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The perfect way to dive into the city's food scene, belt-busting guided tours include a street food crawl and a gourmet drink-and-dine tour.
See all of Vancouver's most popular sites on this 4-hour sightseeing tour. Visit Stanley Park, Chinatown, Gastown, Granville Park and more, and learn about the places you see from your guide. This is a great way for first-time visitors and those short on time to get a great overview of the city.
Vancouver is a good city for on-bike exploring, but if you're not great at navigating, consider a guided tour with this friendly operator. Meet at Spokes Bicycle Rentals and you'll soon be trundling around the city.
This popular indoor climbing center has a chatty, welcoming vibe and offers tons of courses for beginners and more advanced climbers alike. The popular two-hour intro course ($69) is ideal if you're a climbing virgin.
The Pacific Northwest is famous for its amazing food, and Granville Island is one of Vancouver's most popular destinations for foodies! On this 2-hour small-group tour, explore the ins and outs of the island's famous food market, the Granville Island Public Market.
This large and popular studio offers dozens of classes per week covering all manner of approaches. Spend some time figuring out which one would be best for you from a menu that includes Yoga Mechanics, ESL Yoga (for visiting students) and Yoga for Stiff Guys (don't ask).
Located at Sunset Beach beside the Burrard Bridge, this concrete monstrosity may look like a nuclear bunker but inside it is a busy aquatic center with a 50m pool, whirlpool, diving tank and sauna. There's also a gym if you want to continue your exercise purge. There are lots of swimming, aquafit and family-friendly classes here throughout the week.
Up, up and away! See the city of Vancouver and the beautiful surrounding mountains from the air on a scenic seaplane tour. Escape the crowds on an ideal introductory tour of Vancouver from above. This is a small group tour with a maximum of 14 passengers.
A long-established favorite with local snorkelers and scuba divers, the Diving Locker is not just for experienced practitioners. Along with its regular series of PADI training courses, there's a great introductory course ($100, including equipment) for first-timers. There are also specialist kids courses for aquatically inclined youngsters.
The perfect spot to indulge your inner knight in ye olde Vancouver, this popular downtown sword-play school offers thrilling classes and workshops for kids and adults that show you how to wield everything from rapiers to broadswords. There’s also a small on-site museum (entry by donation) covering the history of weapons, armor and heraldry.
One of Canada's only hammams is based on the real Middle Eastern deal. Step into the arched and tiled interior for a steam followed by gommage (full-body scrub with authentic black Moroccan soap, starting at $115). Men are only admitted from 4pm to 8pm Thursday while couples are catered to on Sundays; the rest of the time it's women only.
Enjoy a hassle free, seamless ride to your hotel or private residence in the Vancouver metropolitan area in your choice of private, luxurious, and spacious vehicles. There is no waiting in lines for transportation that make frequent stops, instead you will be treated like royalty and whisked away from the airport in comfort.
One of the city's best indoor pools is on the UBC campus. It's a bit of a hike from downtown and students take precedence in the water, so you'll have to plan your visit around them – check the website for schedules. If you negotiate those obstacles, you'll find a 50m pool, saunas and exercise areas for public use.
Stay for the full 90-minute narrated loop or use your ticket as a hop-on hop-off pass for up to 21 stops around the city. Departures are every 15 to 20 minutes during peak season, and the $90 family tickets are good value. There's also a two-day option for a few dollars more.
If you’re inspired to direct your own searing indictment of whatever takes your fancy, you might want to look into enrolling at the Vancouver Film School , which has programs in animation, game design and visual effects.