Sometimes it seems like the sun just can’t win. There are people who curse the sun in the summertime in Vancouver British Columbia because it makes the day too hot. Then there are those who curse it in the winter because the sun does not warm the day enough and chase the cold away.
Where the sun wins the most fans though is when it rises in the morning and sets in the evening. At those two times, there are few people cursing the sun. The beauty of both, especially in Vancouver with its unique setting, overwhelms all who take the time to watch the sun get up when the day starts and when it goes down when the day ends.
When does the sunrise and set in Vancouver BC
That is the beauty of living in the Northern Hemisphere, the times for the rising and setting sun changes every day. Sometimes it is by mere seconds while other days it may be by a full minute. There is no steady period of time when the sun rises and sets at the same time every day.
If you want to see the sunrise and later watch it go down you should go to this website and this one to find the schedule. You can even plan a month in advance or even a year ahead to match your vacation schedule with your sun watching.
The best locations for viewing the sunrise or sunsets in Vancouver
Vancouver is located in a unique spot. Surrounded on two sides by mountains, one side by water and another side of what seems like an endless supply of suburbs, the sunrises and sunset in Van are utterly superb.
Plus, you also get a large number of great places to view either event. There are just too many to list here. One great example is White Rock beach in White Rock, a small community suburb down the highway from downtown Van and resting near the American border.
If you get there early enough, you can see Mt. Baker in all of its morning glory as the sun’s rays bounce off the year-round snow-clad mountain. Then in the afternoon you just need to turn to the west to see the sunset into the ocean changing its colours with each passing minute.
If you can’t get to this beach here is a list of great spots in and near Vancouver city that will do just as good.
#1. The three mountains
You can have your pick of Cyprus Mountain, Grouse Mountain or Seymour mountain. All three provide great skiing options and before you begin or when you are done, you can take in an unobstructed view of the rising or setting sun.
The bonus here is you get a great view of downtown Van and its suburbs if the clouds stay away.
#2. Queen Elizabeth Park
Or as the locals call it, Little Mountain, this is another nice little hill set in the heart of residential Van. On top of this park is a nice conservatory filled with tropical plants. Visiting this helps pass the time when you are waiting for the perfect Vancouver sunset.
Over by the minor league ballpark on the other side of the park you can watch the sunrise and see the alluring magic of this great city. If you are lucky and finished watching the sun go down, you can walk over to watch a minor league baseball game if they are still playing at Nat Bailey Stadium
#3. 4 Beaches
Like the mountains, Vancouver is full of beaches and the following four have very good views of the sunset. Any of these four, Sunset Beach, Third Beach, Kitsilano Sunset Beach and Wreck Beach are a good place to sit back, relax and enjoy a cold one while watching the sun leave for the night.
Be careful when you go to Wreck Beach though. Sitting just outside the University of British Columbia’s grounds this was known as the nude beach. It may still be used for that activity and you may see some naked sun worshippers while you watch the sunset.
#4. Stanley Park Seawall
Catching the rising sun at this location is perfect. You can jog around the sea wall as there are numerous stops along the way where you get a great view of the sunrise. As the sun lifts in the sky, the windows on the downtown Vancouver skyline reflect those rays and add to the beauty.
Walk around the seawall at the end of the day and you will be able to see the sunset as well. The sea wall should almost take you to English Bay where the view of the setting sun is outstanding. Prospect Point in Stanley Park is also exceptional when it comes to watching the sun.
Some final words
These 9 places are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to finding great places to view the sunrise and the sunset. If you are not too busy taking in the tourist spots Vancouver has, Gas Town is one place, you should be able to watch both events on the same day and in different spots.
Beauty is where you find it and Vancouver British Columbia has more than enough beauty to last everyone for a lifetime. You just have to know where to look.