A trip to Vancouver, British Columbia is on every adventure lovers dream vacation list. Vancouver, or as it is sometimes called Vansterdam or Raincouver, is a wonderful place to visit if you enjoy being active on your vacation. There are endless things to do in Vancouver, BC from trips to the area's lovely parks like Lynn Canyon Park to visits…
Top 144 Things to do in Vancouver, British Columbia
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- Adventures (22)
- Air, Balloon & Helicopter Tours (10)
- Airport Shuttles & Limos (7)
- Amusement Parks (1)
- Attractions (10)
- Culinary Experiences (20)
- Day Cruises & Water Activities (42)
- Land Adventures (37)
- Overnight Tours (3)
- Restaurants & Nightlife (20)
- Spas & Beauty (1)
- Tickets & Passes (1)
- Tours & Sightseeing (123)
Pick your perfectly sized bike up from Squamish Adventure Centre and begin your exploration of the city. Feel the breeze flow through your hair as you traverse the riverside paths on your way downtown. Seek out views of Stawamus Chief's granite slopes, cruise by dense evergreen forests, and consider stopping off at a cafe or brewery along Cleveland Avenue.
Snap photos of waterfront scenes along the Squamish River, look for the snow-dusted peak of Mount Garibaldi in the distance, and enjoy the comfort of your cruiser bike's wide seat as you roll between sights. At the end of your final day, return your bike to the Squamish Adventure Centre and then continue exploring Squamish on foot. Read More close
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For a perfectly balanced and efficient riding experience, this all-mountain bike is the ideal choice for powerful rides up steep ascents and playful, confidence-inspiring descents. The Sight Killer B boasts an all mountain-tuned A. R. T. suspension system short, ultra-stiff rear end, low BB, and slack head angle that let you ride hard and fast.
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Your day begins before sunrise at Banff Park Museum where you meet your guide for a light breakfast and coffee. Hop aboard your ride for the day and set off to your first photo spot. Grab your bag of gear and listen as your guide goes over how to set up your tripod, choose a lens, and pick the correct shutter speed.
The backgrounds you are working with are some of the most beautiful settings in the world. Moraine Lake is a dazzling shade of turquoise blue that almost looks unreal. Lake Louise is complemented by a castle-like hotel which gives it a fairytale appeal, resulting in photos that look like they are torn right out of a storybook.
This chance to learn from the pros shouldn't be missed. At the end of your stress-free picture taking journey, you board the transportation back to where the day began. Read More close
Start your day bright and early in Alberta, getting picked up from your hotel in Banf, Jasper, or Lake Louise. Grab a seat on a comfortable vehicle as you cruise through the Canadian wilderness, watching the passing scenery of expansive lakes, the hillside vineyards and orchards of the Okanagan region, and the rugged mountains surrounding Roger's Pass. Stop in Blue River for lunch and a chance to spot wildlife like deer, moose, bear, and eagles.
Travel along the Thompson River Valley, arriving in Sun Peaks in the Shuswap Highlands for a relaxed overnight stay at this beautiful alpine resort. Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure, exploring the village, hiking on the area's walking trails, and checking out the scenery before turning in for the night.
The next morning, kick off your day with a ride on the airtram in Fraser Canyon, drifting over a magnificent display of Mother Nature's power at Hell's Gate. Watch as 200 million gallons (750 million l) of whitewater charge through the 108-foot-wide (33-m) passage below you each minute. From there, pass through the rolling ranchlands of British Columbia, driving through eclectic villages like Spences Bridge, built during the Caribou Gold Rush of the 1850s.
Continue on to cosmopolitan, seaside Vancouver, where you're dropped at your hotel with a wealth of restaurants, museums, and cultural sites to explore. Read More close
Stops along the loop include Granville Island and its world-famous public market, the spectacular Prospect Point lookout, and the Vancouver Art Gallery, which features more than 11,000 works of art. Take as much time as you wish and explore the many diverse tour stops at your leisure.
In addition to your trolley tour, take advantage of the opportunity to ride around Stanley Park in a charming horse-drawn carriage. Designated as a National Historic Site of Canada, this 1,001-acre public park is surrounded by the glistening waters of Vancouver Harbour and English Bay, and offers some of the region's most spectacular natural views.
Finally, enjoy admission to the Vancouver Aquarium, where an abundance of marine wildlife make their home. Wander the immense facility and marvel at majestic beluga whales, friendly dolphins, and adorable sea otters swimming and splashing joyfully.
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- Granville Island
- Prospect Point
- Vancouver Art Gallery
- Rose Garden
- Library Square
- Maritime Museum
- Vancouver Urban Winery
- Ceperley Park
- English Bay
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Stops along the trolley loop include Granville Island and its world-renowned public market, the boutique Vancouver Urban Winery, and Prospect Point, considered one of the city's best viewpoints. Don't miss the Vancouver Aquarium, which is home to beluga whales, dolphins, and sea otters.
In addition to the trolley tour, your experience includes a convenient shuttle transfer to the Capilano Suspension Bridge, which crosses the Capilano River in North Vancouver. This 460-foot (140-m) bridge hovers 230 feet (70 m) above the rushing river below, offering spectacular views of dense forest landscape all around.
Finally, enjoy the opportunity to take in sweeping vistas from high atop Grouse Mountain, whose highest peak reaches over 4,000 feet (1219 m). Admission to this spectacular lookout point is included, and there's no better place to marvel at the breathtaking natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest.
Route stops include:
- Library Square
- Granville Island
- Vancouver Art Gallery
- Prospect Point
- Vancouver Aquarium
- Science World
- Ceperley Park
- Lumberman's Arch
- Vancouver Urban Winery
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Set out from Vancouver in the morning to begin your journey through lush river valleys and pastoral farmland. When you arrive at the towering rock walls of Hell's Gate, ride an air tram over the spectacular Fraser Canyon and see 200 million gallons (750 million L) of water per minute thunder through the 108-foot-wide (33-m) passage below you.
Next, head into the Shuswap Highlands for your visit to the alpine resort of Sun Peaks. You have the rest of the day to explore this charming village surrounded by mountains, with its beautiful scenery, wildlife, and variety of walking trails, before you turn in for the night at your hotel.
The second day of your expedition takes you across the grassy rolling hills and ranchlands of British Columbia's interior. Gaze out at the expansive lakes, hillside vineyards, and orchards of the Okanagan region before you ascend into the rugged mountains and untouched wilderness surrounding Roger's Pass.
When you reach Lake Louise, get some photos of the emerald green waters backed by the enchanting Mount Victoria and the Victoria Glacier. Follow the Bow Valley Corridor into the heart of Banff National Park, and then end your journey after a look at this famous mountain setting around the resort town of Banff. Read More close
Rendevous with your Paddle Canada certified instructor at the north end of Kitsilano Beach. After a warm introduction, get geared up with your life jacket, paddle, and a single or tandem kayak. Listen to a safety orientation that covers the basics of kayaking. Then, slide easily into your boat and use the tip of your paddle to push off from shore.
Your instructor caters your lesson to your skill level and can teach you anything from the most basic to the most complex techniques. As you row your kayak to their commands, you learn efficient muscle use, new paddle strokes, and truly begin to hone your technique. If you're feeling daring, practice rolling and recovering a capsized kayak before heading back to shore to conclude your lesson. Read More close
Categories: Day Cruises & Water Activities
Your half-day tour begins as a comfortable van whisks you from your hotel to Stanley Park, a lush enclave spanning 1,000 acres (400 ha). Feel the refreshing breeze from the water as your guide spouts fascinating information about the totem poles in the park. Next, set off to Lions Gate Bridge for an iconic photo of the mountains lining the city skyline and English Bay.
Drive through Gastown, a historical part of the city, for an up-close look at beautiful architecture and the famous steam-powered clock. Pass Chinatown and Robson Street before making your way to the renowned Granville Island Public Market. Here, peruse local vendors' one-of-a-kind snacks as well as locally made artisan gifts and admire scenic harbor views before returning to your hotel. Read More close
Begin by receiving a fast and informative dockside tutorial on the operation of your 17-foot powerboat before setting off on your course. Once you embark seaward, the ocean is your playground and you decide where the adventure goes. You can blow back your hair as you cut a fast line across the surface, or simply float for a moment and snap photos of the snow-capped mountains that line the water’s edge.
Sanctioned wildlife refuges, such as seal colonies and bird sanctuaries, are also worth visiting in the sound. Swoop into a secluded bay and find a cozy spot to cast off and go fishing. With up 6 people joining you on your boat adventure, you never run out of fun things to do.
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After meeting your guide, enjoy a convenient boat road to nearby Bowen Island, where you can enjoy a tasty dinner and refreshing drink at Doc Morgan's Pub and Restaurant while taking in stunning views of Snug Cove. Once your stomach is full, feel free to go for a stroll along the island's many shops and search for a souvenir.
Then it's time to return to your Zodiac watercraft, which cruises along Vancouver's diverse waterways at speeds up to 50 miles per hour (80 km/h). Cruise past the tree-lined coast of Stanley Park, the colony of seals relaxing along the water's edge, and the picturesque white tower at Lighthouse Park. Take in fantastic views of the sandy shores of Kitsilano Beach and the hundreds of sailboats sitting in the harbor by Granville Island before heading back to port. Read More close
Sitting just north of Vancouver, the Britannia Mine Museum is dedicated to the preservation of historical artifacts related to British Columbia's mining industry. View the various types of equipment which were necessary for success, such as mucking machines and ore carts. Take your turn at following miners’ daily work routines as you hop aboard a mine train to move the minerals down the haulage tunnel.
With the knowledge from your tour, try your hand at panning for some gold. The water is warm and the troughs are set at a variety of heights, which is great for young and old miners alike. Stop by the family play area or investigate the Mining Hall of Fame in the visitor center. Bring your camera to capture some memories and take home your newfound love for an amazing and historically significant industry. Read More close
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Start your foodie tour with a stop at the historic Bianca Maria, a family run Italian deli that has been in the neighborhood since 1963. Here start the tour with an Italian espresso and a locally made biscotti.
For your next stop, dine at the eclectic Jackalope's Neighborhood Dive for a chance to try a delicious Caesar cocktail and their modern take on the traditional eggs benedict. Then, visit a local butcher shop, where they make all of their sausages in-house using free-range products. A great stop to pick up local foodie gifts.
Next, discover the origin of teas from around the world with a tasting at Vancouver's smallest tea shop, Steam Tea. Here learn the difference between an Oolong and a Rooibos blend. Finally, end the tour at the local bakery, Black Rook Bakehouse, for a taste of their amazing egg fritatta.
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Your tour begins with downtown highlights like Canada Place, home of the 2010 Olympic Cauldron. Wind through impressive modern and historic architecture, past the Arts and Financial districts and the fashion mecca of Robson Street.
Enter 1,000-acre (400-ha) Stanley Park for a stop to admire the impressive collection of First Nations Totem Poles and the historic Story Center. Next, head to North Vancouver and Capilano Suspension Bridge Park.
On foot, cross the 450-foot (140-m) bridge over a spectacular canyon to the Treetops Adventure walkways in the canopy of the trees. Step out onto the spectacular Cliffwalk to gaze out over towering cedars and the Capilano River winding through the valley far below.
Drive along the sandy shores of English Bay to Granville Island. In Granville's Public Market, you can find all things artisan, local, and handmade, including delicious food, eclectic artwork, and West Coast music. Pick up some fine charcuterie, aged cheese, or wine-soaked cherries.
Travel through bustling Chinatown and historic Gastown to see the world-famous Steam Clock before returning to downtown.
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Head to North Vancouver, along the Capilano River, and arrive at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. Cross the suspension bridge, which spans 450 feet (137 m) and hangs 230 feet (70 m) in the air above the river, and witness the towering trees to your left and right.
After the suspension bridge, visit the park's newest attraction, the Cliffwalk. Wander through lush rainforest vegetation and arrive at cantilevered and suspended walkways protruding from the granite cliffs that allow for unobstructed mountain views.
Next, go for a squirrel's-eye view of the forest at the Treetops Adventure. Traverse 7 suspension bridges nestled among the Douglas-firs at heights up to 110 feet (33. 5 m) above the forest floor. Let your kids explore the rainforest as they collect research data, look for signs, and record answers before returning to the Treehouse to collect their Rainforest Explorer's badge at the end of the day.
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Before board your raft, your professional instructors guide you through a comprehensive course on rafting safety and basic technique. Zip into your wetsuit, check your safety gear, and with your instructor at the lead you’re ready to proceed to the river.
Take off and careen down a gurgling 11-mile (18-km) stretch of river that drops at a rate of 35 feet (10. 7 m) per mile. It’s also home to the famous Tamahi Rapids, where the Canadian National Kayaking Team trains for events. Try to sneak in a photo or two when the ride softens out, as the scenery is amazing.
After working up an appetite, enjoy your relaxing riverside snack before heading back to the water and completing your rafting adventure.
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Your tour begins with an introduction to downtown. Starting at Canada Place, home of the 2010 Olympic Cauldron, wind through impressive modern and historic architecture as you pass the Arts District, Financial District, and the fashion mecca of Robson Street.
Admire the impressive collection of First Nations totem poles as you stroll around Stanley Park. The city's green escape offers a unique perspective of the city before you set off along the sandy shores of English Bay.
On Grandville Island, stop at the lively market to browse locally produced handmade goods including eclectic artwork, delicious food, coffee, tea, and West Coast music. Travel through vibrant Chinatown and visit historic Gastown to see the famous steam clock on your way back to downtown.
The last stop is Vancouver Lookout, where a glass elevator whisks you 450 feet (170 m) skyward to the observation deck. Learn more about local landmarks and the history of how the city was built from a tour guide, or explore the 360-degree view at your own pace. Read More close
Sit back and relax while your expert driver tells you all about various locations that pass as you ride. Either 1. 5-hour loop is a clever way to start your vacation, so make the best of your 1-day or 2-day trolley pass and visit everything Vancouver has to offer. Marvel at sweeping views from atop Harbour Centre, explore the Vancouver Aquarium, or wander through Canada’s largest Chinatown.
