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Vancouver: FlyOver Canada Experience

1. Vancouver: FlyOver Canada Experience

Fly high above Canada's stunning landscapes on a simulated flight ride. Enjoy the longest simulated flight in the world at 8 minutes.  Inside a high-dome screen, hang on to your seat as you careen over snowcapped peaks and zoom across green valleys.  Feel like you’re really there as the wind, mist, and woodsy aromas fill your senses.  Get to know the history and people of Canada during a preflight presentation. The entire experience lasts 25 minutes, a perfect, wallet-friendly activity for families and first-time visitors to Canada.

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Vancouver, BC: Half-Day Whale Watching Tour

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

Experience whale watching in true comfort and style along the waters off Vancouver. See several types of whales, as well as an assortment of sea birds and other marine species. Marvel at the beauty of the Gulf Islands, San Juan Islands and Howe Sound on this 3-6 hour adventure. An informative crew will tell you about the history of the area and about the marine wildlife. Board the Salish Sea Freedom, a 62-foot covered vessel built for whale watching, and designed to minimize its ecological footprint. You can choose to be inside or outside, and can choose from 3 viewing areas on 2 levels.

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Vancouver: Grouse Mountain Admission Ticket

3. Vancouver: Grouse Mountain Admission Ticket

Grouse Mountain is Vancouver’s most visited year-round natural attraction, located just 15 minutes from downtown.You can enjoy panoramic views as you travel to the alpine aboard the iconic Skyride. Enjoy thrilling outdoor adventures, cultural activities, and educational experiences, which are available year-round. In the summer, choose from an incredible variety of activities including a world-famous lumberjack show, a "birds in motion" demonstration, a visit to the resident orphaned grizzly bears, guided eco-walks, a disc golf course, Theatre in the Sky, plus shopping and dining. You can also add to your experience with exciting adventures (at an additional fee) such as a mountain ropes course, mountain ziplines, the "Eye of the Wind", helicopter tours, and tandem paragliding. In winter, enjoy the stunning light installations on the Light Walk, the slopes at the Sliding Zone, an outdoor skating pond, snowshoeing, and more.

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Vancouver: Capilano Suspension Bridge Park Self-Guided Tour

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

Only 15 minutes from downtown Vancouver, take a walk on Vancouver's wild side as you stand 230 feet (70m) above the waters of the Capilano River on a breath-taking 450-foot-long (137-metres) suspension bridge. Appreciate nature from 3 breath-taking perspectives - the world-famous Capilano Suspension Bridge, the Treetops Adventure, and the thrilling Cliffwalk.  This 27-acre park was made famous by its namesake bridge, which was built back in 1889, and has been added onto with even more attractions to let you experience the temperate rainforests of beautiful British Columbia.  While the wobbly bridge and stunning location is a Vancouver landmark, Capilano Suspension Bridge Park offers an all-encompassing BC experience. History, culture, and nature are presented in unique and thrilling ways with knowledgeable staff and interpretive signage providing as much, or as little, information as guests want. The thrilling Cliffwalk hugs the granite cliffside and offers panoramic views of the thriving rainforest and canyon below. With 16 anchor points in the cliff supporting the structure and two glass platforms, this walk is not for the faint of heart. The Treetops Adventure takes guests 110 feet into the canopy of a coastal rainforest on 7 suspension bridges attached to old-growth trees. It is accessible to guests age 2 to 92. Nature guides provide hourly tours, explaining the importance of a West Coast temperate rainforest to the ecosystem. Guided Tours and seasonal events like Raptors Ridge birds of prey June to October and Canyon Lights late November through to end of January enhance the many experiences at this year-round destination.

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Vancouver: City and Suspension Bridge Day Trip

5. Vancouver: City and Suspension Bridge Day Trip

Vancouver’s fascinating past and present comes together in this engaging tour that traverses through urban cityscapes, seaside parks, and ancient rain forests. 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 hub 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. Return to downtown Vancouver by mid afternoon.

