Where To Take A Late Night Drive In Vancouver

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Late Night Drive Vancouver

For night owls, Vancouver’s views get even better when the sun sets. Taking a late night drive around the scenic city with a friend is a creative and inexpensive way to explore the city on your own terms.

Ditch the daytime crowds with these seven spots guaranteed to make you fall more in love with the Lower Mainland.

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YVR Airport

There are tons of spots to watch planes take off and land in North America’s Best Airport in Richmond, such as the parking lot of the BCIT Aviation campus. It’s a short drive from Arthur Laing Bridge if you’re around Marine Drive and Marpole to watch the planes.

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Queen Elizabeth Park

The highest point in Vancouver can be found in Queen Elizabeth Park at the top of Little Mountain. Open 24 hours, Queen Elizabeth Park is perfect for uninterrupted views of the city below as well as the North Shore mountains.

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Prospect Point

Stanley Park can get dark really quickly but the lookout at Prospect Point makes the deserted drive worth it. Prospect Point offers vantage views of the Lions Gate Bridge as well as West Vancouver that are just as stunning to behold in the nighttime.

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Capitol Hill

For those in Hastings-Sunrise and East Vancouver, the drive up steep Capitol Hill is peanuts compared to the reward of expansive panoramas of Downtown Vancouver, Burrard Inlet, Bowen Island and even Vancouver Island.

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Whytecliff Park

By the water in West Vancouver is a small park that faces the Strait of Georgia, Howe Sound and Bowen Island. The drive is about ten minutes west from Horseshoe Bay to be surrounded by mountains and waters, so those that are in West Vancouver should make a pitstop.

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Cypress View Point

On one of the final bends before making your way up to the parking lot to Cypress Mountain is the Cypress Viewpoint. It’s a popular spot to take in the spread of the city underneath, and it’ll definitely be quieter on the road in the evening!

Night Drive In Vancouvervia Colink

Granville Island

Granville Island at night is as quaint as walking down Gastown, barring the lack of heavy foot traffic, and while this is a short drive – there are places to park right near the water to relax and enjoy the view. Just be mindful about your parking, as Granville Island is known to be extra vigilant about parking violations. Other than that, it’s a memorable late night cruise.

 

Where’s your favorite spot to go for a late night drive in Vancouver? Let us know in the comments below!

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  • I agree with most of these spots. But the sad part is, many are not “legally” accessible at night. For example, every single public park in the city of Vancouver technically closes at 10pm (Parks Board bylaw). A friend of mine got a ticket for simply being in Queen Elizabeth park at around midnight. Your article states 24 hours, but if they want to ticket people they can. It’s really too bad that people aren’t aware of how our public spaces are under a police state curfew that can be enforced at will.

  • Erik

    I find it very difficult to believe your friend was “simply being” and he got a ticket. Yes, technically our parks do close at 10pm, but as a born and raised Vancouverite, I can firmly state that this rule is only enforced when illegal or suspicious behaviour is taking place. I have taken many a late night drive through both Stanley Park and Little Mountain, more than once passing or driving beside a VPD cruiser. I have even parked and taken a stroll with no tickets. Not really a police state curfew, pretty sure it was actually put in place as a measure to help keep people safe.