Give me a sunset over some water and I’m pretty content. If you toss in some sand beneath my feet or a mountain in the background, that’s pretty much as good as it gets. Having grown up in Ontario, we don’t have the constant access to the sights that British Columbia has to offer. It’s the reason why I appreciate it that much more as an adult living in Vancouver.
There are so many amazing beaches and spots to catch a sunset in and around Vancouver. I wanted to share a few of my favourite ones knowing that there are an infinite number of incredible places to catch those perfect Vancouver sunsets.
A classic spot for locals and visitors. English Bay is down in Vancouver’s West End and home to a section of the famed Stanley Park Seawall. English Bay Beach, also referred to as First Beach, runs along Beach Avenue from Gilford and Bidwell streets. Grab some take-out sushi, find a log on the beach and enjoy the sunset.
Better knows as “Kits” Beach, this beach can be found on Cornwall Avenue by the north end of Yew Street. On any given weeknight or weekend, the volleyball and basketball courts are packed, joggers/walkers are tackling the Seawall and of course, there are those who are just settling in for a wonderful sunset. The walk down the hill from West 4th Avenue is pretty easy, the walk up is a killer so make sure you have all your drinks and snacks before making your way down (there are also a handful of great places to eat in the area for those who prefer to dine out).
Further west from Kits Beach, but still in the neighborhood is Vanier Park. (If you had to Google Map it, you’d pop in 1000 Chestnut Street.) Vanier Park is home to the Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival, the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, the Vancouver Museum and much more around the area! And of course, it’s a perfect spot with tons of greenery to play bocce, have a picnic and catch the sunset.
On certain evenings, I’m just not feeling the energy to go for a run. To entice myself, I usually make a point to run across one of the bridges in Vancouver because it allows for a perfectly unobstructed view of a sunset. Cambie Bridge is 1.1 kilometres (1,100 meters) long and crosses False Creek. You know it’s a good vantage spot because it’s not uncommon to see photographers set up on the bridge with their tripod capturing the sun setting on another Vancouver day.
These are just a handful of the spots that are perfectly suited to catch a uniquely Vancouver sunset. With water and mountains everywhere, there really isn’t a bad spot to end the day. What are some of your favourite places to catch a sunset?