Why I love Vancouver
“Eagles whirling overhead, sunset-framed beaches, and the unfurling ocean and mountain diorama from Stanley Park's breathtaking seawall. Although I moved here in the 1990s, I've never stopped gaping at Vancouver's natural charms. For me, it's this astonishing backdrop that sets the glass-towered metropolis apart. But I'm a city boy at heart and I'm also delighted that Vancouver is continuing to develop as it grows up....” Read More
Top experiences in Vancouver
Vancouver to Victoria and Butchart Gardens Tour by Bus
Your tour begins with pickup from Vancouver (select hotels only) for a scenic, relaxing 1.5-hour cruise to Vancouver Island. Upon arrival, take a scenic drive south by comfortable coach through exclusive residential areas and parks to downtown Victoria. You'll be given a comprehensive overview of Victoria and will then have about 3 hours of free time to explore on your own by foot. Top landmarks include the Royal British Columbia Museum, Miniture World, the Bug Zoo and the IMAX Museum. The highlight of your tour will surely be world-famous Butchart Gardens. A National Historic Site of Canada, this 55-acre (22-hectare) sprawl of floral gardens offers endless stunning views. During your 1.5 hours of free time, stroll down the winding walkways and capture photos of this impressive landscape. You'll be taken back to Vancouver after your tour. Please note: You must include hotel information at checkout and call tour operator ahead to confirm
Vancouver North Shore Day Trip with Capilano Suspension Bridge and Grouse Mountain
Your Vancouver North Shore day trip starts with pickup from Vancouver (select hotels only) and a drive over the Lions Gate Bridge, a 5,890-foot (1,823-meter) suspension bridge that offers unparalleled views of Vancouver Harbor, English Bay and beyond. Once you get across the North Shore, continue on a short drive up the mountain to the Capilano Fish Hatchery (11am departure only). Learn about the life cycle of salmon from your guide and, depending on the season (July - August), watch as they leap their way upriver. Next, head to the Capilano Suspension Bridge, where you'll meander along the surrounding temperate rainforest and learn the traditions of the indigenous First Nations’ people. Then, walk across the 446-foot (136-meter) 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. This adrenaline-pumping journey will take you through the rainforest on a series of suspended walkways jutting out from the granite cliff face to unexplored territories of the park. At the Grouse Mountain Skyride, hop on the tram and travel to a 3,937-foot (1,200-meter) viewpoint above the city and enjoy nature’s spectacular view. In the summertime, you can see Mt Baker and Vancouver Island off British Columbia’s coast. 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. Please note: You must include hotel information at checkout and call tour operator ahead to confirm.
Vancouver City Sightseeing Tour
After pickup from select hotels Vancouver hotels, your 4-hour tour starts in Gastown, Vancouver's historic district. Stride along cobbled streets past 19th-century buildings. Listen to engaging commentary from your guide about the popular landmarks as you pass. Soak up the lively cultural atmosphere of Chinatown, one of North America's largest Chinatowns, and drive through Robson Street, Vancouver's trendy shopping district in the heart of downtown Vancouver.Enter the urban oasis of Stanley Park and see Brockton Point’s nine historic totem poles built by the First People in British Columbia. Ascend to Prospect Point, the highest point of Stanley Park, and capture amazing views of the North Shore Mountains, the Lions Gate Bridge and Burrard Inlet.Pass English Bay, Vancouver's sunbathing destination, and Vancouver Harbor. On Granville Island, explore Public Market's stalls selling gastronomic masterpieces and homemade goods made from glass and textiles.At Vancouver Lookout, a glass elevator lifts you up 430 feet skyward, in just 40 seconds, giving you incredible panoramas of Vancouver. Your tour ends with drop-off at your departure point. Please note: You must include hotel information at checkout and call the tour operator ahead to confirm your booking.
