Vancouver Culture & history

Our most recommended Vancouver Culture & history

Vancouver: City Highlights Tour

1. 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 Art Gallery Entry Ticket

2. Vancouver Art Gallery Entry Ticket

Discover the power of art on your next trip to Vancouver with a visit to the Vancouver Art Gallery, one of North America’s most exciting and innovative visual arts institutions. See works by renowned Canadian Modernist painter, Emily Carr, as well as ground-breaking temporary exhibitions and selections from the permanent collection. Open 7 days a week, a visit to the gallery is an opportunity to meditate on more than a century's worth of Canadian and international art, from historical masters to contemporary visionaries. Take a guided tour of the exhibitions in English or Chinese, or simply wander through at your own pace. Enhance your experience by attending one of the gallery’s engaging special events, educational tours, or programs designed for families, youths, and art enthusiasts of all ages. As well as the galleries, spend time in the Gallery Store, a locals’ favourite for one-of-a kind-gifts. When you need to replenish your energy, head to 1931 Gallery Bistro, an eatery with a reputation for great food and an outdoor patio that is one of Vancouver’s hidden gems.

Britannia Mine Museum Admission, Tour and BOOM! Experience

3. Britannia Mine Museum Admission, Tour and BOOM! Experience

Britannia Mine Museum opens up a little-seen world that fascinates all ages, turning out awe-inspiring sights and memorable family experiences. Explore 10 acres of historic buildings and artifacts, rumble aboard the underground train as it rolls into authentic mining tunnels, and discover BOOM!, a live-action experience in the historic mill. After entering the site, take a tour with an informative but informal tour guide sharing fun facts about mining, history, and life at Britannia. Learn and engage with interactive exhibits, and push up your sleeves and try out the Gold Panning Pavilion where you can keep what you find. Delight in BOOM!, the greatest show under the earth. Get an introduction to the story, sights, and sounds behind the architectural marvel with an immersive live-action experience inside Mill 3. The experience involves multiple screens, over thirty speakers, and physical and special effects that bring all the stories of the historic mill rumbling back to life.

Vancouver: BC Sports Hall of Fame Museum Admission Ticket

4. Vancouver: BC Sports Hall of Fame Museum Admission Ticket

Come explore the BC Sports Hall of Fame, showcasing the accomplishments of individual athletes and teams, as well as those who have contributed to the development of sport in British Columbia. Complement your Vancouver holiday with this unmissable museum experience. Step into the most iconic stadium in Vancouver to walk through exciting displays and the iconic Hall of Fame dedicated to the major sports stars of the region. Explore interactive and engaging exhibits that the whole family can enjoy. Perfect for both sports and history lovers, browse through a collection of 27,000 artifacts representing 150 years of athletic events. Don't forget to snap a photo standing on the 2010 Olympic podium and test your sprinting skills in the participation zone.

Vancouver: LGBTQ2+ History Tour with Guide

5. Vancouver: LGBTQ2+ History Tour with Guide

The tour outside the YMCA on Burrard Street, from where you'll embark on a 2-hour adventure into the LGBTQ2+ history and culture of this West Coast metropolis.  You'll make your way into the heart of Vancouver's entertainment scene and discover Vancouver's very earliest gay bars. Weave a path through Imperial Court coronations, drag kings at the Quadra, gay ministers at the United Church, Patient Zero, the GRID crisis, and visit the urban oasis Nelson Park until you find yourself in the gaybourhood on Davie Street. The walking tour strolls the historic tree-lined West End as you discover the city's earliest Pride parade, Jim Deva Plaza, bookstore bombings, a transgender campaigner who blew the whistle on the biggest crime in Vancouver history, Vancouver’s secret gay village, and the remarkable story of two-spirited warrior Gone to the Spirits. The tour finishes right in the middle of the action in the Davie Street village with its fantastic variety of bars and restaurants, the perfect place to enjoy a post-walking tour cocktail as you reflect on your afternoon's adventure!

Vancouver: Botanical Gardens Tour and Museum of Anthropology

6. Vancouver: Botanical Gardens Tour and Museum of Anthropology

On this day tour of Vancouver, visit the Van Dusen Botanical Gardens, Nitobe Memorial Garden, Museum of Anthropology, and Queen Elizabeth Park. Experience the eye-popping colors of the four seasons. After being picked up at your accommodation, visit Van Dusen Botanical Garden, learn about plants from every corner of the world, from the lowlands to the highlands, from the rain forest to regions with deciduous species. Study both the fragile ecosystem and First Nations influence found here. Next, at Queen Elizabeth Park, stroll the manicured gardens of the Little Quarry and the Main Quarry. Watch the dancing water fountain. Take advantage of photo opps with the Photo Session, a bronze figurative sculpture of a man photographing three people, by J. Seward Johnson, Jr. At the next stop, the Museum of Anthropology, learn about world arts and cultures with a special emphasis on the First Nations peoples and other cultural communities of British Columbia. See original carved totem poles, First Nations longhouses, and the works of masters such as Bill Reid and Susan Point. Take a short walk over to the Nitobe Memorial Garden via the Asian Centre and its Japanese landscaped garden and architecture. See Japanese flora and visit an authentic tea house. View cherry blossoms in spring, and fall colors in autumn.

From Vancouver to Seattle Museum of Flight Private Tour

7. From Vancouver to Seattle Museum of Flight Private Tour

Departing from Vancouver around 8am we will drive straight to The Museum of Flight. This is a 3.5 hours drive as the museum is located 20 more minutes south of Seattle downtown. At one point on our journey, we will stop for a coffee break to get an energy boost. Exploring the museum will take 4 hours or more. For this reason, this tour can not cover any sights in Seattle. This is simply a museum visit with 7hours in total driving time and 4 hours for the museum to explore Admission to the museum is not included on this tour. Please ask if you are interested instead in Seattle city tour and visit Space needle, Museum of Pop Culture, Pier 57 & Miner's Landing, Seattle's Great Wheel etc and I will accommodate that for you.

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What people are saying about Vancouver

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 421 reviews

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.

We had a great tour guide. Granville Island Public Market was great. So many items and things to see. Stanley Park was beautiful and vast. Nice trip to see the highlights of Vancouver.

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!

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

Knowledgeable and friendly driver. Safe trip with enough time at stops to see the sights.