Things to do in Chinatown, Vancouver

Our most recommended things to do in Chinatown, Vancouver

Vancouver: Victoria, Gulf Islands Cruise, & Butchart Gardens

1. Vancouver: Victoria, Gulf Islands Cruise, & Butchart Gardens

Experience the Pacific Coast and Vancouver Island by land and ship on a guided day trip from Vancouver with hotel transfers included. View the British Columbia coastline from a sightseeing cruise, followed by a stop at Butchart Gardens en route to the British-inspired city of Victoria. Board a BC Ferries vessel at Tsawwassen terminal for a 90-minute sail through the serene beauty of the Gulf Islands. On the way, look out for marine wildlife from the outdoor ship decks, especially eagles, sea lions, and whales. Arrive at Swartz Bay terminal on Vancouver Island and continue to the enchanting botanical paradise of Butchart Gardens. Wander through a series of themed gardens, highlighted by the massive Sunken Garden complete with a dancing fountain. Marvel at the architectural wonders of the city of Victoria boasts, including the iconic Parliament Buildings and the waterfront Fairmont Empress Hotel. Visit the shops and cafes of Government Street and Chinatown. Stroll along the Inner Harbour for prime ocean views, and enjoy some free time to take in this culturally significant city. Return on the bus to Vancouver by ferry to conclude this diverse tour.

Vancouver: 24 or 48-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Pass

2. Vancouver: 24 or 48-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Pass

See the sights of Vancouver at your own pace with a 24- or 48-hour pass for the hop-on-hop-off sightseeing bus. Choose from a variety of options to suit your interests. Listen to an informative on-board commentary to help you choose where to hop off. Experience the hustle and bustle of downtown Vancouver and the serene natural beauty of the local parks. Jump off at Science World or indulge your passion for sport at the Olympic Village. Stroll the rainforest pathways of Stanley Park, enjoy a bite to eat on Granville Island, visit the iconic Gastown Steam Clock or shop 'til you drop on Robson Street. Benefit from multiple stops, including Coal Harbour, English Bay Beach, Chinatown, and the Sports District. Make the most of your experience in Vancouver with additional options. Choose experiences like seeing the city from the water on a relaxing harbor cruise, or taking a tour of the city in the evening.

Vancouver & Capilano Suspension Bridge Sightseeing: Half-Day

3. Vancouver & Capilano Suspension Bridge Sightseeing: Half-Day

Vancouver’s fascinating past and present come together in this engaging tour that traverses through urban cityscapes, seaside parks, and ancient rainforests. Begin with the highlights of downtown, including 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 the 1,000-acre urban rainforest, Stanley Park, for a unique perspective of the city from a quiet forest setting. Continue across the Lions Gate Bridge to Vancouver’s scenic North Shore and the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. Don’t miss the impressive collection of First Nations artwork and the historic Story Centre.  From the spectacular Cliffwalk, gaze out over towering cedars and the Capilano River winding through the valley far below. Take an exhilarating walk across the Capilano Suspension Bridge to the other side, where many unique and informative experiences await, including the TreeTops Adventure.  Do not miss the amazing Cliffwalk above the canyon. Return to downtown Vancouver via Stanley Park and English Bay, and get ready to engage all of your senses as you step out into Granville Island Market. This market is an artisan haven for all things local and handmade, including delicious food, coffee, tea, eclectic artwork, and West Coast music.  Carry on through bustling Chinatown, a tribute to the Far East. Continue to historic Gastown, the heart of Vancouver, where it all began.

Vancouver: City Highlights Tour

4. Vancouver: City Highlights Tour

The Vancouver city highlights tour offers a personalized way to see the best of this beautiful city on the west coast of Canada. With your professional, certified guide, make multiple stops in Vancouver, including Stanley Park, Granville Island, Gastown, Chinatown, Robson Street, and the English Bay Vancouver Harbour. Explore the city’s art, historic landmarks, and shopping venues.

Vancouver Bicycle Tour

5. Vancouver Bicycle Tour

Explore Vancouver's highlights on a guided bike tour to the city's top sights and districts. See more in less time as you peddle by Beaver Lake and along English Bay. Take a ferry across False Creek and view the Olympic Village complex and Gastown.  Meet your group at the bike rental shop in downtown Vancouver and put on your helmet. Listen to a safety briefing before taking off along flat, protected bikeways. Travel at a leisurely pace, allowing you to soak up the city's vibrant culture. Start with a tour of the world-famous Stanley Park including the stunning seawall and the mesmerizing forested trails within. Wave to the beavers at Beaver Lake and marvel at the towering trees. Cycle through English Bay, home to some of the hottest beaches in the city. Hop on a ferry over False Creek to discover amazing food and art at Granville Island. You'll have a one-hour break, leaving you time to find some lunch in the area. Travel along the seawall that follows False Creek. Take in the city skyline framed by the North Shore Mountains. Pass by the Olympic Village complex and Science World. Hear about Expo ’86 and the 2010 Winter Olympics. Finally, travel back in time to check out Vancouver’s vibrant Chinatown including a visit to the Dr Sun Yat Sen Chinese Gardens and history-rich Gastown. Learn about the city’s beginnings as a logging outpost and hear about infamous Gassy Jack. See Vancouver's first pub before heading to the seawall and making your way back to the bike shop through Coal Harbor. One last look at waterfront provides a great view of marinas and seaplanes taking off and landing.

