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1. Grouse Mountain & Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

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2. Whistler and Sea to Sky Gondola Tour

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3. Vancouver City Sightseeing Tour: Granville Island & Stanley Park

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4. Vancouver City Tour Including Capilano Suspension Bridge

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5. Discover Victoria & Butchart Gardens Tour from Vancouver

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6. Small Group Tour: Vancouver Sightseeing and Capilano Suspension Bridge

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7. Vancouver City Day Tour in Granville Island and Stanley Park

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8. Victoria and Butchart Gardens Day Trip from Vancouver

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9. Exploring Vancouver: Includes Admission to Vancouver Lookout

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10. Full Day Guided Tour in Victoria with Butchart Gardens

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11. Vancouver Hop On Hop Off Trolley Tour

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12. Vancouver City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

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13. Victoria and Butchart Gardens Tour from Vancouver

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14. Whistler and Sea to Sky Gondola Tour

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15. Shore Excursion: Post-Cruise Vancouver City Sightseeing Tour with Port Pick Up

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16. Post-cruise: Vancouver Tour with Lookout & Capilano Bridge

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17. Whistler Sightseeing Tour from Vancouver: See Horseshoe Bay and Shannon Falls

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18. Canada Vancouver Day Trip from Seattle USA

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19. Grand City Small Group Tour of Vancouver

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20. $99 Vancouver 2 Hours City Tour Private

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21. Whistler & Sea to Sky Gondola Small-Group Day Trip from Vancouver

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22. Stanley Park, Shannon Falls, Sea to sky Gondola & Whistler Tour.

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23. Small Group Tour: Capilano Suspension Bridge and Grouse Mountain from Vancouver

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Vancouver Hop-On, Hop-Off Trolley Bus Tour

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Explore the highlights of Vancouver, British Columbia, at your own pace with this 24 or 48-hour Vancouver hop on hop off bus ticket. Climb aboard a San Francisco, or Las Vegas style Trolley bus at any of our 16 convenient stops in the downtown Vancouver area and journey through the vibrant city with comfort and style.

Follow a meticulously designed route that takes you to Vancouver’s top attractions, such as Stanley Park, Granville Island, Yaletown, Gastown, and the historic neighborhoods where Vancouver’s rich heritage comes to life.

You have the freedom to disembark and rejoin the tour as you please, immersing yourself in the city’s unique charm and culture with fully narrated, informative commentary available in English and multiple languages.

Vancouver Hop On, Hop Off Bus Tour Highlights

  • Expertly curated route showcasing Vancouver’s top attractions
  • Convenient access to must-see places such as Stanley Park, Granville Island, Gastown and more!
  • Flexible ticket options for 24 or 48 hours to suit your plans
  • Enjoy the freedom to hop on and off a Trolley Bus at your leisure
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  • Engaging commentary reveals the fascinating history and culture of Vancouver
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  • Tour operates 7 days a week, 364 days a year, unless noted otherwise.
  • Tickets must be purchased for a select tour date.
  • Choose either a 1 day or a 2 day pass. Please note: 2 day passes are valid for two consecutive days.
  • Board throughout the day at any of our 16 stops around Vancouver.
  • Full tour loop is 90 minutes.
  • Pick up frequency is approximately every 60 minutes during the winter season.
  • Tickets can be purchased the day of, onboard from your driver.
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Winter 2023 – 2024 Route | Hop on at any of our 16 stops!

First Bus Starts at 9:00 AM , last bus leaves Canada Place at 3:00 PM .

Please Note: Schedule and route are subject to change without notice.

1. Canada Place 2. Vancouver Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront 3. Robson Street | Blue Horizon Hotel 4. Coal Harbour | Stanley Park Seawall | Westin BayShore 5. Stanley Park Pavilion 6. Art Gallery | Sutton Place | Robson Street 7. Entrance to Davie Street | Century Plaza Hotel & Spa | Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel 8. Granville Island 9. Vancouver Entertainment District 10. Vancouver City Centre | Sandman Hotel 11. Lower Robson Street | Library Square 12. Parq Casino | North East False Creek 13. Chinatown | Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden | Chinatown Learning Centre 14. Gastown Maple Tree Square 15. Gastown Steam Clock 16. Vancouver Lookout | Pacific Centre Shopping Mall |Delta Marriott Vancouver

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Full recorded commentary in English, French, Spanish, German, Japanese, Korean & Mandarin on all of our Hop-On, Hop-Off buses.

What is the Hop-On Bus Frequency at each stop?

During the summer season, our scheduled frequency is every 15-20 minutes, depending on traffic and other factors. During the winter season, our scheduled frequency is every 60 minutes. Our schedule is subject to change without notice. For the latest information, please contact us at 604-525-8001.

How Many Stops Does The Hop On Hop Off Route Have

There are a total of 16 stops.

Does The Hop On Hop Off Tour Include Entrance To Any Attractions?

No, the Hop On Hop Off Tour does not include entrance to any attractions. However, we offer a 48 Hour Hop On Hop Off + Attractions bundle which includes entrance to select attractions.

Where Can I Start The Hop On Hop Off Tour?

You’re more than welcome to hop aboard one of our Trolley buses at any of our 17 stops throughout Vancouver. However, our first stop is located at Canada Place.

What Is The Hop On Hop Off Cancellation Policy?

All tours are fully refundable up to 24 hours prior to the date of your booking. For more information, please review our cancellation policy.