Vancouver Trolley Hop-on Hop-off Tour
Board a classic turn-of-the-century trolley at any of the 34 stops and enjoy live commentary as you see Vancouver’s most noteworthy attractions. You can hop on and off as many times as you like for a 1-day or consecutive 2-day period. Buses run from morning till the early evening, giving you flexibility to discover the city at a pace that suits your schedule. In the summer, the route covers two loops, Green and Red, which are combined into one super loop during the winter. (See below for a full list of stops.) Both routes begin at Canada Place, a convention center built for Expo ’86. The Green Route then travels through West End before winding through Stanley Park, 1,000 acres (400 hectares) of natural oasis. Inside the park, hop out at Brockton Point, fine examples of First Nation art, or at Prospect Point, the park’s highest vantage point for views of the Cascade Mountains and the green-tinged Lions Gate Bridge. After the park, the Green Route trolley swings by the English Bay and False Creek Ferries.Prefer museums and city scenes? Then plan your day around the Red Loop. See the 19th-century buildings of Gastown, Vancouver’s historic cobblestoned district, and check out the vibrant district of Chinatown. Take a shopping break or grab a bite in the stylish district of Yaletown, full of boutiques and local eateries. Or spend your lunch hour at Granville Island’s Public Market, where you’ll discover colorful stalls of baked goods, seafood, art and music. A walking tour of the island is included with your trolley ticket.Optional Entry to Vancouver Lookout:Upgrade your introduction to the city with a glass-elevator ride at Vancouver Lookout. Ascend 554 feet (169 meters) in 40 seconds and walk around the observation deck overlooking Vancouver, the ocean, the North Shore Mountains and Olympic Peninsula. Your ticket is valid for a full day so you can return in the evening to see the city illuminated at night.Vancouver Hop-On Hop-Off Tour Stops:Park Route (Green)#1 Canada Place#2 Marriott#3 Hyatt Regency#4 Blue Horizon#5 Westin Bayshore#6 Stanley Park – Rose Garden#7 Stanley Park – Vancouver Aquarium#8 Stanley Park – Totem Poles#9 Stanley Park – Lumberman’s Arch#10 Stanley Park – Prospect Point#11 Stanley Park – The Teahouse#12 Stanley Park – The Fish House#13 English Bay (Beach & Davie)#14 False Creek Ferries#15 Residence Inn by Marriott#16 Sheraton Wall Centre#17 Sutton Place (in front of Francesco’s Ristorante) City & Museum Route (Red)#1 Canada Place#2 Art Gallery#3 Holiday Inn#4 Vanier Park – Museum of Vancouver & Space Centre#5 Maritime Museum#6 Granville Island#7 Yaletown (Brix Restaurant)#8 Library Square#9 Sandman Hotel on West Georgia
Whistler Small-Group Day Trip from Vancouver
Following pickup from Vancouver (select hotels only), you'll travel by mini-coach to Whistler through the scenic Sea-to-Sky corridor. Along the way, you'll enjoy spectacular views from the peaks of the Tantalus mountains to the depths of the canyon of the Cheakmus River.Next, drive up to 2,000 feet (609 meters) above sea level to reach stunning Whistler Valley. Here there are a number of activities to add to your itinerary available at an additional cost, including the record-breaking Peak 2 Peak gondola, zip-line adventure, snowmobile tour, ATV 4-wheeler tour, bear viewing and more.Those feeling less adventurous can experience the charm of Whistler Village, the hosted venue of the 2010 Winter Olympics. You may browse quaint shops, walk along forest trails or simply enjoy the mountain scenery. Or why not take advantage of your free admission ticket to the new Aboriginal Cultural Center and Museum?On your journey home you will have the opportunity to stop at Shannon Falls, the third-highest waterfall in Canada. Take a walk to the base for some great photos of this natural wonder or step back and admire the power and beauty of the cascading waters before continuing your scenic journey back to Vancouver.Please note: You must include hotel information at checkout and call tour operator ahead to confirm
Private Transport from Vancouver International Airport (YVR) to Downtown Vancouver
Avoid hassling with your luggage, tracking down a taxi or sharing a shuttle with others when you arrive in Vancouver International Airport on your way to Vancouver. Why not pamper yourself instead with this private luxury transfer, offering the ultimate in comfort and privacy? Just enter your flight and accommodations details at the time of booking, pay in advance and show your voucher to your driver when you arrive. For international arrivals, your driver will be waiting to greet you with a sign through a set of glass doors outside of the baggage and customs area. For domestic arrivals, your driver will greet you with a sign at the luggage carousel. Your flight status is also monitored to ensure an on-time pick-up with minimal waiting. Choose from either a private car for up to 3 guests including a luxury Tesla Sedan, a private SUV that seats as many as 6, or a Mercedes Sprinter Van equipped with a gear bay, providing enough ceiling height for skis to stand upright and protected. If you are looking for a little more flash, you can also choose from a 5 passenger car limo and 10 passenger SUV Limousine. Whatever option you choose, just sit back and enjoy the ride without worrying about taxi meters. (Beginning November 1st 2017 the 10 passenger SUV limousine will no longer be available. Instead a 6-8 passenger limousine will be available.)