10 awesome places to watch amazing sunsets in Vancouver

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Another gorgeous Vancouver sunset (Canadastock/Shutterstock)

Now the sun is shining and the days are getting longer, Vancouver’s sunsets are starting to look spectacular, as they bathe our big skies in pink, blue and gold.

Here are are some of the best places to watch sunsets right here in the city.

Cypress Mountain

Sunset from the Cypress Mountain Lookout (Mike/Flickr)

Sunset from the Cypress Mountain Lookout (Mike/Flickr)

The lookout on Cypress Mountain is one of the best spots for skygazing in Vancouver – whether you’re looking for meteor showers, the aurora borealis or just a plain old sunset.

Grouse Mountain

Sunset from Grouse Mountain (Robert Nyman/Flickr)

Sunset from Grouse Mountain (Robert Nyman/Flickr)

If you need to reach a mountain lookout on public transit, then Grouse Mountain is for you. Take the bus to the bottom, get up there by gondola, relax in the restaurant – then bask in the golden glory of your sunset view over Vancouver.

English Bay

Fire in the Sky

Image: Tyler Ingram/Flickr

If you can find a friend who lives in a high rise facing English Bay, invite yourself round and share their gorgeous view over some drinks as the sun sets. Perfect.

Sunset Beach

Sunset at Sunset Beach (Kyle Pearce/Flickr)

Sunset at Sunset Beach (Kyle Pearce/Flickr)

How could we leave out Sunset Beach? You may not get any peace or quiet there in the summer, but it’s a great place to catch those last few rays with friends before partytime.

Kits Beach

Sunset at Kits Beach (Michael Whyte/Flickr)

Sunset at Kits Beach (Michael Whyte/Flickr)

For a more relaxed beach sunset, head to Kits beach, where folks play guitar, slackline and just wander along the shore, taking it all in. If you’re lucky, you might even see a whale.

Wreck Beach

Wreck beach- horizon on fire

For an alternative sunset, climb down the 400 steps to Wreck Beach out at UBC. Clothing may be optional, but sun worshipping is expected at the nightly nudist sunset ritual.

The Seawall

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There’s nothing quite like feeling the dusky breeze in your hair as you ride home along the seawall, only to be surprised by the red and gold skies dancing before your eyes.

Cloud 9 Restaurant

Sunset at Cloud 9 Restaurant (Kyle Pearce/Flickr)

Sunset at Cloud 9 Restaurant (Kyle Pearce/Flickr)

The Cloud 9 restaurant, on the 42nd Floor of The Empire Landmark Hotel on Robson Street, is open for dinner every day from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. The food may be pricey, but the views are priceless.

The Galley

Sunset at Jericho Beach (Peter M Graham/Flickr)

Sunset at Jericho Beach (Peter M Graham/Flickr)

The Galley, beachside at the Jericho Sailing Centre, is open till sunset every day. You’ll get a fantastic view as the sun sets and burns up the skies over downtown Vancouver, Stanley Park, the North Shore Mountains, Bowen Island, and the Strait of Georgia.

The Wicklow

Sunset at The Wicklow (Heather Harvey/Flickr)

Sunset at The Wicklow (Heather Harvey/Flickr)

The classic patio with a view, The Wicklow overlooks False Creek and offers sunset summer evenings with cold beers and fresh food. Watch the sun go down behind the dock and dream about owning one of the sailboats bobbing just below your feet.

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