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Vancouver Harbour

Vancouver Harbour: Our most recommended tours and activities

Vancouver 1-hour Harbor Tour

1. Vancouver 1-hour Harbor Tour

Take a break from the malls, museums and galleries and enjoy Vancouver from the outside on this fully narrated 1-hour cruise. From the spacious open-air decks you can enjoy a drink from the fully licensed bar and have a perfect view over this entire beautiful city. You will see the world famous Stanley Park, a rich-green oasis comprising of majestic cedar, hemlock and fir trees rising from the waters of the harbor. From the deck of the boat you can also see the impressive Lions Gate Bridge. Linking the City of Vancouver to North Vancouver, this huge suspension bridge is an impressive sight, particularly from the water it soars above. This relaxing hour cruise on the harbor also offers stunning views of the spectacular city skyline and the breathtaking North Shore Mountains. An ideal way to see the city at a calm and relaxed pace.

Victoria Day Trip by Seaplane from Vancouver

2. Victoria Day Trip by Seaplane from Vancouver

On this full-day excursion you’ll depart Vancouver Harbor by seaplane for an exciting flight over the Gulf Islands to beautiful Victoria. After you arrive in Victoria you’ll enjoy a coach tour that take you to the famous Butchart Gardens. In Victoria the shops, a museum, and several other attractions are just steps away. You’ll return to Vancouver by seaplane on a scheduled afternoon flight of your choice. With more than 50 aircraft, Harbour Air and Westcoast Air operate the largest all-seaplane fleet in the world. 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: Granite Falls Zodiac Boat Tour

3. 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: Highlights Tour with Lookout and Capilano Bridge

4. 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.

From Vancouver: Lighthouse Park & Horseshoe Bay Hiking Tour

5. 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.

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What people are saying about Vancouver Harbour

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 105 reviews

Our guide was super knowledgeable about the area, and made the whole trip really fun for the whole family and an experience I would highly recommend!! I’m really happy that I used Vancouver Water Adventures for this trip and would love to book another water adventure with them!

We had a wonderful experience, the gardens are beautiful, the town buzzing and the most magnificent experience in the seaplane. This was our first time doing this and the views were stunning.

This tour is a must for anyone visiting Vancouver. It was informative, yet fun and relaxing. We saw at least 3 bald eagles, sea lions, and lots of breathtaking views.

Was a super great experience! Learned lots about local history and tourist attractions. Got to see some local animals. Would definitely recommend this boat tour.

Lawrence was awesome. very experienced and made for a great trip.