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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: 2.5-Hour Gastown Walking Food Tour

2. 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 and prosciutto with flavorful local wine, Japanese kar-age style chicken, freshly made Sicilian tortellini, crispy sweet and chili cauliflower, Canadian poutine; handmade fries topped with cheese curds and gravy and a choice of beer/wine, soft organic ice cream, Vancouver's award winning cheesecake, and 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!

Vancouver & Capilano Suspension Bridge Sightseeing: Half-Day

3. 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: Half-Day City Highlights E-Bike Tour

4. Vancouver: Half-Day City Highlights E-Bike Tour

Jump on a fun and easy-to-ride e-bike tour through Vancouver. Cycle along Stanley Park and cruise the Seawall with stunning views of the Downtown skyline and the North Shore Mountains. Visit the iconic Totem Poles and lush Beaver Lake, where wildlife abounds. Make use of your electric boost and ride up to the Prospect Point lookout, the highest point in the 1000 acre park, overlooking the Lion’s Gate Bridge, and on clear days you can see all the way to Vancouver Island.  After leaving the park, cruise along and check out some iconic neighborhoods on the False Creek waterfront, including Yaletown and Olympic Village. Both neighborhoods are award-winning developments known for their modern style and eco-friendly design. Finally, make your way to Chinatown and Gastown, two of Vancouver’s oldest neighborhoods. Your guide will share stories about the city’s roots amongst the city’s oldest buildings before heading back to the starting point. This e-bike tour makes use of Vancouver’s extensive separated bike trails, with 95% of riding on routes without cars and a maximum group size of 10 riders. This tour does not stop at the Granville Island Market, so going there in the morning is a great way to pair your day of exploring.

Vancouver: Guided City Highlights Tour

5. 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 Bicycle Tour

6. 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: Gastown Scavenger Hunt and City Highlights Tour

7. Vancouver: Gastown Scavenger Hunt and City Highlights Tour

Get to know the Gastown area in Vancouver at your own pace on this interactive scavenger hunt walking tour. You'll explore the city on foot and get points for solving different types of tasks. You will use hints to find the best sights and hidden gems throughout the city. The map function in the app will help you get there. Once you’ve arrived at the place you’re looking for, you’ll be asked questions about the sight. Most of the time, the answers are hidden in signs and pictures. During the adventure, you can also expect exciting photo tasks that require a lot of creativity. If you master the snapshots, you will be rewarded with points. Along the way, you’ll reach amazing places like the “Gassy Jack Statue”, the "Gastown Steam Clock”, the “Waterfront Station” and many more. After you buy the ticket, you will receive an access code that you can use in the app. After you book the game, you’ll get a game code via email with instructions on how to play. Head to the “Maple Tree Square” and use the code to unlock the game in the app. The tour ends at the “Harbour viewpoint”.

Vancouver: City Secrets Guided Tour

8. Vancouver: City Secrets Guided Tour

Begin the story at the famous Gastown Steam Clock. Your guide will share the tales of the villains, crooked politicians, and mobsters that ruled the city in the roaring twenties when the saloon doors swung closed and Vancouver became a den of illicit booze, crime, and vice. As you walk past ornate heritage buildings, down narrow alleyways unchanged in over a hundred years, and along historic streets once teeming with bawdy houses, opium dens, and blind pigs, you’ll discover a unique perspective on Vancouver’s history.  Finish the walking tour on the cobblestone streets of Maple Tree Square, surrounded by Gastown's most talked about bars and restaurants. It's the perfect place to share a post-tour dinner or drinks after learning why former mayor LD Taylor once said, “this is a port city, we ain’t no Sunday School town!”

Vancouver Highlights 4-Hour Private Tour

9. 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.

Vancouver: Guided Food and City History Tour

10. Vancouver: Guided Food and City History Tour

To start, your local guide will teach you about the North Shore of Vancouver, where you will see the beautiful waterfront and mountains. First stop is a local maple store. Hear stories about Canada's favorite food item, maple syrup! You can also pick up souvenirs. Next, stop at a local sushi restaurant. Learn about the big sushi culture in Vancouver and taste fresh local sushi. Afterwards, walk along the historic streets of Gastown and learn about the past and present of this beautiful area. Visit the popular steam clock. Try poutine, Canada's famous dish with fries, cheese curds and gravy. Your guide will share some trends and tales of the city before stopping in for a surprise: a delicious vegetable based dish. Enter the most beautiful square in the city and learn about the founder of Gastown. This spot is a great opportunity for photos. Finish the tour with some refreshing ice cream. Your guide will show you a great bar for local beers. There is another amazing secret dish as well!

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What people are saying about Gastown

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 669 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! 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 & learn something new. The app has great user experience! Truly recommend!

This was definitely a highlight for us in Vancouver!! All experience is AWESOME. Walk, Think, Learn and have Fun! I thought about this tour for the rest of our trip. The app is great and will absolutely use it again in other cities! Good job Explorial! 5 stars

Great experience. 10 out of 10. A beautiful walk discovering Gastown and while solving riddles with the app you learn lots of new facts about the city. App is really cool

Super experience once again. The best way to know the city, at my own pace. Especially when there’s only an afternoon to visit around.