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Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate motorized scooters, wheelchairs, folding wheelchairs, walkers, strollers, or luggage on our Hop-On, Hop-Off buses. This is due to limited storage and provincial regulations.

In case these items can’t come along on the bus, consider storing them at your hotel for a worry-free tour. Most hotels provide secure storage services for guests. Thank you for your understanding.

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No pets are allowed on board the bus except for registered service dogs.

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15 Best Vancouver Sightseeing Tours & City Excursions

Taking the best Vancouver city tours is the best way to learn, understand, and live the city.

Getting immersive, entertaining city information on Vancouver excursions also saves time – and increases the value of each second spent in the city.

Let’s break down the top sightseeing tours in Vancouver to see if we can find the right one for you.

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The Lost Souls of Gastown Tour – Best Vancouver City Tour for History

Location:  Gastown | Length: 1.5 hours | Cost:  From $37.80 CAD

Gastown is the most historic neighbourhood in Vancouver, hands down.

Its cobblestone streets and narrow alleyways hint at a feisty frontier town, not a cosmopolitan city of millions. The first building there was actually a pub built by loggers who were paid in whiskey.

Loggers, whiskey, you see where I’m going with this – this is the top of our best walking tours of Vancouver .

Throw in the Great Vancouver Fire, some smallpox outbreaks, and tales of revenge and redemption , and we’ve got the makings of a delightfully macabre Vancouver walking tour .

I like this one for groups seeking city tours as it’s arguably the most social Vancouver tour , and it offers lots of hidden gems.

The Stanley Park Bike Tour – Top Stanley Park Tour

Location: Stanley Park | Length:  3 hours | Cost:  From $103.50 CAD

Stanley Park is one of the most fabulous urban parks in the world, and it stands out because it’s not the byproduct of any fancy landscaping. It’s exactly as nature left it – with about half a million trees .

The park has the Vancouver Aquarium , is home to breathtaking First Nations totem poles , and counts some amazing panoramic city views along the Stanley Park Seawall .

This is one of the best bike tours of Vancouver , and you’ll weave through old-growth forest trails ,  learn all about local flora and fauna, and learn the Coastal First Nations history of life before the settlers came.

Wanting to leave the bike aside? Check out our top Stanley Park tours for other methods.

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Vancouver City Sightseeing Tour with Stanley Park & Granville Island – Top City Tour for Tourists

Meeting Point: Georgian Court Hotel | Length:  3.5 hours | Cost:  From $78.75 CAD

Here’s a tourist tour for people wanting to check off major sights with the least amount of hassle possible .

The epic food market and artisan stronghold at Granville Island is tough to get to, so sitting back and letting them take you to the action is the highlight of this trip.

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The fact it also includes all the highlights of Stanley Park makes this a great one-two punch.

Along the way, you’ll get all the info from First Nations to contemporary culture through a knowledgeable guide – and they even take you to Gastown and Chinatown as well.

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Talking Trees Tour – Best Vancouver Walking Tour

Location:  Stanley Park |  Length:  1.5 hours |  Cost:  From $75.00 CAD

This captivating interpretive walking tour in Stanley Park is an ideal way to learn about the history and culture of the First Nations peoples.

This is the real Vancouver local tour.

Accompanied by a knowledgeable cultural ambassador , the tour offers a unique firsthand perspective on how Aboriginal people have preserved and nurtured these lands, forests, and oceans for generations.

As you explore the natural beauty of Stanley Park, you’ll gain valuable insights into the rich heritage of the local First Nations , with the goal of deepening your understanding of their customs.

Vancouver Hop on Hop Off Bus Tour – Best City Tour for Cruisers

Location: Downtown | Length:  2.5 hours | Cost:  From $65.00 CAD

I always recommend Vancouver hop-on hop-off bus tours for anybody on day one of a Vancouver itinerary or for cruisers arriving at the Vancouver cruise terminal .

Since it includes all the major photo landmarks , it’ll look like you were here for weeks! 🙂

Once you’re picked up, you’ll be taken to prime downtown locations like Canada Place, Stanley Park, and Robson Street . It’ll also follow some of Vancouver’s best beaches along English Bay before dropping you off at Queen Elizabeth Park .

The tour in Vancouver finishes up in Chinatown and Gastown (with a stop at the Gastown Steam Clock).

Prince of Whales – Best Vancouver Day Tour on the Water

Location:  Granville Island | Length: 5 hours | Cost:  From $235.99 CAD

This is one of the top Vancouver nature tours, whether you’re grabbing their half-day tours or their full-on  day trips from Vancouver that’ll take you all the way to Victoria .

What I love about their half-day whale-watching tour is that it departs right from Granville Island aboard the Salish Sea Freedom – the biggest, fastest ship in the fleet that’ll have you on whale grounds in a hurry.

The chance to see orcas and humpback whales in the wild on the top Vancouver whale watching tours is true bucket list stuff.

There’s a 90%+ sighting rate, and if they don’t deliver, you’re allowed to come back another day.

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Small Group Grouse Mountain & Capilano Bridge Tour – Best Nature Tour in Vancouver

Location:  Hotel Pickup | Length:  5 hours | Cost:  From $289.99 CAD

Vancouver’s crown nature jewels are on full display with this small group (14 or fewer) family-friendly tour .

With convenient hotel pickup , you’ll be shuttled through Stanley Park and over the Lion’s Gate Bridge to North Vancouver: home of the Capilano Suspension Bridge and Grouse Mountain .

