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Vancouver & Capilano Suspension Bridge Sightseeing: Half-Day

1. 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 Film & TV Tours: The Hollywood North Experience

2. 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: Gastown Scavenger Hunt and City Highlights Tour

3. Vancouver: Gastown Scavenger Hunt and City Highlights Tour

Get to know the Gastown area in Vancouver at your own pace on this interactive scavenger hunt walking tour. You'll explore the city on foot and get points for solving different types of tasks: Find sights: You will use hints to find the best sights and hidden gems throughout the city. The map function in the app will help you get there. Solve questions: Once you’ve arrived at the place you’re looking for, you’ll be asked questions about the sight. Most of the time, the answers are hidden in signs, pictures, etc. A great and fun way to learn new things about the city. Have fun: During the adventure you can also expect exciting photo tasks that require a lot of creativity. If you master the snapshots, you will be rewarded with points. Along the way, you’ll reach amazing places like the “Gassy Jack Statue”, the "Gastown Steam Clock”, the “Waterfront Station” and many more. After you book the game, you’ll get a game code via email with instructions on how to play. Head to the “Maple Tree Square” and use the code to unlock the game in the app. The tour ends at the “Harbour viewpoint”. The experience is not limited in time. You can explore the city at your own pace and take breaks. Just download the Explorial-App, go to the starting point, and you’re ready to start with the game. The tour lasts on average about 1-2 hours.

2:00PM Bike Tour of Gastown, Chinatown, Granville Island

4. 2:00PM Bike Tour of Gastown, Chinatown, Granville Island

Start your tour at the sandy shores of English Bay. Follow the beach path east with your bike tour guide. Stop along False Creek seawall to view the colourful "Giants" mural by Osgemeos. Leave the seawall and head into the Yaletown district for a quick stop at the Roundhouse Community Centre. See the first train across Canada and hear about Vancouver's connection to the railroad. Return to the seawall and bike through the stadium district, alongside BC Place, The Park Casino and Rogers Arena. Skip across the city to Gastown, Vancouver's oldest neighbourhood. Hear the story of Gassy Jack, stop at the Vancouver Steamclock and gaze up at the impressive design of the Woodwards Tower. Slide over to Chinatown for a peak inside the meditative Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Gardens. Learn about the important role the Chinese played in the development of Canada and hear the quirky story of the Chinatown otter. Pedal through Strathcona, Vancouver's first residential neighbourhood. Pause in front of Nora Hendrix's house and hear Vancouver's connection to the legendary guitar player. Stop for a tasty treat at La Casa Gelato, the Guinness World Record setting ice cream shop with 238 flavours to choose from. Ride through the Olympic Athlete's Village as you return west along the south side of False Creek. Cycle onto Granville Island for a slow roll past the artisan shops and remaining factory elements. Park the bikes and putter through the over 100 stalls in the Granville Island Public Market. Return to the bikes for a quick sea jaunt across False Creek on the Aquabus ferry system. Arrive back at the bike shop for a quick tour debrief, recommendation list and Instagram selfie!

Vancouver: Old Gastown City Exploration Game

5. Vancouver: Old Gastown City Exploration Game

Here's a sneak peek at the storyline: “You call yourself a treasure hunter, though the less “sophisticated” call you a thief. A letter covered in antique stamps directs you to Vancouver to find the “Oppenheimer Stash,” a stockpile of Gold Rush spoils.” As you solve challenges, the story unfolds and exact directions on your phone will guide you to the next location. So, are you up for an exciting city game?. Start the city game at the Marine Building. It will take you around 1.5 to 2 hours to complete and you can also explore at your own pace, pause the game and resume anytime from the location where you paused it. Finish at the Gassy Jack statue. After your booking, receive an email on how to download the game to your phone. You can play on your own, in a large group, or in several smaller groups that compete against each other and meet at the final stop of the game. For larger groups, one person can purchase access for the entire group by selecting the number of people in the group. All group members will be able to download and play the city game on their phones. Alternatively, each person can make their own purchase.

Vancouver BC: Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure Tour

6. Vancouver BC: Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure Tour

Looking for a way to turn Vancouver into a giant game board? On this tour you can join an interactive scavenger hunt that combines the fun of the Amazing Race with a 2.5-hour sightseeing tour of Vancouver. Guided from any smartphone, groups will make their way among well-known and overlooked gems of the city, solving clues and completing challenges while learning local history. The adventure begins in the heart of downtown at Hotel Vancouver, and takes you on a well-designed course past historic landmarks, a steam clock, and the Olympic cauldron. The tour requires approximately 2 miles of walking. Using a smartphone as “the guide” allows participants to start when they want, and determine their own pace of play. You can stop for a bite to eat along the way or a cappuccino by the bay, creating your own schedule. Some points of interest you will encounter on this tour include Hotel Vancouver, the Vancouver Public Library, the Queen Elizabeth Theater, Victory Square, the Steam Clock, the Sinclair Center, Canada Place and the Olympic Cauldron.

Vancouver: City Highlights Tour & The Lookout

7. Vancouver: City Highlights Tour & The Lookout

This tour of culturally rich Vancouver begins with an introduction to key downtown sights including Canada Place, the Olympic Cauldron, and Robson Street. Wind through historic and modern architectural wonders en route to Stanley Park, a 1,000-acre natural oasis that's surrounded by the Pacific Ocean. View historic First Nations Totem Poles and gaze upon ever-changing rainforest and shoreline scenery as the tour makes its way through the park. Continue to the enchanting sights of English Bay, followed by the eclectic Granville Island Market. This artisan’s market embodies the ideal of smaller is better, with all food, art, and music locally produced, as a labor of love. Further exploration takes you to bustling Chinatown and historically significant Gastown. Top off this adventure with a quick elevator ride to the soaring height of 553 feet above the city streets at the Vancouver Lookout. Enjoy views of the ocean framed by the lush Coastal Mountains that surround the city lights and shoreline far below. This tour is a great introduction to the scenic and historic highlights of beautiful Vancouver.

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What people are saying about Gastown Steam Clock

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 377 reviews

I took my 14 year old granddaughter on the Vancouver Film & TV Tour. We both found it excellent even considering we are from different generations. Our guide, Sam was great. There is a lot of walking which both of us were OK with but not for anyone with mobility issues. We saw areas of downtown Vancouver that I had not seen for a long time as we live in a suburb. We were interested in seeing the background areas to movies and TV shows we have seen and hearing some of the tricks they use.

We really enjoyed our tour and felt it was a great way to see the highlights of Vancouver. Renzo was full of information and gave a lot of Vancouver history all along the way.

Great tour guide. Only wish that they gave more time at the CS Bridge.

Good bus driver and plenty of free time on the bridge.

Sophie was a great tour guide! Funny and interesting