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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

Uncover the sights and flavors of Gastown on this guided walking tour of Vancouver. Hear about the city from your actor guide as you through the cobbled streets of Vancouver’s oldest neighborhood while enjoying mouth-watering food and drinks.  Meet your guide and begin your Gastown adventure. See Victorian buildings and whistling Steam Clock as you stop for local craft beer, delicious cheese and prosciutto served with local wine. Try Japanese kar-age style chicken and freshly made Sicilian tortellini. Dig into 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. Be entranced as a professional actor who is full of passion for the city and its food, shares fascinating stories about Vancouver and its “Wild West” history which dates back 150 years. 

Vancouver: Forbidden Vancouver Guided Tour

4. Vancouver: Forbidden Vancouver 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!”

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

5. 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.

The Dark Secrets of Stanley Park Tour

6. The Dark Secrets of Stanley Park Tour

Uncover the secrets of Stanley Park on a 2-hour insider walking tour with an expert guide. Explore the famous seawall, dark forested trails, historic totem poles, bizarre public art, and notorious crime scenes. See Vancouver landmarks Coal Harbour, the Lions Gate Bridge and Deadman's Island. As you stroll along the glistening shoreline and beneath towering trees, you'll hear the inside story of one of the world's most remarkable parks. Meet your guide at the fountain directly outside the Vancouver Aquarium entrance and then set off to explore Stanley Park. You'll quickly leave the tourist trail behind and take a little used path through the forest. You'll hear the tale of Captain George Vancouver before you emerge on the Stanley Park seawall for the perfect vista of the glittering downtown skyline and Coal Harbour. Following the seawall, you'll hear the tragic history of Deadman's Island as you approach the park's world-famous totem poles. A short rest stop at the totem poles gives you time to visit the bathroom, take photos, or buy a snack or water at the concession stand. A short walk later finds you admiring views of the North Shore Mountains, Burrard Inlet, and the Lions Gate Bridge. You'll take in some of the city's most loved public art, and cross a long lost cemetery hidden beneath your feet. Next, it's time to leave the seawall and head onto dark forested trails. Your guide will lead you through towering groves of giant Cedar, Hemlock and Douglas Fir, some hundreds of years old. These are trails few tourists ever step foot on - a genuine Pacific Northwest forest experience. You'll see the location of a long lost indigenous village known as Whoi Whoi. A short walk later you'll be In the heart of Stanley Park where you'll hear the story of one of Vancouver's most shocking crimes. You can catch your breath on the short stroll back to the start point. Your guide will be on-hand to answer your questions, help you plan the rest of your day, and take photos. After the tour, you can continue your adventure with a visit to the Vancouver Aquarium, or travel back to downtown to relax and remember your visit to incredible Stanley Park.

Vancouver Film & TV Tours: The Hollywood North Experience

7. Vancouver Film & TV Tours: The Hollywood North Experience

Join an immersive 3-hour walking tour of Vancouver’s film and tv industry. Follow a local actor-guide to learn about 3 different neighborhoods in Vancouver. Watch clips of scenes on a tablet from various Hollywood productions shot where you stand and hear about all things film industry in the city. Vancouver is one of North America’s largest and most active movie production cities and a hotspot for celebrities because of this. Join a tour of the city and landmarks you might have seen in movies, music videos, and other entertainment mediums to appreciate the culture of the city and its contribution to media and technology in a unique way. Meet your friendly local actor at Robson Square. Head off to visit 3 different Vancouver neighborhoods and get tips on each location. Over the course of 3 fun-filled hours, you'll visit popular filming locations essential to the Vancouver film industry. See clips and pictures from these locations on a tablet and discover how the location was transformed for each location. Check out popular celebrity hang-out spots. Do a script rendition from a popular movie in the location it was shot. Learn the ins, outs, and personal secrets from local actors navigating Vancouver’s film industry. Top it all off by witnessing a production crew set up for new shoots (based on availability). End the experience with a well-rounded understanding of the city and its position in the world's entertainment business.

Sea Vancouver: City and Wildlife Sightseeing RIB Tour

8. Sea Vancouver: City and Wildlife Sightseeing RIB Tour

A twist on a famous classic, our City and Wildlife tour is a 90-minute adventure departing from False Creek with stops near Stanley Park, the Lions Gate Bridge, English Bay, and along the shores of West Vancouver. Get up close and personal with a seal colony near Lighthouse Park (Point Atkinson) and view bald eagles in their natural habitat. We will show you West Vancouver as you've never seen it before! Points of interest include: Granville Island & False Creek Stanley Park & English Bay Lions Gate Bridge West Vancouver & Mountains Lighthouse Park (Point Atkinson) Seal Colony Freighters & Vancouver

Vancouver: Gastown Scavenger Hunt and City Highlights Tour

9. 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

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Vancouver

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 712 reviews

Even though the forest fire from Vancouver influenced the air, the tour was amazing. We can only imagine how it would’ve looked on a clear day. It was a good call from Derek to visit Shannon Falls after Whistler. The smoke cleared up and there were less visitors. Derek even pointed out a climber next to the falls.

Sean is the best guide I’ve ever had! Food was very good, although (for me) it could have been a bit more (but I’m a big eater)

Great trip! Our guide was great and full of humor! The landscapes are incredible and the bus very comfortable :)

Rachel was an really great storyteller and amazing guide! 10/10 recommend!

It’s was great, amazing food and amazing tour guide.