You’ll get entry to both world-class attractions and around two hours to spend at each. Old-growth forest , epic views, grizzly bears , lumberjack shows, dining, patios, totem poles – it’s all here.

Evening Guided Bus Tour of Vancouver – Best Vancouver Night Tour

Location:  Downtown | Length:  90 minutes | Cost:  From $34.00 CAD

If you’re visiting Vancouver in summer and have limited time but want to squeeze in all the golden hour glory into one quick trip, this is the Vancouver tour for you.

The idea of this seasonal tour is to visit spots like Stanley Park (including Prospect Point), English Bay, and Queen Elizabeth Park under the amazing twilight rays, with much smaller crowds .

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The tour winds up in Gastown , which is an ideal nightcap if you’re looking to explore the best bars in Vancouver .

These tours of Vancouver BC run at 19:30 daily between May 20th and October 10th. 

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Epic Electric Bike Tour – Best City Tour of Vancouver on Bikes

Location:  Hornby Street | Length:  4 hours | Cost:  From $149.50 CAD

Here’s a top Vancouver tour for people who wanna cover a ton of ground that can’t be done on bus routes – or even traditional bikes, for that matter.

This small group Vancouver city tour (max 8 people) utilizes the city’s bike trails , taking you through Stanley Park and the Vancouver Seawall, + some of downtown’s top neighbourhoods.

This Vancouver city sightseeing tour is led by an entertaining and professional guide to get you up to speed on city lore.

The Grand Bike Tour – Best Sightseeing Tour of Vancouver for Exercise

Location:  Vancouver | Length:  5 hours | Cost:  From $129.00 CAD

I love this one for Vancouver visitors who just want to get after it , consuming real Vancouver culture (and calories!) over an un-rushed ride through the city’s best areas.

This is one of these all-inclusive Vancouver tours that’ll get any true traveller excited. Along the way, you’ll discover four major Vancouver can’t-miss sights , all from the seat of your bike:

  • Granville Island Public Market
  • Stanley Park

All will be explained by an entertaining, fact-packed tour guide who’ll weave you through old-growth forests, beachside promenades, and cultural hot spots .

Vancouver Instagram Tour – Top Photography of All Best Vancouver Day Tours

Location:  Downtown | Length:  1.5 hours | Cost: From $80.00 CAD

OK, so the name might be a bit deceiving for non-millennials and younger – but this is a legitimate sightseeing tour of Vancouver – with a photography focus .

The best part? It’ll load you up with iconic postcard-like photos with just your mobile phone.

This small group tour is run by a professional photographer. They’ll take you on seasonal and weather-specific tours to city landmarks like the Art Deco Marine Building, the Olympic Cauldron, the Vancouver Art Gallery balcony, Gastown, Chinatown, and more.

All the while, they’ll be giving great photography tips and telling compelling stories about the city.

Vancouver Seaplane Tour – Top Vancouver Sightseeing Tour for Couples

Location:  Downtown | Length: 20 minutes | Cost:  From $167.97 CAD

This small group tour of Vancouver is for those who want to not only get the best city view but for those looking for a true bucket list experience .

I mean, how many people have ever taken off in a seaplane? Departing right from Vancouver Harbour , you’ll be up in the air in 60 seconds with epic views of Grouse Mountain , the skyline, and the BC coast.

The splash landing (don’t get the wrong idea, there’s no danger) is a huge thrill . This is great for couples seeking city tours in Vancouver with a little adventure .

Vancouver Private Tour – Best Private Vancouver City Tour

Location: Vancouver | Length:  3 hours | Cost:  From $312.50 CAD

For those looking for private sightseeing tours in Vancouver, look no further than the private Vancouver Sightseeing Tour – which is the top price-value ratio private Vancouver tour in the city.

Here you’ll get picked up directly at your hotel and taken on a five-star tour of Vancouver’s top attractions with your own professional guide – you’ll learn the history , laugh at jokes, and discover some great secrets to take advantage of during your stay.

The best part? With these private Vancouver Canada city tours, once you’ve booked, they’ll put you in touch with your guide to make a customized Vancouver tour depending on your interests.

FlyOver Canada 4D Video Experience – Cheapest Tour in Vancouver

Location: Downtown | Length: 8 minutes | Cost:  From $30.45 CAD

Tell somebody it’s possible to fly across Canada in 8 minutes and wait for the look on their face – then tell them you did that at FlyOver Canada in downtown Vancouver.

This state-of-the-art flight simulation uses 4D technology to make you feel like you’re really taking a flight across Canada – whether you’re being sprayed with the mist of Niagara Falls or breathing in the scents of an Alberta flowerbed, this is a true 5 sense experience. 

This is one of the cheapest Vancouver BC city tours, and in my opinion, since it’s indoors, it is one of the best things to do in Vancouver in winter .

Victoria Highlights Tour – Top Vancouver Tour to Escape the City

Location: Vancouver & Victoria | Length: 13 hours | Cost:  From $229.00 CAD

OK, so this isn’t a Vancouver day tour, but if you’re looking for Vancouver to Victoria tours , this is the fastest way to do it – and you’ll see a National Historic Site of Canada with over a million bedding plants while you’re at it.

Butchart Gardens is an oasis of fountains , stunning sculptures, and tranquil streams kept prime by over 50 full-time gardeners . You’ll also fit in the Empress Hotel , Canada’s oldest Chinatown, Victoria’s Inner Harbour and more.