From Vancouver: Butchart Gardens & Victoria Sightseeing Tour

6. From Vancouver: Butchart Gardens & Victoria Sightseeing Tour

Discover Victoria, the capital of British Columbia on a guided tour from Vancouver. See the Empress Hotel, the Parliament buildings and beautiful Butchart Gardens. Upon leaving Vancouver, take a scenic ferry ride from the mainland through the Gulf Islands to Swartz Bay on Vancouver Island. From here, you will embark on a driving tour to Victoria. Discover Victoria’s downtown area featuring the Fisherman’s Wharf, the Inner Harbour, The Fairmont Empress Hotel, Mile 0 and the historic Chinatown. Enjoy some free time to explore downtown Victoria at your own pace. Next, visit the internationally renowned Butchart Gardens. This National Historic Site began with an exhausted limestone quarry that was transformed into the now picturesque Sunken Garden. Explore 55 acres of themed garden displays, including a Japanese Garden, Italian Garden and Rose Garden. Wind down your day with the scenic return sailing trip aboard BC Ferries, and then back to where your tour began.

Vancouver: Forbidden Vancouver Guided Tour

7. Vancouver: Forbidden Vancouver Guided Tour

Begin the story at the famous Gastown Steam Clock. Your guide will share the tales of the villains, crooked politicians, and mobsters that ruled the city in the roaring twenties when the saloon doors swung closed and Vancouver became a den of illicit booze, crime, and vice. As you walk past ornate heritage buildings, down narrow alleyways unchanged in over a hundred years, and along historic streets once teeming with bawdy houses, opium dens, and blind pigs, you’ll discover a unique perspective on Vancouver’s history.  Finish the walking tour on the cobblestone streets of Maple Tree Square, surrounded by Gastown's most talked about bars and restaurants. It's the perfect place to share a post-tour dinner or drinks after learning why former mayor LD Taylor once said, “this is a port city, we ain’t no Sunday School town!”

Vancouver Film & TV Tours: The Hollywood North Experience

8. Vancouver Film & TV Tours: The Hollywood North Experience

Join an immersive 3-hour walking tour of Vancouver’s film and tv industry. Follow a local actor-guide to learn about 3 different neighborhoods in Vancouver. Watch clips of scenes on a tablet from various Hollywood productions shot where you stand and hear about all things film industry in the city. Vancouver is one of North America’s largest and most active movie production cities and a hotspot for celebrities because of this. Join a tour of the city and landmarks you might have seen in movies, music videos, and other entertainment mediums to appreciate the culture of the city and its contribution to media and technology in a unique way. Meet your friendly local actor at Robson Square. Head off to visit 3 different Vancouver neighborhoods and get tips on each location. Over the course of 3 fun-filled hours, you'll visit popular filming locations essential to the Vancouver film industry. See clips and pictures from these locations on a tablet and discover how the location was transformed for each location. Check out popular celebrity hang-out spots. Do a script rendition from a popular movie in the location it was shot. Learn the ins, outs, and personal secrets from local actors navigating Vancouver’s film industry. Top it all off by witnessing a production crew set up for new shoots (based on availability). End the experience with a well-rounded understanding of the city and its position in the world's entertainment business.

Vancouver to Victoria and Butchart Gardens

9. Vancouver to Victoria and Butchart Gardens

Visit Victoria, British Columbia’s capital city, on this full-day guided tour from Vancouver city. Try to spot marine life on the ferry to Vancouver island, walk among the flowers in the Butchart Gardens, and admire the Victorian architecture in Victoria.  Start from downtown Vancouver and travel south through the city aboard a climate-controlled bus. Hop aboard a BC Ferry for a 90-minute voyage across the Georgia Strait through the scenic Southern Gulf Islands. Keep an eye out for orcas along the way. Once docked on Vancouver Island, the tour continues to the world-famous Butchart Gardens, a National Historic Site of Canada. See millions of bedding plants in over 900 varieties. Enjoy 2 leisurely hours to fully explore the 50 acres of stunning gardens. Head to downtown Victoria and pass through Canada’s oldest China Town and the scenic Victoria Harbor, including the Inner Harbor. Once downtown, you will have free time to explore the local area. Spend your time going for a stroll the Inner Harbor, taking in the thriving arts and cultural scene, or visiting the historic Empress Hotel or the Royal BC Museum. Take the ferry and bus to return to your meeting point in Vancouver. 

Vancouver: Highlights Tour with Lookout and Capilano Bridge

10. Vancouver: Highlights Tour with Lookout and Capilano Bridge

Explore all of Vancouver's hotspots in just one day with a comprehensive bus tour and special landmark visits. Ride around the most popular districts as you learn about their history from your guide. Take in panoramic views of the city from Vancouver Lookout and cross the Capilano Suspension Bridge. Enjoy a fully narrated ride around the Gastown and Chinatown areas, the modern buildings of Vancouver Harbor, and the sandy beaches of English Bay. Enjoy a quick history lesson at the Stanley Park totem pole display and wander around the art community on Granville Island. Step up to the Vancouver Lookout observation deck for the most privileged views of the city and its surrounding landscape from above. Hold on tight as you trek across the swaying Capilano Suspension Bridge and look down at the trees through the glass floors of the Cliffwalk.

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What people are saying about Chinatown, Vancouver

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based on 992 reviews

It’s a wonderful tour with tons of interesting history you don’t hear all the time. This is my second tour with this company and they’re really just amazing!!

Had an awesome experience! Our guide Rahat was knowledgeable and made the tour so much fun. Highly recommend!

Great experience! The tour guide Zac was great, very knowledgeable and couldn’t do enough for the group.

Our trip around Vancouver was very informative and we were well looked after by the driver so !!

It was very fun, educational and you got to explore the greatest of Vancouver. Please do it!