Downtown Vancouver Tours

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Downtown Vancouver
Surrounded by water on three sides, downtown Vancouver is the place to go for sea views, bright lights, and action. The city’s commercial core, it encompasses several distinct areas including shop-lined Robson Street, the green expanse of Stanley Park, historic Gastown, and one of the largest Chinatowns in North America.

The Basics
With so much to see here, many visitors to Vancouver devote the majority of their time to downtown. Join sightseeing tours of downtown, or delve deeper with walking tours of specific downtown neighborhoods, such as Victorian-era Gastown or the hip waterfront enclave of Yaletown. Downtown biking tours typically follow routes around Stanley Park’s scenic seawall, while many boat tours cruise around Vancouver Harbour, False Creek, and English Bay, offering front-row views of the downtown skyline. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Downtown Vancouver is a must for first-time visitors.
  • You’ll never be far from a restaurant in downtown Vancouver, with lots of dining options at all price points, including an abundance of Asian eateries.
  • Navigating downtown Vancouver is easy, with an interlinked transit network that includes the SkyTrain, buses, and the SeaBus passenger ferry. 

How to Get There
From the airport, take the Canada Line SkyTrain to Yaletown–Roundhouse, Vancouver City Centre, or Waterfront station. Cruise ship passengers disembark at Canada Place Cruise Ship Terminal, on downtown Vancouver’s waterfront . 

When to Get There 
Downtown Vancouver sees the warmest weather from mid-June through mid-September, and this is the best time for outdoor activities such as biking around Stanley Park or kayaking in False Creek. Avoid driving into or out of downtown during rush hours (7am–10am and 4pm–7pm). 

Top Sights in Downtown Vancouver
Many of Vancouver’s most recognizable landmarks and well-known attractions are situated in the downtown area. View the city from on high at the Vancouver Lookout observation deck, admire the sail-shaped forms of Canada Place, hear the Gastown steam clock chime, and explore Stanley Park, home to the Brockton Point Totem Poles and the Vancouver Aquarium. 
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Viator Exclusive: 2-day Victoria and Butchart Gardens Tour with Overnight at The Fairmont Empress

Experience the signature beauty of British Columbia on a 2-day tour of Victoria from Vancouver. Traveling by coach, ferry, and float plane, you’ll explore the region’s many waterways, mountains, and local wildlife. Spend two days visiting the city’s top attractions, including Butchart Gardens, and snapping postcard-worthy photos. Overnight, enjoy a luxurious stay at the 4-star Fairmont Empress hotel.
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Duration: 2 days
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5-Day Rocky Mountains Summer Premium Tour from Vancouver

Let a professional coach driver do the navigating into the heart of the Canadian Rockies as you sit back and take in the glorious mountain views. On this four-night trip that departs from and returns to a convenient location in downtown Vancouver (near the cruise-ship dock), all of your overnight accommodations are included. Daily breakfast is also included, and your itinerary features plenty of free time to spend just the way you like.
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Duration: 5 days
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Rocky Mountains Summer Adventure Tour

This Rocky Mountains 4-day summer tour makes it easy to plan an adventure for group members with different traveling styles. Along with sightseeing, going up the Lake Louise Gondola, and wine tasting at Monte Creek Ranch Winery, you can also opt (or opt out of) taking hikes, going on a river safari cruise, and taking an ice field tour. Plus, you can book the type of room perfect for your small group, depending on everyone's preferences.
  • Duration: 4 days
  • Duration: 4 days
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Vancouver Highlights, Shannon Falls & Whistler Sightseeing Tour

Vantage Whistler has great reviews on Tripadvisor! Explore all the major attractions between Vancouver and Whistler. We offer the most comprehensive tours with our knowledgeable and entertaining guides.We pick up right from your hotel or cruise ship terminal in our clean and spacious Mercedes mini-bus. Ride comfortably through downtown Vancouver and Stanley Park while learning about the rich history of Vancouver and Hollywood North trivia--Vancouver does hundreds of films each year.We are the only tour that takes you to Cypress Mountain to give you a breathtaking, eagle's-eye view of the city, mountains, water, and islands. Take in all of Vancouver from one panoramic vantage point.Another amazing stop is the beautiful Shannon Falls. Walk right up to BC's third highest waterfall.If you're lucky, you'll see a few bald eagles in Brackendale--the best place for bald eagle watching, so have your cameras ready!If you're visiting Vancouver, this is a tour you won't want to miss!
  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Vancouver, Shannon Falls & Whistler, Sea Everything Tour