This is one of the most romantic city tours on the list – and one of the most romantic things to do in Vancouver , period.

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That’s Vancouver’s top city tours wrapped. That said, maybe you’re looking for something a little different.

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Explore one of North America’s most beautiful cities in comfort during a Vancouver bus tour. With your tickets, you’ll enjoy seamless, stress-free transportation between all of the best attractions. Simply hop off one of our clear-top buses and check out the points of interest that you want to see. Then hop back on and pass over the ones you don’t! Your vacation has never been this streamlined.

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Famously touted as the ‘Hollywood of the North’, Vancouver is situated in British Columbia with a stunning backdrop of North shore mountains. Vancouver is home to the largest port in Canada which is the third largest in North America.

The popular cosmetic treatment - Botox was invented in Vancouver. Over 40% of the population of the city comprises expats. It is a melting pot of a plethora of cultural, linguistic, and historical influences. The city attracts a lot of tourists every year, thanks to its pleasant climate among other Canadian cities. West Vancouver is one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in Canada.

Discover Canada Place, English Bay, Chinatown, and other hotspots. Or visit Gastown, Vancouver Aquarium, and Science World! With more than 20 stops, the hop-on hop-off bus tour drops you off right in front of some of the best things to do in Vancouver . Plus, you can upgrade your bus tour to include a scenic boat tour, evening tour, or both.

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Q: what is the best time to book the vancouver hop-on hop-off tour.

June to September is the best time to plan a visit to Vancouver. The weather is comfortable and ideal for sightseeing. You can expect good hours of sunshine which makes it easy to plan outdoor activities.

Q: How many days are enough to explore Vancouver?

We recommend spending two to three days in Vancouver. Three days is the ideal time to explore the city, its neighborhoods, and hidden gems.

Q: Are these tours guided?

That will depend on the tour provider. You’ll find that bus tours can be either live or audio-guided. Many will have a pre-recorded commentary that’ll share fascinating information about the history of Vancouver, its culture, and many places of interest. You’ll find that the audio commentary will be provided in various languages. English, French, German and Spanish are the most commonly used, but others may be available. Check the specific product page for full details of all the languages offered.

Q: What time do Vancouver bus tours operate?

Bus tours will run at different times of the day, especially if you have booked admission or skip-the-line tickets to the attractions. Make sure to check the tour details for full details on timings.

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Three automated SkyTrain routes run above and below the ground from downtown Vancouver. The Expo line provides service to Burnaby, New Westminster, and Surrey. The Millennium Line provides services to Burnaby, Port Moody, and Coquitlam. The Canada Line provides service to Richmond and the airport 

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Getting Around Vancouver on Public Transport: A Visitor’s Guide

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Vancouver’s natural beauty isn’t the only thing that’s captured travelers’ hearts. Its public transit system is considered one of the best in North America, meaning that you can easily savor the city’s coffee shops and restaurants without having to rent a car. In this guide, you’ll discover all the nitty-gritty details of Vancouver public transport, as well as tips for getting from Vancouver to surrounding regions.

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Before you arrive: what to prepare

To get a handle on Vancouver’s public transportation, you’ll want to have maps, directions, and schedules handy. Google Maps is perfectly reliable transit app in Vancouver for checking live arrival times and routes; I haven’t needed any other apps here. Google Maps will even show if the SkyTrain (metro/subway) and bus services are interrupted or delayed. Of course, Citymapper is still a great option if you want accessible transport routes, or bicycle/weather-friendly walking routes.

What’s more important, though, is getting mobile Internet data for your transport apps. Canada is infamous for having the most expensive telco plans in the world, so be prepared and get the best deal with our guide on prepaid mobile data in Canada for tourists!

Arriving in Vancouver: get the Compass Card

If you’re traveling by plane, you’ll almost definitely land at Vancouver International Airport (YVR). To literally get going, get yourself a Compass Card: the local fare card for public transport in Vancouver.

Compass Card: fare card for taking public transit in Vancouver

Where can I buy a Compass Card?  At the Vancouver airport, Compass Cards can be purchased from vending machines at the SkyTrain station. Exit the terminal after collecting your luggage and follow the signs to the YVR–Airport SkyTrain station. You’ll need to take the lift/elevator up to the station platform.

Each card requires a $6 refundable deposit, and any excess loaded onto it becomes stored value used to pay your fare.

Can the Compass Card be shared?  No. You’ll need to get one card per person, as the system doesn’t allow tapping in more than once with the same card. However, up to four children under 12 can travel with one adult cardholder for free.

Does the Compass Card expire?  Nope! However, if you’d like to return your Compass Card and get a refund on your deposit and stored value, you can only do so at the TransLink Customer Service Centre at Waterfront Station (in downtown Vancouver).

Do I have to use a Compass Card?  No, you don’t. Vancouver’s public transit system accepts contactless (NFC) tap-to-pay from your credit card or mobile phone. However , you’ll have to pay up to 30% more per ride for this convenience, compared to using a Compass Card. Same goes for using cash. See the fare pricing details here .

Getting from Vancouver airport to downtown Vancouver

Vancouver International Airport is connected to the city by the SkyTrain’s Canada Line, which is a regular commuter line. Since the airport is located so close to the city, there isn’t really any need for an express service – the ride will only take 25 minutes.

