Begin your 5-hour bike tour in central Vancouver, where you’ll meet your guide in the morning. After a quick safety-briefing and a bike and helmet fitting, you'll set off on an exciting city ride. Along the way, stop for great photo ops, get insider tips and learn fascinating anecdotes about Vancouver’s colorful history from your savvy guide.
First, cruise to the West End, a lovely waterfront neighborhood. Admire the area’s historic homes before heading into Stanley Park. With your small group wind through the remarkable 1,000-acre (405-hectare) green space, a wonderland of 500,000 cedar, fir and hemlock trees. Enjoy splendid vistas of the city skyline, the North Shore Mountains and Mount Baker (on a clear day), and marvel at First Nation totem poles in Brockton Point. Learn about the native people that once inhabited the area, pedal into the rain forest and past Beaver Lake, and spot local wildlife like river otters, herons and bald eagles.
Next, wheel onto the ferry for a quick ride to Granville Island. Here, you’ll have 45 minutes to stroll explore the Public Market – bursting with colorful produce and artisanal goods – and grab lunch (own expense). Then head along False Creek, through Olympic Village to Dr Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, dubbed the 'world’s top city garden' by National Geographic.
Your half-day tour concludes with a trip through ambient Gastown, the city’s historic logging outpost turned chic shopping and entertainment district. Coast past fine restaurants and boutiques and on to Coal Harbour to watch seaplanes skirt along the Burrard Inlet waterfront. You'll rrive back at the bike rental shop in downtown by mid-afternoon.