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TOUR IDEAS

Inspiring

Tour Ideas

Wanting to book a private tour? Our Charters and Private Tour division allows you to customize your experience with us and make it one you’ll remember forever. Browse our selection of alternative private tours below. These tours stop at some of the less visited areas of Greater Vancouver which means, less crowds and a more unique experience.

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Private Gardens Tour

Our Private Gardens Tour will take you to Vancouver’s most celebrated gardens. Visit them all, or customize your tour to see the gardens of your choice!

Visit Queen Elizabeth Park, a 130-acre municipal park where we will visit their beautiful sunken gardens, featuring a plethora of seasonal flowers. Within Queen Elizabeth Park, visit the Bloedel Floral Conservatory, the country’s first geodesic conservatory built in 1969. This enclosed tropical garden houses over 500 and flowers and more than 200 free-flying tropical birds!

Another beautiful destination is the VanDusen Botanical Gardens. Opened in 1975, there are 55 acres of immaculately cared for gardens to admire. Special features in the garden include carved totem poles, large stone sculptures, and a Korean Pavilion at the edge of the Asian plant collection. An additional feature of these gardens is the lovely Shaughnessy Restaurant, a perfect setting for lunch, after visiting the gardens!
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Valley Winery Tastings

Enjoy a Private Winery Tour to the Langley Region, located on the outskirts of Vancouver. Relax and take in the sights and tastes as we visit three local wineries. There are many wineries to choose from, so we are able to customize this tour to suit your preferences.
Just outside of Vancouver, you will find the picturesque countryside of Langley. This lovely city offers quaint coffee bars, farm fresh delicatessens, elegant fine dining, and other delectable treats included world-renowned wineries that your taste buds are sure to enjoy. Some of wineries we love include Backyard Vineyard, Chaberton Estate Winery, Glass House Estate Winery and more!
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UBC Tour

Enjoy a Private Tour to the University of British Columbia. There are many attractions to see along the way, so we are able to customize this tour to suit your preferences. Drive west through the Kitsilano neighbourhood, passing beautiful parks and stunning ocean views along the way. This scenic drive offers views of Vancouver’s sandy beaches, including Kitsilano Beach, Spanish Banks, and Jericho Beach.

Visit the UBC Botanical Gardens were opened in 1916 and include over 8,000 different kinds of plants, spread across 110 acres. Features include the David C. Lam Asian Garden, an alpine garden, a native plants garden, a food garden and a physic (medicinal) garden.

Or discover the treasures in Canada’s largest teaching museum, the Museum of Anthropology while on campus. This museum contains a diverse ethnographic collection, including beautiful artwork by First Nations artist Bill Reid, local works from Haida Gwaii, and several large Musqueam artifacts from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
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Steveston Village and Whale Watching Tour

Experience an active West Coast fishing community complete with pubs, museums, and a fish market. Steveston sits at the mouth of the Fraser River and was once the largest fishing port and cannery centre on the West Coast. In fact, at the turn of the last century, salmon-canning was so prevalent in Steveston that it was known as Salmonopolis!

The Gulf of Georgia Cannery, built in 1894 was once the largest plant in British Columbia and is now a National Historic Site operated by Parks Canada. The Cannery is no longer in operation, but it is still home to the largest fleet of commercial fishing vessels on the British Columbia coast.

Enjoy some free time to take a relaxing stroll on the wooden, waterfront boardwalks or pick up a batch of local, freshly caught fish and other seafood directly from the fishing vessels themselves. A great lunch option would be fish and options from one of the many dining establishments located within Fisherman’s Wharf.
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Breakfast with The Bear & Capilano Suspension Bridge

Enjoy the morning sunshine on top of Grouse Mountain with Breakfast with the Bears before heading off to Vancouver’s oldest tourist attraction, the Capilano Suspension Bridge

Watch yourself rise above the city of Vancouver with the Skyride Gondola, until you reach the peak of Grouse Mountain. Access the mountain before it officially opens and enjoy an intimate breakfast with the area’s furriest friends. Visit the resident grizzly bears, Grinder and Coola, as they enjoy their morning feeding. Learn about bear conservation and grizzly habits.

