Vancouver Delights Tour Details
- Stanley Park – The emerald jewel set in the heart of our city. Stanley Park, surrounded by the Pacific Ocean, is a 1000-acre playground with stunning views and mountain backdrops. Enjoy a stop at the totem poles and get an iconic photo of the sails of Canada Place and the glass and steel towers of Coal Harbour. Next, drive to the highest point of the park, the Prospect Point Lookout. Stop and enjoy a view of Lions Gate Bridge spanning the entrance to our harbour. Gaze at the dazzling panorama of the snowcapped coastal mountains, West Vancouver and English Bay.
- English Bay – Drive out of the park and along the city’s urban shoreline of English Bay. Get a real sense of how fortunate the locals are with access to seaside walks, astounding views and ocean beaches. This why we love living here! Lucky guests may even spot a couple of our resident bald eagles or great blue herons hunting by these shores.
- Gastown – This is where it all started, on the shores of the Burrard Inlet – Gassy Jack Deighton laid the foundation of this great west coast city (okay, he opened a saloon). See Maple Tree Square, Vancouver’s oldest architecture, and the world famous steam powered clock.
- Chinatown – This area was developed at the turn of the last century by Chinese immigrants from California and China who came to work the gold mines and on the Canadian Pacific Railroad. Chinatown today is a bustling reminder of where we have come from and where we are heading. Find great restaurants, shopping, and interesting architecture (like the world’s thinnest building), all for your senses to feast upon.
- Robson Street – Enjoy a leisurely drive down Robson Street and get a taste of what is available for those who love to shop! Your guide is also happy to recommend eateries to suit all tastes and budgets.
- Canada Place and Vancouver Harbour – The city’s cruise ship terminal is an icon of the skyline. Here you’ll find Canada’s flagship harbour and our gateway to Asia.
- Granville Island – This tiny peninsula is a hotbed for amazing food and art. Spend time browsing artisan workshops or enjoy great food and views at the Granville Island Public Market. This is a great place to stock up on gifts to bring home to loved ones.
- Drive over the Lions Gate Bridge spanning the entrance to Vancouver’s port. This was the longest suspension bridge in the world when it was completed in 1938, and it offers unparalleled views of the harbour and beyond. Once across to the North Shore, it is a short drive up the road to your first stop at the Capilano Fish Hatchery. Wonder at nature’s ability to sustain itself as you observe how salmon are helped through man’s intrusion on their habitat. Learn about their life cycle and watch them (in season – July and August) as they leap their way up river and through the glassed-in fish ladder.
- The Capilano Suspension Bridge – Vancouver’s very first tourist experience. Walk amongst the towering trees of this temperate rain forest and learn the ways of the local First Nations’ Peoples. Walk across one of the world’s longest foot suspension bridges to the other side of the river, where you can climb to the canopy and stroll through the “Treetops Adventure” walkway high above the canyon floor and the river below. If you are feeling adventurous, try the “Cliffwalk”; this heart-stopping cliffside journey takes you through rainforest vegetation on a series of unobtrusive, cantilevered and suspended walkways jutting out from the granite cliff face above Capilano River.