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Granville Island: Our most recommended tours and activities

Vancouver: City and Seal Boat Tour

1. Vancouver: City and Seal Boat Tour

Jump into a boat for a 1.5-hours to see the city and its seals. Embark on an adventure you won't forget and travel along the epic coastline of the English Bay, out to Lighthouse Park, over to the Seal Colony, and back into False Creek. Take in the sights of Stanley Park from the water throughout the journey. Pass by English Bay Beach and underneath the iconic Lions Gate Bridge.  Marvel at the beautiful homes of West Vancouver, offshore freighters, and Seal Colony along the coast. Make your way past Siwash Rock, Jericho Sailing Centre, and Kitsilano Beach. All of the boat tours depart from the Granville Island Location.

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: City Highlights Tour

3. Vancouver: City Highlights Tour

The Vancouver city highlights tour offers a personalized way to see the best of this beautiful city on the west coast of Canada. With your professional, certified guide, make multiple stops in Vancouver, including Stanley Park, Granville Island, Gastown, Chinatown, Robson Street, and the English Bay Vancouver Harbour. Explore the city’s art, historic landmarks, and shopping venues.

Vancouver Bicycle Tour

4. 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: Granite Falls Zodiac Boat Tour

5. Vancouver: Granite Falls Zodiac Boat Tour

Travel through the Vancouver Harbour and see the sights from a different perspective. Ride a zodiac boat from Granville Island, passed Stanley Park, and go underneath the Lion's Gate Bridge. Boat up to the glacial fjord of Indian Arm, and admire the many natural waterfalls, cliffs, and tree-lined shorelines. Meet your guide at Granville Island, a bridge-attached island, known for its bustling local market, artisans, and street performers. There, board a Zodiac boat and feel totally safe knowing that it's practically unsinkable. As the tour begins, admire Granville Island as you drift away, and look to the other side to capture shoreside shots of English Bay with its long beaches, palm trees, and artsy apartment buildings. Pass Stanley Park, and take in the beauty of the conservation of old cedars, pines, and oak trees, while learning about the seawall and the man who started it all. Pass underneath the Lion's Gate Bridge and look to the left to take in views of the North Shore mountains. As you pass Seaspan, discover all the ways that Vancouver serves as a major international shipping port. Head toward Siwash Rock, and admire the waterfalls and granite cliffs as you catch sight of Deep Cove. Feel the air on your face and taste the ocean air as you boat up the glacial fjord of Indian Arm, and get up close and personal with Granite Falls. Take it all in and understand the peace that comes with this relatively untouched part of British Columbia. Start the adventure back, passing by Silver Falls, and get dropped back off at Granville Island.

Vancouver: Stanley Park Bicycle Tour

6. 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

7. 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.

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.

Vancouver Granville Island: 2-Hour Market Tour

9. Vancouver Granville Island: 2-Hour Market Tour

Noisy and chaotic, yet irresistibly atmospheric, Granville Island is one of Canada’s most-visited sites and Vancouver's destination for lovers of food, art and culture. Offering seasonal local produce, alongside a slice of local life, the market is the place to rub elbows with local chefs shopping for the day's menu. During the 2-hour tour, sample a range of fine foods from independent farmers and food artisans from Vancouver and beyond. The variety on offer includes smoked salmon and local cheeses to charcuterie, melt-in-your-mouth donuts and chocolates. Visiting the Granville Island Public Market is an authentic way to experience Vancouver and see its merchants in action!

Sea Vancouver: City and Wildlife Sightseeing RIB Tour

10. Sea Vancouver: City and Wildlife Sightseeing RIB Tour

Experience a twist on a family classic on this city and wildlife tour. Hop on board a RIB and explore Vancouver's waterways. Discover the diverse wildlife that lives along the shoreline and in the coastal waters. Begin your tour at False Creek and set off on your adventure. Pass by Granville Island, Stanley Park, the Lions Gate Bridge, and English Bay. As you explore enjoy spectacular views of Vancouver and the mountains in the background. Get up close and personal with a seal colony near Lighthouse Park (Point Atkinson), spot a variety of marine life as you make your way along the coast, and view bald eagles in their natural habitat. From the boat see Vancouver as you've never seen it before.

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What people are saying about Granville Island

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I found the experience exhilarating. We had a very knowledgeable tour guide, a comfortable bus. We spent 2 hours at the capilano bridge which was plenty time to cross the bridge, enjoy events in the park and return to the other side. We also visited the salmon hatchery and Grouse Mountain., The scenery from the top of Grouse Mountain was breathtaking. It was a gorgeous day, and I enjoyed the entire afternoon.

Wonderful tour around the city. Guide very knowledgeable. Best to sit on the right hand side of the tour bus if possible as you get the best views of the city and tour places of interest.

Our tour guide Alecio was excellent! He was very informational, spoke clearly and drove the bus well. The timing of the tour was just right. Highly recommend!

We were picked up timely outside our hotel and taken to our tour guide, the tour was very informative and well done. My wife and I had a very good time.

This was an informative and interesting tour. Tim, our tour guide, made an effort to personalize the tour and was very friendly and helpful.