Hop-on hop-off locations on the Park Loop include Stanley Park, Denman, Robson Street, the English Bay, and Canada Place. The City Loop roams through urban Yaletown, Chinatown, Gastown, Granville Island, and Library Square. Your 1-day or 2-day pass is definitely a smart way to make the best of your precious vacation time. Read More close
Board the glass-enclosed Skylift elevators and lift off to the top of the tower for a bird’s-eye view of Vancouver’s city skyline, inner harbor, and coastal mountains beyond. Once you are back on the ground, hop on again and zoom off to your next location. With 34 scheduled stops, take advantage of access to a variety of different districts, shopping spots, parks, and famous landmarks throughout Vancouver.
The Red Loop includes Robson Street, the English Bay, Canada Bay, Stanley Park, and Denman. The Blue Loop crosses through Chinatown, Yaletown, Granville Island, Liberty Square, and Gaston. Feel free to come and go as many times as you want, or just sit back and enjoy your driver’s commentary to make the best of your 2-day trolley pass.
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Categories: Tours & Sightseeing
Join your guide and get fitted for a rental bike and helmet before you hop on and head to your first brewery of the day. While stops can vary based on what's in season and your interests, you might tip back pints of pale ale at Main Street Brewing Company or explore hop-forward IPAs at Bomber Brewing. Make your way to 3 different breweries throughout the day and sample 3 different samples at each location your visit. As you taste, enjoy tasty bites and appetizers and get a crash course in matching the flavors of your food to the style of your brew.
Go behind the scenes to chat with the malt masters responsible for creating Vancouver's burgeoning brew scene, and ask your guide for recommendation on other tap houses to check out around the city before you end your day at the bottle- and growler-laden shelves of Brewery Creek, where you can consider purchasing a few locally made beers to take home. Read More close
Make your way to the center of the city to immerse yourself in the bright green hues of this authentic Chinese garden. By tying together lush vegetation, small ponds, and traditional Chinese architecture in a harmonious space, this garden offers a safe haven for you to relax in. Walk around the winding footpaths to explore its asymmetrical arrangement of rocks and plants, and revel in the stunning vistas that overlook its courtyards, emulating the rhythms of nature.
Read about the history of this space, and how it exemplifies gardens from the Ming dynasty, serving as a place full of vibrant energy, but also offering quiet moments for contemplation. For the architect, the botanist, or the lover of balanced beauty, the garden provides a calming atmosphere within the walls of this living treasure. Read More close
Meet your guide at the north end of Kitsilano Beach. Listen closely as they go over a brief orientation that prepares you for a safe adventure. Then step down into your kayak, either solo or with a friend joining you in your boat, and push away from shore.
Keep pace with your guide by matching them stroke for stroke with your paddle. They set the pace according to the skill level of the kayakers in the group. As you skim smoothly across the surface, hear tales of Vancouver's history and key facts about its development and culture. Allow your gaze to follow the path of your guide's pointing finger so that you can spot pivotal buildings in the skyline.
Then marvel at the surreal spectacle of a west-coast sunset as the glowing orb sinks below the horizon in a burst of warm red, yellow, and orange hues. After this brilliant show, journey back to Kitsilano Beach to end your tour. Read More close
Start your journey from Vancouver Harbour and drive out to open waters, passing by the evergreen Stanley Park on your way. Zoom underneath the massive Lionsgate Bridge, which connects Vancouver to the North Shore. Move out through the Burrard Inlet, stopping by Lighthouse Park, where a picturesque white lighthouse offers a beacon for boats in the night.
Along your way, cruise past the beautiful homes that line the coast along Howe Sound. These modern abodes showcase striking architecture that can’t be seen from land. Leave these manmade marvels behind as you head over to the Seal Colony at Palm Rocks where you can stop to take pictures of these plump sea mammals. They are often out lying on the rocks to catch a quick snooze, but you can also frequently find them jumping in and out of the water to cool off.
After your excursion on the open water, proceed to Bowen Island to enjoy a fresh seafood dinner at Doc Morgan's. Sit outside on the patio for a great view of the marina while you dig into a hearty plate of fish and chips and sip a refreshing cocktail. Read More close
Enjoy the short ride from your downtown Vancouver hotel to the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. The thrilling trek across the 450-foot (137-m) long, tree-top bridge grants impecable views of the evergreen forest below. Be careful not to drop your camera into the depths as you snap priceless photos of your shakey journey.
At 7 PM you are whisked away to the peak of Grouse Mountain to witness the sunset from high above Vancouver. Explore this activity hotspot by watching a movie at the Theatre in the Sky, grabbing a bite to eat, visiting the wildlife sanctuary, or just sitting back and enjoying the mountainous scenery. After 2 hours, return oto the base of the mountain to catch your ride back to Vancouver. Read More close
Seals, river otters and sea lions are often observed. Sightings of whales, harbor seals and Dall’s porpoise are rare although they too inhabit these waters. Colonies of gulls and cormorants
are scattered throughout the area, which also contain several breeding sites for bald eagles,
oyster catchers and pigeon guillemots.
Discover this rich ecosystem on a sea kayaking adventure along the shores and remote beaches.
Enjoy a convenient pick you up from your residence or accommodations anywhere in Vancouver. Your adventure begins with a seaplane flight to Saltspring Island. Here you embark in comfortable two-seater sea kayaks. Qualified and knowledgeable guides interpret the wildlife around you and make sure your trip is safe and memorable.
Savor a gourmet vegetarian lunch, made from locally grown produce, is served on a remote beach. Finally, conclude your adventure with a ferry and bus ride back to Vancouver. Read More close
Take a break from the big city and journey to the tranquil Horseshoe Bay via a 20-minute scenic seaplane flight. Situated at the entrance of Howe Sound, Horseshoe Bay is a bedroom community for Vancouver, serving as a gateway to adventure on British Columbia's west coast.
Next, enjoy a 3-course gourmet dinner at the famed restaurant, The Boathouse. With the picturesque ocean view as your backdrop, enjoy deliciously fresh seafood from the coast of British Columbia. End your trip with a relaxing limousine ride back to vibrant Vancouver. Read More close
Take a break from your downtown Vancouver adventures for a day trip to magical Whistler. While you’re still in the air, soar over Green Lake—the largest and most northerly lake in the Resort Municipality of Whistler. Marvel at the area’s natural beauty as you fly above vast valleys and frigid glaciers.
Touch down for a landing on the emerald waters of Green Lake, and hop in your complimentary shuttle that whisks you away to Whistler Village. This year-round vacation destination boasts majestic mountains and a lively Village teeming with restaurants and shops.
During your free time in Whistler, pick from an array of activities, including skiing and snowboarding, golfing, biking, hiking, and shopping. Take the famous PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola or opt to join an exhilarating zip trek tour. A bike rental is also included in your tour so zip around the city on 2 wheels if that’s more your speed.
After a full day spent in this wonderland, complete your journey with a scenic flight back to downtown Vancouver. Read More close
Meet your guide, a local actor, in Gastown. Follow them through the cobblestone streets and stop in at 9 local eateries. While each stop will bring something different, you might taste local craft beer, delicious homemade Italian tortellini, Carolina-style BBQ, organic ice cream, cheesecake, handmade chocolates, beer-battered fish with chips, authentic asian street food and pure maple syrup treats.
While you dine on Vancouver's finest food, your guide will also fill you in on the city's Wild West history as they share little-known stories about what Gastown was like 150 years ago. Don't forget to come hungry. Though as each tasting is sample-sized, the overall experience is sure to leave you full of Canada's well-known treats. Read More close
Lace up your hiking boots and meet up with your guide in Squamish to go over the day's route and fill up your water bottle. Hop in a spacious shuttle and make your way to the trailhead in Alice Lake Provincial Park, where you can set out along the Four Lakes Trail beneath an evergreen canopy of towering pine and fir trees.
Keep your eyes peeled for eagles in lofty nests, graceful deer drinking from mirror-like lakes, and chattering squirrels racing up trees as you meander through this stunning environment. Let your guide share engaging commentary about the area's ecology, tuck into tasty snacks as you walk, and make sure to snap photos of Mount Garibaldi's 8,786-foot (2,678-m) summit before you complete your loop hike and catch a ride back to Squamish. Read More close
Your guide picks you up from your downtown hotel or cruise ship port and heads toward the gently rolling hills of the Fraser Valley, a scenic landscape nestled in the foothills that’s perfect for growing cool climate grapes. Request wineries you know you’d like to visit or let your knowledgeable guide plan your itinerary, and move from stop to stop at your leisure.
Make your way to the historic tasting room of Wellbrook Winery to sample traditional fruit wines made from local strawberries, blackberries, and cranberries, or head to River’s Bend Winery to sip fine vintages in an idyllic riverfront setting. Take flavor notes as you sample the award-winning bottles at boutique wineries like Township 7 Vineyards and Backyard Vineyards, learn about how the region’s climate influences the characteristics of wines at Chaberton Estate Winery, and discover sustainable winemaking techniques as you sip organic vintages at Lotusland Vineyards.
All that winetasting is sure to work up an appetite, so around midday, sit down to a delicious gourmet meal of fresh and local cuisine.
Sample lunch menu includes:
- Soup du jour
- Mixed greens with mustard and sherry vinaigrette
- Thin-sliced smoked salmon with mixed green lettuces and remoulade
- Quiche du jour with salad
- Baked Spring salmon with sautéed vegetables and lemon herb sauce
- Braised farmhouse chicken with white wine, roasted garlic, and cream
- Beef bourguignon with pearl onions, bacon, and mushrooms
- Chocolate mousse
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You meet your guide outside Waterfront Station, where you board a comfortable ferry that transports you south to Victoria. As you take to the open waters and glide past idyllic isles covered in dense foliage, be sure to look out for wildlife, as orca whales are often found swimming nearby.
Once you arrive in Victoria, follow your guide on a walking tour that starts by checking out the playful seals who coalesce at Oak Bay Marina. Next, head to Beacon Hill Park, an elegant green escape that offers landscaped gardens, ponds, and peacocks scattered across its 200 acres (81 ha).
Stroll around the Inner Harbour, where beautiful buildings like the Fairmont Empress Hotel and the British Columbia Parliament buildings appear like immense regal residences waiting along the water. As the tour comes to an end, you have the option to visit Butchart Gardens or do some exploring on your own before you take the ferry back to Vancouver. Read More close
The newest vessel in our fleet, the Salish Sea Dream, takes a breathtaking route across the Georgia Strait and through the Gulf Islands on an expedition to find marine mammals, from little Harbour Seals to the magnificent killer whales and humpbacks that roam our waters. The whale watching tour concludes in the Victoria Inner Harbour, where you have time to explore the city and discover its neat shops, attractions, and restaurants.
Shuttle buses depart from downtown Victoria throughout the afternoon to take you to the world-famous Butchart Gardens, where you can leisurely stroll the historic grounds and take a moment to stop and smell the roses. That evening, re-board the Salish Sea Dream at The Garden’s private dock for a sunset cruise back to beautiful Coal Harbour in Vancouver, arriving just in time for dinner.
Many visitors become so enchanted by the beauty of Victoria that they want to spend the night and return to Vancouver with the next day. Your guides are happy to recommend hotels if you wish to make this a multi-day tour—just ask a friendly guest service agent about what kind of plans they can arrange for you. Read More close
Meet your guide and group downtown by the renowned Japadog food cart. This Vancouver staple slathers unique Berkshire-pork dogs with special sauce, sprinkling them with seaweed flakes and other delicious Japanese ingredients. From there, take in the bustling streets and listen to your guide detail the city's culinary culture, giving you inside information on the best places to check out.
Your next stop boasts Canada's only food truck with 2 built-in tandoor ovens. Here, expert chefs pull piping-hot, pillowy naan bread out of these traditional cylindrical ovens and top them with fresh butter chicken, a city favorite that's been hailed by Canadian Top Chef, Dale MacKay. Savor your herbed bread and watch further food preparation, learning about the ingredients in the process.
Continue to Vancouver's chic shopping streets, passing the Vancouver Art Gallery, and notice the wide array of cultures represented in their many shops. After another stop of your guide's choice, finish with something decadent, like a Diablo chocolate cookie, to top off your gourmet experience. Read More close
Visit 4 local Vancouver ice cream shops, each offering a selection of unique flavors, locally made in a variety of arctic incarnations. Begin at the Railtown Café and travel all the way to Twisted Ice Cream in Gastown, unique as the smallest ice cream shop in all of BC. Each establishment offers its own twist on tradition, from the daringly delicious to rich and reserved.
Along your journey, make a stop at Cadeaux Bakery for an ice cream sandwich—recently voted one of the best in the city by Vancity Buzz. Also pop in to Soft Peaks, the newest gourmet soft serve establishment in the city. Forget about brain freeze—this is an experience you'll never forget. Read More close
Meet up with your guide in central Vancouver and start your day getting fitted for a snug helmet, adjusting your seat, and taking a test spin on your bicycle to make sure it's comfortable. When you're ready to roll, follow your guide toward the winding paths of Stanley Park, where you check out the grand branches of old-growth cedar that are scattered throughout this 1,001-acre (405-ha) park.
After some unforgettable harbor views from the seawall, pedal past the calm waters of English Bay, hop on a small passenger ferry, and drift over to Granville Island for some leisure time at a local market. Do some window shopping before following False Creek to find breathtaking views of Vancouver's gleaming, modern skyline.