Bentley Tours has great reviews on Tripadvisor! We combine the Hollywood North tour with the Whistler tour for a fun and entertaining journey from one of the most beautiful cities in the world to a world class ski resort. The Whistler Sea Everything Tour is our signature tour that runs all year round. Drive through downtown Vancouver and along the seawall of the 1000 acre Stanley Park, over the Lions Gate Bridge before stopping at Cypress mountain for breathtaking views of the city, water, and mountains.After Cypress, we head up the scenic Sea to Sky highway to the beautiful Shannon Falls, where you'll take a short hike to get up close to BC's third tallest waterfall. Another unique stop that we do is Brackendale. We drive along the Squamish river looking for bald eagles. Have your cameras ready!And finally, we go to Whistler for 4 hours of strolling through the Village, relaxing at the spa, or going down the world's longest zipline at 70 kph!Book your tour today!
  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Vancouver Art Deco & Chocolate Tasting Tour

Whether you’re a Vancouver local or newcomer to the city, you will learn something new on this Art Deco and Chocolate Tasting tour of the city. Walk through the downtown core, discovering impressive Art Deco buildings. Your guide shares remarkable tales of murder, fame, and mystery. Stop at two award-winning local chocolatiers and indulge in generous tastings. Explore Vancouver’s past, architecture, and amazing chocolate.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Vancouver Biking and Hiking Tour including Lunch

Cycle and hike your way through British Columbia’s rugged landscape on a 6.5-hour tour from Vancouver with lunch. Watch for signs of wildlife as you walk through Lynn Canyon, cross a scenic suspension bridge and explore a stunning temperate rainforest. Get sweeping views from the saddle while riding the Trans Canada Trail through Pitt Meadows, where the snow capped mountains around Frasier Valley are a dramatic backdrop for winding rivers and marshland. Enjoy all-inclusive access to equipment, lunch and transportation.
  • Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes
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Granite Waterfalls 4-Hour Boat Rental for 5 to 6 People

If you’ve ever dreamed of driving your own speed boat, this is your opportunity. From downtown Vancouver, you can navigate the majestic coastline from mountain fjords up to the granite waterfalls. Guides will make sure you are comfortable operating the boat and provide you with a boating license and life jackets to ensure your safety. You have 4 hours to explore the magnificent waters with your friends or family.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Seaplane Flight to Vancouver with Bus Tour from Victoria

Travel to Vancouver from Victoria by seaplane, and enjoy the stunning views from the air before taking to the roads for a 4-hour tour of Vancouver with this combo tour. First see Mount Baker, Salt Spring Island, and the Georgia Straight from the comfort of your seaplane. Then, head out with a guide, and explore Vancouver’s Chinatown, Stanley Park, English Bay, and Gastown before hopping back on your seaplane for a flight back to Victoria.
  • Duration: 1 day
  • Duration: 1 day
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Vancouver Boat Rental for up to 4 People

Cruise along the Vancouver coastline and the surrounding islands in your own 16-foot (5-meter) speedboat. Before you depart from downtown Vancouver, receive a boat operation overview and safety briefing, plus a map and suggestions for your trip. Visit a seal colony, dock at Snug Cove for a picnic, view the skyline, explore the waterfalls, and spot Orca whales during your ride.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Seal Colony 3-Hour Boat Rental for 5 to 6 People

Take the helm and head out from Vancouver on your own adventure. Take your pick from a 17-foot (5 meter) or 18-foot (5.5 meter) speed boat, for five or six passengers. After a safety orientation, head out for about 3 hours of exploring on the water. Choose to dock along the way for a picnic, cruise up to the seal colony, or see where the day takes you.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Beyond City Sights E-Bike Adventure Tour

Cruise through Vancouver on an electric bike on this self guided tour. Start off the day with a quick tutorial on using the e-bike and navigating using the GPS enabled map that will be your guide. The tour is mainly on protected bike paths, so you can enjoy the ride. Pedal through the charming neighborhoods near the University of British Columbia take a trek though the Endowment Forest, then along Kitsilano Beach.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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The Really Gay History Tour

Immerse yourself in the history and culture of Vancouver's LGBTQ2+ community on this half-day walking tour. Follow a guide on a curated itinerary designed to show the history of the movement in the Canadian city, with stops at Granville Street, the Imperial Court coronations site, locations of police raids and bookstore bombings. On the way from downtown to the historic gay neighborhood of Davie Street, you'll have plenty of time to ask questions and snap photos.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Western Canada Tour (Whistler, Sun Peaks, Jasper, Banff, Revelstoke)

