North Shore Mountains: Our most recommended tours and activities

Classic Vancouver Panorama Tour by Seaplane

1. Classic Vancouver Panorama Tour by Seaplane

Enjoy the most popular tour of Vancouver and the North Shore Mountains. This ideal introduction to seaplane aviation departs from downtown Vancouver’s Coal Harbour and provides a complete aerial view of the city, as well as its surrounding parks and beaches. As if the scenery isn't enough, the thrill of flying will really carry you away. The exhilarating spray of the water is always a highlight during take-off and landing. With over 50 aircraft currently, your hosts operate the largest all-seaplane fleet and the first carbon neutral airline in North America. 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.

The Dark Secrets of Stanley Park Tour

2. The Dark Secrets of Stanley Park Tour

Uncover the secrets of Stanley Park on a 2-hour insider walking tour with an expert guide. Explore the famous seawall, dark forested trails, historic totem poles, bizarre public art, and notorious crime scenes. See Vancouver landmarks Coal Harbour, the Lions Gate Bridge and Deadman's Island. As you stroll along the glistening shoreline and beneath towering trees, you'll hear the inside story of one of the world's most remarkable parks. Meet your guide at the fountain directly outside the Vancouver Aquarium entrance and then set off to explore Stanley Park. You'll quickly leave the tourist trail behind and take a little used path through the forest. You'll hear the tale of Captain George Vancouver before you emerge on the Stanley Park seawall for the perfect vista of the glittering downtown skyline and Coal Harbour. Following the seawall, you'll hear the tragic history of Deadman's Island as you approach the park's world-famous totem poles. A short rest stop at the totem poles gives you time to visit the bathroom, take photos, or buy a snack or water at the concession stand. A short walk later finds you admiring views of the North Shore Mountains, Burrard Inlet, and the Lions Gate Bridge. You'll take in some of the city's most loved public art, and cross a long lost cemetery hidden beneath your feet. Next, it's time to leave the seawall and head onto dark forested trails. Your guide will lead you through towering groves of giant Cedar, Hemlock and Douglas Fir, some hundreds of years old. These are trails few tourists ever step foot on - a genuine Pacific Northwest forest experience. You'll see the location of a long lost indigenous village known as Whoi Whoi. A short walk later you'll be In the heart of Stanley Park where you'll hear the story of one of Vancouver's most shocking crimes. You can catch your breath on the short stroll back to the start point. Your guide will be on-hand to answer your questions, help you plan the rest of your day, and take photos. After the tour, you can continue your adventure with a visit to the Vancouver Aquarium, or travel back to downtown to relax and remember your visit to incredible Stanley Park.

Vancouver: Panoramic View Hike Tour

3. Vancouver: Panoramic View Hike Tour

Come to experience North Shore’s splendid mountains through a rolling forested trail and up to the magnificent Howe Sound Lookout. Enjoy a 360-degree panoramic view of the surrounding coastal mountains and the city at its best. Begin the tour with pickup from your hotel lobby in downtown Vancouver. Relax on the drive up to North Shore Mountain and enjoy the views along the way. Reach the trailhead, and be outfitted with your included snowshoes to explore what a local mountain has to offer. Immerse yourself in the breathtaking scenery and snap those perfect selfies to share with your family or friends. Finisht the tour with drop-off at your hotel with beautiful photos and memories of the tour.

Vancouver: City & Mountains 30-Min Helicopter Tour

4. Vancouver: City & Mountains 30-Min Helicopter Tour

Lift off from Vancouver's downtown heliport over the bustling harbor and fly over Vancouver, past the cityscapes, onto the coastal mountain ranges, and above its coastal landscapes.  See the mountains of the North Shore unfold as the helicopter flies toward the backcountry. Circle past Vancouver's iconic Lion's Peaks in the Coast Mountains and fly past the 1,000 ft. cliffs of Howe Sound with views of the Gulf Islands and up toward the world-famous Sea to Sky region. Return back toward Vancouver with a circuit over the city's most iconic sights; English Bay, the Lion's Gate Bridge, Stanley Park, and the downtown core before landing back at the downtown Vancouver heliport.