An additional $5 is charged for trips from the airport (but not to the airport), so make sure you’ve loaded around $10-20 to your Compass Card on top of the $6 deposit.

Getting around Vancouver: the SkyTrain

The Vancouver SkyTrain actually comprises both above-ground and underground stops, but in the downtown region almost all stations are underground. Each station is small and functional with well-marked entrances and exits, making them more similar to metro systems in Europe than the labyrinthine stations of East Asian cities.

A SkyTrain (Vancouver's light rail metro) on on an elevated track.

Public transit in Vancouver follows a zone-based pricing system . As a tourist, you’ll likely spend most of your time in Zone 1 and a few instances going into Zone 2 (such as going to/from the airport). You might head into Zone 3 if you plan to go hiking or exploring the outdoors.

Riding the SkyTrain is straightforward: tap your Compass Card at any station gantry to enter, ride, and tap again when leaving any station to exit. Here are a few things to note:

  • At some stations, the platforms are on either side of the tracks. Check that you’re heading to the right platform for where you’re going.
  • The Canada Line (between downtown Vancouver and the airport) also has another terminus station, Richmond-Brighouse. When traveling back to the airport, make sure the SkyTrain you board is going to YVR-Airport station.

One unique element of Vancouver’s transit network is the SeaBus, which is a ferry connecting downtown Vancouver to North Vancouver across the Vancouver Harbor. The SeaBus runs every 15 minutes and is a pretty fun experience!

Getting around Vancouver: taking public buses

Public buses in Vancouver are very easy to navigate, thanks to the city’s grid layout. Most buses travel in east-west or north-south routes, with minimal turns. Vancouver’s accessible public transit also extends to public buses: each bus’s front door is equipped with an automated ramp to allow those on wheelchairs to get on and off.

To take the bus:

  • Wait at any bus stop with the service you want. Google Maps will show you the estimated arrival time of the next bus – this has always been highly accurate for me.
  • Stand near the bus stop sign when the bus is arriving. There’s no need to flag the bus in Vancouver, but I still do a little wave out of habit if the bus stop is served by several lines or if it’s dark.
  • Board through the front door, tap in with your Compass Card, and find yourself a seat. There are automated announcements for each stop. Press or pull the bell when your stop is coming up to let the driver know you want to get off.
  • Lightly touch the rear bus doors to open them. If that doesn’t work, just yell “back door!” to the bus driver.
  • There is no need to tap off when alighting as all bus rides cost a 1-zone fare. Each fare lasts 90 minutes, so you can make multiple transfers on your journey without worrying about additional charges.

Vancouver public transport: a trolleybus on a busy road in the evening.

Etiquette & safety

When getting around Vancouver by public transport, take note of the following:

  • On escalators, stand on the right and walk on the left.
  • Vancouverites are extremely polite in general. Even if there’s no visible queue for the SkyTrain or bus, make sure to allow passengers to alight before boarding and do not cut ahead of people who were waiting before you.
  • Fold-down seats at the front of some buses are meant for seniors, pregnant people, parents with strollers, and the disabled. Give up your seat or make room if needed.
  • Shout “thank you!” to bus drivers as they alight. You’ll probably notice this yourself – as far as I know, this is a uniquely local custom that you won’t find elsewhere in Canada!

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Vancouver tourist passes and transit passes: are they worth getting.

There are currently no tourist passes in Vancouver that include transit. However, you can opt to buy a DayPass ($11.25 for adults) if you plan to be out and about all day. This will give you all-day unlimited rides on the SkyTrain, SeaBus, and public buses in Vancouver, and will be worth the cost with just 3-4 rides.

The DayPass is available at all Compass Card vending machines.

Other ways to get around Vancouver

Mobi bike share.

If you’re familiar with city cycling and want to explore Vancouver in a greener, more flexible way, check out Vancouver’s bike share system Mobi . It has great distribution throughout the city, and is easy to use – I even used to it to cycle around Stanley Park!

The Aquabus and False Creek Ferry

Vancouver’s odd shape, with its bays and rivers, means traveling by water is especially efficient – and scenic. For instance, you can take a shortcut across False Creek from Yaletown to Granville Island on the privately-run Aquabus and False Creek Ferries . These ferries cost slightly more, ranging around $3.75-$11 per trip, but stop at several docks around the creek.

Both ferry services accept credit, debit, and cash when paying on board.

Beyond Vancouver: getting around BC’s Lower Mainland

Thinking of venturing beyond Vancouver to discover British Columbia’s breathtaking landscapes? Here’s where it gets a little tricky. Outside of Metro Vancouver, public transport in the rest of the province is run by BC Transit.

Instead of the Compass Card, you’ll need the Umo app or card to ride on public buses. (That there are no light rail or metro systems in the rest of the province – it’s all buses.)

Getting from Vancouver to Squamish and Whistler

The mountains and ski resorts of Squamish and Whistler are popular winter destinations, but even in the off seasons you’ll find incredible beauty and magic in the outdoors. The best way to get to Squamish and Whistler from Vancouver is to book a shuttle bus. Here’s a quick comparison of the two most popular shuttle bus services, YVR Skylynx and Epic Rides :

Getting from Vancouver to Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands

Vancouver Island is home to the provincial capital Victoria and devastatingly beautiful regions like Tofino, Ucluelet, and more. Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands (Gabriola Island, Salt Spring Island, Pender Island etc.) are served by BC Ferries , with ferries departing from Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal and Horseshoe Bay Ferry Terminal. Both terminals are located a distance from downtown Vancouver and private shuttle buses are available to take you to either terminal.

