With so much to see and do, it might be hard to plan out your days. To help you make the most of your vacation, we've pulled together sample itineraries and day tour information to help you prepare. Select from the following to view a full day of activities, attractions and sights:

Full Days in Vancouver:

Or spend a leisurely day walking around Vancouver - see Walkabouts for great tours.

> For more great ideas, check out Free or Almost Free for low-to-no cost activities!

> See also Boat Trips or Air Trips for ideas on seeing Vancouver from a unique perspective!

> See Day Trips for ideas on short trips outside Vancouver.

> Check out our self-guided itineraries:
Culture Crawl (PDF), Shopping Itinerary (PDF), Stanley Park (PDF)


Duration: 5 hours

Vancouver is wild about golf. The golfing season lasts at least eight months of the year in Greater Vancouver, the longest season in Canada. Tee off from a multitude of courses located within the city or within a one-hour drive from downtown. Spend a day on the links, finish off with drinks or dinner - a perfect way to spend a day!

But, be forewarned: the spectacular scenery--rain forests, mountains, lakes and such--may throw you off your game!

> See our section on Golf for full details on local courses.

Guided Walk through the Rainforests

Duration: 4 - 6 hours

Only 30 minutes from Vancouver, you find yourself entering a magical world of giant Douglas firs wrapped in blankets of soft green moss. Breathe in the cool, clean mystery of the West Coast rainforest. You don't need to be an experienced hiker to discover the forests unspoiled beauty. Guided tours take you through the landscape. Wear comfortable shoes and bring plenty of film.

North Shore including Capilano Suspension Bridge & Grouse Mountain

Duration: 4 hours

Tour some of Vancouver's best-known attractions. From Stanley Park, you will travel across the Lions Gate Bridge to North Vancouver. Swing 230 feet above the Capilano River as you cross the Capilano Suspension Bridge. Get a breathtaking view of the city and gulf islands as you ride the gondola up Grouse Mountain. Stop at the salmon hatchery before arriving at the Lonsdale Quay for a light lunch or cappuccino. A short SeaBus ride across Burrard Inlet will bring you back downtown.

Ocean Kayaking

Duration: 2 - 6 hours

Get back to nature. Swim with the sea lions. Paddle along Vancouver's coastline and experience nature from a different perspective. See sights only accessible by water. Places where you can be alone with your thoughts. Pack a lunch and glide along the water at your own pace or hire a guide to show you the way.

Parks & Gardens

Duration: varies

Love flowers? Cool shade under a big oak tree? Well, Vancouver has some of the finest gardens on the West Coast. The UBC Botanical Gardens and the Nitobe Memorial Japanese Gardens, VanDusen Botanical Gardens, Queen Elizabeth Parks garden under glass, Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, and Stanley Park are only an assortment of the beautiful gardens and parks in Vancouver.

> See our Gardens section for locations and details, or for additional walking tours, see Walkabouts.

River Rafting

Duration: 4 - 6 hours

Attention thrill seekers: take the ride of a lifetime! The white rapids of the Chilliwack, the Elaho-Squamish, and the Thompson rivers are calling your name. Experience the adrenaline rush of white water rafting in British Columbia under the supervision of trained guides. All trips include a stop at a scenic location for a hearty lunch.

Salmon Fishing

Duration: 5 hours

You don't have to be an expert fisherman to enjoy one of the most popular activities in BC. Head out to the open water and experience a West Coast adventure. Take in the spectacular scenery and reel in your catch of the day on a fully equipped fishing vessel. Board your vessel from a number of marinas conveniently located downtown and throughout the city.

Vancouver City & Granville Island Tour

Duration: 4 hours

Tour more of Vancouver's famous sites including Stanley Park, Chinatown, Gastown, Shaughnessy, English Bay, and Queen Elizabeth Park. Stop at Granville Island and marvel at the selection of fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses, pastries, breads and gourmet fare at the Public Market. Shop for unique souvenirs like handmade paper or glass beads. Visit one of the many artisans that rent studio space on the island. Grab a snack from inside the market and sit on the dock, feed the seagulls or watch any number of street performers--from musicians to magicians.

> For additional details on walking tours, see Walkabouts.

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