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Day Trips from Vancouver

By Viator, June 2015

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Vancouver is a city with a lot of things to do like shopping, fine dining, visiting museums, touring beautiful parks and so much more. It is also a city that has a lot of great options for day trips nearby. Here are some of the best day trips from Vancouver.

Visiting Whistler is one of the most popular ideas for destinations to visit outside of Vancouver and is only a 78mile (125km) drive north, from the city. Known for its snowcapped mountains that are popular in the winter for skiing, snowboarding and similar winter activities it is also popular in the summer months for hiking and mountain biking. Whistler is additionally home to an award winning pedestrian village and is known as one of the top ski and snowboard destinations in North America.

Victoria is the capital city of British Columbia and is a 62mile (100km) scenic drive and ferry ride south of Vancouver. Home to the 2nd oldest Chinatown in North America, Victoria is also one of the oldest cities in the Pacific Northwest settled in 1843. Often called the ‘City of Gardens’ for its many public gardens, the Butchart Gardens Tour is a great way to experience their beauty. Victoria is also an ample place to take a whale watching tour. There are frequent whale sightings of various kinds including over 80 Orca (killer whales) that live in the surrounding waters.

Fraser Valley located 76miles (121km) east from Vancouver is a great place to take a day trip for the adults.  Here you can find over 15 different wineries offering everything from chardonnays to pinot noirs and fantastic fruit wines, just to name a few, grown from its rich fertile land. A day trip might be best done by a Fraser Valley Wine Country Day Trip, which includes a drive there and back along with a gourmet meal.

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Vancouver to Victoria and Butchart Gardens Tour by Bus

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 796 Reviews

Explore Victoria's highlights on this small-group day trip from Vancouver. Enjoy a 1.5-hour cruise to Vancouver Island and then take a sightseeing coach tour ...  Read more

Location: Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 13 hours (approx.)

From USD $151.07

Vancouver to Whistler by Train Rail Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 264 Reviews

For a limited time, you have one last chance to travel from Vancouver to Whistler on the spectacular Rocky Mountaineer train, passing through some of the ...  Read more

Location: Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 11.5 hours

From USD $221.57

Vancouver North Shore Day Trip with Capilano Suspension Bridge and Grouse Mountain

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 345 Reviews

Experience Vancouver's beautiful surroundings on this 5- or 6-hour guided North Shore tour. After crossing Vancouver Harbor via the landmark Lions' Gate ...  Read more

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

From USD $112.34

Whistler Day Trip by Train and Floatplane from Vancouver

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 68 Reviews

Experience the majestic beauty of British Columbia's coastline and the picturesque city of Whistler on this spectacular combination tour. Board the famous ...  Read more

Location: Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $300.31

Best Whistler Small Group Day Trip from Vancouver

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 200 Reviews

Leave the city of Vancouver behind and enjoy a full-day small-group tour to the famous resort town of Whistler! You'll journey past huge mountains, see the ...  Read more

Location: Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $107.69

Victoria and Butchart Gardens Day Trip from Vancouver

4.5 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

This full-day narrated sightseeing tour takes you from downtown Vancouver to Victoria. Visit the world-famous Butchart Gardens and discover downtown Victoria. ...  Read more

Location: Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 13 hours (approx.)

From USD $142.36

Best Private Tour: Victoria and Butchart Gardens from Vancouver

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 21 Reviews

This private and personalized guided tour is the most fun and relaxing way to see Victoria. Not having to worry about crowded bus tours allows you to simply ...  Read more

Location: Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 13 hours (approx.)

From USD $243.07

Vancouver Super Saver: City Sightseeing Tour plus Whistler Day Trip

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 24 Reviews

Combine a Vancouver sightseeing tour and a day trip to Whistler with this Vancouver Super Saver. See top Vancouver attractions such as Stanley Park and Gastown ...  Read more

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

From USD $153.82

Best Sea-to-Sky Highway Day Trip from Vancouver: Shannon Falls, Britannia Mine and Gondola Ride

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

Immerse yourself in British Columbia’s rugged mountainous beauty on this tour from Vancouver to the natural and historical attractions along the Sea to Sky ...  Read more

Location: Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $68.95

Whistler and Sea to Sky Day Trip from Vancouver

Leave Vancouver behind and travel to Whistler along a breathtaking glacial fjord, ascend into the mountains and enjoy serene views of the ocean and jagged ...  Read more

Location: Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $85.22

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