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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.

    The weather wasn’t great, but the experience was still fabulous! Loved the quirkiness of the harbour airport, and the ride itself was breathtaking. Amazing views, felt totally safe and comfortable, a very nice birthday treat :)

  • Vancouver, BC: Half-Day Whale Watching Tour

    2. Vancouver, BC: Half-Day Whale Watching Tour

    Experience whale watching in true comfort and style along the waters off Vancouver. See several types of whales, as well as an assortment of sea birds and other marine species. Marvel at the beauty of the Gulf Islands, San Juan Islands and Howe Sound on this 3-6 hour adventure. An informative crew will tell you about the history of the area and about the marine wildlife. Board the Salish Sea Freedom, a 62-foot covered vessel built for whale watching, and designed to minimize its ecological footprint. You can choose to be inside or outside, and can choose from 3 viewing areas on 2 levels.

    Whale watching is something I’ve always wanted to do but having a fear of boats and the ocean has prevented me in the past. My partner and I were only 8hours drive away so I decided to bite the bullet and do it. I booked a hotel, booked the trip, bought ginger gravol and pressure bands for my wrists and off we went! No sea sickness; the water was smooth and the boat just glided over it nicely than a car on the road! The whole experience was an enjoyable and positive one that I will always remember and to see these wonderful creatures in real life was just breathtaking!

  • Vancouver & Capilano Suspension Bridge Sightseeing: Half-Day

    3. 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. Visit the First Nations Totem Poles before whisking off to North Vancouver. 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 v...

    It was great! We had such a nice day with our guide who was very knowledgeable and fun!

  • Vancouver: Guided City Highlights Tour

    4. Vancouver: Guided City Highlights Tour

    Make the most of your time in Vancouver on this ultimate sights and landmarks tour. With a local guide, visit some of the city’s popular highlights, as well as hidden gems only the locals know about.  The tour starts with a trip to historic Gastown, Vancouver’s oldest neighborhood. Soak up the atmosphere as you explore the streets, and see the famous Gastown Steam Clock. Next, travel through vibrant Chinatown and onto Queen Elizabeth Park, home to epic views of the North Shore Mountains. Head to Granville Island next for a stroll around the city’s most famous food market. Later, take a walk along Kitsilano Beach and marvel at stunning views across English Bay and downtown. Peruse the many antique and boutique stores that line the shore, or grab a bite to eat. The tour ends with a stop at Stanley Park to see the impressive collection of totem poles, and a final look at the epic views o...

    Kim was our guide and she was very knowledgeable with humor on the side. She also gave us lots of local tips and recommendation about which places to eat. I would highly recommend this tour!

  • Vancouver: City and Suspension Bridge Day Trip

    5. Vancouver: City and Suspension Bridge Day Trip

    Vancouver’s fascinating past and present comes together in this engaging tour that traverses through urban cityscapes, seaside parks, and ancient rain forests. 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 hub of Robson Street. Enter the 1,000-acre urban rainforest, Stanley Park, for a unique perspective of the city from a quiet forest setting. Visit the First Nations Totem Poles before whisking off to North Vancouver. 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 th...

    This was a great tour. We were picked up at our hotel by Nola. She was awesome and gave us a lot of great information about the area. We joined the rest of the group and set our for our adventure. Leslie was our guide and he was awesome. 24 in our group. We made a few extra stops at sights that were nice to see. Plenty of restrooms where we went. The Capilano suspension bridge was on my bucket list. It was awesome and we went on some other paved hikes - cliff walks and treetops adventure. Really incredible views. Beautiful place. There are a couple shops and restaurants you can visit there too. Grouse mountain was great too. We highly recommend this tour. Appropriate for all ages.

