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Stanley Park: Our most recommended tours and activities

Vancouver 1-hour Harbor Tour

1. Vancouver 1-hour Harbor Tour

Take a break from the malls, museums and galleries and enjoy Vancouver from the outside on this fully narrated 1-hour cruise. From the spacious open-air decks you can enjoy a drink from the fully licensed bar and have a perfect view over this entire beautiful city. You will see the world famous Stanley Park, a rich-green oasis comprising of majestic cedar, hemlock and fir trees rising from the waters of the harbor. From the deck of the boat you can also see the impressive Lions Gate Bridge. Linking the City of Vancouver to North Vancouver, this huge suspension bridge is an impressive sight, particularly from the water it soars above. This relaxing hour cruise on the harbor also offers stunning views of the spectacular city skyline and the breathtaking North Shore Mountains. An ideal way to see the city at a calm and relaxed pace.

Vancouver: City Highlights Tour

2. 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

3. Vancouver Bicycle Tour

This tour highlights the very best sights, attractions, and biking that Vancouver has to offer! It's a great way to start your visit to the city. Meet your group at the 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 and helmet. You'll ride in small groups and follow flat, protected bikeways. Travelling at a leisurely pace, you can soak up the vibrant culture and beautiful sights of the city. 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. Next, you'll ride 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. Next, you will ride the seawall along the south side of False Creek enjoying beautiful views of Vancouver’s modern architecture framed by the North Shore Mountains. Passing the Olympic Village complex and Science World, you'll learn about Expo ’86 and the 2010 Winter Olympics. Finally, travel back in time to check out Vancouver’s vibrant Chinatown including a visit to Dr Sun Yat Sen Chinese Gardens and history-rich Gastown. You'll learn about the city’s humble beginnings as a logging outpost as well as the infamous Gassy Jack and Vancouver's first pub. Then, you'll meet up with the seawall and make your way back to the bike shop through beautiful Coal Harbour. One last look at waterfront provides a great view of marinas and seaplanes taking off and landing.

Vancouver: 1.5-Hour Guided Sunset Tour

4. Vancouver: 1.5-Hour Guided Sunset Tour

Explore Vancouver as the sky changes color and the sun goes down, seeing the city from two different perspectives. This 1.5-hour guided tour will take you to the most beautiful parts of the city in a coach with panoramic view windows. Start at Prospect Point in Stanley Park and look out over the Burrard Inlet, Vancouver’s North Shore, and Lionsgate Bridge.  Then, it’s off to the popular English Bay where many people will still be catching some of the last rays of sun. The highlight will be stopping at Queen Elizabeth Park, the highest point in Vancouver, where you can get views of the park, the city, and North Shore.   Historic Gastown will be the last stop in your evening — this original settlement is now a National Historic Site. Cobble-stone streets, the original working steam clock, and local artisans will be there to greet you as you enter the area. End your tour here to continue exploring on your own, or continue a little further to end your tour in Canada Place.

Vancouver & Capilano Suspension Bridge Sightseeing: Half-Day

5. 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: Stanley Park & Downtown Morning Guided Bike Tour

6. Vancouver: Stanley Park & Downtown Morning Guided Bike Tour

Cycle around Vancouver for three hours of sightseeing and history on this exciting guided bike tour. Peddle from Vancouver's West End to the colourful Davie Street Village and on to the historical Mole Hill neighbourhood. After learning about Vancouver's Greenest City Action Plan, cycle across town on AAA grade bike paths (All Ages and Abilities). Stop in Robson Square to see the heart of the city and the Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza. Admire the combination of modern architecture and historical buildings surrounding the square, and uncover more of the city's history and future plans. Enjoy gorgeous panoramic views of the North Shore mountains as you cycle to the waterfront Convention Centre area. Spot highlights such as the Olympic Cauldron and Digital Orca sculpture. Ride along the Vancouver seawall to Stanley Park. Enjoy the natural setting and hear about the park's unique flora and fauna. Then, discover the history of the local aboriginal peoples at Totem Park. Experience firsthand the incredible totems produced by First Nation artists of the Pacific Northwest. Spot attractions such as Lady in a Wetsuit and the Empress of Japan figurehead as you continue your cycle along the coast to Beaver Creek Path, where you can dismount and explore. Then, ride beneath the iconic Lions Gate Bridge to Siwash Rock and Third Beach before finishing your tour at English Bay (First Beach) where the tour began.