Alternatively, you can also travel from downtown Vancouver to Nanaimo on the new (private) Hullo ferry , which departs straight from the Vancouver Harbour Flight Centre. This ferry is faster, cheaper, and more convenient, but you must be traveling light: only carry-on luggage is allowed on board.

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Port of Vancouver schedules public tours for 2024 Free

The Port of Vancouver has scheduled its public tours for 2024. Each free tour features a briefing about the Columbia Snake River System, how cargo moves on the river, and an overview of the port’s commercial and industrial operations, budget, governance and a look at current projects.

The tours start at the port’s administrative office and then participants board a bus to look at the port’s marine terminals, rail infrastructure and industrial facilities.

The tours are scheduled for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. May 22; 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. June 4; 10 a.m. to noon June 22; 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. July 10; 10 a.m. to noon July 27; 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Aug. 8; 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 24; 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 4; and 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 21.

Attendees must bring a government-issued photo ID such as a driver’s license or passport because they will travel through secured areas of the port overseen by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Coast Guard.

To reserve a spot, participants must register online at www.portvanusa.com/community/know-your-port/ . Groups with up to six participants are allowed to register. Reservations are required. For more information, contact Julie Rawls, community relations manager at the port, at 360-823-5297.

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Hometown tourist: Alternative places in Vancouver to take out-of-town visitors

You’ve seen those blue buses chugging through downtown traffic, folks hopping on and off at various tourist sites, but you have probably never ridden on one. Or taken a harbour tour by boat. Even a walking tour of Vancouver. Postmedia sent reporter Gord McIntyre to spend a couple of days seeing the city of Vancouver through the eyes of the tourists. Here is Part 2 of his dispatch. Read Part 1 here.

If you are visiting New York or Paris for the first time, you are expected to take in the Empire State Building or the Eiffel Tower, maybe even buy a “I Heart Paris/New York” t-shirt.

But friends might tell you about the secret garden at St. Lukes in the Fields in New York’s West Village, a perfect spot to pitch a picnic blanket and enjoy a book. Or Le Squat du 59 Rue de Rivoli , just down from the Louvre in Paris. These are places the local chamber of commerce might not have included in their helpful sites-to-see maps.

So when your cousins come to town and want to see Stanley Park and Gastown, by all means encourage them, then let them know about some of the lesser-known things to see and do in Vancouver.

See if they will try sockeye sashimi or raw Okeover Inlet oysters — there aren’t many cities where you can get seafood so fresh. See a play at The Cultch or anything at the Rio . Check out a Sofarsounds secret concert — it’s a worldwide phenomenon, but also a great way to enjoy off-the-beaten-path Vancouver from a hole-in-the-wall coffee shop on East Hastings or a downtown rooftop for performances by local artists.

Or head to Guilt and Co. , a dark basement with a speakeasy feel under Maple Tree Square in Gastown, or Tyrant Studios atop the Penthouse Night Club downtown for great local acts, says Will Woods, a travel guide who offers alternative tours of Vancouver through his Forbidden Vancouver walking tours.

Woods takes visitors on walks called Lost Souls of Gastown, Really Gay History, Monumental Scandals, and a tour of the Penthouse itself where hidden cubbies in the furniture hid bootleg hootch during Prohibition (the club only obtained a liquor licence in 1968) and the likes of Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong pe rformed.

Woods, an alternative-Vancouver guide for 12 years, has just and conveniently published his own virtual off-the-beaten-path guidebook to Vancouver for those who have taken his tours, so he seemed a natural to turn to for hints about hidden treasures:

The virtual guidebook is strong on local, independent and BIPOC-owned sites, and forgive Woods if No. 1 on his list is one of his walking tours.

“Otherwise, I think that the Marine Building is well worth a visit if anybody’s got any interest at all in architecture, or even isn’t interested in architecture because it’s a very cool historic space,” he said.

“It’s well worth a visit on a weekday. Get inside and look at the lobby, go to the mezzanine and look around. That would be one of my recommendations.”

You’ve probably heard it at some point, that big boom resonating over Burrard Inlet at 9 p.m. every night. But you really need to be close enough to see the Nine O’Clock Gun firing, Woods said.

“It really goes off, it’s incredible,” he said. “I think what it must have been like to have like 40 of those cannons going off at the same time, it would have just blown your ears apart.

“It’s really a pretty cool thing to do. But don’t get too close, it’s loud!”

Good tidings

You need to get to Spanish Banks early, Woods said, to enjoy low tide to its fullest, and it’s one of his favourite places to bring friends who are in town.

“I really like doing this with everyone who visits. I go to Spanish Banks at low tide and walk right out as far as we can. It must be at least a mile out at low tide.

“My recommendation is not to get there at low tide but 90 minutes before because it takes such a long time to walk out.”

Paging bibliophiles

Massy Books is an Indigenous-owned and -operated store on East Georgia between Main and Gore streets, specializing in rare, offbeat and out-of-print books to today’s bestsellers.

“It’s got an incredible variety of writing, Canadian and from elsewhere,” Woods said. “It’s got a really big queer section, and it’s got a children’s section hidden behind a secret door, which is really cool.”

Rite of passage

Woods’ favourite Vancouver museum is in Kitsilano’s Vanier Park.

