Embark on an exciting whalewatching excursion on board the Explorathor. Built in 2010, this premier boat is an open-air zodiac style vessel, with upper level observation deck and covered seating in the stern. Travel through the Gulf Islands region, accompanied by a professional naturalist, and marvel at the beauty and might of the whales in their natural habitat.
Depart from Coal Harbour to begin your exhilarating seaplane flight over Vancouver. Drink in the spellbinding vistas as you soar high above a unique landscape of city, beaches, coastal forests, islands and mountains. Have your camera ready to capture incredible aerial views of the city’s famous sights, such as downtown Vancouver, beautiful Stanley Park, the vibrant harbour, the snowcapped peaks of the North Shore Mountains, Horseshoe Bay, English Bay and Deep Cove. The thrilling sensation of landing on the water is the perfect ending to your adventure.
Join fellow foodies and sample the fresh, seasonal produce on offer at the Granville Island Public Market on this 2-hour tour. As you wander through the stalls you’ll have the opportunity to taste a variety of food – from cheese and charcuterie to donuts – that’s been locally-sourced. Throughout your time at the market there will be 18 tastings and you’ll hear stories about the produce that you’re tasting. This is the perfect opportunity to get a real taste of Canada!
Included: Food and drink tastings
Departs daily in the summer. Departs Thursday-Sunday between 19 September-20 May.
Enjoy a spot of active sightseeing on this half day cycling tour. Pedal at a leisurely pace around the beautiful Stanley Park; pass by English Bay and board a ferry that will take you over False Creek to the popular Granville Island public market. You'll have an hour to explore and purchase your lunch before following the sea wall and enjoying views of Vancouver's skyline. The tour will come to a conclusion in historic Gastown.
This tour follows flat bike paths and there are plenty of stops making it ideal for those with a basic fitness level or above.
Head out of the city, crossing the Lions Gate Bridge on your way to the North Shore. Visit the Capilano Fish Hatchery before continuing on to the foot of Grouse Mountain. Take the Skyride up to the peak where you’ll have some time to take in the views of the city. The tour’s highlight is the visit to the Capilano Suspension Bridge which spans the beautiful Capilano Canyon and River. You can also step out on to the cantilevered Cliffwalk which extends out over the canyon.
Explore the oceanside town of Horseshoe Bay which marks the sea end of the Sea to Sky Highway which seemingly clings to the edge of the mountainside. You'll then follow the eastern edge of the beautiful Howe Sound as you travel towards the province's 3rd highest waterfall, Shannon Falls. On your way back to the city, stop at the Britannia Mine Museum for a train ride through a historic mine.
For a supplement you can head out for a boat trip (on a 9m rigid inflatable Zodiac) on the beautiful Howe Sound, North America's southern-most fjord. During your time on the water you may see harbour seals and various bird species at the Christie Islet Bird Sanctuary. You'll then step back on dry land at Britannia Beach join the rest of the group and continue on to the falls, the gondola and the mine museum.
Departs daily 01 May-mid October
Experience a thrilling float plane flight from Coal Harbour to Bowen Island which is situated at the entrance to Howe Sound to the north west of Vancouver. Dinner will be served at Doc Morgan's Pub & Restaurant in the charmingly-named Snug Harbour. Following dinner you'll board a ferry to Horseshoe Bay where a limousine will be waiting to take you back to the city.
Departs daily 01 May to 30 Sep
Climb aboard a San Francisco-style trolley for an excellent city tour with full commentary. Sightsee at your own pace as you hop on and off at 30 of Vancouver's premier attractions. Highlights include historical Gastown, Stanley Park, Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, False Creek ferry ride and Granville Island. Enjoy the views from the top of the Harbour Centre Tower (admission included).
Experience a unique view of the awesome natural landscapes and modern cities of Canada on one of Vancouver’s most popular attractions, Flyover Canada. Take your place in the chairlift-style seat and you’ll feel the sensation of soaring as you pass above the mountains, valleys, prairies during a 9-minute virtual ‘flight’ from the Pacific coast to the Atlantic Ocean. This cinema experience is an unbeatable introduction to one of the most scenically stunning countries on earth.
Not suitable for guests with fear of heights or photosensitive epilepsy; minimum height 4 foot.
A coach transfer will take you to Harbour Cruises Marina where you will board the authentic paddlewheeler, M.P.V. Constitution (or similar) for a unique way to cruise Vancouver. Enjoy a leisurely evening; as the sun sets on the ocean horizon, cruise the waters of Vancouver Harbour, taking in the sights and sounds of the city skyline, and feasting on a delicious West-Coast themed buffet.
A float plane ride is an iconic Canadian experience as well as a quick and easy way to travel between destinations. Planes depart from Coal Harbour which is easily reached from all Downtown Vancouver hotels. From here you can fly right to and from the heart of Victoria or Seattle year round and between Vancouver and Tofino or Whistler seasonally.
Vancouver to Victoria: 35 minutes
Vancouver to Whistler: 45 minutes
Vancouver to Tofino: 1 hour
Vancouver to Seattle: 1 hour
• Floatplanes have a luggage limit of 12kg per person; for a luggage allowance of 23kg per person, you can upgrade to Harbour Air's goGOLD fare. We recommend you book early as there are a limited number of goGOLD seats available per flight
• Multiple departures daily to Victoria
• Whistler services operate seasonally (mid-June to late September)
• Tofino services operate seasonally (mid May to late September)
BC Ferries operate car ferry routes along British Columbia's Pacific Coast. They also connect the Vancouver area with a couple of destinations on Vancouver Island. The most popular route is between Tsawwassen (approximately 30 minutes south of Vancouver airport) and Swartz Bay which sits at the tip of the Saanich Peninsula and is about half an hour from central Victoria. If you wish to tavel further up the Vancouver Island coast, cutting the driving time to the likes of Campbell River and the west coast towns of Tofino and Ucluelet, you can take the ferry from Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver to Duke Point in Nanaimo.
• Tsawwassen, south of Vancouver to Swartz Bay, Vancouver Island: 1 hour 35 minutes
• Tsawwassen, south of Vancouver to Duke Point, Nanaimo, Vancouver Island: 2 hours
• Horseshoe Bay, West Vancouver to Duke Point, Nanaimo, Vancouver Island: 1 hour 40 minutes
Regular departures daily on all routes, please call for details
In summer, we recommend pre-booking ferries in advance as they can get very busy.