About Vancouver - Canada

Vancouver is the largest metropolitan area in Western Canada, and third largest in Canada, with a population of 2.6 million. Located at the southwestern corner of the coastal province of British Columbia, it is well known for its majestic natural beauty, as it is nestled between the Coast Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. It is frequently ranked as one of the “best cities to live in” and is certainly a beautiful destination to visit.

Vancouverites broadly split their city into three: the Westside, the Eastside (or East Van) and city centre. This split is simply geography: everything west of Ontario St is the Westside, everything east is East Vancouver and everything north of False Creek is the city centre. Each of these areas have their own attractions and neighbourhoods, so time permitting, explore as many as you can. The areas in the city of Vancouver are frequently confused with the separate cities of North Vancouver and West Vancouver. North Vancouver and West Vancouver are north of Burrard Inlet and are not part of the city of Vancouver itself.

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Outdoor Activities

Sea to Sky Alpine and Waterfall Hike

Join your guide as you are driven on the scenic Sea to Sky Highway to Shannon Falls, where you will start a challenging, stunning hike you’ll never forget. Start by hiking up to the top of a 335 metre (1,000 foot) waterfall and then continue on up to a spectacular viewpoint of Howe Sound. Eventually, after a total elevation gain of 3,000 feet (925 meters), you’ll reach the top of the Sea to Sky Gondola, where you can have a drink or snack while taking in the panoramic view. You’ll then take the gondola down and head back to Vancouver.

Winter Wonderland Adventure at Vancouver’s Capilano Suspension Bridge

Treat yourself to the ultimate sensory experience this holiday season at Vancouver’s famous Capilano Suspension Bridge Park! Enter a spectacular winter wonderland filled with dazzling Christmas lights and decorations as you cross the bridge, walk through the forest and admire bird’s-eye views from the glass-bottom Cliffwalk. Enjoy holiday activities like glass blowing and cookie decorating, perfect for the whole family!

Stanley Park and Downtown Vancouver Running Tour

Explore Stanley Park, the seawall, and downtown Vancouver on a small-group running tour through the city. Enjoy stops at popular sights en route, including English Bay, Lost Lagoon, and the Vancouver Convention Centre. Stop intermittently to learn a bit about each attraction and catch your breath on this easygoing running tour. Best suited for those comfortable running at least 5 km. The tour lasts 75-90 minutes, depending on the pace of the group.

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Food,Wine & Nigthlife

Fraser Valley Wine Tour

Enjoy a sommelier curated, intimate tour of the Fraser Valley wine region. This Vancouver wine tour, led by a certified BC wine expert, is great for guests who want to increase their wine knowledge and taste BC wine for the first time. Enjoy tastings at 4-5 wineries. Choose a half-day or full-day tour. Full-day tours also include lunch at the vineyard.

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Food Walking Tour of Granville Island Public Market

Come visit Vancouver’s beautiful, historic, and delicious treasure: the Granville Island Public Market.

In this colorful, yet energy filled location, experienced culinary guides will wind through a variety of food merchants to taste flavorful offerings. Samples include maple-cured salmon, frothy chai tea latte, savory ciabatta bread, organic artisan chocolates, tempting Canadian cheeses, freshly made doughnuts, traditional charcuterie meats, and much more.

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Vancouver Food Trucks Tour

Food truck popularity has exploded in cities across North America, and Vancouver has some of the best food trucks around! During this two-hour small-group tour, discover the city’s most popular food trucks and dine on a four-course lunch of the most delicious offerings. You’ll be led by a passionate foodie guide and sample street food highlights including a hot, wild salmon salad, butter chicken on freshly baked naan bread, Japanese fried chicken and a diablo cookie.

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Victoria and Butchart Gardens Tour with Overnight at The Fairmont Empress

Victoria is Vancouver’s smaller, quieter cousin. Don’t let small size and lack of noise fool you, the capital city of Victoria has shops, museums, history, and restaurants to occupy you for days. Make sure to see famous parliamentary sights, the Empress Hotel, Beacon Hill Park and the Inner Harbor. This Vancouver to Victoria Overnight Tour Including Butchart Gardens will give you a comprehensive overview of one of Canada’s most beautiful cities.

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