As you head into town, check out venues that date back to the 1986 World Expo and the 2010 Winter Olympics. Hear about the city's innovative environmental efforts and trace the area's humble beginnings with a route that weaves though the historic streets of Gastown and the lantern-lined alleys of Chinatown. On your way back to the starting point, get tips on other areas to check out around Vancouver, and then part ways with your guide to do some more exploring on your own. Read More close
With more than 12. 2 million visitors each year, including local chefs who handpick their menu's ingredients, the market is always busy. Delicious aromas entice you as your guide takes you through a vast array of greengrocers, butchers, bakers, fishmongers, cheesemongers, and sweets stands. Satisfy your palate with tastes of locally cured meat, freshly baked artisan bread, and gourmet cheeses.
With more than 50 permanent vendors and a rotating list of local farmers and merchants, you are in foodie heaven. Venture just outside the market for even more—local wine shops, coffee roasters, a cookbook store, and a sake distillery. After the tour, head back into the market to shop for some treasures to share with the folks back home. Read More close
Your tour starts at twilight on Granville Island, where you can capture the blue sky fading into the inky darkness of night. Learn how to do long-exposure photography, light trails, light painting, and creative special effects like shallow depth of field. Stroll through this urban oasis that features a fresh market, restaurants, galleries, and unique shops—all with waterfront views of the skyline.
This tour is geared toward intermediate-level photographers, and it's recommended that you bring a wide-angle lens or a prime lens (50mm f/1. 8 or wider). But don't worry if you aren't intermediate level because beginners are also welcome to join. Capture Granville Island from a new perspective as you snap photos of the illuminated city.
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Head out from your downtown hotel to North Vancouver. Cross the Capilano Suspension Bridge, 230 feet (70 m) above the Capilano River. Feel the rush of adrenaline at the Cliffwalk, a cantilevered walkway clinging to the granite cliff, or embark on the Treetops Adventure's 7 suspension bridges through the evergreens—100 feet (30 m) above the forest floor.
Continue to the Capilano River Hatchery, dedicated to several species of salmon and trout from British Columbia. Learn about the life cycle of salmon, with an opportunity to view hatching and juvenile fish before they are released into a nearby river.
Spectacular Grouse Mountain is the next stop. Here, dare to take the courageous trek up the 2,788-foot (849-m) mountain known as Mother Nature's Stairmaster. Or ride the relaxing Skyride, a giant airborne gondola, offering a bird's-eye view as you glide up the mountainside.
At the mountaintop, you can explore the wildlife refuge, a 5-acre (2-ha) habitat that is home to a pack of grey wolves, two grizzly bears, and two peregrine falcons that participate in flying demonstrations three times a day. While there, you can take in a short IMAX® film at the Theatre in the Sky. Read More close
Experience an exciting 1-mile ride up to the peak of Grouse Mountain. Witness the fascinating panoramic views of the city skyline, the ships in the harbor, the Strait of Georgia, and even Vancouver Island.
Visit the peak’s Theatre in the Sky to watch Born to Fly, a video tour of British Columbia's mountains, waters, and forests from a bird’s-eye perspective. Make your way to different points on the mountain to appreciate nature at its fullest and admire the fine collection of wooden sculptures by various local artists.
If you choose, take time to dine in one of Grouse Mountain’s many restaurants offering exquisite West Coast and specialty seafood dishes with access to fantastic views. Read More close
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Join your guide in downtown Squamish to get fitted for a life jacket, adjust your paddle, and get matched up with a boat. Whether it's your first time paddling or you're a seasoned pro, this excursion is an ideal way to uncover the rich waters of the Squamish Estuary.
When you're ready to take off, follow your guide to the waterfront and hop onto your stable, sit-on-top kayak. Paddle your own or team up with a friend in a double kayak as you follow your guide into the estuary's calm waters. Learn about the unique ecology of these fresh-and-salt water environments as you move between salt marshes, mudflats, barrier beaches, and dense beds of wavy sea grass.
Keep your eyes peeled for sharp-eyed eagles cruising for salmon and playful seals shaking the water from their whiskers. On your way back to the starting point, feel free to ask your guide about other waterfront areas to check out around Squamish, and then end your excursion as your boat bumps gently against the shore. Read More close
Depart from the dock on Granville Island and set sail on your kayak trip through False Creek. The creek is located in the heart of Vancouver, separating the downtown area from the rest of the city. The water is calm yet full of interesting sights, including floating homes, marinas, and birds. Float gently by as you pass attractions such as the lit geodesic dome at Science World and the pointed tiers of BC Place Stadium.
Stop along the way and listen to your guide recount tales of Vancouver's heritage. Paddle back to the dock, where you have the remainder of your day to explore the area. Take some time to wander the unique offerings of Granville Island, including the artisanal food vendors at the Public Market.
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With your bike in tow, meet your guide at the Squamish Adventure Centre. From here, you are shuttled to the drop point for your chosen trail. Straddle your bike, strap on your helmet, and set off behind your enthusiastic guide. This single-track trail has been recently updated and is in great condition for your ride.
Take on sharp turns and thrilling jumps, catching your breath on flatter sections of the trail. As you reach high points along the route, pause for a moment to gaze out upon the stunning mountain scenery of this gorgeous region in Canada.
If you need even more adrenaline pumping action during your ride, ask your guide about bungee jumping from a nearby bridge. At the end of the world-famous Sea to Sky Trail, a shuttle waits to return you to your starting point. Read More close
Start at Kirin Restaurant, which was named Vancouver's Best Dim Sum for 6 consecutive years by Vancouver Magazine, and try several different bite-sized pieces prepared in this classic Chinese style. From there, continue to a specialty grocer, where you indulge in a delicious selection of cheese and chocolate, paired with local wine if you choose.
On the way to your next destination, take in the city's modern surroundings and learn more about the cultural delicacies you've tasted from your engaging guide. Arrive at Market by Jean-Georges, where you can sample the simple elegance of the local salmon sashimi on crispy rice or a black truffled mini-burger, prepared fresh for you.
After another stop of your expert guide's choice—possibly for Hubbub's delicious pulled pork sandwich and beer—you're ready for something sweet. Finish at Maestro James Coleridge's Bella Gelateria for some salted caramel or coconut gelato, once named the best gelato in North America. Read More close
Meet up with your guide and tighten your shoelaces in preparation for your outdoor adventure, and get ready to feel the burn as you make the steep and difficult ascent up to the top of the Chief. Learn about the spiritual significance of this great granite dome to the area's indigenous Squamish people, and chat with your guide about the natural features of the area that make Squamish such a destination for outdoor enthusiasts.
Wind your way up back trails, clamber up ladders, and grab onto chain-lines to conquer the most difficult sections of the route, and arrive at the smooth, glacier-polished summit. Kick back, relax, and take in the breathtaking view from the top before turning around to make the return trek down to the base. Read More close
Meet up with your guide and head for the hills, listening to your guide share facts about Squamish's natural history and the intriguing geology of the Coast Mountains as you meander along forested trails. Along the way, keep your camera at the ready, and pick up plenty of tips and pointers for capturing stunning landscape, naturalist, and portrait-style images.
Tackle moderate to difficult trails as you climb up to clifftops to gaze out over the town of Squamish, the deep waters of Howe Sound, and the range's most iconic peaks, like Garibaldi Mountain, the Chief, and Mount Lapworth. Break for snacks, chat about great things to do in Squamish, and learn more about the area's vibrant outdoor recreation scene before your adventurous excursion comes to an end. Read More close
If you know how to ride and are confident on a bike but just need a local to show you around, this thrilling route is for you. Gear up and meet your guide in Squamish, consistently ranked one of the world's top mountain-biking destinations, and hop in shuttle for the ride out to the trail. Once you arrive, waste no time, jumping straight into the heart-pumping, leg-burning adventure of a lifetime.
Pedal up intense inclines and zoom down technically demanding slopes as you crisscross the hillsides. Put your biking prowess to the test on tricky trails filled with rocks and roots, and discover the best-kept outdoor secrets in Squamish on this expert-led, 2-wheeled excursion. Read More close
Meet at the Squamish Adventure Center and then hop in a shuttle for the ride down to the water's edge to get situated on a stable and sturdy paddleboard. Practice balancing, turning, speeding up, and slowing down, and then set off behind your guide. A great workout and balance exercise, stand-up paddling is also a serene and peaceful way to experience the coastline.
Cruise along behind your guide, admiring the majestic landscapes of Howe Sound as you paddle to Brittania Beach. Hop onto dry land and head to Galileo Coffee, where you can sip on a hot cup of freshly brewed java before your adventure wraps up. Read More close
Make your way to the meeting point in Squamish where your epic journey begins. Bring your mountain bike so you can learn to ride on the bike you use most and be sure to pack a helmet for safety. The shuttle takes you and your equipment to the trailhead. Strap on your helmet, straddle your bike, and set off down the dirt trail behind your expert guide.
Pedal along playful and non-technical terrain through the temperate rainforest. Stop along the way to catch your breath and to gaze around at the beautiful setting in which you find yourself. Your guide provides on-point instructions about how to maximize your riding experience and makes the ride a fun and exciting experience. Read More close
Travel in comfort and ease on board Prince of Whale’s flagship vessel, the Ocean Magic, which is purpose-built for whale watching designed to minimize the ecological footprint without reducing performance. Settle inside or outside, choosing from 1 of 3 different viewing areas with your camera at the ready!
Gaze out across the expansive Georgia Strait and try to spot the fin of a whale as it breaks through the rippling surface. Expert naturalist guides will provide insights about the local whales and other marine species that roam our waters. Keep your eyes open along the shore of the many islands on the way as you might also see a vocal group of seals or sea lions basking on the rocks! Your surroundings of small islands and the evergreen trees that grow on their banks make for an incredibly scenic journey that will be sure to give you memories that last a lifetime. Read More close
Join your guide in downtown Squamish, where you can get fitted for a life jacket and chat about the day's itinerary before helping to load up gear and taking a quick ride to the banks of the Squamish River. Carry your paddleboard or kayak down to the water's edge, mirror-like in the early morning calm. When you're ready to head out, climb on or in your buoyant craft and follow your guide down the river's lazy current.
As you paddle, keep your eyes peeled for curious seals out looking for breakfast, graceful eagles scoping out silvery trout, and the distant cascades of misty waterfalls. Get tips on your paddling technique as you explore and reach downtown Squamish in the afternoon, where you can head back to shore and end your aquatic adventure. Read More close
Your friendly guide picks you up from your downtown hotel, the cruise ship port, or even the airport if you’re looking to make the most of a layover. Drive toward the verdant and bucolic Fraser Valley, which is home to nearly 30 vineyards and 22 wineries and take your pick of 4 relaxed and elegant tasting rooms, moving at your own pace between cellars that you select or letting your guide lead the way.
You might head to Wellbrook Winery to sample strawberry, blackberry, and cranberry wines in a charming turn-of-the century setting. Check out the antique furnishings in the Old Grainery between tastings, and continue on to an award-winning winery like Chaberton Estate Winery, where cool-climate Old World white varietals truly shine. Organic wines are popular in this region, so you might enjoy sipping the light and fruit pinot noir at Backyard Vineyards or sampling the sustainable, small-batch vintages at Lotusland Vineyards.
Enjoy expert-led tastings at each stop, having an opportunity to tour the grounds and admire the vineyards as you learn about winemaking in this unique coastal micro-climate. At the end of the afternoon, your driver can drop you back at your Vancouver hotel or recommend a great restaurant in the city to round out your day on a gourmet note. Read More close
As the sun begins to set, the vessel heads to the picturesque Vancouver waterfront. Take in the sublime skyline framed by dazzling lights while the musicians provide classy, live entertainment and smooth tunes. Your vessel cruises by attractions, including the Vancouver Harbor, the Canada Place terminal, the North Shore Mountains, and the West Vancouver shoreline.
Savor a delicious West Coast dinner and try a fresh British Colombia salmon fillet or a slow-roasted sirloin beef. To accompany your meal, choose a fresh salad, roasted baby potatoes, or rice pilaf. Gaze at the lights of the city, listen to the live music, and enjoy a heavenly dessert—a spectacular way to end your day.
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Meet your expert guide downtown to begin your adventure. Check out the colorful totem poles in Stanley Park to learn about the area's storied past, make your way across Burrard Inlet on the Lion's Gate Bridge for stunning views of the city skyline and the surrounding mountains, and then begin your ascent through the alpine terrain of Mount Seymour.
As you hike to the summit, watch out for bald eagles, marmots, and bears lumbering through the forest. When you're ready to eat, take a break and enjoy a satisfying picnic lunch of succulent candied salmon, cheesy fondues, and fresh fruit. After lunch, cross the towering bridge at Lynn Canyon, catch glimpses of the rushing waterfalls below, and reach the summit of Mount Seymour for 360-degree views of the North Shore Mountains’ snow-dusted peaks and the sparkling waters of the Salish Sea. Bask in the glow of the beautiful natural scenery for a while before heading back down the mountainside. Read More close
Gastown, a Historic District National Historic Site of Canada, is a bustling waterfront neighborhood that represents the core of Vancouver's downtown district. Meet your friendly guide in front of Starbucks on Water Street, with comfortable walking shoes and a fully charged camera in tow. Listen as your guide shares insight about proper photo composition and framing techniques
Learn how to photograph the buildings in a way that highlights the charm of their 19th-century architecture. Explore both old and new Gastown and its old buildings, cobblestone walkways, Steam Clock, and vintage lampposts. Continue to the end of Water Street and visit a statue of "Gassy" Jack Deighton, the Yorkshire steamboat captain and barkeep to whom the neighborhood owes its name.
This tour is a great opportunity to immerse yourself in Vancouver's fascinating history while picking up a few new photography techniques. It's a fun and educational experience for shutterbugs of any level of experience, with insightful commentary throughout. Read More close
Occupied by indigenous people prior to British colonization, Stanley Park is a favorite tourist attraction among Vancouver's many visitors. Lush land and forest has evolved over thousands of years in this 1,001 acre (405. 1-ha) public park. Your guide shares the full history of the park’s attractions, including the Rose Garden, the R. M. S. Empress of Japan Figurehead, Deadman's Island, and the Lions Gate Bridge.
