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Things to do in West Vancouver

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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.

Vancouver 2.5-Hour Sunset Dinner Buffet Cruise

2. Vancouver 2.5-Hour Sunset Dinner Buffet Cruise

Gaze out on the downtown skyline, the mountains behind the North Shore, and the West Vancouver shoreline, all on this special Vancouver dinner cruise. Be served a delicious West Coast style buffet dinner accompanied by in-house music. On this 2.5-hour cruise, prepare to see the best sights of Vancouver as you sail along the water. Watch as the sun slowly disappears into the Pacific Ocean as you create an unforgettable memory. On board, you'll be treated to an all-you-can-eat West Coast themed buffet dinner. Dine on your meal as you savor the sounds of music. Get up and dance or take a stroll on the deck to see the city skyline from your vantage point on the water.

Vancouver: City and Seal Boat Tour

3. 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.

The Dark Secrets of Stanley Park Tour

4. The Dark Secrets of Stanley Park Tour

Uncover the secrets of Stanley Park on a 2-hour insider walking tour with an expert guide. Explore the famous seawall, dark forested trails, historic totem poles, bizarre public art, and notorious crime scenes. See Vancouver landmarks Coal Harbour, the Lions Gate Bridge and Deadman's Island. As you stroll along the glistening shoreline and beneath towering trees, you'll hear the inside story of one of the world's most remarkable parks. Meet your guide at the fountain directly outside the Vancouver Aquarium entrance and then set off to explore Stanley Park. You'll quickly leave the tourist trail behind and take a little used path through the forest. You'll hear the tale of Captain George Vancouver before you emerge on the Stanley Park seawall for the perfect vista of the glittering downtown skyline and Coal Harbour. Following the seawall, you'll hear the tragic history of Deadman's Island as you approach the park's world-famous totem poles. A short rest stop at the totem poles gives you time to visit the bathroom, take photos, or buy a snack or water at the concession stand. A short walk later finds you admiring views of the North Shore Mountains, Burrard Inlet, and the Lions Gate Bridge. You'll take in some of the city's most loved public art, and cross a long lost cemetery hidden beneath your feet. Next, it's time to leave the seawall and head onto dark forested trails. Your guide will lead you through towering groves of giant Cedar, Hemlock and Douglas Fir, some hundreds of years old. These are trails few tourists ever step foot on - a genuine Pacific Northwest forest experience. You'll see the location of a long lost indigenous village known as Whoi Whoi. A short walk later you'll be In the heart of Stanley Park where you'll hear the story of one of Vancouver's most shocking crimes. You can catch your breath on the short stroll back to the start point. Your guide will be on-hand to answer your questions, help you plan the rest of your day, and take photos. After the tour, you can continue your adventure with a visit to the Vancouver Aquarium, or travel back to downtown to relax and remember your visit to incredible Stanley Park.

West Vancouver: Howe Sound and Bowen Speedboat Tour

5. West Vancouver: Howe Sound and Bowen Speedboat Tour

Join the Bowen Explorer Tour and marvel at the Howe Sound islands, an amazing adventure to bird sanctuaries, harbor seal rookeries, and sea caves. Finish with a short visit of Snug Cove on Bowen Island. Soar up the coastline with the eagles, farther north than this trip has ever gone before. Travel deep into the sound your guide explains this extraordinary ecosystem that is home to harbor seals, bald eagles, oystercatchers, and many other creatures and organisms. The trip highlights the wildlife of the sound: seals at Pam Rocks and birds around Christie Island. Catch sight of some unique Bald Eagle nests and traditional First Nations locations. Take in a true example of the west-coast fjord landscape littered with steep cliffs and hanging valleys. Discover more of Vancouver’s history and see some untouched coastline, as it was before the city was colonized. Horseshoe Bay is also home to many unique restaurants and shops that are fun to explore before or after the tour.

