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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.

Vancouver: Lost Souls of Gastown Tour

2. Vancouver: Lost Souls of Gastown Tour

Venture into Vancouver's earliest and most gruesome history on this 90-minute walking tour. Designed for adult audiences, the experience is both a walking tour and a theatre piece. Every story is grounded in documented Vancouver history, taken from the city archives. The plotline is woven together as the tragic tale of one person's life, ending in a dramatic finale in the heart of Gastown's Maple Tree Square.  Do not expect a ghost tour or conventional walking tour – this is an experience that will pull you so deep into the swirling lamplight and darkened alleys of Gastown’s murky past you may have a hard time finding your way back out… As you travel along cobblestone streets you'll visit our city's oldest hotel - the Victorian, learn the truth about the historic Gastown Steam Clock, see how Vancouver looked before and after the Great Fire, explore notorious Gaoler's Mews, and walk down the back alleys of Water Street to famous Maple Tree Square. Every one of Gastown's must-see sites and landmarks is visited on the walk.

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 & The Lookout

4. 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.

Vancouver: Gastown Scavenger Hunt and City Highlights Tour

5. 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.

Vancouver: 3-hour Tips-Based City Walking Tour

6. Vancouver: 3-hour Tips-Based City Walking Tour

Your Tips-based Walking Tour of Vancouver starts in at the Vancouver Harbor where glorious mountain peaks dive into the gorgeous waters right within your view. Canada Place is our cruise ship terminal and the bustling streets will excite and inspire the group as we embark on a fun 3 hour walking tour. Your guide will make introductions to your group which is an ideal ice-breaker as guests favourite part of this experience is meeting new friends and travelers from around the world. After a short story at the harbor we walk west to Vancouver's Olympic Torch, and Jack Poole Plaza where you'll hear about Vancouver's epic immergence as a city among nations. Your group will travel next to the impressive architecture of the Marine Building, designed to look as if it was emerging from the ocean. It's ceilings are drenched in waves and sea urchins which set the scene for the perfect selfie! Next is a short uphill to the Fairmont Vancouver to learn of Vancouver booming 30's. Right next door is the center of downtown, Robson Square, a three block inner-city block designed by local landscape architect Cornelia Oberlander. She has won many awards for this special place and we're excited to share it with you. After an oasis of some inner-city nature we walk east to the bustling Granville Street where you'll learn about Vancouver's pop-culture, and may even hear a tune or two. This tour, as every tips-based walking tour should, has a mid-way break, which is the opportune time to use the washroom fill up your water bottle, and maybe take in a beautiful view. Our mid-way break is at Vancouver's Public Library which is a perfect stop for all the fore-mentioned benefits but also to take in the amazing architecture. After the break we walk downtown to the Terry Fox Statue for a heart gripping tale of one of Canada's most inspiring individuals. Terry was a determined young athlete who was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 18 years old.. what he does next will amaze and encourage you to do and be better. Your guide will transition this inspirational story to guests' most anticipated neighborhood, Gastown. The cobble-stone streets take us back to a simpler time while the new age shopping and eateries contrast the sites within our eyes. At the edge of Gastown is Victory Square, which shows Vancouver's contribution to making this nation a free and open society. We then walk into the depths of Gastown to see the most photographed site, the Gastown Steam Clock. This steam powered clock will wow the crowd just in time for the New Westminster chimes to sound a recognizable tune. We'll continue up to Waterfront station, where you'll have the opportunity to ask any pressing questions about how to best get around Vancouver after your tour. Your guide will end at Granville Square, which is a nearly 3 minute walk back to our start location. They'll leave you with top recommendations for the city, and you can repay them with a gratuity, we recommend $25/person.