WinterFun at North Shore Mountains-Grouse,Seymour & Cypress

5. WinterFun at North Shore Mountains-Grouse,Seymour & Cypress

Discover the unique adventure that awaits you in Vancouver's North Shore Mountains in our custom made private tour. The area is home to three popular and easily accessible peaks - Grouse Mountain, Mount Seymour, and Cypress Mountain. Each mountain offers optional add-ons during the tour for ziplining, hiking, skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, and more. During winter, these mountains transform into the ski and snowboarding paradises with well-maintained trails for all skill levels. But the North Shore Mountains are not just for winter sports enthusiasts. During the summer, visitors can explore the extensive hiking trails that wind through old-growth forests and up to scenic vistas. For adrenaline junkies, ziplining on Grouse Mountain provides heart-pumping thrills with spectacular views. The North Shore Mountains stand out for visitors of all ages. On-site restaurants and facilities offer visitors a chance to rest and refuel after their adventures. Note- ski rentals not included

Vancouver's best E-scooter, EUC guided highlights tour

6. Vancouver's best E-scooter, EUC guided highlights tour

Are you ready for an electro journey around the most beautiful cities in the world? Let me introduce our Right Route in short. We’ll start our ride at Science World (meet point, start and finish) and head towards Stanley Park through Chinatown and Gastown, have a look at the most popular steam clock and go to the Convention center to have the best mountain view to the North Shore. Water planes, cruise ships, helicopters, sea bus and more impressive infrastructural features are waiting for us on the way along the amazing Coal harbour waterfront alley. After Stanley park with its famous Totem Poles we will visit Granville Island Market where you can shop and have lunch. This most popular tour is for those who like more ride and less talk. Stunning views, photo ops, and flat trails make this trip chill and unforgettable. During this 3 hours and 22 km. you will understand how different Vancouver is. 🛴Chinatown It is one of the oldest and largest Chinatowns in North America. The area is known for its rich cultural heritage, featuring Chinese restaurants, shops, and cultural institutions. 🛴Gastown It is located near the city's downtown area and is one of the oldest parts of the city. Gas Town is named after "Gassy" Jack Deighton, a Yorkshire seaman who opened the area's first saloon in 1867. This saloon became a popular gathering spot for local mill workers, sailors, and loggers, contributing to the neighborhood's development. 🛴Coal harbour We once again join the seawall and make our way towards home through beautiful Coal Harbour, riding along the waterfront and checking out the marinas and the seaplane port. 🛴Stanley park It is one of the city's most beloved landmarks and a popular destination for both locals and tourists. Having about 405 hectares it is one of the largest urban parks in North America, offering a vast green oasis within the bustling city. 🛴Granville island Situated in the heart of the city, it is not an actual island but rather a peninsula along False Creek. Granville Island, known city-wide for its arts and culture scene as well as its great food and shopping. Guests enjoy a break from riding to find lunch at the Public Market, with dozens of vendors to choose from. 🛴False creek It separates the downtown peninsula from the rest of the city and flows into the Burrard Inlet to the north. Over the years, False Creek has undergone significant urban development and transformation. Taking in beautiful views of Vancouver’s modern architecture framed by the North Shore Mountains. We pass the Olympic Village complex and finish our tour at Science World, learning about Expo ’86 and the 2010 Winter Olympics. 🛴Science world Science World is a popular science center located in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. It is an engaging and interactive facility that aims to inspire curiosity and learning about science, technology, and the natural world.

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based on 254 reviews

Great experience, super nice pilots and flight crew. It was a perfect activity that we fondly remember.

An amazing experience with views you can only dream of. A must do for anyone visiting Vancouver.

Fast friendly on time exceeded my expectations it was awesome

Was fantastic tour flew low for great pics was well worth it

Great flight and views despite the clouds! Pleasant pilot.