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Vancouver: City and Seal Boat Tour

1. Vancouver: City and Seal Boat Tour

Jump into a boat for a 1.5-hours to see the city and its seals. Embark on an adventure you won't forget and travel along the epic coastline of the English Bay, out to Lighthouse Park, over to the Seal Colony, and back into False Creek. Take in the sights of Stanley Park from the water throughout the journey. Pass by English Bay Beach and underneath the iconic Lions Gate Bridge.  Marvel at the beautiful homes of West Vancouver, offshore freighters, and Seal Colony along the coast. Make your way past Siwash Rock, Jericho Sailing Centre, and Kitsilano Beach. All of the boat tours depart from the Granville Island Location.

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Vancouver Bicycle Tour

2. Vancouver Bicycle Tour

This tour highlights the very best sights, attractions, and biking that Vancouver has to offer! It's a great way to start your visit to the city. Meet your group at the bike rental shop in downtown Vancouver to begin your 5-hour tour of the city. During a safety briefing, you’ll be fitted with a bike and helmet. You'll ride in small groups and follow flat, protected bikeways. Travelling at a leisurely pace, you can soak up the vibrant culture and beautiful sights of the city. Start with a tour of the world-famous Stanley Park including the stunning seawall and the mesmerizing forested trails within. Wave to the beavers at Beaver Lake and marvel at the towering trees. Next, you'll ride through English Bay, home to some of the hottest beaches in the city. Hop on a ferry over False Creek to discover amazing food and art at Granville Island. You'll have a one-hour break, leaving you time to find some lunch in the area. Next, you will ride the seawall along the south side of False Creek enjoying beautiful views of Vancouver’s modern architecture framed by the North Shore Mountains. Passing the Olympic Village complex and Science World, you'll learn about Expo ’86 and the 2010 Winter Olympics. Finally, travel back in time to check out Vancouver’s vibrant Chinatown including a visit to Dr Sun Yat Sen Chinese Gardens and history-rich Gastown. You'll learn about the city’s humble beginnings as a logging outpost as well as the infamous Gassy Jack and Vancouver's first pub. Then, you'll meet up with the seawall and make your way back to the bike shop through beautiful Coal Harbour. One last look at waterfront provides a great view of marinas and seaplanes taking off and landing.

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Vancouver & Capilano Suspension Bridge Sightseeing: Half-Day

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

Vancouver’s fascinating past and present come together in this engaging tour that traverses through urban cityscapes, seaside parks, and ancient rainforests. Begin with the highlights of downtown, including Canada Place, home of the 2010 Olympic Cauldron. Wind through impressive modern and historic architecture, past the Arts and Financial Districts and the fashion mecca of Robson Street. Enter the 1,000-acre urban rainforest, Stanley Park, for a unique perspective of the city from a quiet forest setting. Visit the First Nations Totem Poles before whisking off to North Vancouver. Continue across the Lions Gate Bridge to Vancouver’s scenic North Shore and the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. Don’t miss the impressive collection of First Nations artwork and the historic Story Centre. From the spectacular Cliffwalk, gaze out over towering cedars and the Capilano River winding through the valley far below. Take an exhilarating walk across the Capilano Suspension Bridge to the other side, where many unique and informative experiences await, including the TreeTops Adventure. Do not miss the awesome Cliffwalk above the canyon. Return to downtown Vancouver via Stanley Park and English Bay, and get ready to engage all of your senses as you step out into Granville Island Market. This market is an artisan haven for all things local and handmade, including delicious food, coffee, tea, eclectic artwork, and West Coast music. Carry on through bustling Chinatown, a tribute to the Far East. Continue to historic Gastown, the heart of Vancouver, where it all began.  

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North Vancouver Discovery Private Tour

4. North Vancouver Discovery Private Tour

Drive through the spectacular Lions Gate Bridge Causeway, and enjoy spectacular views of Burrard Inlet, Straits of Georgia, and English Bay. Your first stop will be Deep Cove, a quaint little village by Indian Arm, a fjord formed 10,000 years ago during the last Ice Age. Stroll through the village and take a walk along the marina, with great views for photo ops. Your next stop will be Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, where you can experience the Cliffwalk, and Treetop Adventure. Visit the Capilano River Regional Park and its attractions: the Cleveland Dam, the spillway, the canyon, and a spectacular view of the Lions (the twin peaks of the North Shore Mountains). If time permits, you'll also drive through the Sea to Sky Highway to visit Horseshoe Bay, a beautiful ferry terminal in West Vancouver.