Sit back and relax as your old-fashioned carriage is pulled by rare Grey Shire, Clydesdale, Belgian, or Percheron horses. Feel free to stop and take photos at the majestic totem poles or the renowned Girl in a Wetsuit statue as you observe the natural beauty and rich history that await your arrival at Stanley Park. Read More close
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Meet up with your guide on Granville Island, where you can get fitted for a life jacket and go over the basic controls of your top-of-the-line jet ski. Learn how to make controlled turns and graceful starts before you hop on and make your way into English Bay.
Protected by rugged mountains and clusters of islands, the waters of English Bay offer a calm area to practice your jet ski skills before you get out into the open ocean. Let your guide point out landmarks include the cedar forests in waterfront Stanley Park, the distant silhouette of Vancouver Island, and the pale blue outline of the craggy Olympic Mountains.
Loop around islands to look for native wildlife, make water-spraying doughnuts and tight turns, and skim across the water at speeds of up to 56 miles per hour (90 km/h). When you're ready to recharge head back to your starting point, enjoying a few final high-speed runs before you turn in your ride. Read More close
Arrive on Granville Island where your guide awaits to greet you warmly. Head over to the beach and get equipped with your paddle and board. After a brief orientation and demonstration, try to stand on your board and balance. Once you've gotten this down, begin to paddle and follow your guide.
With local knowledge of the best place to catch the sunset, your guide leads you to the perfect point to watch this spectacular transition from day to night. Your excursion doesn't end here. As your SUP flickers to life, continue your journey along the coastline, taking in the scene of Vancouver's skyline at night before returning to Granville Island to conclude your tour. Read More close
Cruise along this hidden gem and admire the spectacular landscapes of the Indian Arm—an impressive 11-mile glacial fjord situated north of Vancouver. A gourmet buffet luncheon completes this 4-hour, fully-narrated leisure cruise. Savor a West Coast-themed assortment of delicacies, including salmon, chicken, fresh salads, and desserts.
Have your camera ready for the picture-perfect views of the green forests, lavish mansions, private islets, and waterfalls along the way.
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Make your way to the meeting point in Squamish—British Columbia's outdoor recreation heaven—and get set up with all the gear you need. Start your lesson on dry land, warming up, listening to a briefing on water safety, and picking up etiquette pointers to keep in mind once you're out among other surfers, kayakers, and boaters.
From there, head into the water. Learn how to get safely on and off the board, practice going from your belly to your feet, and cover essential techniques like proper standing, paddling, turning, and maneuvering through small waves. What you cover depends on the skill level and interests of the group, and the lesson is suitable for beginners or anyone else who's always been curious about this fun sport but never given it a try. Read More close
Meet your guide on Granville Island and head to the beach to launch your boat. First, however, your guide goes over a brief orientation to prepare you for your scenic journey. Feeling equipped with knowledge and gear, push off from shore.
Keep pace with your guide as you are led along the coast of Vancouver. When the sun begins to sink below the horizon, pause to take in this remarkable sight. Then, continue with the help of your lighted kayak. Marvel as the skyscrapers sparkle to life, distinguishing themselves from the dark background of the night sky. Then, paddle back to Granville Island to end your tour. Read More close
Commercial Drive—or “The Drive” as locals call it—is home to the largest offering of Italian shops in Vancouver and is the heart of Vancouver's Italian community. Follow your food-loving guide, a local actor and foodie, to 8 stops where you taste a mouthwatering selection of Italian dishes. Along the way, your guide rattles off entertaining stories and little-known facts about the people that make this neighborhood’s culinary scene tick.
At La Grotto Del Formaggio, nibble pungent wedges of specialty cheeses, and follow it up with a glass of fruity sangria at Falconetti Grill. A hearty serving of Italian sausage and fries helps soak up the booze and warm up your appetite for a plate of perfectly sauces spaghetti and meatballs at Café Roma and Lounge. Bite into the crispy crust of an oven-fresh pie at Famoso Neapolitan Pizzera, and try a gourmet array of olives and cured meats at Santa Barbara Market. Your outing ends on a sweet note with a scoop of creamy gelato at Dolce Amore Gelateria and a sugar-dusted cannoli at Fratelli.
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Your guide, decked out in period dress, leads you back to a darker time in the city's past and shares tales of the colorful characters who shaped early Vancouver. Discover the figures who shaped early Vancouver, from the sailor and miner Gassy Jack, who built the city's earliest saloon, to Klondike Kate Rockwell, who broke hearts between Oregon and Alaska as she danced her way up and down the Pacific coast.
Hear about the horrific plague that clutched the city in a feverish death grip and the fire that consumed Gastown in mere minutes, sending residents sprinting for their lives down Water Street. Listen as your guide recounts the bloody 1898 murder of gold prospector John Bray, who staggered out of a saloon, was shot 3 times, and deliriously wandered the streets for weeks before he died.
On your walk through Gastown, you get a look at the historic area's must-see landmarks, including the Steam Clock, Gassy Jack's statue, Hotel Europe, Blood Alley, and Maple Tree Square. This is one nighttime excursion that's sure to leave you looking at this modern metropolis in an entirely different light. Read More close
Start your food journey with a visit to the quaint Trafiq Cafe & Bakery where you sample a variety of fresh-style baked treats. Next, head to the eclectic Shameful Tiki, which sits hidden in the one of Vancouver’s oldest neighborhoods. Sample one of their authentic Polynesian cocktails and a pork slider as your tour guide shares tidbits about the city.
Visit the traditional Roman-style restaurant of Trilussa, run by a chef who previously cooked at the Vatican. Dine on delicious Italian pizzas as you hear about the chef's journey to Vancouver.
Next, satisfy your sweet tooth at the Main Street Honey Shoppe where you can enjoy a private tasting of local and international honeys.
Finally, visit The Fish Counter for a mind-blowing local fish taco. Chef Robert Clarke was once a contender on Iron Chef Canada, so you are sure to be impressed by his culinary creations. To conclude your foodie adventure, feel free to continue touring this hip and stylish neighborhood, full of designer boutiques and unique shops.
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Make your way to Squamish Adventure Centre from Vancouver, bringing all your necessary backpacking gear along with you. Your guides greet you warmly and go over a brief itinerary and safety lesson before you head out to Garibaldi Park.
Whether you are camping for 1, 2, or 4 nights, you can rest assured that your trusty and experienced hosts have packed enough camp food to last the full trip. They also provide you with water and a cozy tent. Each night you camp in a new, stunning setting deep in the backcountry.
During the day, you hike along wooded trails into the heart of the park and to Garibaldi Lake. With the park's rich geological history, diverse vegetation, snowcapped mountains, iridescent waters, abundant wildlife, and scenic vistas—this in an experience not to be missed. Read More close
The journey kicks off with a comfortable van ride from the cruise terminal or your Vancouver hotel. Travel over the Lion's Gate Bridge, once considered the longest suspension bridge in the world. Arrive at the renowned Capilano Suspension Bridge and relish the refreshing mountain air and cedar scent.
Walk along the 450-foot (137-m) suspension bridge and marvel at the striking view of the Capilano River below. On the other side of the bridge, explore the Treetops Adventure walkway, a series of 7 suspension bridges taking you 110 feet (34 m) above the forest floor. Don't miss the heart-stopping Cliffwalk, a horseshoe-shaped walkway suspended from the side of a massive tree.
Next, head to Grouse Mountain—famous for an abundance of diverse wildlife—and take a trip on the Skyride 3,700 feet (1,200 m) above the city. At the Refuge for Endangered Wildlife, get close to orphaned grizzly bears just a few feet away. On clear days, admire views of Mount Baker and Vancouver Island. You have the choice of an array of activities, varying by season, before returning to Vancouver or Richmond. Read More close
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Board a comfortable tour coach in Vancouver before cruising to Vancouver Island via a 95-minute ferry ride via BC Ferries. Once docked at Swartz Bay, your tour continues to Butchart Gardens, where you can stroll around and take in 55 acres (22. 3 ha) of magnificent foliage in 2 hours.
Then it's on to Victoria, British Columbia's capital. Your guide shares local history as bus drives through the residential areas of Oak Bay and Uplands, the University of Victoria, Beacon Hill Park, and Mile Zero before parking downtown. The rest of the time is yours to snap some photos as you explore the Inner Harbour, the Empress Hotel, the Royal BC Museum, and the British Columbia Legislature Building. Read More close
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Join up with your guide at Canada Place - convention center and hotel site known for it's iconic white sails - is located in the heart of downtown right along the waterfront. Walk along and learn how to shoot motion photography, tweak depth of field and capture modern architecture elements, with your own DSLR camera or a rental that you can pick up from your guide on the day of your tour.
While you can use a smartphone camera, it will leave you with fewer options as you shoot the architecture of the Vancouver Convention Centre, the towering cranes of Port Metro Vancouver and the gleaming edifice of the World Trade Centre's tower.
Let your guide offer up hands-on feedback for adjusting your camera settings as you explore this area and take in the views of the marina, mountains and the sights along the North Shore. With a wide range of photographic offerings , you're sure to find plenty to fill your memory card. Read More close
Before a flight, after a long journey, or between destinations, there's no better place to rest and refresh than at the Plaza Premium Lounge. Unwind with a drink at the bar, grab a bite to eat, and take a moment to read or watch TV in comfort—the seats here have a little more leg room than the ones in the plane! Plaza Premium Lounge is open to travelers of any ticket class on any airline and conveniently located in the International and Domestic Departure section, so you can rest easy knowing that your gate is just steps away.
Chat with fellow jet-setters, meet up with other travelers in your group, or just enjoy a moment of solitude. Charging stations let you power up your devices, and internet access lets you keep in touch with friends and family back home. Between long flights, there's nothing better than a hot shower in a luxurious, private room and some time to relax your travel anxieties away. Read More close
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A Cadillac limo picks you up from your downtown Vancouver hotel to whisk you away in style to the first craft brewery. This small-group, private experience means you have the full attention of your guide. As you sample distinct-tasting beers from local places such as 33 Acres Brewing Company, Powell Street Craft Brewery, and SteamWorks, your guide and the professionals at the brewery keep you informed on the process used to create the perfect beverages.
Your luxurious limo awaits to carry you to each of the 3 stops, all unique in their own way. After an afternoon of sampling, arrive back at your hotel in time to find something tasty to eat for dinner. Read More close
After convenient pickup from your hotel, relax in a luxury SUV as your guide navigates out of the city limits. Cross over the 5,890-foot (1,823-m) Lion’s Gate Bridge, gazing out the window for glimpses of Vancouver Harbor and English Bay. Your first stop is at the Capilano Fish Hatchery. Learn about the life cycle of salmon from your guide and, during the summer season, watch them as they leap their way upriver.
Next, head to the Capilano Suspension Bridge, where you meander among the towering trees of the surrounding temperate rainforest and learn the traditions of the indigenous First Nation's people. Walk across the 446-foot (136-m) bridge to the other side of the river, where you can climb to the canopy and walk through the Treetops Adventure walkway high above the canyon and river below. For those seeking a more thrilling experience, try the Cliffwalk, the newest attraction at the bridge.
Continue to your next adventure—a ride on the gondola up to Grouse Mountain. From a 3,937-foot (1,200-m) viewpoint above the city, you can see Mount Baker and Vancouver Island. You can also get up-close views of grizzly bears at the Refuge for Endangered Wildlife. After your North Shore experience, relax on the drive back to Vancouver.
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Kick off your day with convenient pickup from your hotel. Leave Vancouver’s bustling streets and gaze at the towering skyscrapers as you make your way toward Lion’s Gate Bridge. Dividing the city’s harbor from the wide-open waters of English Bay, this lofty thoroughfare offers a bird’s-eye view of downtown. Snap some pictures before entering the lush landscapes, forests, and ponds of Stanley Park, which spreads out over 1,000 acres (405 ha) just steps from downtown.
Back in town, by the pagoda-style arch leading into the second-largest Chinatown on the entire West Coast. Cruise by its authentic array of spice shops, restaurants, and tea houses before uncovering bits of the past in Gastown, where shady squares and historic façades date back to the city’s founding at the turn of the 20th century.
Continue meandering through the nightclub-flanked streets of the entertainment district and consider grabbing a coffee at one of the many trendy cafes that dot the waterfront of Granville Island. Before you head back to your starting point, make a special stop at Queen Elisabeth Park Viewpoint, which offers sweeping views of downtown with the snow-capped peaks of the Coast Mountain Range as a backdrop.
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Do a little research and decide which Vancouver attractions hold the most interest for you, letting your guide know ahead of time so they can plan the perfect itinerary for your tastes. You can also opt for a set tour that takes you to the city’s most popular sights.
Hop into the SUV as it pulls up to your hotel and begin your day of exploration. Head to Stanley Park, where you can stroll down paths next to the water or meander along winding trails in a dense evergreen forest. Visit Gastown—Vancouver’s oldest neighborhood—to learn about the city’s colorful history, or look for souvenirs at the boutique shops and open markets on Granville Island.
End your comprehensive tour with a visit to Queen Elizabeth Park. The view of downtown and the North Shore Mountains from this verdant and well-maintained park are absolutely breathtaking. Snap a few postcard-worthy photos and then your guide drops you conveniently back off at your hotel. Read More close
After easy pickup from your hotel or the Canada Place Cruise Ship Terminal, embark on a relaxing drive through Vancouver's bustling streets, getting a sense of the city's celebrated laid-back vibe. Cruise along Robson Street, well-known for its many charming shops and restaurants, before seeing Stanley Park and its totem poles. See the magnificent Lions Gate Bridge and take a cliff walk nearby.
