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Things to do in Vancouver

Enjoying adventurous activities doesn't always have to mean missing out on city life. Not in Vancouver, anyway.

Our most recommended things to do in Vancouver

Vancouver: FlyOver Canada Simulated Flight Experience Ticket

1. Vancouver: FlyOver Canada Simulated Flight Experience Ticket

Get entry tickets to FlyOver Canada in Vancouver for a flight ride experience that will transport you to the wonders of Canada using state-of-the-art technology. Experience special effects, including wind, mist, and scents, combined with the ride’s motion. Use advanced technology to capture thrilling, authentic footage of real locations so riders can experience those places as they were truly meant to be. Find yourself in downtown Vancouver's Canada Place, and be whisked away on an exhilarating journey over the world's most spectacular scenery. Experience state-of-the-art technology to give you the feeling of flight. Hang suspended, feet dangling, before a 20-meter spherical screen while the film immerses you on an exhilarating journey across some of the world's most iconic landscapes.

Vancouver: Sea to Sky Gondola and Whistler Day Trip

2. Vancouver: Sea to Sky Gondola and Whistler Day Trip

Ride the Sea to Sky Gondola, explore Whistler Village and admire the natural wonders in between on this day trip from Vancouver. Feel in awe of the ever-changing landscapes along the Sea to Sky Highway. There will be a pit stop to marvel at the 335-meter-high Shannon Falls. Ride the famous Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish, an outdoor paradise for climbers and backcountry adventurers. The gondola takes you to Habrich Ridge, where you will have 90 minutes to take in breathtaking views of the mountains, coastal rainforest, and network of inlets of Howe Sound. Pass the quaint town of Squamish and the Tantalus Glacier while continuing the journey to Whistler. Once there, enjoy free time to explore the downtown shops, cafes, the Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort, or the surrounding hiking trails.

Vancouver: 24 or 48-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Pass

3. Vancouver: 24 or 48-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Pass

See the sights of Vancouver at your own pace with a 24- or 48-hour pass for the hop-on-hop-off sightseeing bus. Choose from a variety of options to suit your interests. Listen to an informative on-board commentary to help you choose where to hop off. Experience the hustle and bustle of downtown Vancouver and the serene natural beauty of the local parks. Jump off at Science World or indulge your passion for sport at the Olympic Village. Stroll the rainforest pathways of Stanley Park, enjoy a bite to eat on Granville Island, visit the iconic Gastown Steam Clock or shop 'til you drop on Robson Street. Benefit from multiple stops, including Coal Harbour, English Bay Beach, Chinatown, and the Sports District. Make the most of your experience in Vancouver with additional options. Choose experiences like seeing the city from the water on a relaxing harbor cruise, or taking a tour of the city in the evening.

Classic Vancouver Panorama Tour by Seaplane

4. 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.

Vancouver: Extended Panorama Flight by Seaplane

5. Vancouver: Extended Panorama Flight by Seaplane

Discover even more of the majestic mountains and expansive coastline that surround the breathtaking city of Vancouver, as you fly high over the scenery on this 35-minute flight. This extended version of the Vancouver Panorama tour offers the same sights before following the coast further north towards Whistler, then looping back down over the Islands and exploring the incredible Sunshine Coast. With currently over 50 aircraft, Harbour Air and Westcoast Air operate the largest all-seaplane fleet in the world. 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, and Cessna 185 aircraft are available for charter. Take your chance to experience Vancouver's beautiful landscapes from a bird's-eye-view!

Vancouver: Floatplane and Capilano Suspension Bridge Combo

6. Vancouver: Floatplane and Capilano Suspension Bridge Combo

Take a 20-minute seaplane tour departing from downtown Vancouver and get a spectacular aerial view of the city. Enjoy a visit to the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park with an admission ticket and explore the Cliffwalk, Capilano River, and more on this combo tour. Combine your seaplane tour with a visit to Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. You will get the benefit of a complimentary shuttle transfer from downtown Vancouver to the park.  Located 70 meters above the Capilano River and measuring 140 meters in length, this bridge has been used as a crossing since 1889. Also, discover the new Cliffwalk which follows a precipice along the Capilano River on a maze-like series of bridges, stairs, and platforms through rainforest vegetation.