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Sea Vancouver Waterfront Sightseeing Adventure

5. Sea Vancouver Waterfront Sightseeing Adventure

Choose from a morning or afternoon departure and slip into the required red cruiser suit to get a safety tutorial. Then, board the open-air, purpose-built zodiac boat and set off on a scenic ride through Burrard Inlet. Get up close to native wildlife and listen to the expert commentary as you navigate the waterways at speeds up to 30 miles per hour (50 kilometers per hour). Admire the lush greenery of Coal Harbour, North Shore, English Bay, False Creek and Stanley Park, looking for dolphins, harbor seals and bald eagles along the way. Marvel at the skyscrapers of British Columbia’s largest city as you cruise back to harbor.

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Vancouver: Stanley Park Bicycle Tour

6. Vancouver: Stanley Park Bicycle Tour

Stanley Park is truly one of the most beautiful parks in the world. This unique 3-hour guided tour includes a perfect mixture of forest exploration, seaside cruising and city riding. Meet your group at the bike rental shop in Downtown Vancouver to begin your tour of the park and city. During a safety briefing, you’ll be fitted with a bike and helmet. You'll ride in small groups and follow flat, protected bikeways. Traveling at a leisurely pace, you can soak up the natural beauty of the park. After riding through some picturesque neighborhoods of Vancouver including the West End and English Bay, you'll find yourself at the entrance to the jewel of the city: Stanley Park. Your guide will escort you through the park making stops along the way, sharing in-depth information about the biodiversity of the temperate rainforest, the history of the coastal First Nations and their legendary totem poles, as well as an abundance of hidden treasures and stories that the park has accumulated over its 125-year history. Stanley Park is uniquely situated with incredibly scenic views of Downtown Vancouver, the North Shore, The Lion’s Gate Bridge, as well as English Bay and the West End. This easy 12 km ride showcases the great natural beauty of Vancouver.

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Vancouver Highlights 4-Hour Private Tour

7. Vancouver Highlights 4-Hour Private Tour

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel, or from the port in Vancouver, and then start your private sightseeing tour of the city at Library Square. Admire the public library's original architecture, built in 1995 and a prominent feature of movies such as "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus" and TV series, including "Battlestar Galactica." Then, stroll around historic Gastown and see Water Street, where fancy coffee shops mingle with restaurants and gift stores. Continue to Canada Place, location of the landmark Vancouver Convention Centre and Cruise Ship Terminal, where 5,000 tourists a day disembark from their Alaska cruises to spend the day in the city.  Continue to Stanley Park and experience the most visited natural park in British Columbia. Take a look at the iconic Totem Poles and get panoramic views from Prospect Point. Look over the Pacific Ocean, and at the mountains of North Shore, and see the commercial port and beautiful Lions Gate Bridge from the highest point in the park. Next, drive through a major shopping district and along Beach Avenue to English Bay to encounter the first beach in the city. En route to Granville Island, drive through the Olympic Village, where 2,400 athletes stayed during the Winter Olympics 2010. Reach Granville Island and stop to wander around the art studios, craft galleries and Granville Island Public Market, where you can find unique hand-made products and fine dining delights. Take a 15-minute walk through Queen Elizabeth Park to get panoramic views of the Vancouver skyline and North Shore mountains. See the stunning Bloedel Floral Conservatory, where around 500 species and varieties of plants from deep jungle to desert climates are kept in the glass dome. Explore Vancouver's Chinatown, established in 1885 and declared a National Historic Site of Canada in 2011. Today, it is the second largest Chinatown in North America after San Francisco and a hive of activity and popular tourist attraction. Then, get complimentary drop off at any hotel in downtown Vancouver or at the cruise terminal.