Enjoy a ride on the Grouse Mountain Skyride, climbing to an altitude of 4,100 feet (1,249 m), and feel the excitement of walking across the Capilano Suspension Bridge. See the Grizzly Bear Habitat at the Refuge for Endangered Wildlife, and spend some time wandering the expansive Granville Island Market, among many other sights. Your experience ends with hassle-free transportation back to your hotel or the cruise terminal. Read More close
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A Cadillac limo picks you up from your downtown Vancouver hotel to whisk you away in style to the first distillery. This small-group, private experience means you have the full attention of your guide. As you sample top-of-the-line gin and vodka, your guide and the professionals at the brewery keep you informed on the process used to distill the perfect spirits.
Your luxurious ride awaits to carry you to each of the 3 stops, all unique in their own way. The buzzing atmosphere of a new hotspot helps to create a delightful ambiance for you to enjoy this special experience. Arrive back at your hotel feeling the jubilance of an afternoon of liquor sampling and more educated on this exciting new scene. Read More close
Begin your 3-hour excursion with convenient hotel pickup from your downtown accommodation. From here, you are whisked away to see the iconic sites of this West Coast city. Visit Stanley Park and be amazed that a 1,000 acre (405-ha) woodlands is located within the urban space. Then go to the lively China Town, lovingly restored Gas Town, and the quirky Granville Island.
Listen to the intriguing narrative woven by your guide who is an expert on Vancouver’s history and hot spots. Top off your tour with a stunning view of the city from Queen Elisabeth Park Viewpoint. Then, ask your guide’s advice on a place to grab a bite of dinner on the way back to your hotel. Read More close
After pickup from your Vancouver hotel or Canada Place Cruise Ship Terminal, set off en route to the beautiful Fraser Valley and make your first stop at Lulu Island Winery, where one of British Colombia's award-winning ice wines is produced. Take a production tour and try a few tasty treats to complement your wine sampling session.
Next, move on to the Chaberton Estate Winery, where the Violet family pioneered wine making in the region. Enjoy a delightful lunch served in the winery's charming bistro, which is positioned right at the edge of the area's oldest local vineyard. After lunch, visit Kraus Berry Farms for a piece of pie or ice cream and a chance to explore the berry fields and sample berry wines. Your experience winds with transportation back to your hotel or the cruise terminal. Read More close
An early pickup from your hotel by a luxury SUV with a panoramic sunroof, starts your day off on the right foot. Arrive at the ferry docks a short time later and use the priority boarding lane. Then, walk up the ferry’s stairs to the upper decks for the best views of the Gulf Islands as you traverse the strait. Grab a cup of coffee and a bite of breakfast at the onboard café to enjoy during your 1-hour-40-minute crossing.
Before the boat docks on Vancouver Island, return to the SUV. Chat with your guide about your interests and the sights you want to visit as you enjoy the scenic drive to Butchart Gardens, or if you’d rather just go straight to Victoria, you can choose to do that as well.
Your day is yours to use as you will. Visit the Parliament of British Columbia and the Royal BC Museum or stroll through Beacon Park and along the harbor, stopping to feed the seals and grab lunch from the floating houseboats. Make sure you snap a photo of the Empress Hotel before hopping back in the car for your return trip to Vancouver. Read More close
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Enjoy convenient pickup from downtown Vancouver in a spacious and comfortable vehicle and head for the hills. Drive over the Lions Gate Bridge and snap photos of the stunning city skyline, set against a backdrop of jagged peaks and snow-capped summits.
Continue on for a visit to the Capilano Suspension Bridge, whose rope walkway leads you through an evergreen canopy 460 feet (140 m) above the ground. Nearby, uncover the diversity of this lush landscape with a stop at the immersive Living Forest exhibit. Before you leave, don’t forget to browse the exceptional handicrafts for sale, created by members of the First Nations.
Take your tour to the next level as your private guide leads you to the Grouse Mountain alpine area, where you can hop on the Skyride to reach an incredible array of activities. At the top, gaze at breathtaking vistas that showcase the surrounding peaks, or take part in any number of seasonal activities that you can explore at your leisure.
In the winter, try your hand at ice skating or snowshoeing. In the summer, get up-close looks at grizzly bears and wolves, or check out the wide wingspan of owls at the Birds in Motion show. Your admission to Grouse Mountain also includes a ticket to the Theatre in the Sky, where you can see a fascinating documentary detailing the diversity of this natural wonderland.
Check out the spinning turbines of the windmill at the summit and consider heading to the top for amazing views from the observation deck. If time allows, finish your afternoon with a quick detour to a local fish hatchery, where you can watch silvery salmon prepare for mighty migrations. Read More close
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Join your guide in downtown Squamish, where you can get fitted for a helmet, adjust your bike, and chat about your riding experience to help create a customized route that's perfectly suited to your skills. With the nuts and bolts out of the way, hop in a spacious shuttle and head to the trailhead. When you arrive, thrown on your gear and check over your bike one last time before following your guide down narrow single-track trails that lead into Squamish's dense temperate forests.
Weave, drop, and climb your way past towering pines and evergreens, looking for scenic vistas that offer glimpses of distant peaks. As you ride, listen to your guide offer helpful feedback on your riding style and keep your eyes peeled for wildlife like strong-headed woodpeckers and lumbering brown bears sure to put some extra pep in your pedals. Read More close
After convenient hotel pickup, set off toward your first destination in a luxurious limo or SUV. Fort Langley is a restored fur-trading post that looks like it’s straight out of the movies. It was once the capital of British Columbia, but is now a charming town chalk full of intriguing stories.
Leave the former capital behind to continue up the valley to the wildly dramatic Fraser Canyon. Early settlers dubbed this canyon as the Gates of Hell. Snap photos of this impressive natural formation as you ride the Hell’s Gate Rapids Airtram ride.
If time permits, you have one last stop at Othello Tunnels near the picturesque town of Hope. You may recognize this incredible place from First Blood, the original Rambo film. After time to explore, you are driven back to your hotel in Vancouver. Read More close
Depart from Vancouver Harbour and make your way out into the open waters of the English Bay. Choose which direction you wish to go after gliding by the city's largest green space, Stanley Park. You can head northwest and drive along Burrard Inlet, catching views of Lighthouse Park and an abundance of beautiful homes along the coast of Howe Sound, or you can move south to explore the beaches in Kitsilano and Jericho. Either direction offers all-encompassing views of the city's skyline, with modern condominium high-rises dominating the landscape wherever you look.
If you are in the mood to see some wildlife up close, head over to the Seal Colony at Palm Rocks where you can find seals lying out on the rocks hoping to catch a quick siesta. To see more diverse topography, head north past Bowen Island to check out Anvil Island, a small isle of dramatic cliffs and mountains.
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After you meet your guide at Cathedral Square, set out to see some of the city's iconic landmarks as you learn about the history in which they came to be. Learn about the mixture of boom and bust, wild drinking and prohibition, moral crusaders and ruthless mobsters, which defined life in Vancouver a century ago.
Stop by the iconic Dominion Building, the city's first steel-framed high-rise, and witness the grandeur of Sun Tower, a 17-story tower well-known for its faux-patina steel dome. Walk through Victory Square, a large park that features an imposing stone obelisk to commemorate those who died during World War I, which ended just as Prohibition began in Canada.
Follow your guide into Chinatown, and learn about the historic neighborhood's remarkable past. You can see firsthand evidence of opium dens and "bawdy houses," hiding in plain sight in the neighborhood's back lanes. The tour finishes in Gastown's historic Maple Tree Square, a must-see location on any visit to Vancouver. Read More close
Begin your day with convenient pickup from either your hotel or the Canada Place Cruise Ship Terminal before taking a rail car ride to Britannia Mine, where you have the opportunity to try your hand at panning for gold like frontiersmen once did. Capture the majestic beauty of Shannon Falls with a short forest walk to the base of the roaring waterfall.
Your adventure also includes magnificent views of Howe Sound, a network of fjords located just west of Vancouver, and a visit to the quaint, charming community of Horseshoe Bay. Few other locations showcase the lush, green beauty of the Pacific Northwest than these areas.
Continue your experience with a ride on the Sea-to-Sky Gondola, ascending to the top of the world's 3rd-largest monolith. If time permits, make a final stop at the Cypress Mountain Lookout and enjoy spectacular views of Vancouver, Vancouver Island, and Mount Baker in the distance. End your journey with transportation back to your hotel or the cruise terminal.
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Begin with a scenic drive in a private vehicle, heading south toward the rugged coastline just outside of Vancouver. Reach a ferry terminal and climb aboard a spacious vessel for a memorable sail through the Gulf Islands, keeping your eyes peeled for seal pups and orcas as you make the crossing to Vancouver Island.
When you arrive, make your way to the grounds of the renowned Butchart Gardens. Spread out over 55 acres (22 ha), this horticulturalist’s heaven draws millions of visitors every year to stop and smell the roses. Meander through impeccably maintained flower beds, gaze at burbling fountains, and admire picture-perfect lawns as you explore this stunning landscape on your own. If you have time, consider enjoying a quick snack in the elegant dining room, or on the patio outside of the Coffee Shop.
Leave the gardens and continue on to the charming city of Victoria. Wander its historic streets at your leisure, listening to your guide tell stories about its trading past, and snap photos of the towers atop the Empress Hotel. If you have time, head inside this iconic accommodation and treat yourself to high tea before heading back to the ferry for your return trip to Vancouver. Read More close
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After convenient pickup from either your hotel or the Canada Place Cruise Ship Terminal, begin your journey in a comfortable coach that's driven by a friendly and knowledgeable guide. Cruise along the city's clean, busy downtown streets, taking in sights of urban life bustling all around you. See the totem poles in Stanley Park, the many charming shops on Robson Street, and the breathtaking Lions Gate Bridge.
Continue on to the Cypress Mountain Lookout and English Bay, and enjoy a 30-minute stop in the expansive Granville Island Market. Cruise through Chinatown and Queen Elizabeth Park and past City Hall, eventually ending your experience with hassle-free drop-off at your hotel or the cruise terminal.
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Arrive at the ferry dock after convenient pickup from your hotel or cruise ship. Then, board the ferry, going to the upper decks so you can enjoy the incredible view of the islands that dot the deep blue waters. If it is windy, grab a warm mug of coffee or cocao from the on-board cafe.
Disembark onto Vancouver Island and begin the trip toward Victoria, making a pitstop along the way at Butchart Gardens, Victoria's number one tourist attraction. A floral array of color and fragrance fills 55 acres (22 ha) of the gorgeous 100-year-old garden quarry. Snap photos of the lines of roses and of the Japanese garden as you wonder through the bloom-surrounded lanes.
Next, its off to Victoria Harbour, where you tour the stunning BC Parliament Buildings. Just outside the Paliarment Building are unique boutiques with a variety of specialty items. Shop, or grab a bite to eat at one of the welcoming cafes.
Finish the day with a beautiful afternoon drive around Oak Bay and by taking in the spectacular scenery around Old Victoria. Enjoy the fresh evening breeze with a ferry ride back to Vancouver to complete your land and sea adventure. Read More close
Begin your trip with convenient pickup from your hotel or cruise ship terminal. Then, enjoy the picturesque photo opportunities as you ride along the gorgeous Sea to Sky Highway. En route, you also pass through the charming sea-side village of Horseshoe Bay.
Your first stop is at the majestic Shannon Falls, British Columbia's third largest waterfall. Take a short trek through the forest along the river's edge to the base of the roaring falls. Glance upward to see cliff climbers as they scale Stawamus Chief.
You also make stops at Brandy Wine Falls and the Tantalus Lookout which affords excellent views of the Candian Rockies, flowing streams, and dense forest. Continue toward Whistler Mountain where you ride the Peak 2 Peak Gondola from Whistler to Blackcomb Mountain.
Then explore Whistler Village, ducking into boutique shops or maybe an inviting cafe for a bite to eat. You can also check out the art galleries and the Whistler Museum in your free time. Another option to make this trip even more unforgettable is to add a Zip Trek ticket to your itinerary. This adds 2 or 3 hours to the duration of your trip and you need to reserve the pass 48 hours in advance.
Once your tour is complete, return to Vancouver, flipping through all the incredible photos or conversing with your friends as you go. Read More close
Your private guided tour begins with pickup at your Vancouver hotel. Make your way to the Sea-to-Sky Highway in a comfortable SUV with a panoramic sunroof, gazing at British Columbia's stunning landscapes along your route. On the way, stop and feel the mist that emanates off Shannon Falls from the viewing deck. Visit the small mountainside town of Squamish, and learn about the history of native cultures at the new Aboriginal Cultural Centre and Museum.
Once in Whistler, experience gourmet cuisine in a fine-dining atmosphere, have a casual fireside meal, or grab a quick bite on the go. Shop at some of the village's 200 stores, go for a bike ride, or stroll along the nature trails. Take the Peak 2 Peak Gondola between the Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains, the longest and highest lift in the world, for an unparalleled perspective of towering volcanic peaks and coastal rainforests. As your day of adventure comes to an end, journey south back to Vancouver. Read More close
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Meet up with your guides and set out on foot, listening to tales of illicit activity in this coastal city at the turn of century. Learn about real historical figures like feared mob boss Joe Celona, temperance activist Nellie McClung, and businessman Sam Kee. Hear how the mob set up illegal drinking dens around the city and bribed dirty cops to look the other way. Listen to tales of longtime mayor L. D. Taylor and his infamously raucous parties, and discover how enterprising Vancouver rum-runners made their fortunes smuggling booze down the coast once the US adopted Prohibition as well.
Make your way through Victory Square and scope out fabled buildings like the Dominion Building Sun Tower before you pass through the Millennium Gate into Chinatown. Traipse down the best-preserved alleyway in the city to really feel like you've traveled back in time, and see firsthand evidence of "bawdy houses" and opium dens before you finish up the tour in Gastown's Maple Tree Square. Read More close
Pick up your bike from the Squamish Adventure Centre, just outside downtown. Find out how your multi-person bicycle works from experienced staff and then claim your seat behind the wheel or at the pedals, where you can help power this curious contraption.
