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Vancouver & Capilano Suspension Bridge Sightseeing: Half-Day

1. 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: Gastown Scavenger Hunt and City Highlights Tour

2. 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: Guided Food and City History Tour

3. 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!

Vancouver: Old Gastown City Exploration Game

4. Vancouver: Old Gastown City Exploration Game

Here's a sneak peek at the storyline: “You call yourself a treasure hunter, though the less “sophisticated” call you a thief. A letter covered in antique stamps directs you to Vancouver to find the “Oppenheimer Stash,” a stockpile of Gold Rush spoils.” As you solve challenges, the story unfolds and exact directions on your phone will guide you to the next location. So, are you up for an exciting city game?. Start the city game at the Marine Building. It will take you around 1.5 to 2 hours to complete and you can also explore at your own pace, pause the game and resume anytime from the location where you paused it. Finish at the Gassy Jack statue. After your booking, receive an email on how to download the game to your phone. You can play on your own, in a large group, or in several smaller groups that compete against each other and meet at the final stop of the game. For larger groups, one person can purchase access for the entire group by selecting the number of people in the group. All group members will be able to download and play the city game on their phones. Alternatively, each person can make their own purchase.

Vancouver: Gastown District Smartphone Audio Walking Tour

5. Vancouver: Gastown District Smartphone Audio Walking Tour

With your smartphone as your audio tour and guide, explore the past and the present of Vancouver’s historic Gastown District, from tall skyscrapers to historical statues and from old pubs to new coffee shops. After downloading your tour on your phone (download instructions found on your confirmation voucher), the route begins at Gastown's Waterfront Station and meanders through the neighborhood which began as Vancouver's first settlement. Learn about the people, businesses, and buildings that contributed to the city's humble beginnings and get a taste of what Gastown is like today. Learn from your tour guide, Jeff, about some of the best restaurants, cafes, and shops Gastown has to offer. Check out the Harbor Center, where you can take a glass elevator to the Vancouver Lookout. As you stroll along West Hastings Street, hear the history of the Standard Building and the prestigious Landing. Stop for a coffee or a bite at the Timbertrain Coffee Roasters or The Greedy Pig (at your own expense) on your way to the impressive Dominion Building. Hear the interesting history of the old Army and Navy department store and, as you walk along one of the oldest streets in Vancouver, spot the vintage Community Thrift and Far Out Vintage stores. Then, explore the city's crime history at the Vancouver Police Museum and Archives and the Wendy Poole Park memorial across from the Portside Pub, famous for its east coast pub atmosphere. As you stroll along to Hotel Europe, learn about its interesting history and film career. Discover town secrets, including some about the historic Dominion Grand Hotel. See the collections of Inuit art at the Inuit Gallery of Vancouver and the unique Gastown Steam Clock. For your last stop, visit the Hudson House Trading Company, hear some of its history, and maybe even get a souvenir (not included).

Vancouver Bike Tour: Gastown, Chinatown, Granville Island

6. Vancouver Bike Tour: Gastown, Chinatown, Granville Island

Start your tour at the sandy shores of English Bay. Follow the beach path east with your bike tour guide. Stop along False Creek seawall to view the colourful "Giants" mural by Osgemeos. Leave the seawall and head into the Yaletown district for a quick stop at the Roundhouse Community Centre. See the first train across Canada and hear about Vancouver's connection to the railroad. Return to the seawall and bike through the stadium district, alongside BC Place, The Park Casino and Rogers Arena. Skip across the city to Gastown, Vancouver's oldest neighbourhood. Hear the story of Gassy Jack, stop at the Vancouver Steamclock and gaze up at the impressive design of the Woodwards Tower. Slide over to Chinatown for a peak inside the meditative Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Gardens. Learn about the important role the Chinese played in the development of Canada and hear the quirky story of the Chinatown otter. Pedal through Strathcona, Vancouver's first residential neighbourhood. Pause in front of Nora Hendrix's house and hear Vancouver's connection to the legendary guitar player. Stop for a tasty treat at La Casa Gelato, the Guinness World Record setting ice cream shop with 238 flavours to choose from. Ride through the Olympic Athlete's Village as you return west along the south side of False Creek. Cycle onto Granville Island for a slow roll past the artisan shops and remaining factory elements. Park the bikes and putter through the over 100 stalls in the Granville Island Public Market. Return to the bikes for a quick sea jaunt across False Creek on the Aquabus ferry system. Arrive back at the bike shop for a quick tour debrief, recommendation list and Instagram selfie!

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What people are saying about Gastown Steam Clock

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 291 reviews

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.

Excellent experience, the tour guide was very informative and entertaining