Vancouver: Capilano Suspension Bridge Park Entry Ticket

7. Vancouver: Capilano Suspension Bridge Park Entry Ticket

Stand above the waters of Vancouver's Capilano River on a 450-foot-long suspension bridge with this entry ticket. Appreciate nature from 3 breathtaking perspectives: the world-famous Capilano Suspension Bridge, the Treetops Adventure, and the thrilling Cliffwalk.  Step inside the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park with 27 acres to explore. Cross the wobbly Capilano Suspension Bridge and take in the views of the Capilano River from dizzying heights of 230 feet. Admire the panoramic views across the park and learn about the sites and habitats from staff. Test your nerves on the Cliffwalk, a glass path consisting of 16 anchor points in the cliff and two glass platforms. Soak up the dramatic views of the lush rainforest and canyon below as you make your way along the cliffside. Embark on the Treetops Adventure and head 110 feet into the canopy of a coastal rainforest on seven suspension bridges attached to old-growth trees. Join one of the hourly tours with a nature guide and hear about the rainforest, birds, and ecosystem.  Finish your tour with a stop for a meal at one of the in-park restaurants or grab a snack to enjoy while you walk from the on-the-go snack shop (not included).

Vancouver: Attractions by Twilight Guided Tour with Dinner

8. Vancouver: Attractions by Twilight Guided Tour with Dinner

See the natural beauty and culture that makes Vancouver an attraction to the world. Experience Capilano Suspension Bridge, and the Vancouver Lookout, and enjoy dinner atop Grouse Mountain. End the night with a narrated driving tour of different neighborhoods. Begin your tour with pickup from your guide from your downtown Vancouver hotel. Head to the Vancouver Lookout, where you will be whisked up 553 feet in a glass elevator to experience a 360-degree view of the city as the sun begins to lower before returning to ground level. Once you are back on the ground, venture outside the city and bask in the stunning scenery of the surrounding mountains and landscapes, where the famous Capilano Suspension Bridge awaits you. Muster up the courage to cross the swinging bridge 230 ft. above the river. Next, get your adrenaline pumping at the Cliffwalk. Then, board the gondola Skyride up to the peak of Grouse Mountain. While you are atop the famous mountain, you will be treated to a delicious and scenic twilight dinner at Altitude Restaurant. Then, with your appetite satisfied, your guide will introduce you to the world-famous natural beauty of the west coast on a drive through Stanley Park. Here, you'll take in breathtaking ocean views, lush rainforest, and majestic mountains. Finally, listen to a narrated drive through Gastown. See the Steam Clock, art galleries, and restaurants located in beautiful Victorian buildings. Then, see Chinatown, buzzing with traditional Asian bakeries, dim sum restaurants, cocktail bars, and fashion shops before concluding back at your hotel.

Vancouver: Victoria, Gulf Islands Cruise, & Butchart Gardens

9. Vancouver: Victoria, Gulf Islands Cruise, & Butchart Gardens

Experience the Pacific Coast and Vancouver Island by land and ship on a guided day trip from Vancouver with hotel transfers included. View the British Columbia coastline from a sightseeing cruise, followed by a stop at Butchart Gardens en route to the British-inspired city of Victoria. Board a BC Ferries vessel at Tsawwassen terminal for a 90-minute sail through the serene beauty of the Gulf Islands. On the way, look out for marine wildlife from the outdoor ship decks, especially eagles, sea lions, and whales. Arrive at Swartz Bay terminal on Vancouver Island and continue to the enchanting botanical paradise of Butchart Gardens. Wander through a series of themed gardens, highlighted by the massive Sunken Garden complete with a dancing fountain. Marvel at the architectural wonders of the city of Victoria boasts, including the iconic Parliament Buildings and the waterfront Fairmont Empress Hotel. Visit the shops and cafes of Government Street and Chinatown. Stroll along the Inner Harbour for prime ocean views, and enjoy some free time to take in this culturally significant city. Return on the bus to Vancouver by ferry to conclude this diverse tour.

Vancouver: 2.5-Hour Gastown Walking Food Tour

10. Vancouver: 2.5-Hour Gastown Walking Food Tour

Walk through the cobbled stone streets of Vancouver’s oldest neighborhood and taste local foods on this Gastown food tour. Enjoy local craft beer, Japanese Kar-age style chicken, freshly made Sicilian Tortellini with local wine, and more. After meeting your storytelling guide for the day, start exploring the city alongside locals while learning local facts and little-known stories about Vancouver. Get to know more about its Wild West history, dating back 150 years. As you walk, taste a variety of local bites, including crispy and sweet chili cauliflower, Canadian poutine (handmade fries topped with cheese curds and gravy) wine, organic soft ice cream, waffles, and award-winning cheesecake.

