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Granville Island: Our most recommended tours and activities

Vancouver: City Highlights Tour

1. Vancouver: City Highlights Tour

The Vancouver city highlights tour offers a personalized way to see the best of this beautiful city on the west coast of Canada. With your professional, certified guide, make multiple stops in Vancouver, including Stanley Park, Granville Island, Gastown, Chinatown, Robson Street, and the English Bay Vancouver Harbour. Explore the city’s art, historic landmarks, and shopping venues.

Vancouver & Capilano Suspension Bridge Sightseeing: Half-Day

2. 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. 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.  

Vancouver: Guided City Highlights Tour

3. Vancouver: Guided City Highlights Tour

Make the most of your time in Vancouver on this ultimate sights and landmarks tour with a local guide. The tour starts with a drive through Gastown, Vancouver’s oldest neighborhood, and continues through the culturally rich Chinatown, a melting pot of Asian cuisines and stores. Next, enjoy a visit to Stanley Park, where you can see one of the most impressive collections of totem poles in downtown Vancouver. Go past English Bay Beach and on to Granville Island, home of Vancouver’s most famous food market. Don't miss a thing with a guide that will point out all the hidden gems on the island during your trip. After an action-packed half-day of sightseeing, the tour ends with drop-off back at the pickup location.

Vancouver: City and Seal Boat Tour

4. 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.

Vancouver Bicycle Tour

5. 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.

Vancouver: 3-Hour Bowen Island Boat Cruise with Dinner

6. Vancouver: 3-Hour Bowen Island Boat Cruise with Dinner

The tour departs from Granville Island at 5:30pm and heads across the scenic and tranquil water towards Bowen Island. From your stylish boat, admire Vancouver’s stunning skyline while listening to interesting commentary and fun facts about the city. There’s also the opportunity to see some native marine wildlife, so keep your eyes peeled throughout the sail. Upon arrival at Bowen Island, enjoy an incredible dinner at one of the location’s very best restaurants, accompanied by refreshing drinks. Afterwards, spend some time exploring the local shops on the island and soaking up the friendly, small town vibe. Finally, get back on board the boat for the journey back to Vancouver, passing through the beautiful Howe Sound along the way for more sightseeing.

Vancouver and Capilano Suspension Bridge Canyon Lights

7. Vancouver and Capilano Suspension Bridge Canyon Lights

Start your holiday tour of Vancouver by exploring the highlights of downtown. See landmark monuments and locations, such as the home of the 2010 Olympic Cauldron at Canada Place. Wind through impressive modern and historic architecture, and go to the Vancouver Arts District, where community awareness is raised for public arts through diverse creative expressions. Look at the high-rise buildings of the Financial District and discover the fashion hub of Robson Street. Enter the 1,000-acre urban rainforest of Stanley Park to get a unique perspective of the city from a quiet wooded setting. Visit the First Nations Totem Poles as you continue along the water across English Bay to Granville Island. Spend some time at Granville Island Market and its many shops and eateries. Then, go to Lions Gate Bridge and explore Vancouver’s scenic North Shore. Approach Capilano Suspension Bridge Park to experience once of the most beautiful festive attractions in the city. See thousands of lights emanating from the park, and then take an exhilarating walk across the Capilano Suspension Bridge to find many unique and informative experiences, like the Treetops Adventure.

Vancouver: City and Wildlife Sightseeing RIB Tour

8. Vancouver: City and Wildlife Sightseeing RIB Tour

A twist on a famous classic, our City and Wildlife tour is a 90-minute adventure departing from False Creek with stops near Stanley Park, the Lions Gate Bridge, English Bay, and along the shores of West Vancouver. Get up close and personal with a seal colony near Lighthouse Park (Point Atkinson) and view bald eagles in their natural habitat. We will show you West Vancouver as you've never seen it before! Points of interest include: Granville Island & False Creek Stanley Park & English Bay Lions Gate Bridge West Vancouver & Mountains Lighthouse Park (Point Atkinson) Seal Colony Freighters & Vancouver

Vancouver: Stanley Park Bicycle Tour

9. 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.

Vancouver: Ocean Jetski Morning Tour

10. Vancouver: Ocean Jetski Morning Tour

Arrive at Granville Island at 7:45 AM and begin your morning jetski tour - perfect for early-risers who are eager to explore the city. Meet your experienced guides who will assist you with wetsuits and life jackets. Before heading out, guests will go through a detailed safety chat with thorough information about machine use, rules and regulations, making this tour perfect for first-time riders and veterans alike. Set off to explore some of the beautiful islands of Vancouver including Bowen Island, Anvil Island, and Gambier Island. Visit a populous and vibrant seal colony, making this tour truly memorable for any wildlife lovers. Listen to a vivid history of the city, indulge in fun facts, and create lasting memories. After the tour, return to Granville Island just as the city wakes up, leaving with a newfound appreciation for the beautiful city of Vancouver.

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What people are saying about Granville Island

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 877 reviews

First class, highly recommended. Basically, our tour guide Gabriel was completely flexible in adapting the tour to our wishes, including stops that weren't actually there, leaving others out. He knows everything, has everything under control, is very helpful, takes care of everything and was also flexible in terms of time (a little longer). Since the chemistry was right, it was also a good time on a personal level. We would never do anything else in Vancouver again. There is really nothing to complain about, especially since we only booked for 9am the night before!

I am a frequent visitor & familiar with the city. I had some free time so I thought I’d try a tour. It was great! The guide is longtime local and very friendly. No matter whether you’re an old friend or acquaintance of this beautiful city, this tour is a great way to see a few sights & perhaps learn something new.

Very funny!!! A return to the main points of interest, you see a lot of things and at the same time you will enjoy riding a bike

It was a fun excursion taking us all around the city. Our guide Greg was knowledgeable and entertaining.

Very useful to get a brief over view of the central area of Vancouver