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Vancouver Art Gallery

Vancouver Art Gallery: Our most recommended tours and activities

Vancouver Art Gallery Entry Ticket

1. Vancouver Art Gallery Entry Ticket

Discover the power of art on your next trip to Vancouver with a visit to the Vancouver Art Gallery, one of North America’s most exciting and innovative visual arts institutions. See works by renowned Canadian Modernist painter, Emily Carr, as well as ground-breaking temporary exhibitions and selections from the permanent collection. Open 7 days a week, a visit to the gallery is an opportunity to meditate on more than a century's worth of Canadian and international art, from historical masters to contemporary visionaries. Take a guided tour of the exhibitions in English or Chinese, or simply wander through at your own pace. Enhance your experience by attending one of the gallery’s engaging special events, educational tours, or programs designed for families, youths, and art enthusiasts of all ages. As well as the galleries, spend time in the Gallery Store, a locals’ favourite for one-of-a kind-gifts. When you need to replenish your energy, head to 1931 Gallery Bistro, an eatery with a reputation for great food and an outdoor patio that is one of Vancouver’s hidden gems.

Vancouver Film & TV Tours: The Hollywood North Experience

2. Vancouver Film & TV Tours: The Hollywood North Experience

Join an immersive 3-hour walking tour of Vancouver’s film and tv industry. Set foot at real life filming locations from Deadpool, I-Robot, The Neverending Story, The Flash, X-Files, Scooby Doo 2, among many others. Watch clips of scenes on a tablet from various Hollywood productions shot where you stand and hear about all things film industry in the city. Vancouver is one of North America’s largest and most active movie production cities and a hotspot for celebrities because of this. Join a tour of the city and landmarks you might have seen in movies, music videos, and other entertainment mediums to appreciate the culture of the city and its contribution to media and technology in a unique way. Meet your friendly local actor at Robson Square. Head off to visit 3 different Vancouver neighborhoods and get tips on each location. Over the course of 3 fun-filled hours, you'll visit popular filming locations essential to the Vancouver film industry. See clips and pictures from these locations on a tablet and discover how the location was transformed for each location. Check out popular celebrity hang-out spots. Do a script rendition from a popular movie in the location it was shot. Learn the ins, outs, and personal secrets from local actors navigating Vancouver’s film industry. Top it all off by witnessing a production crew set up for new shoots (based on availability). End the experience with a well-rounded understanding of the city and its position in the world's entertainment business.

Vancouver: Stanley Park & Downtown Morning Bike Tour

3. Vancouver: Stanley Park & Downtown Morning Bike Tour

Cycle around Vancouver for three hours of sightseeing and history on this exciting guided bike tour. Peddle from Vancouver's West End to the colourful Davie Street Village and on to the historical Mole Hill neighbourhood. After learning about Vancouver's Greenest City Action Plan, cycle across town on AAA grade bike paths (All Ages and Abilities). Stop in Robson Square to see the heart of the city and the Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza. Admire the combination of modern architecture and historical buildings surrounding the square, and uncover more of the city's history and future plans. Enjoy gorgeous panoramic views of the North Shore mountains as you cycle to the waterfront Convention Centre area. Spot highlights such as the Olympic Cauldron and Digital Orca sculpture. Ride along the Vancouver seawall to Stanley Park. Enjoy the natural setting and hear about the park's unique flora and fauna. Then, discover the history of the local aboriginal peoples at Totem Park. Experience firsthand the incredible totems produced by First Nation artists of the Pacific Northwest. Spot attractions such as Lady in a Wetsuit and the Empress of Japan figurehead as you continue your cycle along the coast to Beaver Creek Path, where you can dismount and explore. Then, ride beneath the iconic Lions Gate Bridge to Siwash Rock and Third Beach before finishing your tour at English Bay (First Beach) where the tour began.