Bike Vancouver: Stanley Park, Granville Island & Gastown

7. Bike Vancouver: Stanley Park, Granville Island & Gastown

Tour all of Vancouver on one easy-going and safe bicycle tour. Get a personal introduction to the city from one of our knowledgeable and fun guides. Start your experience at Freedom Bikes to get fitted on a bike that is well suited for your height. Your guide will give you a brief safety orientation including a short preview of the tour and an opportunity to introduce the group. A great hidden benefit to this tour is meeting other like-minded travelers from around the world. We start the tour in Vancouver's largest playground, Stanley Park. Your guide has the best route to see every highlight in an efficient manner, including the Stanley Park Totem Poles, Beaver Lake, the largest Old Growth Maples, and Second Beach. Next, is a cruise along the longest uninterrupted Sea wall, past English Bay Beach to a special inclusion; a False Creek Ferry Ride. We take our bikes onto a ferry across the beautiful False Creek which is a perfect opportunity for a rest and picture taking. The ferry takes us to the bustling Granville Island. Get a few personal recommendations from your guide on where to return to as this tour won't be responsible for guests getting lost in excitement. Between the Public Market, Net Loft, and Artists' Studios it would take a full day to see it all. The bike ride is perfect along separated bike lanes that wind along the beautiful ocean. This section is called False Creek and Vancouver's skyline is perfect for a few well-planned stops for picture taking. It leads to Olympic Village and Mount Pleasant one of our companies favourite hidden gems of the city. After a stop in what some call hipster village, we cruise into Chinatown, seeing a unique perspective of a bustling city. With a rich culture imbedded into the area, you'll have definitely have a few takeaways to discuss later. Right beside this neighbourhood is Vancouver's most talked about area, Gastown. You'll get to bump along cobblestone streets; it's a lot smoother than you think. This area has a beautiful contrast of old and new mixed into a simple European feel. The highlight is the Gastown Steam Clock and your guide will be prepared to share all of it's unique features. On a rare occasion you might even meet the maker of the clock himself, it's happened before, and can happen again. Gastown leads us into the newest and ritziest area, Coal Harbour, where ocean meets glitz and glam. This is one of the densest areas in North America, and once you've experienced it, you'll understand why. Before you know it, you're guide will take a turn and you'll be right back where you started. In the heart of the west end on Denman Street. Exchange ideas, and recommendations and be sure to leave your guide a detailed review! We're excited to hear all about it.

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

8. 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: Guided Food and City History Tour

9. Vancouver: Guided Food and City History Tour

To start, your local guide will teach you about the North Shore of Vancouver, where you will see the beautiful waterfront and mountains. First stop is a local maple store. Hear stories about Canada's favorite food item, maple syrup! You can also pick up souvenirs. Next, stop at a local sushi restaurant. Learn about the big sushi culture in Vancouver and taste fresh local sushi. Afterwards, walk along the historic streets of Gastown and learn about the past and present of this beautiful area. Visit the popular steam clock. Try poutine, Canada's famous dish with fries, cheese curds and gravy. Your guide will share some trends and tales of the city before stopping in for a surprise: a delicious vegetable based dish. Enter the most beautiful square in the city and learn about the founder of Gastown. This spot is a great opportunity for photos. Finish the tour with some refreshing ice cream. Your guide will show you a great bar for local beers. There is another amazing secret dish as well!

Vancouver Gastown: 3-Hour Gastronomic Tour

10. Vancouver Gastown: 3-Hour Gastronomic Tour

Journey through the mysterious and resilient streets of Gastown — Vancouver’s historic birthplace. Listen to inspiring stories about locals who are thriving here, and connect with the past, present, and future of this neighborhood. While you’re absorbing the tales, savor three beautiful courses at iconic restaurants known for their culinary prowess.

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What people are saying about Gastown Steam Clock

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4.3 / 5

based on 755 reviews

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

Great value and experience! Lots of interesting info about the Gastown district in Vancouver.

A fast and efficient tour! It's definitely something I'll use again when I'm traveling.

Great tours, both buses and cruise are good. I definitely recommend it.

Must-do if you don't have much time to visit Vancouver.