There are few places in Vancouver where public can get a panoramic view of the city without heading up one of the North Shore mountains. There’s the Lookout at Harbour Centre (which recently celebrated a birthday), then Cloud 9 restaurant atop the Empire Landmark Hotel. The other vantage points are mostly from private suites.
However, a new project “Vancouver 12 Gigapixels” saw Ronnie Miranda take panoramic shots from the top of our city’s tallest building, the Shangri-La Hotel and share the results online.
You can view the full image on the project’s website and also scroll from side to side, panning 240 degrees East to West across the city. The project’s blog has more information and additional shoot locations including the Richmond Oval.
I thought it would be fun to also include some old archive panoramic photos of Vancouver in this post. Here are a few that I found via the Vancouver City Archives. Click on the images to view each at full-size.
1919 Peace ceremonies at the Pavilion in Stanley Park
1923 Looking North downtown from Burrard at Smithe
1920 Looking at English Bay from the Water (spot the Sylvia Hotel)
1890 – Vancouver’s downtown from Fairview Slopes
2008 – Vancouver’s downtown from Fairview Slopes
I have found a few more older photos that I’d like to match up with newer images. Should you have any panoramic photos of Vancouver please feel free to add them to the Miss604 Flickr Group and hopefully I can do another showcase.