If sightseeing in Vancouver is on your itinerary, you won’t have to look very far to find a tour company or professional guide to lead the way — chances are: there are more culinary tours and whale watching expeditions than you’ll know what to do with. So why not try something completely different? We’ve rounded up a unique Vancouver tour for every season, so you’ll be seeing the city in a whole new way, no matter when you get here. Tour buses not included.
WinterChocolate Fondue Tour
Spend an evening exploring snow-dusted forests and serene mountain landscapes on this guided snowshoe tour of Cypress Mountain
. After trekking through powdery slopes, you’ll come to a cozy hut where you can warm up with a cup of hot apple cider and chocolate fondue. The traditional wood-burning stove and romantic candlelight make this an idyllic alpine escape you won’t soon forget. $50 per person.
Cycle City Tours
Take advantage of Vancouver’s mild springtime weather by doing your sightseeing from a set of two wheels. Cycle City Tours
offers daily bicycle tours through some of Vancouver’s most vibrant neighborhoods, so riders can visit attractions such as the Stanley Park seawall, Granville Island Public Market, Chinatown and Gastown—they’ll even get to ride a ferry over False Creek. Tour prices include the use of a cruiser bike, helmet and bike lock. $65-$85 per person.
Sins of the City Walking Tour Vancouver may seem wholesome due to its pristine wilderness and polite residents, but on the Sins of the City Walking Tour, you’ll get to see an entirely different side of this coastal city. Offered by the Vancouver Police Museum
, this edgy tour will take visitors to the original location of legendary Gassy Jack’s first saloon, the site of Vancouver’s first jail, the notorious Blood Alley and a historic area known for its vice-filled days of bootlegging, opium dens and brothels. This fascinating look at Vancouver’s naughty past is intended for adults only. $15 per person, complimentary museum admission included.
Stanley Park Horse-Drawn Tour
There are a few must-do activities when you visit Vancouver in the fall, and seeing the vibrantly coloured foliage is one of them. Take in the sights of Vancouver in autumn when you ride through famous Stanley Park
on a horse-drawn carriage. With Stanley Park Horse-Drawn Tours
, visitors can enjoy a one-hour narrated tour of this 1,000-acre sanctuary. You’ll see Deadman’s Island, Lions Gate Bridge, scenic red cedar forests, authentic First Nations
totem poles, fragrant rose gardens and, of course, brilliantly hued vegetation. Ticket prices vary.