A trip to Vancouver just wouldn’t be complete without spending some time on the water, and taking a cruise is an ideal way to experience the city’s maritime culture while doing some sightseeing. Whether you have just 30 minutes or an entire week, here are some ideas to fit a cruise into your itinerary.
Even if you only have half an hour to spare, you still have plenty of time to get out on the water. Aquabus Ferries
offers 25-minute mini-cruises along Vancouver’s False Creek, so you can see Granville Island, Charleston Park, Stamp’s Landing and the Telus World of Science before arriving in our trendy Yaletown Neighbourhood.
A Few Hours
Make the most of a few hours by combining sightseeing, dining and cruising, all in one trip. Harbour Cruises & Events
offers an array of dinner and luncheon cruises so you can feast on West Coast cuisine while seeing places like Vancouver’s scenic harbour, the Burrard Inlet and the spectacular Indian Arm fjord.
To spend an entire day out on the water, why not charter a private boat or yacht? Boat charters
are a great way to enjoy personalized tours, so you can see the sights that most interest you, without the constraints of an itinerary. Fishermen looking for that next big catch should consider booking a fishing charter, which typically come with a professional guide and gear. There are plenty of fishing hot spots in BC
— you just have to know where to look.
Vancouver is a bustling hub of maritime activity and a starting point for a number of large cruise lines. If you’re looking to venture into Alaska’s snow-covered wilderness or relax in a tropical Hawaiian oasis, start your journey at Canada Place
, an iconic port of call with brilliant white sails. Companies like Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, Carnival Cruises and Royal Caribbean offer trips from this point, and most of their cruises start at seven days.