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$42.45 Kid Friendly

Vancouver Boat Rental for up to 5 People

Adventure awaits. Look up and catch sight of a bald eagle or gaze down at a harbor seal or whale. Driving your own speed boat in and around Vancouver is truly an unforgettable experience. Nothing brings a family or friends together like a day on the water. Reserve your spot today! Sign up for a 17-foot boat rental and make your way to the boat rental floating office on Granville Island in downtown Vancouver to pick up your boat. After arrival, you will receive a boat operation overview and safety briefing (15 minutes). A map and suggestions for your trip will also be provided. The friendly and patient staff will ensure you are completely comfortable at the helm before leaving the dock - no matter your experience level. All of the rental boats are of rugged construction and include life jackets for each passenger (life jackets for all ages are available).After the boat operation overview, you are ready to start exploring Vancouver's majestic coastline in your very own private speed boat! You are free to explore more then 250 square kilometers of waters around downtown Vancouver, Bowen Island or Indian Arm where you can catch glimpses of seals, bald eagles and explore the waterfalls.Want to see seals? Make your way to Palm Rocks in Howe Sound where you will find a large colony of harbor seals playing and lounging on the rocks.Want to stop for a picturesque picnic? Dock your boat in the public marina at Snug Cove on Bowen Island and explore the nature trails or sprawl out at the coast with a picnic.Want to explore some waterfalls? Motor your way under the iconic Lions Gate bridge, past the stunning downtown Vancouver skyline and up the mountain fjords of Indian Arm to the Granite Waterfalls, where you can park up and explore the falls.Finish up your adventure with a well deserved ice cream from the many picturesque marinas on your way back to Granville Island.

$34.59 Kid Friendly

Vancouver Boat Rental for up to 4 People

Adventure awaits. Look up and catch sight of a bald eagle or gaze down at a harbor seal or whale. Driving your own speed boat in and around Vancouver is truly an unforgettable experience. Nothing brings a family or friends together like a day on the water. Reserve your spot today! Sign up for a 16-foot boat rental and make your way to the boat rental floating office on Granville Island in downtown Vancouver to pick up your boat. After arrival, you will receive a boat operation overview and safety briefing (15 minutes). A map and suggestions for your trip will also be provided. The friendly and patient staff will ensure you are completely comfortable at the helm before leaving the dock - no matter your experience level. All of the rental boats are of rugged construction and include life jackets for each passenger (life jackets for all ages are available).After the boat operation overview, you are ready to start exploring Vancouver's majestic coastline in your very own private speed boat! You are free to explore more then 250 square kilometers of waters around downtown Vancouver, Bowen Island or Indian Arm where you can catch glimpses of seals, bald eagles and explore the waterfalls.Want to see seals? Make your way to Palm Rocks in Howe Sound where you will find a large colony of harbor seals playing and lounging on the rocks.Want to stop for a picturesque picnic? Dock your boat in the public marina at Snug Cove on Bowen Island and explore the nature trails or sprawl out at the coast with a picnic.Want to explore some waterfalls? Motor your way under the iconic Lions Gate bridge, past the stunning downtown Vancouver skyline and up the mountain fjords of Indian Arm to the Granite Waterfalls, where you can park up and explore the falls.Finish up your adventure with a well deserved ice cream from the many picturesque marinas on your way back to Granville Island.

$149.37 Outdoor Activities

Bowen Island Full-Day Tour

After hotel pickup, your 9-hour tour starts with a scenic drive across the Lions Gate Bridge to Horseshoe Bay ferry terminal, where you will board a 20-minute scenic ferry to Snug Cove on Bowen Island. Once in Crippen Regional Park, hike up to Killarney Lake. You'll pass a waterfall and salmon ladder on the way. Then enjoy a 2-hour easy walk around the lake, passing Cedars and Hemlocks on the densely forested trail. After stopping for lunch (not included) on the lake, you'll head back into town and start hiking up to Dorman Point. It’s an easy 30 minute hike to the top. From there, you will have a great view of Howe Sound, other islands in the area, and some of the tallest mountains on the North Shore. As you head back to the town, you'll have some free time to stroll down main street, check out the shops and maybe getting a tasty treat. You'll then take the ferry back to Horseshoe Bay and return to Vancouver.

