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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 the 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: 2.5-Hour Gastown Walking Food Tour

3. Vancouver: 2.5-Hour Gastown Walking Food Tour

The Gastown Food Tour will take you through the cobbled streets of Vancouver’s oldest neighborhood while enjoying local craft beer, delicious cheese and prosciutto with flavorful local wine, Japanese kar-age style chicken, freshly made Sicilian tortellini, crispy sweet and chili cauliflower, Canadian poutine; handmade fries topped with cheese curds and gravy and a choice of beer/wine, soft organic ice cream, Vancouver's award winning cheesecake, and lemon bars. On this 2.5-hour walking food tour, a professional actor full of passion for the city and its food will share fascinating little-known stories about Vancouver and its “Wild West” history that dates back 150 years. This is a tour you don’t want to miss!

Vancouver: 3-Hour Bowen Island Boat Cruise with Dinner

4. Vancouver: 3-Hour Bowen Island Boat Cruise with Dinner

The tour departs from Granville Island at 5:30pm and heads across the scenic and tranquil water towards Bowen Island. From your stylish boat, admire Vancouver’s stunning skyline while listening to interesting commentary and fun facts about the city. There’s also the opportunity to see some native marine wildlife, so keep your eyes peeled throughout the sail. Upon arrival at Bowen Island, enjoy an incredible dinner at one of the location’s very best restaurants, accompanied by refreshing drinks. Afterwards, spend some time exploring the local shops on the island and soaking up the friendly, small town vibe. Finally, get back on board the boat for the journey back to Vancouver, passing through the beautiful Howe Sound along the way for more sightseeing.

From Vancouver: Whistler Village and PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola

5. From Vancouver: Whistler Village and PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola

Spend the day in Whistler on this day trip from Vancouver. Visit Shannon Falls and Whistler Village. Join the optional tour of Whistler Village or explore on your own. Finish the day trip with a ride on the PEAK 2 PEAK gondola. Meet your driver in Vancouver and relax as you drive along the Sea to Sky Highway towards Whistler. The first stop is Shannon Falls, where you can stand below and feel the mist of the thundering water. Continue the journey north to Whistler Resort, join an optional tour of Whistler Village or spend free time in the village on your own. See some of Whistler Village's galleries and shops or relax on the patio of one of the village's restaurants. Make your way to the PEAK 2 PEAK gondola at your own pace. Board the gondola, and enjoy views of mountains, volcanic peaks, and glaciers. The gondola spans the distance between Whistler and the Blackcomb Mountains, providing a bird's eye view of British Columbia. After the gondola ride, return to Whistler Village to relax at a mountain resort before heading back down the Sea to Sky highway to Vancouver.

Vancouver: Private Tour with a Local

6. Vancouver: Private Tour with a Local

Explore the city with a friendly local who is passionate about their city and eager to share all the tips and tricks that will help you make the most of your trip. Meet them at your accommodation to get familiar with the neighborhood, find out about the best places to eat and buy groceries, the easiest ways to get around, and the top things to see and do. By the end of the tour, feel more comfortable in navigating the city and confident that you have all the information you need to make the most of your stay. During the walking tour, have the option of taking public transportation or taxi to get around the city. 

Vancouver: Gastown Scavenger Hunt and City Highlights Tour

7. 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 and Capilano Suspension Bridge Canyon Lights

8. 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.

Sea to Sky Highway: Whistler & the Sea to Sky Gondola Tour

9. Sea to Sky Highway: Whistler & the Sea to Sky Gondola Tour

Spectacular sights and rugged wilderness is found just out of reach of Downtown Vancouver. Board your mini-coach and tour the famous Sea to Sky Highway along Howe Sound, the southernmost glacial fjord in North America. Feel the spray from British Columbia’s third-highest waterfall, Shannon Falls, while standing on the viewing platform. Next it is on to the Sea to Sky Gondola. Board the gondola and ascend 850-metres (930-yards) to the top to soak up the panoramic perspectives of Howe Sound cradled by the Coast Mountains. It’s here that you can cross the Sky Pilot Suspension Bridge and walk along forest trails to the observation platforms. Your tour then continues North to Whistler Resort where you will join a short guided walking tour of Whistler Village (optional). After learning a bit about Whistler and getting a lay of the land, there is plenty of free time to explore at your own pace. Visit the shops, stop in an art gallery, or do as the locals do and find the perfect patio along the village stroll for a moment to relax at this stunning mountain resort. Whistler Resort is renowned as an outdoor mecca, so feel free to ask about additional activities you can take part in during your free time in the village. When your time in Whistler is coming to an end, get to enjoy the scenic tour back along the Sea to Sky Highway to where your tour began.

Vancouver: City Secrets Guided Tour

10. Vancouver: City Secrets Guided Tour

Begin the story at the famous Gastown Steam Clock. Your guide will share the tales of the villains, crooked politicians, and mobsters that ruled the city in the roaring twenties when the saloon doors swung closed and Vancouver became a den of illicit booze, crime, and vice. As you walk past ornate heritage buildings, down narrow alleyways unchanged in over a hundred years, and along historic streets once teeming with bawdy houses, opium dens, and blind pigs, you’ll discover a unique perspective on Vancouver’s history.  Finish the walking tour on the cobblestone streets of Maple Tree Square, surrounded by Gastown's most talked about bars and restaurants. It's the perfect place to share a post-tour dinner or drinks after learning why former mayor LD Taylor once said, “this is a port city, we ain’t no Sunday School town!”

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What people are saying about Vancouver

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 712 reviews

Omar was our guide and David our driver. Both did an excellent job of keeping us on time and yet making sure we saw everything. Omar took pictures for everyone. This was a great tour and really enjoyed it. Referred someone the next day it was so enjoyable.

An incredible tour Jules looked after us very well and showed us a lot. We saw bald eagles and other animals, the food was delicious - we felt like we were staying with friends. A really great experience that we can highly recommend 10 out of 10 Thank you

The tour was very scenic and the guide was very informative. We enjoyed the experience immensely and would recommend it to others either locally or from outside of Vancouver.

Sean was great and treated us so well. Food was fun and have already gone back to one of our stops.

Very personal, a lot of interesting information from the city, as previously stated and requested.