Sea Vancouver: City and Wildlife Sightseeing RIB Tour

6. Sea Vancouver: City and Wildlife Sightseeing RIB Tour

Experience a twist on a family classic on this city and wildlife tour. Hop on board a RIB and explore Vancouver's waterways. Discover the diverse wildlife that lives along the shoreline and in the coastal waters. Begin your tour at False Creek and set off on your adventure. Pass by Granville Island, Stanley Park, the Lions Gate Bridge, and English Bay. As you explore enjoy spectacular views of Vancouver and the mountains in the background. Get up close and personal with a seal colony near Lighthouse Park (Point Atkinson), spot a variety of marine life as you make your way along the coast, and view bald eagles in their natural habitat. From the boat see Vancouver as you've never seen it before.

From Vancouver: Lighthouse Park & Horseshoe Bay Hiking Tour

7. From Vancouver: Lighthouse Park & Horseshoe Bay Hiking Tour

Embark on a journey to discover the picturesque Pacific Northwest just outside of Vancouver's city limits. Join a guided half-day hike with a local guide and make your way to the scenic Lighthouse Park and Horseshoe Bay. Following hotel pickup, enjoy a relaxing stop for coffee or tea at Horseshoe Bay. Sip on a hot drink while watching the waves come and go on the beach. If you're lucky, you might even spot some seals in the distance. Stop at Whytecliff Park and take a stroll along the bluffs and enjoy the views. Next, visit the most recognizable historic spot in the area, Lighthouse Park. Take a short hike to the viewpoint, admire the coastal views, and snap the perfect selfie to share with family and friends. On the way, pass by the Lions Gate Bridge and learn the history of the impressive structure.

Between Vancouver & Whistler: Smartphone Audio Driving Tour

8. Between Vancouver & Whistler: Smartphone Audio Driving Tour

Follow your audio tour guide along Highway 99, one of the most scenic drives in British Columbia. Start anywhere along the route between Vancouver and Whistler. The tour experience is the same in any direction. Learn about the Lions Bay Search and Rescue team. Discover the beauty of Stawamus Chief Mountain. Hear about the Strait of Georgia and other sights at your own pace.  With no time constraints, enjoy the freedom to stop anywhere and take your time exploring. Fun audio clips will play automatically as you drive, using a live GPS map. No data is used during the tour. This tour is easy to navigate and all ages will be entertained. This audio guide will keep you and your family laughing and engaged along the way with trivia fun. Each point of interest along the way has a fun multiple-choice trivia question about the sights. Keep score or just listen.

Discover Stanley Park with a Smartphone Audio Walking Tour

9. Discover Stanley Park with a Smartphone Audio Walking Tour

Use the live GPS map on your smartphone app to creation your own itinerary for Stanley park in Vancouver with this audio tour. Use the app offline to save your data. Hear commentary automatically play at points like Hallelujah Point, Beaver Lake, and the Lord Stanley statue. Begin at the busy Stanley Park Causeway and follow the seawall all the way around the park. Have the option of stopping at points of interest in the park's interior. Get suggestions on attractions to see like Nature House and the Vancouver Aquarium. Learn about the creation of Stanley Park and its history. Delve into the geology of the area. Hear about the lost lagoon, Beaver lake, the hollow tree, and the devastating wind storm of 2006. Uncover the history of Hallelujah Point, Deadman’s Island, and the naval reserve. Check out the statues of the Scottish poet Robbie Burns, the Olympian Harry Jerome, and the park’s namesake, Lord Stanley. See the Nine O’Clock Gun, the SS Empress of Japan figurehead, and the 'Girl in a Wetsuit' statue Take a break on one of the logs at Third Beach, or visit the historic Stanley Park Pavilion. Admire views at Brockton Point and the Prospect Point. View Lions Gate Bridge. Tour the Rhododendron, Rose, and Rock gardens and hear the history behind the Malkin Bowl.

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What people are saying about West Vancouver

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4.7 / 5

based on 565 reviews

Excellent tour, Simon our tour guide was very knowledgeable and kept us entertained ! Great way to see the waterfront !

An amazing experience with views you can only dream of. A must do for anyone visiting Vancouver.

We have a great drive with this app and the quiz was alot of fun.

Fast friendly on time exceeded my expectations it was awesome

Great flight and views despite the clouds! Pleasant pilot.