Spectacular Sightseeing

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If you want your delegates to get out and about and really experience Vancouver first hand, try one of these suggested Sightseeing options:

 


City Tour by Air

Duration: 30 minutes
Location: Vancouver

Enjoy an Ariel view of the city on a float plane! Fly over all the major sights of downtown including famous Stanley Park and the beautiful North Shore mountains. A fantastic unique way to see spectacular Vancouver!


Discover the Orient

Duration: 4 hours
Location: Chinatown

Soak up the scents and sounds of North America's third largest Chinatown. Grab a bao (a steamed bun filled with barbecued pork or coconut), or stop for dim sum, won-tons or tea. Chinatown is also a great place to purchase unusual herbs, exotic teas, and fine silk. In the evening, you can enjoy classical Chinese music and dance accompanying a traditional banquet.


Evening Dinner Cruises

Duration: 2 hours
Location: Vancouver

An evening aboard a private yacht gives you a marvelous view of the city and its waterfront. Enjoy a sumptuous West Coast barbecue onboard while you watch the scenery and sunset slip by. See the twinkling city lights and watch the moon and stars fill the sky. Live music tops off this relaxing and fun-filled evening.


North Shore & Grouse Mountain Tour

Duration: 6 hours
Location: North Vancouver

This tour will make you feel like you're sitting on top of the world! Stanley Park, the second largest urban park in North America, is the first stop on a tour of mountaintops and seaside villages. Visit the totem poles for views of downtown, then head across breathtaking Lions Gate Bridge on the way to the oceanfront village of Horseshoe Bay. Stroll through the village square, watch the ferries come and go and admire the surrounding mountains. Scenic Marine Drive leads to Capilano Road and Grouse Mountain. There you'll ascend a skytram for a 3,700 foot high vantage point. Enjoy a panoramic view of Vancouver with time to explore the trails, watch the logging sports shows, take a tour by helicopter, or attend the "Theatre in the Sky." A visit to the Capilano Suspension Bridge and Park follows. A tour of the world's longest suspended footbridge and the Tree Top Adventure is followed by a trip to the Fish Hatchery, a fascinating salmon enhancement project noted for its famous "Fish Ladder." Lonsdale Quay Public Market is the next stop: a wonderful waterfront collage of shops, bistros, and markets. From there you can return to downtown Vancouver via the SeaBus, a 12-minute ride across Burrard Inlet to the city centre. The SeaBus station is within easy walking distance of the Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre.


Parks & Gardens

Duration: Varies
Location: Vancouver

Discover nature, history, and beautiful beaches on a tour of the city's parks and gardens. Circle the south side of English Bay and follow the marked scenic route past Kitsilano, Jericho and Locarno beaches (stopping at Spanish Banks for a dramatic city view) to the University of British Columbia (UBC). Stroll the UBC Botanical Gardens and see exotic plants from around the world, including 400 species of rhododendrons, and visit the Nitobe Memorial Garden, a classical Japanese garden. Relax amid an outstanding collection of plants and sculptures at the VanDusen Botanical Gardens then head over to Vancouver's only "garden under glass" at the Bloedel Conservatory in Queen Elizabeth Park. From there, turn back downtown, to the colour and excitement of Vancouver's Chinatown, and the tranquil beauty of the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, the first authentic Ming Dynasty Chinese garden built outside China. Finally, end up in Stanley Park, a 1,000 acre park featuring beaches, tennis courts, a scenic seawall, restaurants, totem poles, and a beautiful rose garden.


Scenic Harbour Cruises

Duration: 4 hours
Location: Vancouver

Cruises are always popular, and with good reason-the charm of Vancouver's harbour and the stunning scenery of Burrard Inlet are best seen from the water. You can tour Burrard Inlet and head up Indian Arm for isolation, scenery, and salmon fishing, or head down the Fraser River and see the workings of Canada's busiest, most scenic, harbour.


UBC Museum of Anthropology

Duration: 2 hours
Location: Vancouver

Guests board motor coaches for a 20 minute drive to the Museum of Anthropology on the grounds of the University of British Columbia. The museum is dedicated to the preservation and presentation of artifacts unique to West Coast First Nations culture and is high on the list of must-sees for those with a taste for history and art. The museum's treasures are housed in an impressive building designed by world-renowned local architect Arthur Erickson. The soaring glass walls of the Great Hall blend with the silent mystery of Northwest Coast totems. First Nations carvers are often on-site, creating anything from small sculptures to immense totem poles.


Vancouver City & Granville Island Tour

Duration: 4 hours
Location: Vancouver

Board one of Vancouver's comfortable modern coaches for a guided tour of one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The drive through our famous Stanley Park offers a magnificent view of the harbour. Continue through the city's varied neighbourhoods: the arts district, including Queen Elizabeth Theatre, the Vancouver Playhouse and the Vancouver Public Library; sports venues, including Rogers Arena and BC Place; Chinatown, one of the largest in North America; Gastown, with its famous steam clock; and the beaches of English Bay. Proceed to one of the city's oldest and most famous residential areas, Shaughnessy, then to Queen Elizabeth Park with its beautiful sunken gardens, and the Bloedel Conservatory's rich assortment of tropical plants and birds. Finally, end your tour at Granville Island Public Market. The energy pulses on this 15 hectare (37 acre) former industrial area that is now surrounded by shops, street performers, artists' studios, theatres, and restaurants. If your timing is right, you can participate in all sorts of festivals on the island, from bluegrass and jazz, to literature, wooden boats, and comedy.