Posted March 2, 2011 by Adam Toren in City Guides

Touring Vancouver

There are a variety of tours to take around the city, whether you prefer walking, guided or a packaged organized tour. There is so much to see and do in the city and it is a good idea to research your options before you fly over to Vancouver. Check out these selected tours that can take you around the city and beyond.

Walking Tours

Take a walking tour with a well-known historian and author who leads people around the City of Vancouver and educates them about the city’s birth, growth and history. He leads his groups to places such as Gastown, Kitsilano, Strathcona Heights, Collingwood, Pender Street, Victoria Drive, and Strathcona Hill, and always has upcoming events. Contact John through his Web site at www.johnatkin.com.

If you’re into architecture, then you can take a summer walking tour with the Architectural Institute of BC, which will take you on numerous walking tours throughout downtown, Chinatown, Yaletown, The West End, Strathcona, and various other areas. They have tours from July to August which run just $5 Canadian per tour, and you can check out their public resources link on their Web site at www.aibc.ca.


Organized Tours

Visitors can always get someone else to arrange their tour for them in Vancouver. There are many tour companies that will provide you with everything you want to know and see in Vancouver. From air tours to bus tours, they will get you around to where you want to go.

There are quite a few bus lines that take groups around the city. The Big Bus Company will take their guests all around downtown Vancouver and teach everyone about the history and growth of the city and talk about its booming entertainment, nightlife and restaurant industries. Usually they have tickets that are good for two days and guests will be able to explore Stanley Park, the Vancouver Aquarium, Granville Island, English Bay, and the Robson Street shopping area. Visit the Big Bus Company at www.bigbus.ca.

Visitors can also take the Gray Line, which will take them on a variety of tours throughout Vancouver’s neighborhoods, as well as Canada Place, Stanley Park, Gastown, Granville Island and English Bay. They also have a tour that will take a group to Capilano Suspension Bridge and up beautiful Grouse Mountain. Visit their www.grayline.ca for more information on their tours.

Vancouver has a trolley that takes groups around all of the downtown neighborhoods and historic sites with a detailed commentary. Passengers can get on and off the trolley and there are about 23 different stops. Visit the company’s site at www.vancouvertrolley.com or call at 888-451-5581 or locally 604-801-5515.

Boat Tours

Visitors can take a sunset cruise on Accent Cruises and enjoy some fun entertainment and a tasty meal. This cruise leaves from Granville Island on Saturdays and Sundays May through October. Call them at 800-993-6257 or locally at 604-688-8072 for ticket prices. Visit the Web site at www.champagnecruises.com for more information.

There is also a package offered by Harbour Cruises that will take you and your friends on a dinner cruise. You will enjoy beautiful sunset views, music, entertainment and a tasty seafood or chicken dinner. Call 604-688-7246 for ticket prices and visit www.boatcruises.com for more information.

Air Tours

Tourists can take a ride with Harbour Air and fly over downtown Vancouver, the North Shore and Stanley Park. It is a 30-minute ride in a seaplane and passengers can book with them via phone at 604-274-1277 or visit the Web site at www.harbour-air.com for more information.


Adam Toren

Adam Toren
Adam Toren is born and raised in Vancouver BC and loves everything Vancouver BC has to offer. He loves traveling and exploring new and unique restaurants and places around the world.