Take the shore route back into Squamish and begin your leisurely exploration of this outdoorsy city. Marvel at the enormous, granite dome of Stawamus Chief as it juts up from the middle of the city and pedal past the base of the Sea to Sky Gondola to catch view-seeking visitors cruising up to lofty vantage points. Ride down Logger’s Lane to the harbor where you can fine an array of quaint cafés ideal for a quick snack or a cup of coffee, and then head back to your starting point, grabbing a few photos of you and your group with your Quadra Cycle before returning it to the Squamish Adventure Centre. Read More close
On a small-group tour with more than 10 tastings, delve into the heart of Railtown, once the industrial heart of the city, but now a trendy yet gritty section of downtown. Start your journey in Japantown at the H. A. V. E Café, part of a unique culinary school offering training for those less fortunate. Enjoy samples of delicious tomato soup and a sandwich made by their chefs-in-training.
Next, head to the Uncommon Cafe where you can enjoy their famous Shaker Salad and a gourmet meatball. Then, make your way to the Settlement Building. Once an old steel factory, it is now one of the city's most interesting buildings that houses a winery, a brewery, and a restaurant. Here, sip on beer and wine tastings during a unique brewery tour. Finally, stop at the trendy Railtown Cafe and Cadeaux Bakery for a variety of scrumptious lunch treats.
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Discover seals, star fish, blue herons and a myriad of other shore birds in their natural environment. Qualified guides accompany you at all times and explain the wildlife. Paddle through pristine waters in a comfortable two-seater kayak. Also, make sure to keep your eye out for marine wildlife sightings.
After working up an appetite on the water, enjoy a delicious salmon barbecue, served on the shores of a small, uninhabited island.
Finally, return to Vancouver refreshed after a convenient transport back to your accommodation.
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The custom-designed boats used on this excursion are 28-foot (8. 5-meter), high-speed, rigid-hull inflatables powered by twin 225-horsepower engines. Depart from Horseshoe Bay toward Pam Rocks, the site of a harbor seal colony that is often complemented by bald eagles in the sky overhead. Then sail to Christie Islet, a national bird sanctuary in Howe Sound, to view a wide variety of seabirds.
Your tour continues to the Strait of Georgia for a striking Vancouver cityscape by sea. Visit small islands before gliding beside the famous Sea to Sky Highway that heads toward Whistler Mountain. Finally, take a peek at the waterfront homes along the shore of West Vancouver as you return to Horseshoe Bay. Read More close
Your unforgettable journey begins in West Vancouver’s beautiful Eagle Harbour, where you choose the first of 4 exotic vehicles that you use to carve out the coastline. Step into the low-riding car and buckle up. Then choose whether you want the transmission to be automatic or manual with the dual-purpose shifting system. Ignite the car's engine and listen to it come alive with a delightfully smooth roar.
Set off in pursuit of the lead car, hugging each curve and getting a feel for the power and agility of your exotic ride. Every 15-20 minutes you pause to look out over the breathtaking scenery of British Columbia's coast. See deep-blue waters flecked with islands of various sizes, making for a diverse aqua landscape. Then look to the right and remark upon the dense forest that thrives so close to the coastline. At these photo stops, you also switch to your next sports car.
When it's your turn to drive the Nissan GT-R, grip the steering wheel tightly as you go from 0–60 miles per hour (0–96. 6 km/h) in speeds that top the Tesla's Insane Mode. Marvel at the unique intensity each car represents and appreciate each for its distinct nuances. This 50-mile (80-km) roundtrip journey leaves your heart racing from both the awe-inspiring drive capabilities of the supercars and the equally awe-inspiring views of this most scenic stretch of pavement. Read More close
Climb into a comfortable vehicle and begin your journey north on the famed Sea to Sky Highway, taking in gorgeous views of Howe Sound, where the rugged slopes of granite mountains slip into ocean. When you reach the base of the Stawamus Chief, an enormous granite-domed mountain rising over 2,297 feet (700 m) above the sound, it's time to begin your ascent.
During your hike, savor the sweeping views of the surrounding glaciers and Howe Sound below, keeping an eye out for bald eagles soaring overheard. Take a break and enjoy a delicious picnic lunch of candied salmon, fondues, fine cheeses, and fresh fruit before heading back down the mountain and making your way to Shannon Falls, whose cascades meander down jagged cliffs. On your way back to Vancouver, if time permits, stop at Stanley Park to learn about the area's history with a walk along the shore at Third Beach. Read More close
Start your adventure with a pickup at your hotel or cruise terminal and travel up to the charming seaside town of Horseshoe Bay, a popular vacation spot for Vancouverites. Travel up to Shannon Falls, considered the third-highest waterfall in British Columbia, and have your camera ready to capture the 1,099-foot (355-m) falls.
Next, discover the award-winning Britannia Museum, try your hand at panning for gold to see if you can strike it rich, and hop a mine train to tour the haulage tunnel. After your mining adventure, hop aboard the Sea to Sky Gondola, where you soar 2,800 feet (853 m) above sea level, enjoying breathtaking views of the coast, mountains, and oceans along the way.
Continue on to the Sky Pilot Suspension Bridge for stunning 360-degree views of glacial fjords, mountains, and the ocean from 210 feet (64 m) above the ground. Journey back to your Vancouver hotel or enjoy complimentary drop-off at Vancouver International Airport. Read More close
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A quick orientation gets you ready to jump aboard your jet ski and depart from Granville Island. Various harbors and bays are just waiting for you to explore them in whichever way you please, and a charming lighthouse is definitely worth a visit. With mountain-covered islands, a colony of seals snoozing on the rocks, gorgeous houses, and residential skyscrapers lining the coasts, there’s no shortage of attractions to check out during your adventure.
Vancouver is famous for its diverse parks, and this excursion gives you the unique opportunity to experience them from the water. Be sure to drive past the city's largest, Stanley Park, and stop by the beach parks of Kitsilano and Jericho before your day is done. Once you've had the chance to experience all of the stimulating sights of Vancouver from the water, return to Granville Island at your leisure. Read More close
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1 hour 30 minutes
Start your 7-hour adventure with a shuttle transfer from downtown Vancouver to the charming Sewell’s Marina in Horseshoe Bay. After taking in the gorgeous harbor views, grab a seat on a zodiac boat for an exciting 2-hour guided nature tour through the Howe Sound.
Enjoy the spectacular scenery and native wildlife that this coastal town is famous for. As you cruise through Howe Sound, have your camera ready for a chance to capture shots of harbor seals, marine birds, eagles, nesting sites, river otters, and deer.
After your zodiac adventure, relax with a 3-course dinner at the Boathouse Restaurant. Feast on delicious seafood from the coast of British Columbia with the deep blue ocean as your backdrop. After your dinner, take off on an invigorating 20-minute seaplane flight back to downtown Vancouver. Read More close
Start your journey with a breathtaking flight from downtown Vancouver. Take in nature views as you fly over the Salish Sea onward to Vancouver Island. Soar high above valleys, mountains, glaciers, and gorgeous coastlines. Nanaimo is located on the east coast of Vancouver Island across the Strait of Georgia from Vancouver, offering waterfront on 3 sides and spectacular ocean views at every turn.
Land in Nanaimo, fondly referred to as the "Hub, Tub and Pub City" because of its connection with bathtub racing and the numerous "watering holes" in Old Nanaimo.
Head to Sundown Diving for an exciting snorkeling session with resident seals. Vancouver Island has been rated one of the best cold-water diving spots in the world. Spend a few exciting hours with your new harbor seal buddies at Snake Island. In some cases the seals are very curious—they may brush by you or teach you how to catch a meal. Other days, they may be wary and keep their distance.
Discover other fascinating marine life, including bald eagles, oyster catchers, Canadian geese, and cormoran.
After your snorkeling adventure, enjoy some free time to explore the city. Take a stroll along the Harbourfront Walkway, sample many versions of the traditional favorite along the tasty Nanaimo Bar Trail, or sit dockside at Canada’s only floating pub, the Dinghy Dock.
End your exciting day trip with a scenic flight back to the downtown Vancouver lights. Read More close
Transportation is available to/from Holiday Inn Downtown - 1110 Howe Street, Canada Place Pier, Campbell River Store Surrey, River Rock Hotel and Casino in Richmond. A complimentary shuttle is also available from select downtown Vancouver hotels.
Tulalip Casino / Seattle Premium Outlets
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4 hours 10 minutes
Burrard Bus Terminal
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Victoria Depot Station
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3 hours 35 minutes
The pick-up and drop-off locations in Vancouver are:
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- Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
- Burrard Skytrain Station
- Century Plaza Hotel (available only for Whistler to Vancouver)
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Available hotels & condos:
- Aava Whistler Hotel
- Adara Hotel
- Blackcomb Lodge
- Cascade Lodge (World Mark)
- Clock Towers
- Club Intrawest
- Coast Blackcomb
- Crystal Lodge
- Delta Village Suites
- Executive Inn
- Fairmont Chateau Whistler
- Four Seasons
- Gateway Loop
- Glacier Lodge
- Hilton Whistler
- Holiday Inn
- Horstman House
- Le Chamois
- Listel Hotel
- Market Place Lodge
- Mountainside Lodge
- Nita Lake Lodge
- Pan Pacific Mountainside
- Pan Pacific Village Centre
- Staff (Fairmont Staff Housing)
- Summit Lodge
- Sundial Boutique
- Tantalus Lodge
- Town Plaza Suites
- Westin Resort
- Whistler Pinnacle
- Whistler Village Inns and Suites
- Wildwood Lodge
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2 hours 15 minutes
The Victoria Depot Station is centrally located and within walking distance of major Victoria hotels.
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Arrive at Squamish Adventure Centre and meet the experts who are there to make your day as fulfilling and safe as possible. Using their intimate knowledge of the area, you can tackle some of the most rave-reviewed trails in Canada. A convenient shuttle drops you off at the top of the trail and waits at the trail's end to carry you to your next adventure. A downhiller's dream—no uphill riding or wasted time getting from one trail to the next.
Discover the sweet spots in Squamish as well as the incredible views of the breathtaking nature that make this area such a gem to ride through. Bring a GoPro or camera along, because you are sure to have the time of your life on this epic, single-track downhill ride. Read More close
If you decide to go with a sit-on-top kayak, you can start your journey at either Granville Island or Kitsilano Beach, while sea kayaks are available only at the Kitsilano Beach location. Feel free to choose whichever kayak you prefer, but know that sit-on-tops are generally seen as the more user friendly option, especially for beginners.
Once you've taken your seat either on top of or inside of your kayak, make your way out into the English Bay, where your vantage point becomes all the more epic as you get further out into the sea. Here, you can see the city's skyline, where an abundance of modern high rises dominate the heavens. Paddle out to the city's enormous Stanley Park, an evergreen peninsula that is home to thousands of Douglas fir and Sitka spruce trees.
If you're feeling adventurous and want to give your arms a workout, head north to see the charming white lighthouse at Point Atkinson and then venture on to circle around Bowen Island, a tourist friendly isle with shops and restaurants. After an hour or two of paddling, head back to your starting point with a gained perspective of how impressive Vancouver looks from the water. Read More close
In West Vancouver, you rendezvous with the cars of your dreams—a Lamborghini Gallardo, Ferrari F430 Spider, Audi R8, and Nissan GT-R. Slide into your low-riding Lamborghini, fasten your seat belt, and zoom off in pursuit of adventure. After a drive you wish would never end, arrive at the Sea to Sky Gondola and park your car. Then watch as it disappears from view as you ascend in the gondola to the Summit Lodge restaurant for a delicious lunch with 360-degree views.
After lunch, head across the impressive Sky Pilot Suspension Bridge and make your way to the Panorama Trail. A light trek to the spectacular Chief Overlook Platform—a cantilevered deck that juts out over a sheer drop—grants majestic views of the Howe Sound, Mount Garibaldi, and the Stawamus Chief
Upon returning to the base camp, pardon your way through the crowd of people gathered around your awaiting Ferrari. With a push of the start button, your stallion comes alive in front of their envious eyes.
Your journey continues to the Squamish Airport, where your next ascension awaits in the form of an aerial tour. Your bird's-eye views include the massive granite cliffs of the Stawamus Chief, the cascading Shannon Falls, spectacular ocean views, and a breathtaking pass between the peaks of Sky Pilot Mountain and Co-Pilot Mountain.
The excitement continues when you return to terra firma. Buckle up, sit up straight, and keep your head pinned against the back of the seat for the Scenic Rush Insane-Mode Tesla Experience, which launches you in complete silence from 0–60 miles per hour (0-100 km/h) in just 3. 2 stomach-churning seconds.
After you’ve had a moment to catch your breath, it’s back into the driver’s seat for the trip home, once again carving out the coastline and stopping along the way to switch vehicles and take spectacular photos. Read More close
Explore Vancouver, a city built in the beautiful northwest. Travel the streets to uncover hidden gems and local favorites. Start your journey at the Vancouver Public Library and make your way through a route full of landmarks and historical stops. Using your smartphone, tablet, or other mobile device, get clues and solve questions along the way.
Then head through historic Chinatown and across the harbor on this adventure that takes you across both land and sea. The neighborhood in Vancouver is Canada's largest Chinatown and is full of culinary treats and rich history.
With your smartphone guiding the way, complete challenges, follow hints, and earn points as you discover the beauty of this harbor town. Follow directions as you make your way around the city and perhaps learn something new and interesting before your adventure wraps up. Read More close
Rendevous with your guide at Kitsilano Beach at 8 AM. Listen to a brief orientation that equips you with the knowledge you need to have a safe and successful outing. Then, lower yourself into your single or double kayak and set off toward False Creek.