Vancouver: Downtown Guided Walking Tour with Donuts

4. Vancouver: Downtown Guided Walking Tour with Donuts

Our tour begins very near downtown at Breka Bakery. One of Vancouver’s best bakeries, Breka has numerous delicious pastries, cakes, as well as donuts. From there, we’ll take a leisurely walk through some of Vancouver’s cutest neighborhoods on our way over to the Vancouver Art Gallery. From there, we’ll stop at our second location to try some of their authentic, hand crafted donuts made fresh daily. If we’re lucky, we’ll see them being made right in front of us. Next, we’ll walk along the waterfront over to the olympic cauldron and Canada place where we’ll visit our third stop, which is quintessentially Canadian (think tiny and delicious). And finally, we’ll walk through the Gastown neighborhood stopping at our last and final stop, Cartems. Cartems is consistently voted one of the best donut shops in Vancouver. We can’t wait to show you the sites, sounds, and tastes of Vancouver. We hope you can join us soon! We also offer much more information about the route, the city, the stops and more on our website: Check it out today!

Vancouver Downtown: Espionage Adventure Outdoor Escape Game

5. Vancouver Downtown: Espionage Adventure Outdoor Escape Game

Discover the history of Vancouver with a self-guided exploration game on your smartphone. Walk around and immerse yourself in an exciting story as you follow directions and look for clues to solve challenges. Download the smartphone app and start your escape game at the Randall Building Mural.  First, open your confirmation email, which includes your ticket and instructions on how to play the game. Click the link, choose your language, and you are good to start your game. Transform into the main character, who is part of the Smith family. Learn all about your family, who are a generation of spies. Play games, try to succeed, and join your family in espionage and intelligence. Fail, and you will never see them again, as is the Code.   Walk around as the app directs you through the city. Play at your own pace, pause, and explore your surroundings whenever you wish. Wander through the bustling metropolis of Vancouver. See the hidden history between the skyscrapers, walk around the shopping districts to see the other face of the Vancouver Art Gallery, and explore the origin story of Yaletown.  Learn about Vancouver’s 2nd worst fire, its strangely political landmark, and the story of a Black footballer turned politician. Finish your game on a high, and win or lose, it's in your hands.

Vancouver thrill adventure Family Tour

6. Vancouver thrill adventure Family Tour

Elevate Your Adventure in Vancouver with the Thrilling Family Tour! Discover the ultimate day of excitement for families and thrill-seekers alike with our Vancouver Adventure Family Tour. Whether you're a first-time adventurer or a seasoned adrenaline junkie, WildPlay has something for everyone with its heart-racing activities like tightrope walking, log bridges, rope swings, cargo nets, and zip lines, ranging from 6 to 60 feet high! Dare to conquer the "What's To Fear Jump" from 40ft and take the plunge. Perfect for families, friends, groups, or teambuilding activities, WildPlay promises an unforgettable experience for all ages and experience levels. Unleash Your Inner Axe Thrower and Adventurer! Get ready to put your skills to the test with our Classic and Extreme Adventure Axe Throwing, followed by the 40ft What's To Fear Jump. Our knowledgeable guides will provide a harness fitting and demonstrate proper equipment usage before your adventure begins. Rest assured, your guide will be there to support you on the ground throughout the tour. Relax and Recharge at Golden Ears Provincial Park After a day of excitement, it's time to unwind and recharge at Golden Ears Provincial Park, a family-friendly destination offering plenty of recreational activities such as hiking, horseback riding, and water sports like swimming, windsurfing, canoeing, boating, and fishing. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife sightings including eagles, hawks, herons, and cranes! Indulge in 270 Flavors of Ice-Cream at La-Casa Gelato End your adventure-filled day with a sweet treat at La-Casa Gelato, where you can taste a wide range of 270 flavors of ice-cream! COVID-19 Precautions We take your safety seriously and provide all necessary protective equipment. Our facilities are frequently cleaned, and all areas that customers touch are sanitized. What to Pack and Know Before You Go Don't forget to pack your sunscreen, towel, and swimsuit for a day of beach activities. Our private tour guide will accompany you throughout the day, and we have a fleet of comfortable vehicles that can fit up to 6 people. Hotel pickup and drop off is available. Tailored to Your Interests We specialize in creating memorable experiences tailored to your interests and needs. Our tours are flexible and can be adjusted to suit your schedule, whether you're short on time or have a full day to explore. Book your Vancouver Adventure Family Tour now and create memories that will last a lifetime!

