On this popular 5-hour bike tour of Vancouver, ride on dedicated cycling lanes for most of the easygoing route, and stop to hear tales of the city from a knowledgeable guide. Without traffic to worry about, focus on the sights: Stanley Park’s rain forest and wildlife, an oasis in Chinatown named one of the world’s top city gardens, and the city’s historical center of Gastown. Cycle on seawalls for magnificent views of the skyline, North Shore Mountains and False Creek. Riders of all levels will enjoy this small-group tour limited to 12 people.
Meet your small group at a bike rental shop in downtown Vancouver to begin your 5-hour tour of the city. During a safety briefing, you’ll be fitted with a bike, helmet and lock. Whether you're getting back on for the first time in years or use a bike every day, it's sure to be an enjoyable ride. The proof? It's rated among Vancouver’s top sightseeing tours by TripAdvisor reviewers. You’ll get plenty of opportunities to snap pictures and rest at well-timed stops to learn the city’s history. Starting in the West End, a waterfront neighborhood of historic homes, make your way into Stanley Park, the 1,000-acre (405-hectare) urban green space surrounded by ocean on three sides. Capture beautiful views of the city skyline, the snowcapped North Shore mountains, and on cloudless days, Mount Baker in Washington state as you cycle along the park’s perimeter seawall.Veer off onto one of the park’s many trails and enter a rain forest, cruising by Beaver Lake before you stop to admire a 700-year-old cedar tree. Learn about the diverse ecosystems here and catch glimpses of wildlife like bald eagles, herons and river otters along the way. Your guide also shares engaging history about the First Nations people who once inhabited these grounds.
Switching gears, hop off your bike and onto a ferry! Your destination is Granville Island, where you'll have a 45-minute break for lunch (own expense) and time to explore the open market boasting hundreds of vendors selling food, arts and crafts.
After lunch, cycle along False Creek and into Olympic Village, with views of Science World. Ride into the lively Chinatown and visit Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Garden, named by National Geographic as the 'world’s top city garden,' for an idea of what 15th-century China may have looked like.Then it’s off to Gastown to learn about its colorful history as a logging outpost. This cool neighborhood is teeming with upscale restaurants and boutiques that you might want to check out later on your own. Finally, make your way through Coal Harbour and watch seaplanes take off from Burrard Inlet before arriving back at the bike rental shop, where your tour ends.