Vancouver: Granite Falls Zodiac Boat Tour

7. Vancouver: Granite Falls Zodiac Boat Tour

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: Guided City Highlights Tour

8. Vancouver: Guided City Highlights Tour

Make the most of your time in Vancouver on this ultimate sights and landmarks tour with a local guide. The tour starts with a drive through Gastown, Vancouver’s oldest neighborhood, and continues through the culturally rich Chinatown, a melting pot of Asian cuisines and stores. Next, enjoy a visit to Stanley Park, where you can see one of the most impressive collections of totem poles in downtown Vancouver. Go past English Bay Beach and on to Granville Island, home of Vancouver’s most famous food market. Don't miss a thing with a guide that will point out all the hidden gems on the island during your trip. After an action-packed half-day of sightseeing, the tour ends with drop-off back at the pickup location.

North Vancouver & Capilano Suspension Bridge Tour

9. North Vancouver & Capilano Suspension Bridge Tour

Nestled at the mountains’ base and shrouded in the forests that blanket the landscape, the North Shore is a treat and a not-to-be-missed day tour. Upon leaving downtown Vancouver, you will travel over Lions Gate Bridge and land on the North Shore. From here you will continue on to The Shipyards District, one of the city’s oldest and fastest growing urban neighbourhoods with its rich shipbuilding history. Home to the Lonsdale Quay Market, The Polygon Gallery, and Burrard Pier, this area is situated along North Vancouver’s vibrant waterfront offering unobstructed views of Vancouver’s stunning skyline to the south and the soaring North Shore mountains to the north. Next, continue your journey up the mountain to Cleveland Dam, a 91-meter (100 yard) high concrete dam at the head of the Capilano River providing the fresh drinking water for the region. Walk across the dam to bathe in the mountainous views. Continue on your journey and arrive at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park to explore this wonderland of nature. Take the heart-quickening walk across this iconic bridge high above the canyon floor. Explore the 7 suspended footbridges in Treetops Adventure, walk the cantilevered bridges adhered to a granite rock face at Cliffwalk, and stroll along elevated boardwalks through the temperate West Coast rainforest learning from interpretive panels along the way. Finally, you will enjoy a scenic tour back across the iconic Lions Gate Bridge to where your tour began.

Vancouver: Floatplane Transfer between Vancouver and Tofino

10. Vancouver: Floatplane Transfer between Vancouver and Tofino

Make your way to Coal Harbour (a part of Burrard Inlet near Canada Place) in Vancouver and board the floatplane. From there, ascend for a bird’s-eye view of the green towers of the Lion’s Gate Bridge and the Brockton Peninsula of Stanley Park. Marvel at these incredible panoramas of the city skyline before heading West over some of British Colombia's most stunning natural scenery. Fly across the Straight of Georgia, over Port Alberni Inlet and Pacific Rim National Park. Enjoy stunning city, ocean, and mountain views during this quick 1-hour journey - a convenient and memorable way to get to Vancouver Island. As you fly closer towards your destination, descend along the coast of Clayoquot Sound into the picturesque Tofino Harbour. Land adjacent to the Tofino Resort and Marina in the heart of the village where your flight will end. This transfer is also available in the opposite direction, from Tofino to Vancouver.

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What people are saying about Stanley Park

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The tour was very easy. My guide Marlo would stop every 15 minutes or so and tell us some history or other fun fact. Her enthusiasm was amazing. The tour covered most of downtown including Granville Island (lunch) and Stanley. And except for one hill the whole tour seemed downhill. A definite must.

Jeremy is the best!!!! Friendly, smart, full of helpful info. We all enjoyed our bike tour and learning about the history of Vancouver.

Enlightening and entertaining tour of key landmarks in Vancouver. Both the guide and driver were funny and knowledgeable. Great time!

Brilliant! Wonderful cruise around the harbour - very enjoyable experience

Zak was very knowledgeable and we enjoyed our 4 hour tour.