Canadian Signature Experiences, an officially curated list of once-in-a-lifetime travel experiences, offer opportunities to explore Canada's spectacular beauty, wildlife, food, entertainment, and culture. There's no shortage of these experiences in Vancouver for you to check out during your next trip to the city—no matter when you visit.
VIA Rail - The Canadian (Toronto - Vancouver Train)
Coming from somewhere else in Canada? Consider taking VIA Rail's scenic train excursion across Canada on the Great Western Way route. Starting in Toronto, this 4 night, 3-day trip will give you an intimate tour of Canada's breathtaking views of diverse landscapes with spacious seats and sleeping cabins, and freshly prepared Canadian cuisine. Looking to treat yourself? Upgrade your experience for an all-inclusive meal and bar service and a personalized concierge. At the end of the trip, you'll find yourself in Vancouver's downtown core, ready to explore.
Scenic Rush's Sea to Sky Experience
Start off your unforgettable stay in Vancouver with a pick-up at your downtown hotel, where you'll be transported to Eagle Harbour to enjoy a 2.5-hour experience driving exotic supercars on an 80 km journey of Vancouver's famous Sea to Sky Highway. Available from April to October, you'll have the opportunity to drive four supercars—including a Lamborghini and a Ferrari—with opportunities to get some photos along the way.
Capilano Suspension Bridge's Cliffwalk
This experience is not for the faint of heart—this unobtrusive cantilevered, suspended walkway stretches over 700 feet (213 meters) along the granite cliff face above the Capilano River. In some sections, very strong glass is all that lies between a visitor and the beautiful rainforest canyon far below. After you get your adrenaline going, make sure to check out the world famous suspension bridge, treetops adventure, an educational wildlife session at Raptors Ridge, and grab a bite to eat at the Cliff House Restaurant.
Vancouver Foodie Tours' Gastronomic Gastown Tour
A must-stop on any food lover's bucket list, Vancouver Foodie Tours' Gastronomic Gastown Tour is a recent addition to the Canadian Signature Experience list. This 3-hour walking tour includes an in-depth tour of the historic Gastown neighbourhood, including Blood Alley and the Woodwards Building; a progressive meal at 4 unique Gastown restaurants—including Canadian comfort foods like Pork Belly Crackling, Parsnip Fries, and Tempura Bacon Eggs and much more; four alcohol pairings; and a small group experience with a local guide. The tour is available daily from 3 - 6 pm, with additional departures on weekends. Make sure to wear your stretchy pants!
Sewell's Marina Sea Safari in the Fjord of Howe Sound
Cruise through Vancouver's very own Howe Sound, just on the doorstep of Horseshoe Bay with the Sea Safari hosted by Sewell's Marina. This two-hour journey on a 30-foot rigid hull inflatable boat will allow you to soar along the coastline in minutes, exploring everything British Columbia's West Coast has to offer. You'll check out the caves of Bowen Island and the wildlife you'll spot along the way. Shuttles are available from any downtown hotel to make the scenic 25-minute journey to Horseshoe Bay.
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