Ultimate List of the Best Vancouver Tours

By Tim Kroeger January 6, 2020 Vancouver, Best Day Tours, Canada

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The best Vancouver tours that you must join during your trip to Vancouver. These tours will show you all the highlights that Vancouver has to offer.

The city of Vancouver enjoys a strategic location which allows you to explore not only its popular downtown area but also the nearby destinations such as Victoria Island.

Found in the West Coast of British Columbia, this seaport city is nestled amidst a mix of nature, modernity and history.

When planning your Vancouver trip, the choices you will find may seem limited to nature. If seen from the front, it is easy to judge Vancouver for having mostly outdoor tours, marine exploration and the likes.

While the area boasts of its splendid ecosystem, it is also vital to explore the ancient history enveloping the coast and the islands beyond.

When it comes to shopping and entertainment, there is no lack – in fact, there is even a teeming district dedicated for the savvy shopper and the fancy eater in you.

Whichever kind of tour you enjoy – the nature, the modern, the historic kind, or a mix of everything – all the best tours of Vancouver are right here.

1. Vancouver Delights: 7 Hour City Tour

View on Vancouver British Colombia from the Lookout, one of the Vancouver points of interest.

Spend a full day exploring the vibrant city of Vancouver. Hop on a minicoach which first takes you downtown to Stanley Park, a thriving rainforest in the West Coast which is filled with interesting landmarks, rich wildlife and beautiful beaches. 

Afterwards, cross over to Granville Island and shop to your heart’s content in one of Vancouver’s liveliest entertainment scenes. The  Harbour Centre awaits your arrival, with the famous Vancouver Lookout offering the best views of downtown Vancouver and its nearby hot spots. 

Put your game face on and brave the suspension bridge hanging above the Capilano River at the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. The thrill doesn’t end there – the Cliffwalk is another adventure you must conquer.

Complete your seven-hour Vancouver local tour with the essential trip to the Capilano Salmon Hatchery.

Included:

  • Vancouver Lookout tower admission at Harbour Centre
  • Admission to Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
  • Admission to the Capilano Salmon Hatchery

2. Vancouver to Victoria and Butchart Gardens

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Immerse yourself in the beauty and culture surrounding Vancouver Island and Victoria with this 13-hour sightseeing escapade. Travel by coach and ferry to these tourist destinations and enjoy a full day of endless exploration. 

The Butchart Gardens in Brentwood Bay is arguably the tour’s highlight. Be in awe as you get filled with the natural rush that comes from being around such rich and colorful environment. Enjoy the abundance of flowers and fountains before heading to the historic leg of your tour.

Once you arrive in downtown Victoria, you will be transported to important historic sites such as the Empress Hotel, the Royal BC Museum, and the BC Legislature.

On your way back to the mainland – should you prefer this option – you will be treated to an unstaged marine show like no other. See whales, dolphins and sea lions in their natural habitats as you cruise away.

Included:

  • Return or 1-way coach transportation
  • BC ferry fare(s)
  • Butchart Gardens admission
  • Taxes

3. Vancouver & Capilano Suspension Bridge Sightseeing: Half-Day

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Fancy seeing the 2010 Olympic Cauldron? How about exploring the rich ecosystem in Stanley Park? Don’t forget the famous First Nations Totem Poles.

All these – and more – are what await you in this half-day Vancouver BC sightseeing tour which takes you to Vancouver and Capilano Suspension Bridge. 

Aside from those mentioned above, you will also get the chance to finally walk through the 300-foot high Cliffwalk and marvel at the surrounding cedars as you step through narrow passages that soar above the Capilano River.  

Relax your pumped up heart as you continue your tour at the Granville Island Market. In here you will find local delicacies and other artisan products which speak highly of the people’s artistry.

Included:

  • Round trip transportation
  • Professional Guide

4. Victoria City and Butchart Gardens

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One of the best tours in Vancouver will take you to the nearby Victoria City, cruising along the Gulf Islands and stopping by the Butchart Gardens before going on a guided tour around the area.

As you arrive in Vancouver Island, head straight to the Butchart Gardens where your mind will be filled with all things pleasant and fragrant. Admire 55 acres of landscaped gardens that go by different themes. Be sure not to miss the Rose Fountain located at the Sunken Garden, a stunning spectacle which took years to create.

Vancouver BC tours are not complete without a taste of local history. Continue your journey to the depths of the city and see some of Victoria’s important landmarks which include the Government Street, Chinatown, and the Inner Harbour.

Read also: HOW TO GET FROM VANCOUVER TO VICTORIA

Included:

  • BC Ferries admission
  • Butchart Gardens admission
  • Round trip transportation

5. Vancouver: Capilano Suspension Bridge Park Self-Guided Tour

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Should you be the type who would like to experience one of the most exhilarating nature tours in Vancouver at the comfort of your own pace, this Capilano Suspension Bridge Park Self-Guided Tour is a must-book. 

