for you to update your feed with. No filter needed.
1. Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge
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!
2. Grouse Mountain
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!
3. Fun Alley
Lower Lonsdale’s Fun Alley mural provides the perfect backdrop for your Instagram photos! The brightly designed mural lives up to it’s name! After taking your new profile pic stop at Buddhaful next door for equally brightly coloured smoothies and acai bowls!
4. Whytecliff Park
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.
5. Capilano Suspension Bridge
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.
6. Lonsdale Quay Market
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!
7. Quarry Rock
Deep Cove is a beautiful spot and the hike to Quarry Rock rewards you with stunning views of Howe Sound. Although one of the North Shore’s easier hikes, you still need to make sure you are prepared with the right equipment to go into the wilderness.
After you’ve completed your hike reward yourself with a Honey’s Doughnut or avocado on toast at Cafe Orso.
8. Lighthouse Park
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!
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