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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: Sea to Sky Gondola and Whistler Day Trip

2. Vancouver: Sea to Sky Gondola and Whistler Day Trip

Ride the Sea to Sky Gondola, explore Whistler Village and admire the natural wonders in between on this 10-hour adventure that departs from Vancouver. Feel in awe of ever-changing landscapes along the Sea to Sky Highway. There will be a pit stop to marvel at the 335 meter high Shannon Falls. Ride the famous Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish, an outdoor paradise for climbers and backcountry adventurers. The gondola takes you to Habrich Ridge, where you will have 90 minutes to take in breathtaking views of the mountains, coastal rainforest and network of inlets of Howe Sound. Pass the quaint town of Squamish and the Tantalus Glacier while continuing the journey to Whistler. Once there, spend an afternoon exploring downtown shops and cafes. Located at the base of Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort, home of the 2010 Olympics, you will be able to take advantage of the surrounding hiking trails.

Vancouver: Victoria, Gulf Islands Cruise, & Butchart Gardens

3. Vancouver: Victoria, Gulf Islands Cruise, & Butchart Gardens

View the spectacular British Columbia coastline by land and ship, followed by a stop at Butchart Gardens en route to the British-inspired city of Victoria. Board a BC Ferries vessel at Tsawwassen terminal for a 90-minute sail through the serene beauty of the Gulf Islands. Marine wildlife sightings from the outdoor ship decks are common, especially eagles, sea lions, and whales. Arrive at Swartz Bay terminal on Vancouver Island and continue to the enchanting botanical paradise of Butchart Gardens. Wander through a series of themed gardens, highlighted by the massive Sunken Garden complete with dancing fountain. The city of Victoria boasts many impressive architectural wonders, including the iconic Parliament Buildings and the waterfront Fairmont Empress Hotel. Visit the unique shops and cafes of Government Street and Chinatown. Stroll along the Inner Harbour for prime ocean views, and enjoy some free time to take in this culturally significant city. Return on the bus to Vancouver by ferry to conclude this diverse tour. Packed with ever-changing experiences of the Pacific Coast and Vancouver Island, this tour is a must-do for those who have not yet visited Victoria.

From Vancouver: Sea to Sky Gondola and Whistler Tour

4. From Vancouver: Sea to Sky Gondola and Whistler Tour

Set off from Vancouver aboard a luxury coach on a journey to Whistler. Take in panoramic views of the ocean, sky-high mountains, and glaciers. Enjoy the special opportunity to spot local wildlife. The first stop is Shannon Falls, the third-highest waterfall in BC, where water cascades over a series of cliffs from a height of 335 meters (1,099 feet). There are two viewing platforms for the falls just a short walk from the parking lot. The next stop is the Sea to Sky Gondola just south of Squamish. Take a short ride up to the summit (an impressive 885 meters above sea-level). You will have 1.5 hours to grab a bite to eat, hike the trails, and enjoy the sweeping views of the surrounding mountain ranges and the turquoise waters of Howe Sound. From there the bus will continue north along the Sea to Sky highway to the world-famous Whistler Village. The charming pedestrian-only village has something to offer everyone. Take 4 hours to explore world-class restaurants and shopping or just wander through the village. Watch the sunset on your way back to Vancouver.

North Shore Capilano Suspension Bridge & Grouse Mountain

5. North Shore Capilano Suspension Bridge & Grouse Mountain

Enjoy a full-day of light adventure from Vancouver and see the stunning Capilano Suspension Bridge and Grouse Mountain. The guided scenic tour takes you to the amazing temperate rainforest of Vancouver's North Shore, where you will have the opportunity to experience a broad selection of activities. Visit the Capilano Fish Hatchery (11am tour only) to learn about the life cycle of salmon. For adventure seekers, cross the heart stopping Capilano Suspension Bridge, the largest suspension foot bridge in the world. Your tour also includes a visit to Grouse Mountain, where you will rise to a viewpoint at 3,700 feet (1,200 meters) above the city. Here you can watch a lumberjack show, see the grizzly bears at the Refuge for Endangered Wildlife, view theater presentations, take a sleigh ride and go ice skating, or just enjoy the great views!

Vancouver: Half-Day City Highlights E-Bike Tour

6. Vancouver: Half-Day City Highlights E-Bike Tour

Jump on a fun and easy-to-ride e-bike tour through Vancouver. Cycle along Stanley Park and cruise the Seawall with stunning views of the Downtown skyline and the North Shore Mountains. Visit the iconic Totem Poles and lush Beaver Lake, where wildlife abounds. Make use of your electric boost and ride up to the Prospect Point lookout, the highest point in the 1000 acre park, overlooking the Lion’s Gate Bridge, and on clear days you can see all the way to Vancouver Island.  After leaving the park, cruise along and check out some iconic neighborhoods on the False Creek waterfront, including Yaletown and Olympic Village. Both neighborhoods are award-winning developments known for their modern style and eco-friendly design. Finally, make your way to Chinatown and Gastown, two of Vancouver’s oldest neighborhoods. Your guide will share stories about the city’s roots amongst the city’s oldest buildings before heading back to the starting point. This e-bike tour makes use of Vancouver’s extensive separated bike trails, with 95% of riding on routes without cars and a maximum group size of 10 riders. This tour does not stop at the Granville Island Market, so going there in the morning is a great way to pair your day of exploring.