Your breakfast menu includes Coola Pancakes, Grinder French Toast, Scrambled Eggs, Braised Beef & Root Vegetable Hash, Bratwurst & Smoked bacon, Hash Browns and more!

Your next stop is the Capilano Suspension Bridge, Vancouver’s oldest tourist attraction. The first bridge was built in 1889 and was originally made from hemp rope and cedar planks. Since then it has been updated and still used to take visitors across the Capilano River. Here you can appreciate true Canadian wilderness from three breath-taking perspectives. Start your journey by walking across the 450-foot suspension bridge which rests 70 meters above the river. Next, explore the TreeTop Adventures, which are a series of platforms and mini-bridges amongst the trees. Lastly, enjoy the views from the Cliffwalk, a single file bridge that follows the base of the granite cliff.
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Private Sea to Sky Seafood Boil Tour

Enjoy a Private Tour to the Sea to Sky Gondola for a Seafood Boil! Drive along the stunning Sea to Sky Highway and take in the coastal views while sharing this one-of-a-kind experience with friends and family.
Indulge in a delicious Backyard Seafood Boil long-table dinner at the Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish.
Enjoy the beautiful drive along the Sea to Sky Highway with a scenic stop at Shannon Falls, before ascending 850 metres (2,790 feet) to the top of Mount Harbich via the Sea to Sky Gondola for stunning views of Howe Sound. Before dinner cross the Sky Pilot Suspension Bridge and walk along forest trails to viewing platforms.
Dinner is served at 6:00 pm at the Summit Plaza. Featuring fresh and quality ingredients, your dining menu includes:
A cool refreshing glass of southern style ice tea
Crusty Bread
Homemade pasta salad
Caesar salad
Corn on the cob
Potatoes
A mix of seafood (mussels, shrimp & soft shell crab)
Dessert is a berry crumble
Depart from Vancouver at 4:00 pm. Departure from Squamish at approximately 9:00 pm.
This tour is offered only on select dates, if you would like to reserve a Private Sea to Sky Tour with the seafood boil experience, please contact our Charters Department at 604.255.7272, toll-free at 1.877.669.2277, or by email at groups@vancouvertours.com
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Private Christmas Lights Tour

A Private Christmas Lights Tour is sure to bring joy and cheer to you and your family. There are many festive viewing options to choose from during the Christmas season in Vancouver. Reserve a custom Private Christmas Lights Tour for your group depending on the sights you would like to see, and the time frame that you have available. 

View festively decorated homes and marvel at towering decorated trees. From Christmas Markets to the Festival of Lights at VanDusen Botanical Gardens, Christmas in Vancouver has something for the whole family.

Visit Vancouver’s North Shore to see Capilano Suspension Bridge’s Canyon Lights. The forest is lit by thousands of holiday lights that create a breathtaking festive wonderland. Sing-along with the holiday band as you look up at the world’s tallest living Christmas tree standing 47 metres (153 feet) tall.


Ride the gondola to the top of Grouse Mountain, where you discover the Peak of Christmas. Experience the tranquil beauty of their 2,438 square metre (8,000 square foot) mountaintop ice skating pond, surrounded by snowcapped trees. You can even visit Santa’s workshop and see real reindeer!


Within Vancouver’s city core, you will find many holiday highlights. Ride the Bright Nights Christmas Train in Stanley Park and view three million twinkling lights displayed throughout the plaza. Experience the Vancouver Christmas market, an authentic German-inspired market at Jack Poole Plaza or visit Robson Square to see Vancouver’s famous 50 foot Christmas tree.
 Further festivities can be enjoyed when visiting the Four Seasons’ Festival of Trees and the Avenue of Christmas Trees found at Canada Place. Be sure not to miss the Hyatt Regency’s Gingerbread Lane, an impressive display of gingerbread creations!
 Pass by Elm Grove Park or the George Wainborn Park with decorated trees galore. Stop in at Granville Island to enjoy more of Vancouver’s holiday cheer. Both St. Paul’s Hospital and the Canuck Place Children’s Hospice are entirely illuminated with brilliant light displays. Find some of the most impressively decorated local homes, as you drive by Hycroft Manion, or along Trinity Street in East Vancouver.
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