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Mayuri is based in Canada and travels with her husband. She is the founder of ToSomePlaceNew, which covers European destinations and cultural travel. A history graduate and an MBA by qualification, she found her true calling in digging a city’s past and discovering their unique nuances. Find more about Vancouver on her blog.

What should I do on my first trip to Vancouver?

Vancouver is one of the vibrant cities on the west coast of Canada. It is home to one of the largest urban parks, called Stanley Park and has a stunning seawall. You can walk or bike the seawall, and enjoy hikes in nearby trails. When in the city, enjoy fish and chips at Granville Island, visit Vancouver museum, and wander the downtown area. You will find a lot of cool restaurants, sights and sea views in Downtown Vancouver, including Canada Place! Another must visit in Vancouver is the Capilano Suspension Bridge located in the northern part of the city, followed by the Grouse Mountains for a nice day trip!

What are some hidden gems to see in Vancouver?

Although the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park is a must visit in Vancouver (and it can be expensive for entry fees and attractions inside), consider visiting the Lynn Canyon, also located in the northern part of the city. This park and the bridge is smaller in comparison to Capilano, but it is less visited by tourists, and has no entry fees!

How much time should I spend in Vancouver?

Two to three days is ample time to explore Vancouver city’s attractions such as the Canada Place, Olympic Cauldron, a few museums, Stanley Park, Granville Island, ChinaTown, and more. In the evening you can also walk downtown or go on an evening cruise. On one of the nights go shopping at Robson Street, and eat at a nice restaurant!

What food is Vancouver known for?

Vancouver is best known for its seafood and sushi. You can relish seafood at the Granville Island restaurants, or downtown bistros. When in Canada, Maple Syrup infused foods are a must try as well. You will also be impressed with the coffee culture in Vancouver - be sure to sit down at a local cafe to enjoy!

What is the best way to get around Vancouver?

Once you arrive in Vancouver, you can use the SkyTrain to get to various neighbourhoods for sightseeing. Hop on and hop off tours are also a great way to explore various attractions. When exploring the downtown area, your best bet is to wear comfortable shoes and walk. Same goes for Robson Street. Biking is also a great way to explore this city!

What are the best months to visit Vancouver?

Spring and fall are the best seasons to visit Vancouver. These are the months of March to May, and then from September to November. During this time, the weather is mild and favourable for sightseeing, and you can also expect fewer crowds, and better hotel rates.

What is Main Street of Vancouver known for?

The Main Street of Vancouver is the place to be! It is filled with cozy bistros, coffee shops, independent boutiques, local breweries, consignment stores, sky rise buildings and world-class restaurants. I personally like the GasTown neighbourhood as it oozes European flair with vintage steam clock, buildings and cobblestone lanes.

What are the best neighborhoods for food?

Main Street, GasTown, and Robson Street are great for fine dining, coffee shops, and restaurants with an international menu. For seafood, head to Granville Island, and Chinatown to try fish, crabs, sushi rolls, dimsums and more!.

What are the best neighborhoods for shopping?

Located in the West End of Vancouver, Robson Street is the best place to go shopping in the city. You will find most of the popular brand names here including some of the largest Canadian labels (like Lululemon). And after shopping, you can sit down at a nice restaurant on Robson Street!

What neighborhood should I stay in when I visit Vancouver?

For a first time visitor, the downtown core, or Yaletown are great neighborhoods for accommodation. Hotels in these areas are in the mid range to luxury budget level. In downtown you can also choose suites with waterfront views!

What are the best annual events in Vacouver?

As the Roman amphitheatre is so well preserved, it is still used for a number of festivals and events throughout the year. For example, the Festival of Nîmes has been taking place since 1997, on dates throughout the summer - attracting international talent including Elton John, Radiohead and Metallica. The ancient arena also hosts the Great Roman Games - a reenactment spectacle for the whole family.

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What people are saying about Vancouver

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We highly recommend this tour! Vancouver is beautiful! Our tour guide Alex was very informative, knowledgeable and fun to be with. Our kids had a lot of fun. The bus was big enough for the whole group and we were all comfortable in it. 5 stars!

Wonderful guides. One took my kids to the top of The Chief and the other went 1/3 of the way up with me and my partner ( as much as I could handle) and then took us to hike around Alice Lake, which was gorgeous.

It was too good.I had a lot of fun that day.I really really enjoyed it.I started my new year with new experiences so once again it was really good

Kyle was such a great communicator in convincing me to cross the bridge, would not be so wonderful without him.

A fast and efficient tour! It's definitely something I'll use again when I'm traveling.