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Granville Island: Our most recommended tours and activities

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

1. 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. Also included is exclusive access to 2 free Walking Tours of Stanley Park and Downtown Vancouver via the AudioMe App.

Vancouver: City and Seal Boat Tour

2. Vancouver: City and Seal Boat Tour

Jump into a boat for a 1.5-hours to see the city and its seals. Embark on an adventure you won't forget and travel along the epic coastline of the English Bay, out to Lighthouse Park, over to the Seal Colony, and back into False Creek. Take in the sights of Stanley Park from the water throughout the journey. Pass by English Bay Beach and underneath the iconic Lions Gate Bridge.  Marvel at the beautiful homes of West Vancouver, offshore freighters, and Seal Colony along the coast. Make your way past Siwash Rock, Jericho Sailing Centre, and Kitsilano Beach. All of the boat tours depart from the Granville Island Location.

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. Join us in celebrating 40 years of sharing Vancouver, Victoria and Whistler with guests from all over. Our expertly curated guided tours offer a special and safe experience.

Vancouver: City Highlights Tour & The Lookout

4. Vancouver: City Highlights Tour & The Lookout

Embark on a culturally immersive Vancouver tour, beginning with iconic downtown landmarks like Canada Place, the Olympic Cauldron, and Robson Street. Journey through a blend of historic and modern architecture to reach Stanley Park, a 1,000-acre natural rainforest surrounded by the Pacific Ocean. Admire historic First Nations Totem Poles and take in the ever-changing beauty of rainforest and shoreline scenery within the park. Continue the exploration to the captivating sights of English Bay, and then venture to the vibrant Granville Island Market. This craft market embodies the philosophy of "smaller is better," showcasing locally crafted food, art, and music, each piece crafted with love and passion. Continue the adventure through bustling Chinatown and historically significant Gastown. Conclude the experience with a swift elevator ascent to the Vancouver Lookout, 553 feet above the city. Revel in panoramic views of the ocean, framed by the Coastal Mountains, and the city lights and shoreline below. Return to the cruise ship terminal or hotel mid afternoon. Join us in celebrating 40 years of sharing Vancouver, Victoria and Whistler with guests from all over. Our expertly curated guided tours offer a special and safe experience.

Vancouver: City Tour and Capilano Suspension Bridge Ticket

5. Vancouver: City Tour and Capilano Suspension Bridge Ticket

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.

Vancouver: Granite Falls Boat Tour, Waterfalls, and Wildlife

6. Vancouver: Granite Falls Boat Tour, Waterfalls, and Wildlife

Travel through the Vancouver Harbour and see the sights from a different perspective. Ride a zodiac boat from Granville Island, passed Stanley Park, and go underneath the Lion's Gate Bridge. Boat up to the glacial fjord of Indian Arm, and admire the many natural waterfalls, cliffs, and tree-lined shorelines. Meet your guide at Granville Island, a bridge-attached island, known for its bustling local market, artisans, and street performers. There, board a Zodiac boat and feel totally safe knowing that it's practically unsinkable. As the tour begins, admire Granville Island as you drift away, and look to the other side to capture shoreside shots of English Bay with its long beaches, palm trees, and artsy apartment buildings. Pass Stanley Park, and take in the beauty of the conservation of old cedars, pines, and oak trees, while learning about the seawall and the man who started it all. Pass underneath the Lion's Gate Bridge and look to the left to take in views of the North Shore mountains. As you pass Seaspan, discover all the ways that Vancouver serves as a major international shipping port. Head toward Siwash Rock, and admire the waterfalls and granite cliffs as you catch sight of Deep Cove. Feel the air on your face and taste the ocean air as you boat up the glacial fjord of Indian Arm, and get up close and personal with Granite Falls. Take it all in and understand the peace that comes with this relatively untouched part of British Columbia. Start the adventure back, passing by Silver Falls, and get dropped back off at Granville Island.

Vancouver: City Highlights Tour with Hotel Transfers

7. Vancouver: City Highlights Tour with Hotel Transfers

The Vancouver city highlights tour offers a personalized way to see the best of this beautiful city on the west coast of Canada. After a short ride through Stanley Park and past the ancient cedar trees, lies Prospect Point, the highest section in the park. Stop by the totem poles and learn about the history of Stanley park and the First Nations people that used to live there. Then embark on a scenic ride concluding the rest of Stanley park; past by English Bay, Gas town, and Chinatown. Stop and shop at the artisan shops and the Public Market for that one of a kind gift or some lunch, meet back at the bus 1 hour later.

Vancouver Bicycle Tour

8. 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. Then ride around False Creek through the Olympic Village complex and into 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 then discover amazing food and art on Granville Island. You'll have a 45 minute 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 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.

Vancouver: Stanley Park Bicycle Tour

9. Vancouver: Stanley Park Bicycle Tour

Stanley Park is truly one of the most beautiful parks in the world. This unique 3-hour guided tour includes a perfect mixture of forest exploration, seaside cruising and city riding. Meet your group at the bike rental shop in Downtown Vancouver to begin your tour of the park and city. During a safety briefing, you’ll be fitted with a bike and helmet. You'll ride in small groups and follow flat, protected bikeways. Traveling at a leisurely pace, you can soak up the natural beauty of the park. After riding through some picturesque neighborhoods of Vancouver including the West End and English Bay, you'll find yourself at the entrance to the jewel of the city: Stanley Park. Your guide will escort you through the park making stops along the way, sharing in-depth information about the biodiversity of the temperate rainforest, the history of the coastal First Nations and their legendary totem poles, as well as an abundance of hidden treasures and stories that the park has accumulated over its 125-year history. Stanley Park is uniquely situated with incredibly scenic views of Downtown Vancouver, the North Shore, The Lion’s Gate Bridge, as well as English Bay and the West End. This easy 12 km ride showcases the great natural beauty of Vancouver.

Vancouver: Guided City Highlights Tour

10. Vancouver: Guided City Highlights Tour

Enjoy a half-day tour that fulfills the ultimate downtown Vancouver bucket list. Explore a checklist of must-see highlights that a visitor needs to experience firsthand in order to better understand why Vancouver is frequently ranked among the world's best places to live. Witness the city highlights including but not limited to: Jack Poole Plaza, English Bay, and will stop at Stanley Park and Granville Island. Receive a personalized adventure with experienced guides and entertaining live English commentary. Choose an optional walking tour in Stanley Park. Travel by comfortable mini-coach with a maximum of 24 guests.

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I was so worried how a full day tour would be with my 1 year old but it went so smoothly. It was truely enjoyable. There was enough seats and there is a large back to the bus you could fill up with bags. My baby took 2 naps throughout the tour and they had a great time with all the views. The suspension bridge has a hiking park which i couldnt bring a stroller through but it was fine because they had a live gutairist outside that we listened to for an hour while eating dinner, how cozy! I was picked up and dropped off. i shouldve brought boots because it was raining

This was a nice way to explore the city and our guide was very lovely and patient with everyone in the group (in terms of cycling and pace). I recommend if you are not a confident cyclist, this is a good way to experience bike reading in Vancouver, as you are in a small group...as cycling culture can be quite brutal on the cycle paths!!! We also received a map at the end, which was very useful.

It was amazing! The best tour I’ve ever had in Vancouver! I can’t remember the guide’s name, but he was perfect! The view is incredible and the energy is surreal! I loved it!

Me and my Wife Loved the day trip. Sarah was amazing and very informative. We will definitely encourage more of our friends from Victoria to take the tour. Truly incredible

we saw a lot of Vancouver in one day which was great, always had enough time at the stops, learnt a lot about Vancouver