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Our most recommended Vancouver Walking Tours

Classic Vancouver Panorama Tour by Seaplane

1. Classic Vancouver Panorama Tour by Seaplane

Enjoy the most popular tour of Vancouver and the North Shore Mountains. This ideal introduction to seaplane aviation departs from downtown Vancouver’s Coal Harbour and provides a complete aerial view of the city, as well as its surrounding parks and beaches. As if the scenery isn't enough, the thrill of flying will really carry you away. The exhilarating spray of the water is always a highlight during take-off and landing. With over 50 aircraft currently, your hosts operate the largest all-seaplane fleet and the first carbon neutral airline in North America. DeHavilland DHC-3 Turbine Single Otters and Twin Otters service regularly scheduled flights between the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island. DHC-2 Beavers service the Gulf Islands. Cessna 185 aircraft are available for charter.

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Vancouver: Private Tour with a Local

2. Vancouver: Private Tour with a Local

Explore the city with a friendly local who is passionate about their city and eager to share all the tips and tricks that will help you make the most of your trip. Meet them at your accommodation to get familiar with the neighborhood, find out about the best places to eat and buy groceries, the easiest ways to get around, and the top things to see and do. By the end of the tour, feel more comfortable in navigating the city and confident that you have all the information you need to make the most of your stay. During the walking tour, have the option of taking public transportation or taxi to get around the city. 

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Vancouver: 2.5-Hour Gastown Walking Food Tour

3. Vancouver: 2.5-Hour Gastown Walking Food Tour

The Gastown Food Tour will take you through the cobbled streets of Vancouver’s oldest neighborhood while enjoying local craft beer, delicious cheese & prosciutto with flavourful local wine, Japanese kar-age style chicken, freshly made Sicilian tortellini, tasty pork and potato croquette, crispy sweet & chilli cauliflower, creamy cheesecake, and delicious lemon bars. On this 2.5-hour walking food tour, a professional actor full of passion for the city and its food will share fascinating little-known stories about Vancouver and its “Wild West” history that dates back 150 years. This is a tour you don’t want to miss!

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Finer Things: 4-Course Dinner Tour in Whistler

4. Finer Things: 4-Course Dinner Tour in Whistler

After a long day out on the slopes, there's nothing finer than sitting down over a lovely meal to replenish your soul. This 4-course dinner explores the best restaurants in Whistler, and you'll have a chance to visit an impressive 15,000-bottle wine cellar! If you're looking for a treat, this is the experience for you! We'll begin at Bearfoot Bistro for a lovely amuse bouche, from Canada's "Best Chef of 2008". Next up, Hy's Steakhouse, for a cajun crusted blacked ahi tuna. It will melt in your mouth! By now, you're ready for a full meal, so we'll head to one of Whistler's finest restaurants, Quattro. Here you'll have a choice of meat or seafood with a signature pasta along side. It's a treat! For a sample dessert, head to Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory before finishing off at FireRock Lounge for some artisan cheese plates.  Before your tastings, a Whistler Tasting Tour representative will confirm your menu, and all can be altered for dietary or allergic restrictions!

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From Vancouver: Whistler Day Trip with Guided Village Tour

5. From Vancouver: Whistler Day Trip with Guided Village Tour

Discover Whistler’s year-round sightseeing attractions and adventure options on a day trip from Vancouver. Get taken off the beaten path to enjoy some hikes and sights less known by visitors but frequented by locals. After pickup at 1 of the 2 meeting points in Vancouver, drive to Whistler, enjoying scenic stops along the Sea-to-Sky highway on the way. Upon arrival, receive a guided tour of Whistler Village. Next, join your guide on a walk to discover Lost Lake and/or participate in an optional activity such as bungee jumping or zip trekking. Enjoy free time to explore the village further or experience the breathtaking views, great hiking trails, and new suspension bridge of the Whistler Gondola and Peak 2 Peak. With so much to choose from, your guide will be there to help you plan and optimize your Whistler experience. At the end of the day, you’ll return to Vancouver. 

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Sea Vancouver Waterfront Sightseeing Adventure

6. 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: Highlights & Hidden Gems Private Tour

7. 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: Lost Souls of Gastown Tour

8. Vancouver: Lost Souls of Gastown Tour

Venture into Vancouver's earliest and most gruesome history on this 90-minute walking tour. Designed for adult audiences, the experience is both a walking tour and a theatre piece. Every story is grounded in documented Vancouver history, taken from the city archives. The plotline is woven together as the tragic tale of one person's life, ending in a dramatic finale in the heart of Gastown's Maple Tree Square.  Do not expect a ghost tour or conventional walking tour – this is an experience that will pull you so deep into the swirling lamplight and darkened alleys of Gastown’s murky past you may have a hard time finding your way back out… As you travel along cobblestone streets you'll visit our city's oldest hotel - the Victorian, learn the truth about the historic Gastown Steam Clock, see how Vancouver looked before and after the Great Fire, explore notorious Gaoler's Mews, and walk down the back alleys of Water Street to famous Maple Tree Square. Every one of Gastown's must-see sites and landmarks is visited on the walk.

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Vancouver: Sea to Sky Gondola and Whistler Day Trip

9. Vancouver: Sea to Sky Gondola and Whistler Day Trip

Ride the Sea to Sky Gondola, explore Whistler Village and admire the natural wonders in between on this 10-hour adventure that departs from Vancouver. Feel in awe of ever-changing landscapes along the Sea to Sky Highway. There will be a pit stop to marvel at the 335 meter high Shannon Falls. Ride the famous Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish, an outdoor paradise for climbers and backcountry adventurers. The gondola takes you to Habrich Ridge, where you will have 90 minutes to take in breathtaking views of the mountains, coastal rainforest and network of inlets of Howe Sound. Pass the quaint town of Squamish and the Tantalus Glacier while continuing the journey to Whistler. Once there, spend an afternoon exploring downtown shops and cafes. Located at the base of Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort, home of the 2010 Olympics, you will be able to take advantage of the surrounding hiking trails.

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Vancouver Highlights 4-Hour Private Tour

10. 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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What people are saying about Vancouver

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 712 reviews

Our guide Gregory was absolutely amazing! He was so authentic in character, from his clothes to the way he kicked the dirt from underneath his foot. He lived his days with such endearment and finesse,he brought you back to his time in the world. I'll come back for another tour and with a bunch of my friends!

Highly recommended! Our tour guide, Dan, was amazing and helped us learn about Vancouver’s history. All food was delicious and it’s very nice to get to know some local restaurants.

It was beautiful and turned out to be a stunning say as well!

Amazing facts and extremely interesting history of gastown

Dan was very informative and knowledgeable, great tour.