Tours in Vancouver – Canada
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Beer tasting tours
Microbreweries are booming in Vancouver. Seven new craft and nanobreweries open in 2013, adding to three which opened in 2012. Four of the newbies, Main Street Brewing, Red Truck, Brassneck and 33 Acres, are located in the historic Brewery Creek District, so named because it attracted a number of breweries over 100 years ago, who used a stream there to run their water wheels. Many will let you fill a growler (a glass or ceramic sealable jug) and buy your beer to go. Vancouver Brewery Tours zips you round three breweries in three hours with tastings along the way.
Vancouver’s cycle-friendly seawall and excellent network of bike routes make it a dream to explore on two wheels. Cycle City Tours offers several tours of the city and Stanley Park. On its two-hour Art Wheelers tour, you can pedal along the seawall and dedicated bike lanes, learning the hidden meanings behind Vancouver’s public art along the way, from mosaics and murals to fountains and sculptures.
Edible Canada tickles your taste buds with delectable chef-led culinary tours of Granville Island Public Market and Chinatown (including the option of a guided dim sum lunch). Off the Eaten Track runs food cart tours, guides you round eateries in up-and-coming Railtown or the cosmopolitan East Village, or takes you on a behind-the-scenes cocktails and restaurants tour of trendy Main Street.
Hop-on hop-off bus tours
The Vancouver Trolley Company runs tours on two loops with live commentary on replica early 20th-century trolley buses. Big Bus follows a similar route over 90 minutes on vintage double-decker and open-top buses with pre-recorded commentary in five languages. Both have numerous stops around the city. The easiest places for tourists to catch one are in Gastown or by Canada Place.
Forbidden Vancouver tours take in the city’s hidden and seedier history, steering you through the prohibition-era speakeasies and Vancouver’s less salubrious joints and introducing you to former residents of questionable character. The Architectural Institute of British Columbia also offers a number of guided tours for a small charge in July and August. These present Vancouver’s history through architecture. Tours take one-and-a-half to two hours.
Excursions from Vancouver
Strung out off the coast of Vancouver Island to the southwest of Vancouver are the Southern Gulf Islands. Galiano is the closest to the city and seems a world away with its rural feel, secluded beaches and forest trails. This is a top spot for kayaking, a spa escape, or picking up island-grown produce at the Saturday market. You can reach Galiano by floatplane or 50-minute ferry ride from Tsawwassen.
The town of Squamish lies one hour north of Vancouver on beautiful Howe Sound. The town itself may lack charm, but the region is a mecca for adrenaline junkies, who come to climb the Stawamus Chief, bike over 200km (125 miles) of single track trails, kitesurf at the Squamish Spit, raft class IV rapids and, in winter, spot thousands of bald eagles. Nearby Shannon Falls has the third highest cascade in British Columbia at 335m (1,099ft).
British Columbia’s capital centres on its bustling harbour of weaving kayaks, harbour taxis, ferries and floatplanes and colourful floating houses. Fringing the harbour are the grand Fairmont Empress hotel, impressive Parliament Buildings and excellent Royal BC Museum. On Victoria’s outskirts, Butchart Gardens is home to over one million plants. Victoria lies three to four hours southwest of Vancouver by road and scenic ferry ride, or you can splash out on a helicopter or floatplane.
Whistler has an astonishing activity menu: hiking through alpine meadows, riding the gnarly downhill bike park, bungee jumping over the Cheakamus River, ziplining through old-growth forest, bear viewing on Blackcomb and golfing four championship courses. In winter, you can ski over 200 powder-filled runs on Whistler and Blackcomb mountains. You can reach Whistler by road on Highway 99 (journey time – 1 hour 40 minutes), and by tourist train and floatplane in summer.
Vancouver Museums, Vancouver Transport, Vancouver Tours, Vancouver Introduction, Vancouver Attractions, Vancouver Hotels, Vancouver Restaurants, Vancouver Shopping, Vancouver Nightlife, world travel video, Vancouver video, Vancouver , Vancouver Travel guide, Vancouver Tourism, Vancouver Vacation, Canada, Canada travel guide, Canada tourism, Canada Vacation, Canada Attractions, North America, British Columbia === Vancouver – British Columbia – Canada Travel Guide, Tourism, Vacation, Travel Tips, Attractions