As the local expert, let us help customise an unforgettable day that speaks to you. From land to sea to air and everything in between, we are able to coordinate a tour that all future tours will be measured against. Check out our pre-scheduled tour itineraries and let us know what features pique your interest, then let us help you organise your perfect custom itinerary. One of the many benefits of private tours is that you are able to amend the itinerary directly with your tour guide on the day of service!
Private Gardens Tour
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. Perched on Vancouver’s highest point, the Bloedel Floral Conservatory’s enclosed tropical garden houses over 500 exotic plants 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. Located amidst picturesque garden vistas in the heart of the VanDusen Botanical Gardens, it is the perfect setting for lunch, after visiting the gardens!
If you are visiting during the Christmas season, the VanDusen Botanical Gardens are beautifully decorated with festive lights.
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.
Backyard Vineyards have been producing award-winning varietals, blended, and bubbly wines from 100% BC grapes grown on-site in their own vineyard and are complemented with fruit selected from the Fraser Valley and the South Okanagan. Let their vineyard be the perfect backdrop to enjoy their wines in the tasting room or under their lovely gazebo.
Chaberton Estate Winery offers wine tastings in their boutique tasting room. Enjoy varietal wines from their full selection of 100% BC VQA red and white wines made from grapes grown locally in their Fraser Valley vineyard as well as specially selected vineyards from the South Okanagan and Similkameen Valleys.
Visit Glass House Estate Winery or Krause Berry Farms & Estate Winery visit either of these exceptional and award-winning wineries. Surrounded by a lush agricultural landscape and green vistas, these picturesque, family-owned wineries are the perfect setting for a wine tasting. Sample the fresh berry wines from Krause Farms or enjoy the selection of premium red and white wines from Glass House.
Private Steveston Village & Whale Watching Tour
Enjoy a Private Tour to historic Steveston Village, located 30-minutes south of the Vancouver International Airport.
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.
Steveston is also a popular filming location, and you may have seen this village on episodes of the X-Files, Supernatural, Stargate SG-1, Highlander: The Series, and Once Upon A Time.
Visit the Canada Berries Winery in Richmond where you can taste over 20 varieties of blended fruit wines. Specializing in blueberries grown on-site in their vineyard, Canada Berries Winery has created a vast collection of elegant blueberry wines. Taste fruit wines made from peaches, blackcurrants, rhubarb, gooseberries, blackberries, strawberries and more.
The adventure continues with a 3-5 hour whale watching excursion. Travel through the spectacular Gulf & San Juan Islands, home to majestic orca and humpback whales and other marine life such as sea lions, porpoises and seals.
Fraser Valley Sturgeon Fishing
Experience the wild up close with a professionally led catch and release sturgeon fishing trip in the Fraser Valley.
The sturgeon species dates back around 245 million years ago, to the Triassic Period. Luckily for our guests, some of the world’s best sturgeon fishing is located directly in the Greater Vancouver area. Experience these fantastic creatures up close and personal while enjoying 4 hours of catch and release in the Fraser River, which has been dubbed the “fishing hub” of Southwestern BC.
Your tour will be expertly conducted by a professional guide and all bait, tackle, and equipment (including waders and boots) will be included. You’ll travel in a private jet boat along the river from the urban city of Coquitlam to the intimate community of Hope.
Since any day out fishing is a good day, you can always extend your time on the water if 4 hours isn’t enough. Because more time + more river = more opportunity.
Breakfast with the Bears & 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.
The 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 breathtaking perspectives. Start your journey by walking across the 450-foot suspension bridge which rests 70 meters above the river. Next explore the Tree Top 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.
Private Vancouver Art Tour
Explore the Vancouver Art Gallery, which offers the city’s top cultural experience. Wander through four floors of inspiring art treasures in one of Vancouver’s most iconic historic buildings.
The Vancouver Art Gallery is located in the former main courthouse in Vancouver. This neoclassical building was designed in 1905 by architect Francis Rattenbury, renowned for his design of the Empress Hotel and Parliament Buildings in Victoria, British Columbia.
See major works by some of the world’s leading contemporary artists and history’s greatest masters. The Vancouver Art Gallery is home to a permanent collection of over 10,000 artworks, featuring more than 200 major works by famous Canadian artists Emily Carr, the Group of Seven, and Jeff Wall, as well as international artists Marc Chagall and Henry Callahan.
Bill Reid, a First Nations artist from Haida Gwaii, was a master goldsmith, carver, sculptor, writer, and spokesman. You can find his carvings and statues all across the country, including Vancouver’s International Airport, the UBC Museum of Anthropology, and the Vancouver Aquarium. See his impressive works at the Bill Reid Art Gallery.
Find true balance with yin and yang in the beautiful Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Gardens that feature four main elements: rock, water, plants, and architecture. These gardens were the first of their kind outside of China and were built using traditional Chinese techniques and materials.
Private UBC Tour
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.
The University of British Columbia (UBC) campus is located 30 minutes from the heart of downtown Vancouver and is more than 400 hectares in size! Surrounded by forest and the Pacific Ocean, the stunning campus is one of the most scenic locations in Vancouver.
Located on campus, 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.
Visit 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. About 40% of the museum’s collection is from Asia however, you will find works from all over the world, including Africa and the South Pacific.
UBC is located within the Pacific Spirit Regional Park (874 hectares), which contains more than 73 kilometres (45 miles) of walking and hiking trails, of which 50 kilometres (31 miles) are available for cycling and horseback riding.
The campus’s peaceful forest setting is filled with awe-inspiring ocean views. This area of the city is not to be missed.
Private Christmas Lights Tour
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.
If you would like to reserve a Private Christmas Lights Tour, please contact our Charters Department at 604.255.7272, toll-free at 1.877.669.2277, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org