Conquer the suspension bridge which floats hundreds of feet above the Capilano River. Walk through the thrill-inducing bridge which stretches for 450 feet, taking you from one breathtaking sight to another.

Make good use of your adrenaline rush and partake in the Treetops Adventure. Get ready to conquer seven more suspension bridges as you get close with nature in every step you take. 

Live a little more and sign yourself up for the famous Cliffwalk, an activity that is definitely not for the faint-hearted. Imagine walking through narrow passageways and glass steps amidst towering trees and granite cliffs. The panoramic views are definitely worth the chills!

Included:

  • Admission into Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
  • Roundtrip shuttle service to and from downtown Vancouver

6. Grouse Mountain and Capilano Suspension Bridge

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Merge the beauty of the city and the richness of nature together in this Vancouver guided tour which runs for six and a half hours. Explore some of the famous landmarks in Vancouver which include the Canada Place, home to the official cauldron that was used in the 2010 Olympics.

Stanley Park is part of the list of  your next destinations. It is arguably Vancouver’s most visited tourist attractions as it offers a lot of activities for the whole family all in one place.

One of the most notable features that can be found inside the park are the historic First Nations Totem Poles. These erected poles act as monuments that signify different events and important parts of the community’s ancestry and culture.

Paying a visit to the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park means you must be up for the challenge of conquering the intimidating trio that is the Capilano Suspension Bridge, the Cliffwalk and the Treetop Adventure. Feed your inner explorer and don’t end the tour without embarking on at least one of these extreme activities at the park.

Included:

  • Admission to Grouse Mountain, including Lumberjack Show, Birds in Motion and Skyride
  • Capilano Suspension Bridge admission, including Cliffwalk and Treetops Adventure
  • Admission to the Capilano Fish Hatchery

7. Vancouver Aquarium: Skip-the-Line Ticket

Over 50,000 animals await you at the Vancouver Aquarium in Stanley Park. If you are looking for a Vancouver city tour which is perfect for the whole family, this activity definitely meets your criteria.

Spend a day learning about marine animals you might have not seen just yet. Meet some African penguins and sea otters in the flesh. See why it is important to protect all these animals – from the endangered frogs to beluga whales and everything else in between.

Aside from its entertainment aspect, the Vancouver Aquarium plays an important role in marine mammal research worldwide. The research center has been made open to the public for everyone to be in the know.

Included:

  • Skip-the-line ticket to the Vancouver Aquarium

8. Vancouver Tours: 24 or 48-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Pass

Go on a full-fledged Vancouver city tour with the use of this 48-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Pass. Be the captain of your itinerary as you choose your destinations and duration of your stays for your utmost enjoyment.

These sightseeing bus tours in Vancouver Canada allow you to explore the area efficiently, guiding you on which routes to take depending on your preference.

A total of 29 stops are waiting to be explored. These include the Science World, the Olympic Village, the Stanley Park, and the Robson Street.

Enjoy a complimentary one-way false ferry ride to Granville Island with this bus pass. Granville Island is one of Vancouver’s premier shopping districts.

Included:

  • 24 or 48-hour hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus pass
  • Live and multilingual commentary
  • Free 1-way ferry ride to Granville Island

9. Full-Day Victoria and Butchart Gardens Tour from Vancouver

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Embark on a full-day journey with this Victoria and Butchart Gardens Tour from Vancouver. Hop on a minibus in Vancouver and let it take you to the ferry going to Victoria Island.

While on board, savor the different amenities which are yours to enjoy. Some of the things you can find in the ferry are a restaurant, a gift shop, and kids’ arcades. For the adults, climb on the deck and enjoy a view of the vast waters, with occasional hellos from marine animals frolicking nearby.

Once you dock in Vancouver Island, the real adventure begins. Enjoy a guided tour which will take you to notable places around the area. Afterwards, the rest of the day is yours to consume.

Find your way to the Butchart Gardens, a teeming scenery of themed flower canvases and artful fountains.

Included:

  • Admission for the ferry
  • Admission to Butchart Gardens

10. Vancouver, BC: Half-Day Whale Watching Tour

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Inside or outside – that’s the only thing you have to decipher, for whichever part you end up staying, you are guaranteed to spot a playful whale in this half-day whale watching tour

Board the Ocean Magic, a vessel designed to have many viewing areas for visitors to enjoy. This 62-foot boat is armed with an ecological design which aims to minimize its negative impact to the environment.

Aside from whales, several bird species and other marine animals are sure to make your boat trip memorable and informative. Cruise your way through the Gulf Islands, San Juan Islands and Howe Sound while an experienced guide feeds you important information about the animals and the surrounding areas.

Included:

  • Live commentary on board
  • Driver/guide
  • Tour escort/host
  • Whale sightings guaranteed

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