Vancouver
River & Harbor Cruises

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Our most recommended Vancouver River & Harbor Cruises

Sea Vancouver Waterfront Sightseeing Adventure

1. 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 2.5-Hour Sunset Dinner Buffet Cruise

2. Vancouver 2.5-Hour Sunset Dinner Buffet Cruise

Why pick only one of Vancouver's best views for that special dinner when you could gaze out on the downtown skyline, the mountains behind the North Shore, the West Vancouver shoreline, and more? On this 2.5-hour cruise, enjoy seeing the best sights of Vancouver as you sail along the water. Then watch as the sun slowly disappears into the Pacific Ocean. On board, you will be treated to a delicious, all-you-can-eat West Coast-themed buffet dinner. Dine on your meal as you savor the sounds of live music. Then consider dancing, or take a stroll on the deck to see the city skyline from your vantage point on the water.

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Victoria and Butchart Gardens: Private Day Tour

3. Victoria and Butchart Gardens: Private Day Tour

Enjoy a private 13-hour adventure from Vancouver to Victoria and stop at one of Canada’s most beautiful public gardens. Following your morning pick-up by limousine, you will enjoy priority boarding on the British Columbia ferry service across the Strait of Georgia. Cruise through the breathtaking Gulf Islands, passing so close you can almost touch the trees on the shore. See seals in the sea and bald eagles looping the sky above. Sometimes, you can even spot whales. Upon arrival at Vancouver Island, head to beautiful Butchart Gardens. As a private tour, you will only have to leave when you are ready. Highlights include the wooded bog garden and landscaped Japanese garden. You can also take a break to sip some tea in the beautifully manicured gardens. Continue to Victoria for a guided tour of the city's heritage buildings, such as the Empress Hotel and Beacon Hill Park. With echoes of the past, Victoria’s genteel atmosphere is a perfect respite from Vancouver, with quaint cafés on every corner. Enjoy free time to explore at leisure.

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Vancouver 1-hour Harbor Tour

4. 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.

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Squamish River: Scenic Twilight Float

5. Squamish River: Scenic Twilight Float

Take part in an ideal outdoor evening activity for families, children, seniors, and anyone looking for an exciting outing full of breathtaking scenery. The Squamish Scenic Twilight Float is a family friendly rafting float trip that features views of picturesque natural landscapes, wildlife sightings, and lots of laughs shared under the setting sun. Travel through the lower Squamish River and surrender to the relaxing flow of the water whilst admiring the breathtaking scenery of the Stawamus Chief, Shannon Falls, Mount Garibaldi, and the Coast Mountains of British Columbia. Witness a view of all these incredible natural occurring landmarks from the unique position of your float. Enjoy an evening with your family, friends and nature during this idyllic scenic interpretive float and learn about the world renowned Squamish Valley and its local wildlife as dusk settles over the Coastal Mountains.

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From Vancouver: Butchart Gardens by Seaplane and Speedboat

6. From Vancouver: Butchart Gardens by Seaplane and Speedboat

Combine adventure and culture on this unique day trip to Victoria and the famous Butchart Gardens. Leaving from Vancouver in the morning, you will be picked-up from your hotel and taken for a thrilling journey in a seaplane over the fascinating islands of the Canadian Pacific coast. Land in Victoria city center at around 10:00 AM, giving you plenty of time to stroll the streets and admire the quirky English style. In the afternoon you'll be driven to the world-famous Butchart Gardens by bus. Once there, you'll have about 2 hours to admire the flowers and other plant life in these impressive gardens. Travel back to Vancouver city center in a comfortable, covered speedboat at around 04:45 PM. Arrive back at your hotel in Vancouver at around 07:30 PM.

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What people are saying about Vancouver

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 420 reviews

Myself and 7 family members chose the tour today over casual site seeing boat cruise. This trip was far more exciting. Raphael was our guide and we were all impressed with his knowledge and education of all the sites. The boat made 8 stops throughout the Harbour for plenty of photo opportunities. I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone of all age groups. I will also do the tour again that's how fun it is.

Sea viewing experience was awesome! Captain Raphael was knowledgeable and friendly. He even took time to take pictures per family on board catching the beautiful scene as background. The ride was fun! Kudos!

It was one of the best things we did while in Vancouver. Raphael and Jeremy were faboulous. Lots of information and entertainment. Raphael was especially full of knowledge.

Rafael was great! He was funny, knowledgeable, and has a neat sense of humor. We highly recommend asking for Rafael if you go on this tour.

We loved it. Our captain, Raphael, was Knowledgable ,humourous, And helped to make it a really wonderful afternoon:)