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  • Address: Canada Place & Ballantyne Pier, Vancouver, BC, Canada, Canada

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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 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 worth a second look.

How to Get to Vancouver
The Port of Vancouver has two cruise ship terminals, Canada Place and Ballantyne Pier, and is served by public transportation, taxis and limousines, as well as rental car kiosks. Canada Place is in the heart of downtown, surrounded by excellent hotels, restaurants and nightlife. 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 it is 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 about C$40. From Canada Place, the Skytrain can be taken 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 no ATMs 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- Or Post-Cruise North Shore Tour, Vancouver, null
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Vancouver Shore Excursion: Pre- Or Post-Cruise North Shore Tour

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The Vancouver North Shore Tour is an excellent way to get a little light adventure before or after your cruise. The half-day pre- or post-cruise excursion will ...  Read more

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

From USD $118.38
Vancouver Shore Excursion: Pre-Cruise City Tour with Port Drop Off, Vancouver, Ports of Call Tours
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Vancouver Shore Excursion: Pre-Cruise City Tour with Port Drop Off

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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 $57.28
Vancouver Shore Excursion: City Tour and Capilano Suspension Bridge, Vancouver, Ports of Call Tours
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Vancouver Shore Excursion: City Tour and Capilano Suspension Bridge

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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 $77.14
Vancouver Shore Excursion: Post-Cruise Sea-to-Sky Highway Day Trip from Vancouver, Vancouver, Ports ... 
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Vancouver Shore Excursion: Post-Cruise Sea-to-Sky Highway Day Trip from Vancouver

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When your cruise arrives in Vancouver, hit the road for scenic sights along the Sea to Sky Highway. You’ll visit the thundering Shannon Falls, lift off ...  Read more

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

From USD $91.65
Vancouver Shore Excursion: Private Fraser Valley Wine Tour, Vancouver, Full-day Tours
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Vancouver Shore Excursion: Private Fraser Valley Wine Tour

If you're interested in sampling British Columbia wine, spend your time in port in Vancouver on a private shore excursion to Fraser Valley. During your ...  Read more

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

From USD $82.07
Vancouver Shore Excursion: Small-Group Gourmet Lunch Tour, Vancouver, Ports of Call Tours
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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 $96.42
Vancouver Shore Excursion: Small-Group Food Trucks Tour, Vancouver, Ports of Call Tours
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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 $48.49
Vancouver Shore Excursion: Small-Group Granville Island Market Tour, Vancouver, Ports of Call Tours
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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 $48.75
Vancouver Transfer: Vancouver Cruise Port to Victoria, Vancouver, Ports of Call Tours
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Vancouver Transfer: Vancouver Cruise Port to Victoria

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

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

From USD $56.54

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