Vancouver: Shared or Private Panorama Flight by Seaplane

7. Vancouver: Shared or Private Panorama Flight by Seaplane

Discover even more of the majestic mountains and expansive coastline that surround the breathtaking city of Vancouver, as you fly high over the scenery on this 35-minute flight. This extended version of the Vancouver Panorama tour offers the same sights before following the coast further north towards Whistler, then looping back down over the Islands and exploring the incredible Sunshine Coast. With currently over 50 aircraft, Harbour Air and Westcoast Air operate the largest all-seaplane fleet in the world. 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, and Cessna 185 aircraft are available for charter. Take your chance to experience Vancouver's beautiful landscapes from a bird's-eye-view!

From Vancouver: Butchart Gardens & Victoria Sightseeing Tour

8. From Vancouver: Butchart Gardens & Victoria Sightseeing Tour

Meet in central Vancouver and take a 90-minute scenic cruise aboard the ferry to Vancouver Island. Sail through the Strait of Georgia and enjoy the scenery. Be sure to visit the outside decks as it’s not uncommon to see all kinds of sea life, including porpoises and whales. Arrive on Vancouver Island and first visit the beautiful Butchart Gardens. Explore this world-renowned botanical garden which was once a quarry, featuring the Japanese Garden, the Ross Fountain, an Italian Garden, and other floral displays. Continue the trip with a ferry ride to the city of Victoria’s Inner Harbour. Discover the main sights of Victoria with your guide, starting at Mile O. See Ogden Point, Fisherman’s Wharf, Empress Hotel, and historic Chinatown, including the famous Fan Tan Alley. Later, enjoy some free time to explore on your own or book an additional optional activity. Your guide will be on hand to assist you with suggestions on the best restaurants, breweries, shops, and hidden gems. Relax as you cruise back to the mainland in the evening, arriving back in Vancouver at approximately 9:30 PM.

Vancouver: Guided City Highlights Tour

9. 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.

Full-Day Victoria and Butchart Gardens Tour from Vancouver

10. Full-Day Victoria and Butchart Gardens Tour from Vancouver

Enjoy an exciting full-day tour in Victoria that's packed with activities. Your day will start with a ride on board a minibus in Vancouver that will take you to the ferry terminal in Tsawwassen. You will then be driven onto a ferry with on board amenities including a restaurant, gift shop, and arcades for the children. Walk around the deck while enjoying the scenery and look out for orcas, seals, and other marine life. Then dock in the port of Swartz Bay on Vancouver Island and tour the heart of Victoria. The area grew from the Gold Rush in 1841 and still displays many traditional buildings from the period by renowned Canadian architect, Francis Rattenbury. Once your guided tour is complete, enjoy 3 hours to explore the city at your own pace. Meet up and proceed to the magnificent Butchart Gardens, an area that stretches across 55 acres. Stroll through the charming gardens and admire its mix of traditional and modern landscapes.

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Well it all started because senior management ( My Wife) made a corporate decision that as it was her Significant birthday that had us in Vancouver then we were going to Whistler. We don’t ski, never have and as for snow boarding , well let’s just I couldn’t stand on a surf board on the beach so theres no chance either if of us could do it on a snowboard!! We booked a trip and were picked up from our hotel in a very luxurious bus, very friendly driver who even came to the lobby to find us. We met up with the rest of the tour group and set off with our driver, historian and Dad joke specialist Leslie. The weather was terrible but the journey was brilliant due to the constant chatter from Leslie about all the local history and characters that had carved out the province of British Colombia. We stopped at the sea to sky Gondolas ride, amazing experience. On to Whistler and if you like shopping , food, beer your in heaven, oh yea and snow ! Return journey was as good and dropped to Hotel.

While it was a long day it was most enjoyable. There was plenty of information provided by our driver/guide that made it interesting. The ferry trip was fascinating and lots to see while onboard. Victoria was beautiful to see and the trip gave me a general look at the destination. We had a bit under 2 hours there, wish it was longer. It’s a long day to only get a short time there. But considering the ferry lineup and the time spent on the ferry it’s just how it is. Later in the day we did the Butchart Gardens which was a wonderful experience. Definitely a must see. I would have loved more time there too. We had 2 hours which gives you time to wander around.

It was a fantastic trip, Steven our driver and guide was fantastic and keep the whole trip entertaining and interesting! The sites were gorgeous and the food in Whistler was delicious! High recommend this trip! Definitely recommend sitting on the left side of the bus (driver side) you will get the most of the tour!

We enjoyed the trip. There was a good balance of sightseeing and relaxing activities. Our tour guide Alex was excellent, very knowledgeable and caring and a great driver who made us feel safe. Pick up and drop off were smooth. It was a wonderful day.

The Gardens were beautiful. The coach we travelled in was comfortable and had charging ports for your phone. Guide was terrific and very knowledgeable. Would recommend this trip to anyone.