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Vancouver Cruise Port

The centerpiece of Vancouver's gleaming downtown waterfront is made of graceful white "sails," which create a translucent pavilion above the Canada Place Cruise Ship Terminal, gateway to the majestic glacier-carved fjords of the northern Pacific Coast. The city itself is stunning, a sparkling metropolis of glass spires and lush city parks atop the Burrard Peninsula, cradled in the snow-capped North Shore Mountains, just visible in the distance.

More than half a million happy passengers cruise through Vancouver Port each year, headed to Vancouver Island, British Columbia, and Alaska, some of the most fantastic coastal scenery in the world. Yet many of these intrepid travelers soon realize, after spending only a day or two here in Vancouver, that this charming Canadian city is the place to which they most want to return.

How to Get to Vancouver

The Port of Vancouver has two cruise ship terminals, Canada Place and Ballantyne Pier. Canada Place is in the heart of downtown, surrounded by excellent hotels, restaurants, nightlife, and other attractions. The port is served by public transportation, taxis, and limousines, as well as rental car kiosks.

Isolated Ballantyne Pier is located just east, behind the container terminal, with few services and no hotels. Walking from Ballentyne to Canada Place is possible, but passes through a very sketchy area of town – best to pay for a taxi. Some hotels and cruise lines run shuttles to downtown.

Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is about half an hour away from either terminal; metered taxis charge around C$40. From Canada Place, you can take the Skytrain directly from the Fairmont Waterfront to YVR.

One Day in Vancouver

Consider a pre-cruise tour of the city, taking in the Stanley Park totem poles, Gastown, and other iconic Vancouver locations; or the North Shore for more natural attractions.

Day-trippers who want to see more of the city, should explore Vancouver's lush gardens, or escape the urban environment with a visit to Grouse Mountain, accessible by gondola. The stunning alpine ski resort of Whistler, gorgeous year round is also an option, as is a wine tour of Fraser Valley. All of these are fabulous ways to use your limited time in Vancouver.

Practical Info

If you arrive at Ballantyne Pier, your best bet is to grab a cab directly to Canada Place, in the heart of downtown. The official currency is the Canadian dollar, available from ATMs surrounding the Canada Place terminal; in 2010, there was still not an ATM at Ballentyne, but you could pay taxis with credit cards. Vancouver's official language is English, but French (along with dozens of other languages; this is one of the world's most ethnically diverse cities) is widely spoken.

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Vancouver Shore Excursion: Pre-Cruise City Tour with Port Drop Off

4.5 star rating: Recommended 26 Reviews

Have a few hours to kill in Vancouver before your cruise? Then opt for a Vancouver City Highlights Tour ...  Read more

Location: Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $69.52

Vancouver Shore Excursion: Transfer Between Port of Vancouver Cruise Terminals and Victoria

4.5 star rating: Recommended 9 Reviews

Sit back, relax and enjoy an easy transfer between the Port of Vancouver cruise ship terminals and downtown Victoria aboard a comfortable coach and the BC ...  Read more

Location: Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 4.5 hours (approx)

From USD $63.26

Vancouver Shore Excursion: City Tour and Capilano Suspension Bridge

While in port in Vancouver, take a shore excursion to see the city and visit the famous Capilano Suspension Bridge. Visit top attractions including Stanley ...  Read more

Location: Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $91.77

Vancouver Shore Excursion: Small-Group Food Trucks Tour

While in port in Vancouver, take advantage of the city's thriving food truck scene on this 2-hour small-group tour led by a passionate foodie guide. This shore ...  Read more

Location: Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $52.58

Vancouver Shore Excursion: Small-Group Gourmet Lunch Tour

While in port in Vancouver, treat your taste buds to some of the city's most delicious gourmet foods on this small-group shore excursion. This 3-hour lunch ...  Read more

Location: Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $96.40

Vancouver Shore Excursion: Small-Group Granville Island Market Tour

Taste some of the best foods that the Pacific Northwest has to offer while in port in Vancouver! Granville Island is one of Vancouver's most popular food ...  Read more

Location: Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $36.34

Vancouver Shore Excursion: Vancouver City Sightseeing

If you're a cruise passenger only in Vancouver for a day, don't miss out on a private sightseeing tour of the Vancouver's major attractions and highlights. ...  Read more

Location: Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $91.77

Vancouver Shore Excursion: Whistler Day Trip from Vancouver

Disembark from your cruise ship and head over to Whistler on this private and personalized shore excursion from Vancouver. Although well known for being a ...  Read more

Location: Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $150.74

Vancouver Shore Excursion: Capilano Suspension Bridge and Grouse Mountain

On your day in port in Vancouver, breathtaking views, a fun gondola ride and fascinating attractions for any time of the year await you on this private and ...  Read more

Location: Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $190.49

Vancouver Shore Excursion: Gardens of Vancouver

While you're in port in Vancouver, spend a half-day in Vancouver's wonderful gardens on this private and personalized tour. Beauty, drama and history! This ...  Read more

Location: Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $118.65

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