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Top Day Trips from Vancouver

By Viator, December 2017

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While there’s plenty to keep travelers busy in Vancouver, it also makes a great base to explore other parts of British Columbia. From the West Coast’s most beautiful highway to wine-country adventures, here are some day trip ideas from Vancouver.

Victoria — 62 miles (100 km) away
Located on Vancouver Island, Victoria is the capital city of British Columbia and also one of the Pacific Northwest’s oldest cities, settled in 1843. The ferry ride to Vancouver Island passes by some of the most beautiful scenery in British Columbia, and whether you’re heading to Victoria to see Butchart Gardens, go whale watching, or check out the second-oldest Chinatown in North America, a day trip is well worth your time.

Fraser Valley Wine Country — 76 miles (121 km) away
British Columbia is rapidly becoming known as one of North America’s up-and-coming wine-producing regions. Adults 19 and older can enjoy a private tour to the Fraser Valley, including the opportunity to stop at five different wineries and enjoy a gourmet 3-course lunch featuring local produce and wild British Columbia salmon.

Whistler — 78 miles (125 km) away
Whistler is one of the most popular day trip destinations from Vancouver, especially as there are plenty of shuttles that go back and forth all year round. (The drive, which follows the breathtaking Sea to Sky Highway, takes about 90 minutes.) Best known as a winter wonderland for snowboarding and skiing, Whistler is also popular during the summer months for hiking and mountain biking. 

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Vancouver to Victoria and Butchart Gardens Tour by Bus, Vancouver, null
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Vancouver to Victoria and Butchart Gardens Tour by Bus

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1304 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 $171.04
Whistler Small-Group Day Trip from Vancouver, Vancouver, Day Trips
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Whistler Small-Group Day Trip from Vancouver

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 380 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: 10 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $118.10
Vancouver North Shore Day Trip with Capilano Suspension Bridge and Grouse Mountain, Vancouver, Day ... 
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Vancouver North Shore Day Trip with Capilano Suspension Bridge and Grouse Mountain

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 538 Reviews

Experience Vancouver's beautiful surroundings on this 5- or 6.5-hour guided North Shore tour. After crossing Vancouver Harbor via the landmark Lions Gate ...  Read more

Location: Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $126.25
Victoria and Butchart Gardens Day Trip from Vancouver, Vancouver, Day Trips
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Victoria and Butchart Gardens Day Trip from Vancouver

4.5 star rating: Recommended 118 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 $158.22
Victoria and Butchart Gardens Tour from Vancouver, Vancouver, Day Trips
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Victoria and Butchart Gardens Tour from Vancouver

4.5 star rating: Recommended 55 Reviews

Begin your tour with a 90-minute cruise aboard BC Ferries. With scenery so jaw-dropping, you won’t want to blink. Relax and enjoy the voyage through Active ...  Read more

Location: Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $166.97
Sea to Sky Highway Day Trip from Vancouver: Shannon Falls, Britannia Mine and Gondola Ride, ... 
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Sea to Sky Highway Day Trip from Vancouver: Shannon Falls, Britannia Mine and Gondola Ride

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 46 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 $101.81
Full-Day Vancouver to Victoria Tour by Ferry, Vancouver, Full-day Tours
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Full-Day Vancouver to Victoria Tour by Ferry

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Take a scenic ocean ferry ride to discover the capital of British Columbia on this full-day family-friendly tour from Vancouver to Victoria. Explore the ...  Read more

Location: Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $240.28
Vancouver to Victoria Whale Watching with Return to Vancouver by Speed Boat, Vancouver, Day Trips
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Vancouver to Victoria Whale Watching with Return to Vancouver by Speed Boat

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Take part in two popular attractions during this daylong trip from Vancouver. Begin by embarking on a whale-watching trip from Vancouver to Victoria, keeping ...  Read more

Location: Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $341.28
Private Tour: Whistler Day Trip from Vancouver, Vancouver, Day Trips
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Private Tour: Whistler Day Trip from Vancouver

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 55 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 $684.73
Whistler Day Trip by Seaplane from Vancouver, Vancouver, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Whistler Day Trip by Seaplane from Vancouver

4 star rating: Recommended 5 Reviews

Save your precious travel time by flying to Whistler from Vancouver instead of driving. This package includes a round-trip seaplane flight from Vancouver to ...  Read more

Location: Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $333.13

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