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Classic Vancouver Panorama Tour by Seaplane

1. Classic Vancouver Panorama Tour by Seaplane

Enjoy the most popular tour of Vancouver and the North Shore Mountains. This ideal introduction to seaplane aviation departs from downtown Vancouver’s Coal Harbour and provides a complete aerial view of the city, as well as its surrounding parks and beaches. As if the scenery isn't enough, the thrill of flying will really carry you away. The exhilarating spray of the water is always a highlight during take-off and landing. With over 50 aircraft currently, your hosts operate the largest all-seaplane fleet and the first carbon neutral airline in North America. DeHavilland DHC-3 Turbine Single Otters and Twin Otters service regularly scheduled flights between the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island. DHC-2 Beavers service the Gulf Islands. Cessna 185 aircraft are available for charter.

Vancouver & Capilano Suspension Bridge Sightseeing: Half-Day

2. 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 Bicycle Tour

3. 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.

Vancouver: Stanley Park Bicycle Tour

4. 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

5. 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.

Victoria and Butchart Gardens Christmas Tour

6. Victoria and Butchart Gardens Christmas Tour

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in downtown Vancover, and then board the boat at the Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal to take a scenic 1.5-hour cruise around the Gulf Islands. Look for marine wildlife on the outdoor deck as you make your way to Schwartz Bay on Vancouver Island. Drop anchor to explore the provincial capital of British Columbia. Get a short introduction to Victoria and enjoy some free time to look inside the unique shops of Government Street and Chinatown. Stroll along the Inner Harbour and get amazing ocean views. Take souvenir photos of the festive decorations of the Victoria Parliament Building and Fairmont Empress Hotel. Continue to the botanical paradise of Butchart Gardens and wander through a series of themed gardens to see the Christmas lights and holiday wreaths. Hear carols being sung and much more to experience the Magic of Christmas. Return to Schwartz Bay for the bus and ferry journey back to Vancouver.

Vancouver and Capilano Suspension Bridge Canyon Lights

7. Vancouver and Capilano Suspension Bridge Canyon Lights

Start your holiday tour of Vancouver by exploring the highlights of downtown. See landmark monuments and locations, such as the home of the 2010 Olympic Cauldron at Canada Place. Wind through impressive modern and historic architecture, and go to the Vancouver Arts District, where community awareness is raised for public arts through diverse creative expressions. Look at the high-rise buildings of the Financial District and discover the fashion hub of Robson Street. Enter the 1,000-acre urban rainforest of Stanley Park to get a unique perspective of the city from a quiet wooded setting. Visit the First Nations Totem Poles as you continue along the water across English Bay to Granville Island. Spend some time at Granville Island Market and its many shops and eateries. Then, go to Lions Gate Bridge and explore Vancouver’s scenic North Shore. Approach Capilano Suspension Bridge Park to experience once of the most beautiful festive attractions in the city. See thousands of lights emanating from the park, and then take an exhilarating walk across the Capilano Suspension Bridge to find many unique and informative experiences, like the Treetops Adventure.

Vancouver: Stanley Park & Downtown Morning Guided Bike Tour

8. 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.

West Vancouver: Howe Sound and Bowen Speedboat Tour

9. West Vancouver: Howe Sound and Bowen Speedboat Tour

Join the Bowen Explorer Tour and marvel with the Howe Sound islands, an amazing adventure to bird sanctuaries, harbour seal rookeries, and sea caves. Finish with a short visit of Snug Cove on Bowen Island. Soar up the coastline with the eagles, farther north than our trip has ever gone before. As we travel this deep into the sound, your guide will explain about this extraordinary ecosystem that is home to harbour seals, bald eagles, oyster catchers and many other creatures and organisms. The trip will still highlight the wildlife of the sound: seals at Pam Rocks and birds around Christie Island, but will also add in some unique Bald Eagle nests and traditional First Nations locations. This trip is a true example of our west-coast fjord landscape littered with steep cliffs and hanging valleys. You will get a look at more of Vancouver’s history and see some untouched coast line, as it was before the city was colonized. Horseshoe Bay is also home to many unique restaurants and shops that are fun to explore before or after the tour.

Vancouver: Christmas Tour with Light Festival Entrance

10. Vancouver: Christmas Tour with Light Festival Entrance

Immerse yourself in Vancouver's Christmas spirit on this private tour. After getting picked up from your hotel in a luxurious Mercedes Benz Sprinter van, head to the Van Dusen Botanical Garden. Here, experience the Van Dusen Festival of Lights, where you can witness a spectacular light show, take a carousel ride and even meet Santa. Next, head over to Stanley Park and experience the Bright Nights Christmas Train in Stanley Park, with 3 million twinkling lights. Continue your tour of the city's best Christmas lights with a drive around downtown. See iconic sights such as Canada Place, False Creek, and Gastown lit up by colorful festive light displays. Enjoy a drive over the Lions Gate Bridge to North Vancouver to visit the Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. Admire panoramic views across the bridge to Burrard Inlet and Downtown Vancouver before getting dropped off back at your hotel.

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What people are saying about Vancouver Downtown

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 1,334 reviews

A great way to see an eclectic city on an informative and enjoyable tour. Our guide Paulo (Alice Cooper's older brother) was engaging and had a wealth of knowledge of his home city. I was impressed how his guests safety was forefront of the tour. Happy to educate the city drivers about their due care and attention to cyclists. I would plan the tour as a first thing to do when visiting the city as it offers a plethora of areas and sites to further explore. Highly recommend this tour.

Great flight! Some amazing views. It is quite cramped inside the plane and another passenger had to get off ahead of take off as it was too much. Also, i think the views are better from the left hand side rather than the right, which is a shame that is it not equal both sides. But overall it was fabulous.

Very well organized with helpful staff and a very calm experienced pilot. Scenery was stunning.

It was an amazing tour. Got to see lots on the 5 hour tour.

I enjoyed the route, the history, and the comlpany.