Experience, explore, and immerse yourself in the absolute best of Canadian nature on a 7-day group tour. With transportation, accommodation, and some meals taken care of, you’re free to forget the stress and embrace the adventure. Have your hiking shoes ready for Banff National Park, Brandywine Falls, Whistler Blackcomb, and much more. You can also participate optional activities, such as ATV rides and zip-trekking, at an additional cost.
  • Duration: 7 days
  • Duration: 7 days
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Seattle 2-day Tour from Vancouver

Our most highly recommended tour is the Seattle Ultimate 2-day tour, as it allows plenty of time for both sightseeing and shopping, as well as an opportunity to experience the nightlife in a city that prides itself on its musical identity and history. On select dates during baseball season, we offer an option to experience a Major League Baseball Game as well.
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Duration: 2 days
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Guiding Private Special Interest Day Tours, Short & Long Haul Tours

Private guided tours are all about your small, medium or large group of travelers with special interest. You will design it to your points of interest and timeframe. I will advice you about where to go, what to do or see accordingly and create a tailored itinerary for your group. It can be for 1, 5 or 15 days, that depends on what your wishes are. Pre-booking is a necessity!
  • Duration: 4 to 100 hours
  • Duration: 4 to 100 hours
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Best Of Vancouver - 4 hours

Although the Best of Vancouver is a standard tour with pre-planned destinations, our specialty is customization. Tell us about your preferences or special requirements, and we will do everything possible to personalize your experience. This is best done by calling or emailing us in advance, so we can work with you on your particulars. We want you to have the best experience, and we're here to help make it happen!
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Vancouver Clue Solving Adventure - Ages of Steam

Age of Steam is an immersive clue solving adventure for teams of 2 - 4 people, priced per team. For groups of more than 5 people we recommend making two bookings and each teams can race against each other for the best times on the leader-board. Discover the popular sights, hidden gems and spots even the locals don’t know about in Vancouver on a 2-3 hour adventure. You and your team work together to solve a series of clues & puzzles delivered to an App on your phone. Each clue guides you around Vancouver to find the treasure by solving puzzles, with some interactions in local businesses and visiting interesting spots around the city. You can start any time but must finish on the same day to complete your mission. The puzzle of an escape room, the fun of a scavenger hunt, and the thrill of the amazing race. So! Much! Fun!
  • Duration: 2 to 3 hours
  • Duration: 2 to 3 hours
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Vancouver, Cypress Mountain, Shannon Falls & Sea-to-Sky Gondola

Vantage Whistler has great reviews on Tripadvisor! We offer a unique opportunity to enjoy one of the most scenic tours in Vancouver. Starting in downtown Vancouver, you'll hear about the many movies that were filmed in Hollywood North. Next we take the winding roads along the seawall of Stanley Park and stop at the Brockton Point Lighthouse to enjoy the picturesque view of the Burrard Inlet, North Shore, and Lions Gate Bridge. The next stop is Cypress Mountain, where you get an amazing eagle's-eye view looking back at the city, water, and mountains from the North Shore. After descending Cypress mountain, we head to the scenic Sea to Sky Highway and stop at the Sea to Sky Gondola, where you will ride up to the summit and take in sweeping views of the Howe Sound fjord, the majestic coastal forest and surrounding mountains. You have 6 hours of free time to enjoy the suspension bridge, free tours, mountaintop yoga, snowshoeing & fondue, rock climbing, hiking, and much more!
  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Vancouver Private Tour

This 5 hour private tour of Vancouver shows the city's most popular attractions.Will explore historic Gastown, walk on Water Street to see the famous Steam clock. Our next attraction Stanley Park, one of the most visited attractions in British Columbia.Stop and explore Granville Island. Here, you'll have time to wander through the art studios, craft galleries, and the Public Market.
  • Duration: 4 to 5 hours
  • Duration: 4 to 5 hours
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Vancouver Super Saver: City Sightseeing Tour plus Whistler Day Trip

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 aboard a comfortable coach, and then explore Granville Island by foot at your leisure. The next day, venture to Whistler for a guided tour and free time to enjoy optional outdoor activities. All transport & admissions to the Vancouver Lookout and Sea to Sky Gondola is included.
  • Duration: 24 to 48 hours
  • Duration: 24 to 48 hours
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