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Grouse Mountain Alpine Adventure Private Tour

8. Grouse Mountain Alpine Adventure Private Tour

The perfect family adventure, and a great afternoon tour choice is Vancouver's very own alpine playground overlooking the city. Breath taking views, a fun gondola ride, and fascinating attractions for any time of the year. This afternoon adventure starts with a pick-up at your hotel and a drive across the famous Lions Gate bridge to the foot of the mountains. Your first stop is the world famous Capilano Suspension Bridge. From there the Grouse Mountain Skyride whisks you to the top of the Grouse Mountain alpine area. Once on top you will be treated to an easy guided orientation walk of the many features of Grouse Mountain, followed by plenty of free time to explore on your own. Several different lunch and dinner venues are available, as well as souvenir and gift shops. Enjoy a stunning sunset over English Bay from Grouse. The tour fee includes complimentary access to the Theatre in the Sky, snowshoeing, ice skating, The Peak of Christmas and sleigh rides in the winter. In the summer, visit the Refuge for Endangered Wildlife with its resident Grizzly Bears and Wolves, take advantage of complimentary scenic chair rides, Grouse Mountain's World Famous Lumberjack Show, Birds in Motion demonstrations and much more. Time and interest permitting you will also stop at the Capilano Fish Hatchery where you will learn about the life cycle of Salmon, (up close) and the Cleveland Dam.

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Vancouver City and Capilano Park Private Tour

9. Vancouver City and Capilano Park Private Tour

This tour will start from Vancouver downtown. You will have an overview of the most visited spots and explore major landmarks such as the Marine Building, Square Library and Canada Place. Explore the Granville Island Public Market for stylish and elegant boutiques and art shops. Discover Olympic Village, home of the 2010 winter games. Your tour will continue to North Shore crossing, over the beautiful Lions Gate Bridge built in 1938. Explore Capilano Park's main attractions, such as the Suspension Bridge, Treetops Adventure, the CliffWalk and the Living Forest. Stop at Cypress viewing point for a panoramic view of the city from 2100 feet. Enter Stanley Park and stop at Totem Poles, Prospect Point, and Hollow Tree. Once you exit the park, you can explore English Bay Beach, as well as Robson, Granville and Denman Streets, where the busiest shops and restaurants are.

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Vancouver: Stanley Park & Downtown Guided Bike Tour

10. Vancouver: Stanley Park & Downtown Guided Bike Tour

Cycle around Vancouver for three hours of sightseeing and history on this exciting guided bike tour. Peddle from Vancouver's West End to the colourful Davie Street Village and on to the historical Mole Hill neighbourhood. After learning about Vancouver's Greenest City Action Plan, cycle across town on AAA grade bike paths (All Ages and Abilities). Stop in Robson Square to see the heart of the city and the Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza. Admire the combination of modern architecture and historical buildings surrounding the square, and uncover more of the city's history and future plans. Enjoy gorgeous panoramic views of the North Shore mountains as you cycle to the waterfront Convention Centre area. Spot highlights such as the Olympic Cauldron and Digital Orca sculpture. Ride along the Vancouver seawall to Stanley Park. Enjoy the natural setting and hear about the park's unique flora and fauna. Then, discover the history of the local aboriginal peoples at Totem Park. Experience firsthand the incredible totems produced by First Nation artists of the Pacific Northwest. Spot attractions such as Lady in a Wetsuit and the Empress of Japan figurehead as you continue your cycle along the coast to Beaver Creek Path, where you can dismount and explore. Then, ride beneath the iconic Lions Gate Bridge to Siwash Rock and Third Beach before finishing your tour at English Bay (First Beach) where the tour began.

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What people are saying about English Bay Beach

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 954 reviews

We loved this 5hr bike ride throughout Vancouver. It was fun to be on a ride with people from all over the states & world AND with a tour guide who had so much knowledge about Vancouver. This was fun AND so informative. We would absolutely do this again. We felt we got a complete overview of the area which was perfect for the morning of Day 1; we knew where we wanted to return to over the next days. Great, well planned and organized ride.

The tour was awesome! I haven’t had this much fun in a really long time. It was a good mix of being out on the water in a boat and just enjoying the wind in my hair and having Paul, our tour guide and captain of the boat, explain a bit about Vancouver history. Would highly recommend to locals and tourists alike!

Wonderful bike tour through Stanley park , with electric bike as an option . Nick our guide was so informative , gave us very insight into Vancouver as it is now and it’s history .it was the highlight of my trip to Vancouver , !

Rafael was great! He was funny, knowledgeable, and has a neat sense of humor. We highly recommend asking for Rafael if you go on this tour.

It was awesome and our tour guide Amber was the best!!