“The Maritime Museum is my favourite, I think it really fits with the history of B.C. and the province, and us being right on the water,” he said.

“And the St. Roch , to think it went through the Northwest Passage,” the schooner’s thick Douglas fir and hard Australian eucalyptus becoming the first hull to plow the Arctic route from west to east, while also becoming the first ship to circumnavigate North America.

Guerrilla in the midst

There’s one place Woods’s Stanley Park tour doesn’t get to because it’s on the far side of the park, but Woods can’t recommend enough a short hike to see a piece of guerrilla artwork known as Two Spirits .

Its creator remains a mystery to the public and the artwork is not sanctioned by the Vancouver Park Board: Two silhouetted faces carved into a huge stump. Come spring and summer, vegetation growing on the top gives it a nice coif, like if Carrot Top’s hair was green.

You reach Two Spirits from the park’s English Bay side, the trailhead is near Second Beach. Indigenous beliefs about two spirits (masculine and feminine sides) meld seamlessly with the West End’s queer history, Woods said, as well as commemorating the history of the land Stanley Park is on, home to Indigenous settlements for thousands of years until they were forcibly removed during colonization.

“I’m passionate about this piece, two spirits carved into a tree trunk and hidden in Stanley Park,” Woods said. “It’s really something when you’re on the trail and you’re sort of looking for it and you go to this little unofficial side trail and it sort of appears in front of you.

“That’s a really impressive piece of artwork.”

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Hometown Tourist

You’ve seen those blue buses chugging through downtown traffic, folks hopping on and off at various tourist sites. But you have probably never ridden on one. Or taken a harbour tour by boat. Even a walking tour of Vancouver. Postmedia sent reporter Gord McIntyre to spend a couple of days seeing the city of Vancouver through the eyes of the tourists.

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15. Shore Excursion: Post-Cruise Vancouver City Sightseeing Tour with Port Pick Up

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21. $99 Vancouver 2 Hours City Tour Private

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22. Whistler & Sea to Sky Gondola Small-Group Day Trip from Vancouver

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Visitor information providers gain local tourism knowledge through interactive bus tour

Frontline workers in the hospitality and tourism industry took a tour around main attractions in Lethbridge to get a better understanding of local offerings.

Frontline workers in the hospitality and tourism industry took a tour around main attractions in Lethbridge to get a better understanding of local offerings.

"We know frontline workers are the first person that meets the visitor, whether that's at an attraction, at a hotel, at a restaurant, at a gas station even," said Dominika Wojcik, senior director of communications for Tourism Lethbridge.

"These people are sort of the first experience you will get as a visitor, so we want to ensure they are understanding of all of the things we have to offer in Lethbridge."

Between Tuesday and Wednesday, around 60 visitor information providers visited Nikka Yuko Japanese Gardens, CASA, the Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Galt Museum and Archives and the Helen Schuler Nature Centre.

"Those are our bigger attractions," Wojcik said.

"We do hope in the future we can expand the tour and showcase some other pieces of the city as well."

Those directly involved with visitors to the city hope having a chance to visit the tourist hot spots in person will allow them to deliver higher-quality service.

"Having the first-hand experience is way more valuable," said Payton Grindle, a summer ambassador with the Downtown BRZ.

"You're able to tell people exactly what it's like, how you feel and what all of the important aspects are."

While the tour is helpful to refresh those in the industry's knowledge, Wojcik says the end goal is to bring and encourage more tourists to visit the city.

"The more visitors we have, the better experiences they have and they're going to want to extend their stays, tell their friends and family and that's our main goal here," she said.

"It's to create a better experience, which ultimately leads to more economic impact for our city."

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The 25 Best Restaurants in Vancouver for all Types of Cuisine

Updated : May 14, 2024

AAA Travel Editor, SMT

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Between dozens of seaside attractions and a thriving art scene, there are plenty of reasons to visit Vancouver. The food alone is easily worth the price of admission; some of the best restaurants in Vancouver include Michelin-Star winning establishments, family-owned diners and small pop-up eateries. 

We’re sharing 25 of the best restaurants in Vancouver—from budget-friendly cafes to upscale bistros—and we’ll explain how a AAA membership can net you big discounts.

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When it comes to fine dining, presentation and experience are just as important as the taste and quality of your meal. Below are some of our favorite high-end Vancouver restaurants. These are the perfect places for Instagram -worthy food pics. 

1. Chasters Restaurant

Chasters is a restaurant equally known for its high-quality ingredients and enthralling atmosphere. Guests can either order items à la carte or check out the 3 Course Table D'Hote Menu. The entire establishment has a very vintage feel, from aesthetics to entrees. Special mention goes to their smoked paprika chicken breast.

2. Dockside Restaurant

Seaside dining establishments have a certain charm to them that can't be found anywhere else. The Dockside Restaurant, nestled within the Granville Island Hotel, is truly one of a kind; its dreamy design, spacious dining space and succulent dishes make it the perfect venue for large parties of 30 to 300 guests. The Dockside Brunch Board for Two always makes for an unforgettable dining experience.

3. Earls Kitchen + Bar - Port Coquitlam

Bus and Stan Fuller are the father and son team who opened Earls Kitchen in 1982. They're committed to creating unique experiences based on the communities they serve. There are over 70 Earls locations spread across North America. Earls in Port Coquitlam features tons of paintings from local artists and is famous for its truffled parmesan chicken dish.

