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Day Trips from Vancouver

By Viator, January 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 Whistler by Train Rail Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 220 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 $235.58

Vancouver to Victoria and Butchart Gardens Tour by Bus

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 673 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 $160.63

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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 276 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 $119.44

Whistler Small Group Day Trip from Vancouver

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 159 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 $114.50

Whistler Day Trip by Train and Floatplane from Vancouver

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 44 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 $295.36

Vancouver Super Saver: City Sightseeing Tour plus Whistler Day Trip

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 21 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 $163.54

Private Tour: Whistler Day Trip from Vancouver

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 46 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 $119.60

5-Day Rail Tour of the Canadian Rockies: Vancouver to Jasper, Banff, Lake Louise and Kamloops Aboard the ‘Rocky Mountaineer’

4 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Hop aboard the luxury Rocky Mountaineer train for an incredible 5-day, round-trip journey from Vancouver with two days aboard the Rocky Mountaineer, giving you ...  Read more

Location: Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 5 days (approx.)

From USD $2,204.79

Snowbus from Vancouver plus Whistler Blackcomb Lift Ticket

Prepare for a stress-free ski or snowboard day at Whistler Blackcomb with this package that includes luxury transport and a full-day lift ticket. Choose ...  Read more

Location: Vancouver, Canada
Duration: Varies

From USD $110.71

Indian Arm Canoe Adventure

See British Columbia’s massive mountains and stunning nature on a scenic canoe paddle down the Indian Arm fjord near Vancouver. Your guide will lead you across ...  Read more

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

From USD $82.33

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