Your guide is full of interesting facts and tidbits about Vancouver, so pay close attention to their narrative to learn about the city's fascinating culture and history. Put names to buildings as they point out the most popular sights along the skyline and see the floating houseboats as they bob gently in the water, rocking their inhabitants in a calming manner.
This tour takes advantage of the less hectic harbor and ends before noon so that you have plenty of opportunity to spend the rest of your day exploring by land. Read More close
Bring your carry-on luggage to the Westin Bayshore Hotel, where your 1-way transportation between Vancouver and Victoria begins. Choose a seat indoors and peer out through the floor to ceiling windows or sit out on the open deck for an open air view. If you’re feeling peckish, grab a bite to eat from the onboard canteen.
As you cruise across the shimmering blue waters of the Pacific, cast your gaze out onto the natural scenery of Gulf and San Juan Islands densely populated by evergreen trees. Travel through both Haro Strait and the Strait of Juan de Fuca, each with its own breathtaking vistas.
Don’t forget the main highlight of your trip—the chance to see the magnificent orca and humpback whales that road our waters. An onboard naturalist guide gives you their valuable insight on the migratory patterns of whales and tells you about other local wildlife. Arrive in Victoria in time for lunch, feeling like you made the very most of your journey. Read More close
There's nothing quite like a luxurious spa treatment to take you from tired and stressed to radiant and centered. With the Spafinder gift card, you can check in at salons, spas, gyms, or therapeutic centers that cover everything from facials and haircuts to Pilates and chiropractic work. Unwind and get glowing with a beautifying, de-stressing service at an elegant day spa, or find a fitness studio and work it out in a toning Barre class or a calorie-busting boot camp.
Your gift card never expires, and can be used on a wide range of treatments, classes, services, and products, whether you're in the market for a new yoga mat or wanting to touch up your hair color before a big event. Treat yourself to wellness—your body and mind will thank you. Read More close
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Start your adventure with a scenic 35-minute seaplane flight from downtown Vancouver. Your guide points out various mountains and sights along the way. Splash down into the beautiful Victoria Inner Harbour to spend a full day in this charming city. Take the complimentary coach transfer to the 22-acre (9-ha) Butchart Gardens. This famous landmark boasts more than 1 million plants and 900 varieties of blooms, including tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths.
After the gardens, take some time to explore this Victorian town with a variety restaurants and activities to choose from. Perhaps take a horse-drawn carriage through the city, or hop aboard an ocean cruiser for an exciting whale-watching adventure. Or maybe stop at the family-friendly Butterfly Gardens where you can see a collection of rare tropical butterflies, geckos, and flamingos. Visit the Craigdarroch Castle, which offers a stunning view of Victoria, the Pacific Ocean, and the snow-capped Olympic Mountains.
After enjoying your free time in Victoria, embark on a 35-minute return flight back to downtown Vancouver.
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Lessons are conveniently offered at both Kitsilano Beach and Granville Island. A Paddle Canada-certified instructor teaches you the most useful paddle strokes and the best practices, so that you can work out all of your muscle groups and hone your skills as you navigate across the water's surface.
From Kitsilano Beach, you can move out toward the expansive greenery of Stanley Park or drift out beside the coast of the Kitsilano neighborhood, where many high-rise buildings stand on the shore. If you decide to start at Granville Island, you can venture towards the heart of the city by following False Creek, passing Charleson Park and David Lam Park along your way.
This small-group lesson allows you to ask your guide any questions you may have throughout your journey. By the end of the excursion, your confidence in the art of paddleboarding is sure to have reached new heights. Read More close
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Start your excursion at either Kitsilano Beach or Granville Island and take part in a brief training session, where local guides give you advice on how to best approach your paddleboarding trek. You can stay close to the coast, where high-rise condominium buildings dot the landscape, or you can venture out into the open waters for a perspective that is more removed from the mainland.
Paddle past Stanley Park, the city's largest green space that juts out into the bay like a thriving vine spreading its foliage in all directions. Circle back and explore the more protected waters of False Creek, where hundreds of sailboats are docked. In this area you are truly surrounded by the city, with tall buildings towering over you on all sides.
Once you feel like you have seen enough of the city or your arms get a bit tired from all of that paddling, head back to your starting location and feel free to explore the delights of Vancouver on dry land. Read More close
Meet your guide on the waterfront, just across from downtown Vancouver, where you pick up your paddle and board. With lots of stops to recount the city's heritage, your guide takes you for a tour of the sights and shares a few secrets about the history of the places around you.
When you're exploring the sea, make a day out of it and browse the shops on Granville Island, or get some advice on destinations a little farther afield where you can visit on your own. Read More close
Meet up with your guide and instructor on the shores of Kitsilano Beach Park and get matched up with a stand-up paddleboard and paddle that reflect your experience level and body type. Before you head out into the water, get a few tips on maintaining your balance while moving between poses and chat about your stand-up paddleboard experience.
When you're ready to begin your session, paddle out into English Bay to get a feel for your board and gather around your instructor. Follow them as they move between back bends and plank poses, and challenge your skills with balance-heavy positions like tree pose. Listen to feedback from your instructor as you go and don't forget to enjoy stunning views of the Vancouver skyline and distant mountains before you head back to shore and wind your session to a close. Read More close
Wake up early and have a hearty breakfast before meeting your guide on Granville Island. Listen closely as they demonstrate how to successfully use a paddleboard, and then try your own hand at it. Channel your inner yogi as you balance atop the board in the calm waters of early morning.
Once you've got your stance down, add in a gentle row using a single paddle that is longer than what you'd use for kayaking or canoeing. Skirt along the edge of the water, following the coastline and picking out the distinct buildings in Vancouver's skyline.
Your guide contains a wealth of information about the city and is more than happy to depart this knowledge to you so that you can better appreciate the magnificent sights that surround you. Finish your tour just before lunch. Change into dry clothes and then perhaps grab a bite to eat on Granville Island or explore the bustling market. Read More close
Meet your local guide and get fitted with your cruiser bike. Then set off, following closely behind your guide, and listen to them weave an interesting narrative about this 1,001-acre (405-ha) forest in the middle of the city. Get in-depth information about the biodiversity of the temperate rainforest, learn the history of the coastal First Nations people and their legendary totem poles, and hear about the abundance of hidden treasures and stories that the park has accumulated over the past 125 years.
Stanley Park is also uniquely situated with incredibly scenic views of downtown Vancouver, the North Shore, Lion’s Gate Bridge, English Bay, and the Westside. Peddle down a leisurely 5. 6–6. 2 miles (9–10) km of dedicated bike trails as you take in the diverse scenery which includes both forest and city. This is definitely more than just a ride in the park as it leaves you with a deeper understanding of both Vancouver and its green treasure. Read More close
The Vancouver Trolley takes you to the base of Grouse Mountain, where a thrilling one-mile ride to its peak awaits you. Enjoy a fascinating perspective of the city below, as well as the harbor, the Strait of Georgia, and even a distant glimpse of Vancouver Island.
Atop the Peak of Vancouver at 3,700 feet (1,100 m) above sea level, enter the Theater in the Sky to watch a video that guides you around British Columbia’s landscapes from a bird’s perspective. Head to the Bear Discovery sanctuary to meet Grinder and Coola, two furry bears adopted as cubs and raised in the very same park.
After the movie, dine at one of many restaurants offering exquisite West Coast specialties, or simply explore the area and admire the fantastic view. Read More close
Gather your group and head to Kumsheen Rafting Resort on 1 Old Hwy near Skihist Provincial Park, where your friendly guide welcomes you. Go over a brief safety orientation before settling into your raft and pushing away from the shore, letting the Thompson's current guide the way, paddle in hand.
Class III and IV rapids greet you at every turn as you work with your group to navigate the brisk, frothy water, with rugged desert terrain surrounding you. Your guide shares helpful rafting tips along the way, helping to keep you in the game as you approach the Jaws of Death drop, which is always a thriller.
Pull off onto a bank and enjoy a riverside lunch, with views of Nicomen Falls in the near distance. Insightful stories from your guide paint a vivid picture of the history of this famous stretch of river as you munch and socialize before continuing your journey, which eventually ends with transportation back to the meeting point. Read More close
Meet up with your guide at the gates of the garden, get set up with your futuristic ride, and strap on your helmet. Take a few moments to practice maneuvering, getting tips from your experienced trip leader on the best way to make easy turns and controlled stops. When you're comfortable with your ride, head into a world of incredible natural beauty.
Roll by the David C. Lam Asian Garden where, depending on the season, you could see blooming rhododendrons, brilliant magnolias, and delicate lilies. Nearby, check out the elevated platforms of the Greenheart Canopy Walkway, home to second-growth forests that you can examine from lofted perches placed 57 feet (17. 5 m) above the ground.
On the north side, cruise around immersive exhibits that showcase the diversity of Canada's native plants. Listen to your guide as they explain the features of the Alpine Garden's rocky landscapes, or the Carolinian Forest's towering hardwood trees. Chefs and home cooks can enjoy a quick detour past the Food Garden's collection of more than 100 different types of fruit trees and vegetables—whose produce is dutifully gathered and offered to local charities—and science-minded riders can examine the fascinating plants in a replica 16th-century medicinal garden. Read More close
Begin your journey at Penguin Point and observe these charming, clumsy birds as they waddle around and delight you with their playfulness. Move on to the Tropic Zone to admire the array of colorful coral and fish. This aquarium adventure also includes the Wild Coast, with Pacific white-sided dolphins, the Clownfish Cove exhibit, the Graham Amazon Gallery, and the Pacific Canada Pavilion.
Marvel at the impressive beluga whales at Canada's Arctic, one of visitors’ favorite highlight. Get a behind-the-scenes look as trainers feed and care for these amazing creatures. Take note of how aquarium conservation and research programs assist in better understanding these animals and the threats they face in the wild, and learn what you can do to help.
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Visit the stunning, turn-of-the-century heritage building—the former Provincial Courthouse—that houses the gallery in the heart of downtown Vancouver. Peruse the impressive permanent collection of more than 10,000 works of art, which includes the largest collection from Canadian native Emily Carr.
Wander through the gallery’s 4 floors and meditate on more than a century's worth of British Colombian and international art from new visionaries and historic masters. Touring exhibitions as well as curated exhibitions drawn from the permanent collection are available for your viewing pleasure. With weekly family programs every weekend, your kids gain an appreciation for the arts mixed with elements of fun.
Located in the heart of the city and open 7 days a week, enjoy four floors of historical and contemporary art at Western Canada’s largest Gallery. Enhance your experience by enjoying a glass of wine on the rooftop patio and visiting the locally-loved Gallery Store. Read More close
Start your tour with convenient pickup from your downtown hotel or directly from the cruise terminal, and venture into the city in a small van. Your first stop is at Stanley Park, which borders downtown Vancouver and is framed by the waters of Vancouver Harbor and English Bay. This gorgeous green space spans over 1,000 acres (400 ha), and contains Vancouver's iconic First Nations totem poles, which stand on a hill overlooking the city.
From there, hop back in the van and listen as your enthusiastic guide points out landmarks and shares facts about can't-miss Vancouver sights. See the Olympic Cauldron at the Vancouver Convention Centre, which was lit during the 2010 Olympic Games. Ride through the charming national historic district of Gastown, soak up the bustling atmosphere of Canada's largest Chinatown, and admire the ocean beaches and mountain peaks of English Bay. Read More close
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Start your excursion at the Yaletown Distillery for a guided look at their modern facility where you can learn about the complex flavor profiles behind your favorite drinks. Have a small bite to eat from their world famous Distillery Bar & Kitchen, recently voted one of the best distillery bars in the world.
Next, head to bustling Granville Island for a visit to The Liberty Distillery for three samples of their organic craft spirits made from 100% BC grains. Here we sample a unique vodka, a flavourful gin, and a white whiskey. A great opportunity to purchase a unique BC-made gift.
End the tour at the eclectic Odd Society Spirits. This East Vancouver gem is creating multiple award winning spirits including cassis, vermouth, vodka, and more. We conclude the tour with a behind-the-scenes look at their distilling facilities where the group samples a unique barrel aged whiskey and finish off with a mind-blowing cocktail. Read More close
Take a break from the busy streets of Vancouver to board this relaxing 1-hour cruise through the Burrard Inlet—Canada's gateway to the Pacific. Whether you chose a comfortable indoor seat or feel the Pacific wind on the open-air deck, enjoy the magnificent views of the city.
As you approach Stanley Park, take in the beauty of this immense forest in the middle of a heavily built urban area. Grab a refreshing beverage as you pass under the 360-foot-high (109-m) and mile-long (1. 6-km) Lions Gate Bridge—a symbol of the city and one of Canada's National Historic Sites.
Keep your camera handy to capture the beauty of the Vancouver skyline, or the majestic North Shore Mountains overlooking the city. Read More close
Hop on your jet ski and depart from Granville Island, heading out into the open waters of English Bay. Drive past the city's famed Stanley Park, whose gentle, pine-covered hills offer an evergreen sanctuary for Vancouver residents. Move west away from the city and be on the lookout for attractions like Lighthouse Park and the beautiful homes that line the coast near Horseshoe Bay.
Zoom across the calm waters and make your way past dramatic cliffs and mountains of Anvil Island, the seal colonies on Palm Rocks, and the trendy, café-lined shores Bowen Island. Once you've had the chance to experience all of the invigorating sights of Vancouver's surrounding islands from the water, return to Granville Island and park your aquatic ride before parting ways with your guide. Read More close
Begin by being shot 450 feet (170 m) skyward in just 40 seconds on a glass elevator ride to the observation deck, which offers 360-degree views of the city and beyond. Learn more about local landmarks, neighborhoods, and the history of how the city was built from your tour guide. Complimentary 20-minute tours are offered several times throughout the day in multiple languages.