$164.30 Kid Friendly

Granite Waterfalls 4-Hour Boat Rental for 5 to 6 People

Drive your own speed boat in and around Vancouver and through the mountain fjords up to the Granite Waterfalls. Catch sight of a bald eagle or gaze down at a harbor seal or whale on your 4-hour adventure. Nothing brings a family or friends together like a day on the water.First, make your way to the boat rental floating office on Granville Island in downtown Vancouver to pick up your boat. After arrival, you will receive a boat operation overview and safety briefing (15 minutes). A map and suggestions for your trip will also be provided. The friendly and patient staff will ensure you are completely comfortable at the helm before leaving the dock - no matter your experience level. All of the rental boats are of rugged construction and include life jackets for each passenger (life jackets for all ages are available).After the boat operation overview, you are ready to start exploring Vancouver's majestic coastline in your very own private speed boat! You are free to explore more then 250 square kilometers of waters around downtown Vancouver, Bowen Island or Indian Arm where you can catch glimpses of seals, bald eagles and explore the waterfalls.Make your way to Palm Rocks in Howe Sound where you will find a large colony of harbor seals playing and lounging on the rocks. For a picturesque picnic, you can dock your boat in the public marina at Snug Cove on Bowen Island and explore the nature trails or sprawl out at the coast with a picnic.Then motor your way under the iconic Lions Gate bridge, past the stunning downtown Vancouver skyline and up the mountain fjords of Indian Arm to the Granite Waterfalls, where you can park up and explore the falls.Finish up your adventure with a well deserved ice cream from the many picturesque marinas on your way back to Granville Island.

$124.21 Day Trips & Excursions

Vancouver Coastal Canyon Tour

After your guide picks you up, head on a scenic drive to the North Shore. You'll start the day with Capilano Canyon, where you get a great view of Capilano Reservoir, Cleveland Dam and the Lions (a pair of pointed peaks high above North Vancouver.) Afterwards, head into the forest, taking a short, scenic loop along the canyon and stopping at a fish hatchery where at certain times you are able to see salmon hop up the fish ladder. Next, drive out to Whytecliff Park on the corner of Howe Sound, where you can look over the ocean towards Squamish, Bowen Island and the various islands scattered throughout this region. Here, you'll follow your guide on an easy hike along the cliff and then walk down to the beach. If you have good footwear and it's low tide, you can climb up the rocky hill that is connected to the beach out in the ocean! You can also enjoy lunch here while you take in the view. Finish the day with a short but scenic drive along the coast and cliffs to Lighthouse Park, another beautiful park on the coast with multiple viewpoints. In addition to breathtaking views of the ocean, Lions Gate Bridge, Vancouver, and Vancouver Island, you can see the oldest Douglas Fir trees in the Vancouver area.  Some of these trees are more than 200 feet tall and 500 years old. There is also a 1914 lighthouse that is still in use. After a fantastic day, head back to your location, arriving at approximately 3:30pm. Enjoy complimentary round-trip transportation by SUV or bus from Vancouver, Richmond, or Delta. Pickup time is at approximately 9am.

$106.48 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Bowen Island Dinner and Zodiac Tour

Check in at historic Granville Island to start the tour. At this location, you can order your food and the order will be phoned into Doc Morgan's -- so that your dinner will be ready upon arrival. You'll be equipped with survival suits, which will fit over top all dinner attire. This ensures that you can dress for dinner and not worry about dressing for the weather. Board a 30 foot, 12 seater ridged hull zodiac and leave False Creek. Your guide will give historical facts about Granville Island, the Burrard Street Bridge, Bard on the Beach, and the Eugenia Building. After leaving False Creek, the boat will speed up to 30kts or 50km/h and follow the shore line around Stanley Park, allowing you to see the park as if  you were traveling around the Seawall. The boat will take a quick stop around Siwash Rock, where you can take photos of Vancouver's most photographed natural structure. At this point, the zodiac will depart and follow the shore along North Vancouver towards Point Atkinson. From there, you'll take a short break and your guide will give more information on the park and other relevant facts.Afterwards, continue to Bowen Island for dinner. The estimated time of arrival is 1 hour after departure. You'll have 1 hour on Bowen Island to eat at Doc Morgan's and take a walk around the Bowen Island shops. Then reboard the Zodiac to continue your tour to the seal colony.The zodiac will depart to Spanish Banks (time permitting) and take a short detour to see the Freighters up close. Listen as your guide talks about freighters and shipping facts. Then continue along the south shore of English Bay around Jericho and Kits beach.The tour will end as the zodiac and all the guests return to Granville Island. At this point, you'll disembark and return the survival suits.