  • Vancouver Shore Excursion 7-Hour Private Tour

    6. Vancouver Shore Excursion 7-Hour Private Tour

    After hotel pickup, visit Canada Place, which is home to one of the greenest convention centers in the world. Drive through Downtown Vancouver, the public library, and the Olympic Cauldron - a massive torch built for the 2010 Olympic games. Next attraction Stanley Park, one of the most visited places in British Columbia. Marvel at First National totem poles in Brockton Point and learn about the native people who once inhabited the area. Cross the historic Lions Gate Bridge built in 1938, before stopping at Lynn Canyon Park and Suspension Bridge. Pass by Capilano Lake and Cleveland Dam, Vancouver's resource for drinking water. Here, you'll have the option to visit Capilano Suspension Bridge (admission required). Along the way, you also stop at Cypress Mountain Outlook and Horseshoe Bay Village, a beautiful marina with a ferry terminal to the gulf islands. Afterwards, drive back for the ...

    The guide (Gabriel) was wonderful. High energy; very knowledgable about the area and sites. He was able to guide us but gave us the freedom to adjust as we wanted. Would definitely recommend this!

  • 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 currenetly 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!

    水上飛行機での空からのバンクーバーの眺めはそれは素晴らしいものでした。でもそれを上回る出来事が有りました。予約して行ったextendedツアーは悪天候で中止、でclassicツアーへ無理に変更をお願いしたらOKの返事をもらえましたが、ツアー自身はこれも天候待ち。所が運良くGOサインが出て、充分にパノラマツアーを楽しめました。その時のharbourairの受付女性が何とツアー会社に連絡してくれて、extendedとclassicの差額返金交渉までしてくれたのです。これには物凄く感激しました。異国の地での心に残る旅の思い出になりました、ありがとう。

  • Vancouver Bicycle Tour

    8. Vancouver Bicycle Tour

    This tour highlights the very best sights, attractions, and biking that Vancouver has to offer! It's a great way to start your visit to the city. Meet your group at the bike rental shop in downtown Vancouver to begin your 5-hour tour of the 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. Travelling at a leisurely pace, you can soak up the vibrant culture and beautiful sights of the city. 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. Next, you'll ride 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 ...

    Great tour, easy to bike, lots of information by experienced guide. Very nice way to discover Vancouver city. Beautiful weather and fun group!

  • Vancouver: Stanley Park Bicycle Tour

    9. 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...

    It was a cold and rainy day and the mountains were partly obscured but our guide Hilary was entertaining and informative. The stops for hot chocolate and a biscuit were much appreciated.

  • Vancouver: Highlights & Hidden Gems Private Tour

    10. Vancouver: Highlights & Hidden Gems Private Tour

    Take a peek behind Vancouver's big tourist attractions and feast your eyes on a few of the city's hidden gems as revealed by true locals. Enjoy a private and personalized experience with a local host matched to your interests. In the heart of downtown Vancouver, your local insider will lead you from the Rainbow Crosswalk to explore the hip neighborhood of the West End, where you might be lucky to spot some little hidden gnomes. Hang out with the locals along Sunset Beach Park and take a walk along the Seawall, the world's longest uninterrupted waterfront path. Discover a hidden, brightly colored alleyway downtown, perfect for any Instagram lover. Explore the lesser-known hotspots near Engine 347 and if shopping is your thing, Granville Market offers a delectable menu of arts, crafts, and delicious food. Forego the well-trodden tourist routes of trendy downtown and instead take a turn ...

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What people are saying about Vancouver Downtown

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 1,187 reviews

Whale watching is something I’ve always wanted to do but having a fear of boats and the ocean has prevented me in the past. My partner and I were only 8hours drive away so I decided to bite the bullet and do it. I booked a hotel, booked the trip, bought ginger gravol and pressure bands for my wrists and off we went! No sea sickness; the water was smooth and the boat just glided over it nicely than a car on the road! The whole experience was an enjoyable and positive one that I will always remember and to see these wonderful creatures in real life was just breathtaking!

The weather wasn’t great, but the experience was still fabulous! Loved the quirkiness of the harbour airport, and the ride itself was breathtaking. Amazing views, felt totally safe and comfortable, a very nice birthday treat :)

Kim was our guide and she was very knowledgeable with humor on the side. She also gave us lots of local tips and recommendation about which places to eat. I would highly recommend this tour!

The Tour was amazing and the tour operator was very flexibel when we asked to reschedule due to the weather.

Great experience. About 20 min long. 10 passenger plane. Over all scenic. Exactly what you would expect.