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Day Trips from Vancouver

By Viator, June 2014

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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.

Contributed by Cailin O’Neil

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Vancouver to Victoria and Butchart Gardens Tour by Bus

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 559 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 $183.40

Vancouver to Whistler by Train Rail Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 198 Reviews

Ride the rails from Vancouver to Whistler on the spectacular Whistler Mountaineer train, passing through some of the world's most rugged fjords and mountains. ...  Read more

Location: Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 11.5-hours

From USD $268.97

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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 230 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 $136.37

Whistler Day Trip by Train and Floatplane from Vancouver

4.5 star rating: Recommended 29 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 $337.23

Whistler Small Group Day Trip from Vancouver

4.5 star rating: Recommended 128 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 $130.73

Private Tour: Whistler Day Trip from Vancouver

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 35 Reviews

Enjoy Whistler at anytime of year on this private and personalized tour from Vancouver. Although well known for being a great North American ski destination, ...  Read more

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

From USD $136.56

Vancouver Super Saver: City Sightseeing Tour plus Whistler Day Trip

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 14 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 $186.72

Private Tour: Victoria and Butchart Gardens from Vancouver

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 14 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 $262.28

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

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 $83.70

Private Tour: Fraser Valley Wine Country Day Trip from Vancouver

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

Enjoy a leisurely day of wine tasting in beautiful Fraser Valley! British Columbia has a fast growing reputation as an exceptional wine growing region and on ...  Read more

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

From USD $209.62

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