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Granville Island: Our most recommended tours and activities

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

1. 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. 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 multiple stops, including Coal Harbour, English Bay Beach, Chinatown, and the Sports District. Make the most of your experience in Vancouver with additional options. Choose experiences like seeing the city from the water on a relaxing harbor cruise, or taking a tour of the city in the evening.

Vancouver Whale Watching Safari

2. Vancouver Whale Watching Safari

Experience the thrill of the high seas as you embark on the search for the famous Killer Whales. Benefit from the experience of your tour guide and sighting chances of around 90%. Keep an eye out for the notorious Killer Whale, grey whales, seals, dolphins, sea lions, bald eagles and many other aquatic animals. Professionally trained naturalists and guides will provide more information and facts about the wildlife you will see. Before you set sail, enjoy pick up from your accommodation in Vancouver and drive to the place where the covered boat is docked. Enjoy the adventure onboard the boat, equipped with many facilities including toilets. Drinks will be served on board. Marvel at the magical islands of the Canadian Pacific coast as you travel and experience a truly spectacular natural event. A visit to Vancouver's Granville Island is also included.

Vancouver: Guided City Highlights Tour

3. Vancouver: Guided City Highlights Tour

Enjoy a half-day tour that fulfills the ultimate downtown Vancouver bucket list. Explore a checklist of must-see highlights that a visitor needs to experience firsthand in order to better understand why Vancouver is frequently ranked among the world's best places to live. Witness the city highlights including but not limited to: Jack Poole Plaza, English Bay, and will stop at Stanley Park and Granville Island. Receive a personalized adventure with experienced guides and entertaining live English commentary. Choose an optional walking tour in Stanley Park. Travel by comfortable mini-coach with a maximum of 24 guests.

Vancouver: Granite Falls Zodiac Boat Tour

4. Vancouver: Granite Falls Zodiac Boat Tour

Travel through the Vancouver Harbour and see the sights from a different perspective. Ride a zodiac boat from Granville Island, passed Stanley Park, and go underneath the Lion's Gate Bridge. Boat up to the glacial fjord of Indian Arm, and admire the many natural waterfalls, cliffs, and tree-lined shorelines. Meet your guide at Granville Island, a bridge-attached island, known for its bustling local market, artisans, and street performers. There, board a Zodiac boat and feel totally safe knowing that it's practically unsinkable. As the tour begins, admire Granville Island as you drift away, and look to the other side to capture shoreside shots of English Bay with its long beaches, palm trees, and artsy apartment buildings. Pass Stanley Park, and take in the beauty of the conservation of old cedars, pines, and oak trees, while learning about the seawall and the man who started it all. Pass underneath the Lion's Gate Bridge and look to the left to take in views of the North Shore mountains. As you pass Seaspan, discover all the ways that Vancouver serves as a major international shipping port. Head toward Siwash Rock, and admire the waterfalls and granite cliffs as you catch sight of Deep Cove. Feel the air on your face and taste the ocean air as you boat up the glacial fjord of Indian Arm, and get up close and personal with Granite Falls. Take it all in and understand the peace that comes with this relatively untouched part of British Columbia. Start the adventure back, passing by Silver Falls, and get dropped back off at Granville Island.

Vancouver: City Highlights Tour

5. 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 & Capilano Suspension Bridge Sightseeing: Half-Day

6. 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 amazing 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 Bicycle Tour

7. Vancouver Bicycle Tour

Explore Vancouver's highlights on a guided bike tour to the city's top sights and districts. See more in less time as you peddle by Beaver Lake and along English Bay. Take a ferry across False Creek and view the Olympic Village complex and Gastown.  Meet your group at the bike rental shop in downtown Vancouver and put on your helmet. Listen to a safety briefing before taking off along flat, protected bikeways. Travel at a leisurely pace, allowing you to soak up the city's vibrant culture. 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. Cycle 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. Travel along the seawall that follows False Creek. Take in the city skyline framed by the North Shore Mountains. Pass by the Olympic Village complex and Science World. Hear about Expo ’86 and the 2010 Winter Olympics. Finally, travel back in time to check out Vancouver’s vibrant Chinatown including a visit to the Dr Sun Yat Sen Chinese Gardens and history-rich Gastown. Learn about the city’s beginnings as a logging outpost and hear about infamous Gassy Jack. See Vancouver's first pub before heading to the seawall and making your way back to the bike shop through Coal Harbor. One last look at waterfront provides a great view of marinas and seaplanes taking off and landing.

Vancouver: City and Seal Boat Tour

8. 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.

Vancouver: Highlights Tour with Lookout and Capilano Bridge

9. Vancouver: Highlights Tour with Lookout and Capilano Bridge

Explore all of Vancouver's hotspots in just one day with a comprehensive bus tour and special landmark visits. Ride around the most popular districts as you learn about their history from your guide. Take in panoramic views of the city from Vancouver Lookout and cross the Capilano Suspension Bridge. Enjoy a fully narrated ride around the Gastown and Chinatown areas, the modern buildings of Vancouver Harbor, and the sandy beaches of English Bay. Enjoy a quick history lesson at the Stanley Park totem pole display and wander around the art community on Granville Island. Step up to the Vancouver Lookout observation deck for the most privileged views of the city and its surrounding landscape from above. Hold on tight as you trek across the swaying Capilano Suspension Bridge and look down at the trees through the glass floors of the Cliffwalk.

Vancouver: Full-Day City Tour and Wine Tasting

10. Vancouver: Full-Day City Tour and Wine Tasting

From your hotel, start your full-day tour through the heart of Vancouver. See sites such as Stanley Park with its Native Totem Poles and the viewpoint overlooking the iconic Lions Gate Bridge. Enjoy plenty of time to walk around and for additional stop requests. Next, head to Granville Island. Famous for its art, it features many galleries, theaters, street performers and a public market. Continue by traveling through newly redeveloped Yaletown, Chinatown and Gastown, Vancouver's restored and oldest business district. Hear some suggestions from your guide for a lunch spot before taking in the view of the city from Queen Elizabeth Park's viewpoint. From there, head into the wine growing region outside the city. Savor unique tastes as you visit 4 local vineyards before returning to your hotel.

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What people are saying about Granville Island

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4.5 / 5

based on 1,276 reviews

We had Dave as our guide and he was awesome and informative. He made sure we had enough time at all our stops (15 at Stanley Park, 1.15 hour at Granville and 2.15 at Capilano Bridge) and gave tons of information on our drive go and from. H knew all the tricks and tips to make our day exciting and special. Would highly recommend.

We highly recommend this tour! Vancouver is beautiful! Our tour guide Alex was very informative, knowledgeable and fun to be with. Our kids had a lot of fun. The bus was big enough for the whole group and we were all comfortable in it. 5 stars!

A fast and efficient tour! It's definitely something I'll use again when I'm traveling.

The canyon lights were amazing, definitely worth the price.

Very great tour and Capilano bridge was incredible!!