Vancouver, British Columbia, is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, thanks to its spectacular location. It’s always a treat to fly into Vancouver from any direction. The views of the city, surrounded by the ocean and snow-capped mountains, are absolutely stunning. On a recent flight from Amsterdam to Vancouver, the plane approached the city from the northwest, then flew directly above the city in a southerly direction. I sat on the right side of the plane and while I initially missed the city and mountain views, I got a bird’s eye view of Vancouver International Airport (YVR) and the borough of Richmond.
Located on an island, Vancouver International Airport is often voted as one of the best airports in the world. The plane continued in a southerly direction, flying above the boroughs of Burnaby and New Westminster (part of the Greater Vancouver Metropolitan area) before banking to the right.
As the plane made a 180 degree turn, we were treated to a view of the grid of streets in the borough of New Westminster, the Fraser River (and Annacis Island) and the snow-capped mountains of Vancouver Island in the distance.
The plane continued its half-circle and the views of Greater Vancouver were breathtaking. In the photo above, the boroughs of New Westminster and Burnaby are visible in the foreground. The Coastal Mountain range is on the upper right and in the upper left/middle section of the photo, the cluster of skyscrapers is Downtown Vancouver, with the green expanse of Stanley Park and Coal Harbour to the right.
I took one more shot (photo above) as the plane made its final approach into Vancouver Airport. The shimmering white roof of BC Place Stadium (where the 2010 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony was held) can clearly be seen. Downtown Vancouver stretches from the left to the right, with the stadium in the middle. On the right, you can catch a glimpse of the white sails of the Vancouver Cruise Terminal – you can spot a cruise ship moored there. Stanley Park, one of the largest urban parks in the world lies behind the downtown area. You can imagine how thrilled I was to be able to capture these fantastic views of Vancouver! If you’re flying into Vancouver, make sure you book a window seat! You’ll be rewarded for sure, if the weather is good.