If you choose, explore the deck at your own pace: Plaques are located throughout the observation deck to denote landmarks and neighborhoods. Your ticket is valid for the whole day, so you may visit in the morning and then return just before sunset for a different view. Don’t forget your camera in order to snap photos of the stunning backdrop. Read More close
Other marine wild life you are likely to encounter includes dolphins, seals, sea lions and bald eagles as well as some of the finest North West Pacific island scenery. Gray and Humpback whales migrate along the West Coast in spring and fall when there is a high likelihood to see them as well. Whale sighting chances are at the high probability of 85 percent.
Listen as your trained naturalist guide explains the dynamics of the surrounding ecosystem. Even get the chance to visit the famous Granville Island and explore the local shops and restaurants.
Finally, conclude your tour with a convenient transport back to your Vancouver accommodation.
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Set out from Benny's Market, a local fixture that dates back to 1917, and surround yourself in the vibrant colors and architecture of Vancouver's oldest residential area. Originally built to house railway workers beginning in the late 1800s, Strathcona is now home to a vibrant creative community and features some outstanding restored buildings from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
As you stroll through this neighborhood, capture photos of all the sights it has to offer as your guide helps you get the most out of your camera and capture the best shots you can get. Great for phone photography, this photo walk gives you a look back in time, so admire the beautiful details of this historic area and learn how to capture its majesty from an expert. Read More close
Ease into your day with a convenient pickup from your Vancouver hotel, house, or rental property. Arriving at the coast, snap a photo of the seaplane before boarding to soar over the Gulf Islands to land at Victoria Harbour. The harbor immediately grants you views of Victoria's most famous buildings inclduing the British Columbia Parliament Buildings and the Fairmont Empress Hotel.
Spend your morning wandering the charming steets of Victoria. Grab a bite to eat in a delicious cafe, shop for antiques or a souvenir, and stroll down garden paths. Make sure to stop by the Fisherman's Wharf to see the adorable floating houses and feed the seals that frequent the docks.
In the afternoon, meet your guide to board the bus to Butchart Gardens. Roam through rows of expertly landscaped flowers and neatly trimmed shrubbery, stopping to smell the variety of roses in the well-designed rose garden.
After you've explored the many flower-lined lanes, head back to the front, following the well-labeled path. Savor a snack or cup of coffee from the cafe, and then step aboard the speedboat that carries you back to Vancouver through breathtaking scenery. Read More close
Leave from the shores of mainland Canada on a spacious ferry boat and head southwest, through deep blue seas dotted with the dark green Gulf Islands. When you pull into Victoria’s bustling harbor, enjoy an easy walk straight into the heart of this provincial capital. Gaze at the ornate features of The Empress Hotel and the Parliament Building, which sit on either side of the marina. Take some free time to meander between the shops and boutiques, grab lunch, or capitalize on discounted admission to the Royal British Columbia Museum.
Continue your afternoon with a short, scenic drive to Butchart Gardens. Spread out over 55 acres (22 ha), this magnificent park is home to beautiful fountains, fields of roses, tiny ponds, and an adorable tea house. Follow winding paths through meticulously manicured flower beds, expertly sculpted trees, and ornamental hedges that flank white gazebos.
When you’re ready to bid the flora a fond farewell, hop aboard comfortable transportation, and return to Victoria for a final glance at the city and a ferry ride back to the mainland.
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Start your exciting day with a spectacular 35-minute seaplane flight over the Gulf Islands. See the dozens of large islands spread out with a plethora of islets too numerous to count. The BC Gulf Islands are highlighted by extended dry summers and mild winters. Enjoy aerial views of the islands surrounded by sheltered waters, strong tides, and dramatic coastlines.
Next, land in Victoria’s famous Inner Harbour for a chance to create your own itinerary. Enjoy free time to explore this gorgeous city. Stroll around the charming town with numerous restaurants and activities to choose from. Take a day tour to Butchart Gardens, sit down for afternoon tea at the Empress, or hop on a zodiac boat for a whale-watching adventure.
After you explore the city, return to Vancouver by coach bus on the BC Ferries. Sail through the picturesque Active Pass, a narrow passage separating Mayne Island and Galiano Island before returning to Vancouver.
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Board a BC Ferries vessel for a 90-minute sail through the serene beauty of the Gulf Islands to Victoria. Marine wildlife sightings from the outdoor ship decks are common—especially eagles, sea lions, and even whales.
Arrive at Schwartz Bay Ferry Terminal on Vancouver Island and continue to the enchanting botanical paradise of Butchart Gardens. The gardens provide an array of colors for much of the year. During the summer, special lighting subtly illuminates them, often accompanied by musical entertainment on the Concert Lawn. Also, take time to enjoy the massive Sunken Garden, complete with its dancing fountain.
The city of Victoria boasts many impressive architectural wonders, including the iconic Parliament Buildings and the waterfront hotel, The Fairmont Empress. See these landmarks as you drive the scenic route into the city and arrive at the Inner Harbour, boasting prime ocean views. Your guide tells you about the city's history and attractions, such as the Royal BC Museum, before you disembark the bus for some free time. Visit the unique shops and artisan cafés of Government Street and Chinatown.
Relax with the wind in your hair and reflect on your exciting day in scenic Victoria on a ferry ride back to Vancouver.
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On a 35-minute seaplane flight to Victoria, take in gorgeous views of mountains, parks, and shorelines before splashing down gently as you land in the Inner Harbour. Next, embark on an exciting and informative whalewatching adventure via your choice of an open Zodiac or closed Ocean Cruiser. This 3-hour cruise offers chances to see Southern Resident killer whales, seals, sea lions, and seabirds as well as remarkable views of southern Vancouver Island.
Following your excursion, opt to head back to Vancouver or stay a little longer and explore Victoria at your leisure. With numerous restaurants and activities to choose from as you stroll around the charming town, take part in a Victorian ritual at the famous Afternoon Tea at the Empress Hotel or tour the renowned Butchart Gardens before your flight to downtown Vancouver. Read More close
Before the Ultimate Flying Ride begins, listen to a brief introduction to the experience and admire the breathtaking footage of the pre-show Uplift, then prepare to soar. In a chairlift-like seat, hang suspended in a massive, 65-foot (20 m), spherical screen for real 360-degree views of magnificent Canada.
Admire rushing rivers, sweeping plains, and dramatic, snow-capped peaks as you cross more than 3,700 miles (6,000 km) of Canadian countryside—a film crew spent over a year traveling the country to capture the images that surround you. As you fly, feel the cool wind off the mountains and the mist from cascading waterfalls, immersing yourself in the sensations, sights, and even the smells of the wilderness.
After your thrilling discovery, spend some time exploring the rest of iconic Canada Place. Wander the sightseeing deck to take in views of the North Shore Mountains and floatplanes touching down on the pristine waters of the Vancouver inlet—it might be less exciting standing on solid ground, but Canada's beauty is no less breathtaking. Read More close
Hop aboard your sleek watercraft for the day at the Westin Bayshore dock. The purpose-built vessel is considered one of the fastest and safest ways to view the cityscapes from the sea. Get ready for the adventure of a lifetime as you sail through the Burrard Inlet, English Bay, False Creek, and Stanley Park. As you pass these landmarks, your experienced guide regales you with fascinating historical facts and stories.
See the famous sites such as the Lonsdale Quay, Lions Gate Bridge, Capilano River Mouth, Granville Island, and the Vancouver Convention Center. Keep your camera ready to capture all the sights along the way as you do a full loop back to Westin Bayshore. Read More close
Get ready to tackle the natural forces of the river as your guide shows you how to paddle through rapids, swirls, and eddies. Once headed downstream, it won’t be long before you feel the rush of adrenaline as you rip through the wild waters. With waves splashing and the raft bouncing, prepare for a wet experience. If water levels are safe, you might even take a quick dip in the rushing river and feel the power of the rapids.
Along the 10 miles (16 km) of rafting in the midst of British Columbia wilderness, take in the majestic views of dormant volcanoes, old growth forests, monstrous glaciers, and thundering waterfalls. You may even spot some local wildlife such as deer, beavers, and bears.
Complete your day at Executive Suites Hotel & Resort, where you may freshen up and enjoy the onsite facilities, including a full service restaurant, outdoor recreational areas, and an outdoor pool. Read More close
After convenient pickup from your hotel or Vancouver residence, you journey to the docks to board Ocean Magic, a modern 62-foot (18. 9-m) express cruiser. The vessel features outdoor viewing areas, heated passenger seating areas, onboard washrooms, and a small snack selection.
Cruise through the Gulf Islands as a trained naturalist explains the ecosystem. The waters between Vancouver and Victoria are teeming with wildlife and orcas, gray whales, porpoises, seals, and sea lions are often spotted. Observe bald eagles, blue herons, and a myriad of other shorebirds as you travel through the spectacular scenery en route to Victoria.
Once you've arrived at the harbor in Victoria, you are immediately greeted by views of the elegant Parliament Building and Empress Hotel. Then, take off into the sunset for a seaplane flight back to Vancouver. Read More close
Board a 47-passenger Zodiac boat with an open seating area in the front and a semi-covered seating area in the rear. Custom designed for marine mammal viewing, its design limits intrusion into the undersea ecosystem and reduces the chances of passenger seasickness.
Once out on the water, you move to the observation deck for expansive views of the Gulf and San Juan islands. Watch for seals and porpoises bobbing near the shore, and soon you might even see your first whale. The boats maintain a respectful distance, but these beautiful and majestic creatures occasionally like to swim right next to the vessel.
An onboard biologist tells you about the whales who visit this region between May and October to feed on the salmon as they return to the Fraser River. There are three stunning whale pods—or families—that return to this area every year, each consisting of approximately 80 whales.
Throughout the trip, the biologist walks around the boat to answer any questions you may have. Hydrophones—devices that allow you to listen to the underwater vocalizations of the whales—are available to allow you to hear their calls firsthand. Keep your camera at the ready to capture wondrous oceanic moments not to be forgotten. Read More close
As you drive out on the Sea to Sky Highway, gaze over ever-changing landscapes along the road. Your first stop is at Shannon Falls, where you can walk out on viewing decks and feel the mist from the powerful 1,099-foot-high (335-m) falls.
As you continue the journey, views of Tantalus Glacier can be seen through the oversized bus windows. Once in Whistler, explore the pedestrian village at the base of the world-famous Whistler-Blackcomb Mountains. Known as a world-famous ski resort, Whistler hosted many 2010 Olympic outdoor sporting events.
Have a bite to eat, then spend the rest of your afternoon browsing eclectic downtown shops, hiking along nature trails, or relaxing and breathing in the fresh mountain air.
Returning to Vancouver, savor the beautiful views overlooking Howe Sound. The mountains give way to ocean as the coach winds downwards from towering peaks through rugged coastline, to metropolitan cityscapes. Read More close
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After pickup at your hotel, see famous Stanley Park and the Lions Gate Bridge, once the world's longest suspension bridge, and marvel at gorgeous harbor views as the sun climbs over the mountains. Then drive up the hill and along the Trans-Canada Highway—one of the world's longest highways—to admire the forested islands and snowcapped peaks of Sea to Sky Country.
In Whistler visit the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre for an authentic First Nations experience. Next, spend 5 hours of free time exploring Whistler, a picturesque town with world-class restaurants and shopping as well as exciting activities such as skiing, biking, hiking, and ziplining. On your way back to Vancouver stop at Shannon Falls, the third highest waterfall in British Columbia. Read More close
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After you're picked up from your hotel, you are driven to the start point where you get your first glimpse of the powerful beasts you are soon to be driving. Pause a moment to appreciate the fine lines and designs of these elite cars, and then fasten your seat belt as you take a seat in your first ride of the day.
Though fully automatic, each car has paddle shifters so that you can test them in manual mode, remarking on how smoothly they change gears. When it's your turn to test the Nissan GT-R, take it to the limits, engaging 0–60 speeds that top the Telsa Insane Mode. Each car offers a new drive experience and you are sure to have a favorite by the end of the day.
The scenery around you rivals the beauty of these magnificent sports cars with a road that winds through the Rocky Mountains, down into valleys, and through dense forest. You stop to snap photos of the most spectacular views, changing cars with your companions as you do.
In Whister, you have time to grab a bite to eat after exploring the many boutique shops and ski resorts. Then, it's back on the road and time to test drive the 2 cars you have yet to try as you cruise swiftly back to Vancouver. Read More close
Meet up with your guide near Vancouver's waterfront and hop aboard your vessel for the day, a rugged Zodiac inflatable boat capable of taking on English Bay's rolling waves and shallow shores. Set a course toward Granville Island as you head up False Creek. Listen for the amorous barks of sun-bathing seals, look for sailors adjusting their rigging around the point of the Jericho Sailing Centre, and admire the massive mansions perched along West Vancouver's waterfront streets.
Pass by freighters waiting to unload their cargo, pass through the shadow of Lions Gate Bridge, and gaze at the forested hills of Stanley Park as your guide offers up insightful commentary about the city's history and culture. When your ride reaches it's conclusion, turn back to the dock and part ways with your guide after getting a few tips on other water-focused activities to check out in the city. Read More close
Join your guide, get fitted for a life jacket, and hop aboard a spacious Zodiac perfectly suited to get around Vancouver's dynamic shores. At speeds of up to 50 miles per hour (80 km/h), blast into English Bay to start your aquatic adventure. Scoping out the dense forests of Stanley Park, investigate False Creek, and then ride under Lion's Gate Bridge as you make your way toward Indian Arm.
When you reach this glacially carved fjord, get up-close looks at the rugged shoreline and follow the sound of crashing water as it leads you to 150-foot (46-m) Granite Falls. Pause here to snap photos of the tumbling cascade and listen as your guide explains how this stunning environment was formed millennia ago before you head back to the city and close out your cruise. Read More close