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Vancouver Bicycle Tour

1. 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: Highlights & Hidden Gems Private Tour

2. Vancouver: Highlights & Hidden Gems Private Tour

Take a peek behind Vancouver's big tourist attractions and feast your eyes on a few of the city's hidden gems as revealed by true locals. Enjoy a private and personalized experience with a local host matched to your interests. In the heart of downtown Vancouver, your local insider will lead you from the Rainbow Crosswalk to explore the hip neighborhood of the West End, where you might be lucky to spot some little hidden gnomes. Hang out with the locals along Sunset Beach Park and take a walk along the Seawall, the world's longest uninterrupted waterfront path. Discover a hidden, brightly colored alleyway downtown, perfect for any Instagram lover. Explore the lesser-known hotspots near Engine 347 and if shopping is your thing, Granville Market offers a delectable menu of arts, crafts, and delicious food. Forego the well-trodden tourist routes of trendy downtown and instead take a turn into 10th Avenue to discover beautifully painted heritage homes. The local partner's handpicked hosts are culinary connoisseurs and history buffs, bakers and bankers, students and seniors. Like the people who travel with them, they have different backgrounds and interests — but they're all so passionate about the place they call home, they choose to spend their free time sharing it with like-minded travelers matched to them.

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Vancouver: 3-Hour Bowen Island Boat Cruise with Dinner

3. 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.

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Vancouver Bike Tour: Gastown, Chinatown, Granville Island

4. Vancouver Bike Tour: Gastown, Chinatown, Granville Island

Start your tour at the sandy shores of English Bay. Follow the beach path east with your bike tour guide. Stop along False Creek seawall to view the colourful "Giants" mural by Osgemeos. Leave the seawall and head into the Yaletown district for a quick stop at the Roundhouse Community Centre. See the first train across Canada and hear about Vancouver's connection to the railroad. Return to the seawall and bike through the stadium district, alongside BC Place, The Park Casino and Rogers Arena. Skip across the city to Gastown, Vancouver's oldest neighbourhood. Hear the story of Gassy Jack, stop at the Vancouver Steamclock and gaze up at the impressive design of the Woodwards Tower. Slide over to Chinatown for a peak inside the meditative Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Gardens. Learn about the important role the Chinese played in the development of Canada and hear the quirky story of the Chinatown otter. Pedal through Strathcona, Vancouver's first residential neighbourhood. Pause in front of Nora Hendrix's house and hear Vancouver's connection to the legendary guitar player. Stop for a tasty treat at La Casa Gelato, the Guinness World Record setting ice cream shop with 238 flavours to choose from. Ride through the Olympic Athlete's Village as you return west along the south side of False Creek. Cycle onto Granville Island for a slow roll past the artisan shops and remaining factory elements. Park the bikes and putter through the over 100 stalls in the Granville Island Public Market. Return to the bikes for a quick sea jaunt across False Creek on the Aquabus ferry system. Arrive back at the bike shop for a quick tour debrief, recommendation list and Instagram selfie!

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Vancouver: Private Sightseeing Tour with Capilano Bridge

5. Vancouver: Private Sightseeing Tour with Capilano Bridge

The adventure begins with pickup from your hotel, then sets off into the bustling streets of Vancouver. Start with a comprehensive tour of the downtown area, including Canada Place, home to the 2010 Olympic Cauldron. Marvel at the array of architectural masterpieces as you wander, and pass by the Arts and Financial District as well as Robson Street. Arrive at Stanley Park, a 1000-acre urban rainforest. Immerse yourself in this unique forest setting, and admire the First Nations Totem Poles. Head to North Vancouver next, crossing over the Lions Gate Bridge towards Capilano Suspension Bridge Park.  Check out the park’s impressive collection of First Nations artwork and learn about local history in the Story Center. Stop at the spectacular Cliffwalk and gaze out across the towering cedar trees and the winding Capilano River. Enjoy an exhilarating walk across the Capilano Suspension Bridge then travel back into downtown Vancouver for a visit to the bustling Granville Island Market.

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Vancouver: VanDusen Gardens or Lookout Tower - Private Tour

6. Vancouver: VanDusen Gardens or Lookout Tower - Private Tour

This private tour of culturally rich Vancouver begins with an introduction to key downtown including Canada Place and Robson Street. Wind through historic and modern architectural wonders en-route to Stanley Park, a 1,000-acre natural oasis, surrounded by the Pacific Ocean. View the First Nations Totem Poles, and gaze upon ever-changing rainforest and shoreline scenery on the way through the park. Get your camera ready for a photo stop at Prospect Point, with a great view of Lions Gate Bridge. Continue to the enchanting sights of the English Bay beach area, followed by a visit to the eclectic Granville Island Market. Top off this adventure with a choice to visit the VanDusen Botanical Garden or the Vancouver Lookout. In addition to plants native to British Columbia and water features, the garden features works of art including carved totem poles, stone sculptures, and a maze for the family to enjoy. At the Vancouver Lookout, rise more than 500 feet above the city in a glass elevator for views of the ocean framed by the lush Coastal Mountains, busy city, and rugged shoreline.

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What people are saying about Granville Island Public Market

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 63 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.

This is an amazing tour if you want to see alot of Vancouver but have a tight time frame. Our tour guide, Nick, was amazing and spent extra time with us on the tour. We covered alot of area and we were never rushed at any point. Fantastic day.

Great experience. WeI'll never forget our chance to visit the Barred Owl in Stanley Park. Many Thanks to our guide Paulo OConnor from Cycle City Tours and Rentals, Hornby Street 648, Vancouver BC

Easy riding, mostly on flat and safe bike lanes. Our guide Nick was very informative and knowledgeable and lots of fun too. Highly recommended.

Great tour, easy to bike, lots of information by experienced guide. Very nice way to discover Vancouver city. Beautiful weather and fun group!