Vancouver Family Tour for History Geeks Private

7. Vancouver Family Tour for History Geeks Private

Visit the most family friendly places which boasts about their historical, cultural and scientific knowledge. Learn about geology, dinosaurs, the human body and much more at Science World. See the vast amount of books Vancouver has collected in centuries and their awe-inspiring Gothic architecture. Learn more about space in the planetarium at HR Macmillan Space Center. Learn about Vancouver's History and origin at Museum of Vancouver. Then, finally finish your trip at the Maritime Museum to learn about the sea route. Optionally: We can check out the Kitsilano Beach Park if you want to relax after quenching your curiosity about the world with fresh wave of ocean breeze.

Vancouver Downtown: A Self-Guided Exploration by Car

8. Vancouver Downtown: A Self-Guided Exploration by Car

Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app, which will function as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map all in one. Purchase one tour per car, not per person. Everyone listens together! Once downloaded, your tour begins next to Victory Square. From there, you’ll take in the colosseum-like Vancouver Public Library. It has over 1.4 million books inside! Next, drive past the respected Vancouver Art Gallery, which highlights a diverse range of artists, including Vancouver natives and First Nation members. Then pass the Spirits in a Landscape statue, which features creatures like fish and owls and highlights the First Nations’ influence in Canada. You’ll also hear more about the First Nations. Navigate the majesty of Stanley Park, even larger than Central Park! Unearth how this land was once home to a Squamish community, which married among the Portuguese. In addition, you’ll see the prominent seawall. You’ll continue onto the Nine O’Clock Gun, a cannon which fires a shot at nine pm. The cannon was once actually kidnapped! The tour will then guide you past the memorable Girl in a Wetsuit statue, a modern twist on the Little Mermaid! Then proceed by the Prospect Point Lookout, which offers breathtaking ocean views. Continue by the popular Third Beach and hear a story about an anchor that may or may not have belonged to Captain George Vancouver’s ship, as well as his expeditions charting the British Columbian coast. Advance past Old English Bay Beach, and hear about Vancouver’s very first lifeguard. Also find out about Chief August Jack Khahtsaholano, a guide, logger, canoe builder, and medicine man, among other things! Then head into the trendy Kitsilano neighborhood, a playground for professionals and big names like Ryan Reynolds. As the journey continues, you’ll see the University of British Columbia, Vancouver’s largest university. If you recognize the campus, it’s been featured in many Hollywood movies and shows! You’ll subsequently pass the Nitobe Memorial Garden, whose namesake promoted understanding of Japanese culture in the West. As you drive along, you’ll discover the Mounties and their roots as a militia! Learning about the Winter Olympics and Canada’s great triumph over the US in 2010, you’ll then move along to Queen Elizabeth Park. Named after the late sovereign’s mother, it’s the highest point in the area! As you continue, dig into the Great Vancouver Fire and how it was started to clear land, but exploded beyond control! Then pay a visit to beloved Granville Island. Once a seasonal home to the Salish, it became a hotbed of industrial activity. Thousands kept cranking out fiber, rope, and chain in the midst of the Depression! You’ll also glimpse the Granville Island Public Market, with more than fifty merchants and open seven days a week. Following that, you’ll enter Gastown, the original settlement and now the heart of Vancouver. Cruise past the famed clock which literally blows off steam every quarter hour! Head for Canada Place, which welcomes visitors. This is where the tour ends.

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What people are saying about Vancouver Art Gallery

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 37 reviews

The bike ride was really fun and we saw a lot along the route. The guide was super nice and took a lot of time for questions and answers.

Jeremy is the best!!!! Friendly, smart, full of helpful info. We all enjoyed our bike tour and learning about the history of Vancouver.

Had an awesome experience! Our guide Rahat was knowledgeable and made the tour so much fun. Highly recommend!

I enjoyed the route, the history, and the comlpany.

Jeremy was very pleasant, informative and helpful.