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Vancouver Art Gallery Entry Ticket

6. Vancouver Art Gallery Entry Ticket

Discover the power of art on your next trip to Vancouver with a visit to the Vancouver Art Gallery, one of North America’s most exciting and innovative visual arts institutions. See works by renowned Canadian Modernist painter, Emily Carr, as well as ground-breaking temporary exhibitions and selections from the permanent collection. Open 7 days a week, a visit to the gallery is an opportunity to meditate on more than a century's worth of Canadian and international art, from historical masters to contemporary visionaries. Take a guided tour of the exhibitions in English or Chinese, or simply wander through at your own pace. Enhance your experience by attending one of the gallery’s engaging special events, educational tours, or programs designed for families, youths, and art enthusiasts of all ages. Take your kids along to the weekly family programs featured every Sunday. Free for children aged 12 and under, these programs will give your children a unique appreciation for the arts with activities that bring the exhibitions to life. As well as the galleries, spend time in the Gallery Store, a locals’ favorite for one-of-a kind-gifts. When you need to replenish your energy, head to the Gallery Bistro, an eatery with a reputation for great food and an outdoor patio that is one of Vancouver’s hidden gems.

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Sea Vancouver Waterfront Sightseeing Adventure

7. 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: 24 or 48-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Pass

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

See the sights of Vancouver at your own pace with a 24 or 48-hour pass for the hop-on-hop-off sightseeing bus. Choose from a variety of options to suit your interests. Options include access to both City and Park Routes. Listen to an informative on-board commentary to help you choose where to hop off. Experience the hustle and bustle of downtown Vancouver and the serene natural beauty of the local parks. Jump off at Science World or indulge your passion for sport at the Olympic Village. Stroll the rainforest pathways of Stanley Park, enjoy a bite to eat on Granville Island, visit the iconic Gastown Steam Clock or shop 'til you drop on Robson Street. Benefit from 29 stops, including Coal Harbour, English Bay Beach, Chinatown and the Sports District.

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Family-Friendly Cheakamus Splash

9. Family-Friendly Cheakamus Splash

Enjoy a half-day rafting trip that features small splashy rapids, outstanding scenery and lots of laughs. It’s an ideal outdoor activity for families, children, seniors, and anyone looking for a gentle and fun scenic rafting adventure. As you raft down the glacier-fed Cheakamus River between old growth forests, you’ll experience the excitement of gentle rapids and see a variety of birds, wildlife, waterfalls, and the towering peaks of the Coast Mountains. Learn about the intriguing Squamish First Nations history, a key part of the history of the area. There will also be a water fight for the kids. Perfect the art of splashing others and get a chance to cool off with a quick dip in the pure, glacier-fed water. When your river journey ends, you will be taken back to the fully equipped rafting base where you can change back into your own clothes and enjoy the facilities at the resort including a full service restaurant and awesome fully-licensed outdoor patio area. Relax with your family and friends in the beautiful sunshine and comfort of the resort, and check out the photos and videos shot on your trip.

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Vancouver: Christmas Tour with Light Festival Entrance

10. Vancouver: Christmas Tour with Light Festival Entrance

Immerse yourself in Vancouver's Christmas spirit on this private tour. After getting picked up from your hotel in a luxurious Mercedes Benz Sprinter van, head to the Van Dusen Botanical Garden. Here, experience the Van Dusen Festival of Lights, where you can witness a spectacular light show, take a carousel ride and even meet Santa. Next, head over to Stanley Park and experience the Bright Nights Christmas Train in Stanley Park, with 3 million twinkling lights. Continue your tour of the city's best Christmas lights with a drive around downtown. See iconic sights such as Canada Place, False Creek, and Gastown lit up by colorful festive light displays. Enjoy a drive over the Lions Gate Bridge to North Vancouver to visit the Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. Admire panoramic views across the bridge to Burrard Inlet and Downtown Vancouver before getting dropped off back at your hotel.

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What people are saying about Vancouver

This was a very pleasant distraction and a small demonstration of the culture of that beautiful country Canada, the place met all my expectations and the hygiene and health protocols that I and my family deserved, the group of employees was very professional and friendly, I recommend it to anyone visiting Vancouver.

We were so fortunate. The weather was cperfect and the water was calm. Only 30 people on the boat made it so easy to see out to where the wildlife was spotted. We saw humpbacks, orcas, sea lions and porpoises! The crew was phenomenal. A totally amazing experience.

It was a wonderful tour, we saw an orca and 3 humpback whales. The guides are very nice and they explain everything that we need to know about the whales.

I had an amazing time. Our guide Jeff was the best too!

Great experience! Loved the bridge and the cliff walk.