4. Ember Indian Kitchen

South East Asian cuisine has increasingly grown popular in North America, with curry bowls and butter chicken plates selling out at local shops. Ember combines creative Indian dishes with contemporary fine dining. The fish tikka dish is a featured entree and a must-try for first-time visitors.

5. The Lobby - Pinnacle Hotel at the Pier

Lobby raises the bar for hotel restaurants in several ways. From alternating daily specials to holiday brunches, this place has it all. We can't forget about the Mother's Day Brunch Buffet event that brings in dozens of guests each year. Stop by on Tuesday to enjoy their Angus Burger & Beer combo.

6. The Loft at Meadow Gardens

Meadow Gardens Golf Club is a sprawling greenspace that brings in droves of golfers weekly. The Loft is located right in the middle of this massive golf course and is loved by golfers and fine dining enthusiasts alike. This restaurant won the Open Table Diner's Choice Award in 2023, and its “Build Your Own Pasta Buffet” is a major attraction. 

7. Provence Marinaside

Provence Marinaside is an award-winning restaurant that specializes in French-style dishes and soups. This venue also hosts must-see events like live jazz shows on Wednesdays. Marinaside's fish soup is so in demand that you order take-home pouches from Uber and DoorDash.

8. Yuwa Japanese Cuisine (fka Zest Restaurant)

Yuwa excels at everything from refreshing sake to Chef's choice sashimi platters. This Japanese-style establishment has won Michelin Awards and earned tons of praise from the Vancouver Sun. Yuwa even won the 2020 Wine Program Excellence Award.

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Adhering to a gluten-free diet can be challenging when you're traveling abroad. Thankfully, that's not an issue when visiting Canada; many of the best Vancouver restaurants have tons of tasty gluten-free options. These must-try restaurants are always crowd-pleasers. 

9. Arriva Ristorante

Arriva Ristorante is a no-frills Italian-style establishment. Everything from the menu to the restaurant's look and feel was designed with authenticity in mind. Pasta is Arriva's main specialty, which you can request gluten-free. 

10. East Is East Chai Lounge - Main Street

East is East has much more to offer than a very catchy name. This Mediterranean-style restaurant is cozy and nostalgic from ceiling to floor. The Main Street location's menu is decked out with gluten-free and vegan options. They've also got a food truck that travels around Vancouver.

11. Kypriaki Mediterranean Grill

 Kypriaki is a lively Mediterranean restaurant with a rustic flair and a soft spot for parties and group gatherings. Flavorful wine and beer are on tap at this venue, along with a carefully curated menu. Last but not least, Kypriaki offers gluten-free lamb chops, garlic prawns and Greek-style ribs.

12. Globe @ YVR - Fairmont Vancouver Airport

The waters of the Pacific Northwest are Globe's biggest inspiration. Oysters, scallops, mussels and a smorgasbord of fish decorate the menu. Globe's afternoon tea menu is a strong point in this venue's favor. 

13. Troll's at Horseshoe Bay

Troll's pedigree extends back to 1946 when Joe and Dorothy Troll opened a weekend-only restaurant that primarily served fishermen. As a result, Troll's specialties mainly include pasta mixed with seafood. Try the homemade fish pie when you visit—it's always a crowd-pleaser.

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You don't have to break the bank to savor the “Rain City's” best dishes. Some of the top restaurants in Vancouver offer amazing food at budget-friendly prices. Along with cheap activities , affordable eats can make for great times.

14. Elisabeth's Chalet

Elisabeth's Chalet specializes in European cuisine, with a menu inspired by Hungary, England and Germany. This is one of the best restaurants in Vancouver to order schnitzel, soup and filet of sole without breaking the bank.

15. Pat Quinn's Restaurant & Bar

This establishment wouldn't be out of place in our fine-dining section, but it also has an extremely diverse menu with tons of shareable entrees. Moreover, many of the appetizers here have large portion sizes that would count as a full meal at other restaurants. Looking at you, PQ's famous wings.

16. Personas Patio + Restaurant + Lounge

Happy hour at Personas is always a great time; you can buy $5 brews and half-price wine bottles to pair with smash burgers and tuna club sandwiches. Personas even has a selection of signature coffees to try out.

17. Time & Place

With locally sourced ingredients and an inspired menu, Time & Place is a go-to eatery for many great reasons. The breakfast selections here are true standouts, featuring omelets under $20 and a gourmet breakfast buffet with a $32 price tag.

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The City of Glass has a unique night scene, so it’s no surprise some of the best food in Vancouver is located in lounges and sports bars. Visit the following venues as you look for indoor activities around the city.

18. Boathouse New Westminster

The Boathouse sailed into the scene in 1981. Since then, it's been a mainstay due to its premium oyster shucks, $12 beef sliders and $8 cocktail offerings. If you have a sweet tooth, you can't go wrong with their Key Lime Pie or Chocolate Lava Cake.

19. CHOP Steakhouse & Bar - Richmond

If you fly over to the City of Glass, chances are you'll have to pass through the Vancouver International Airport. Fortunately, you'll be a short walk away from CHOP. We could give a lengthy speech about how refined this restaurant's menu is—or we could just say it's a rock-solid steakhouse with a bar and urge you to check it out ASAP.

20. Dominion Bar + Kitchen

Dominion's top priority is offering delicious food and drink while adhering to sustainability principles at all times. This restaurant also prides itself on representing Surrey's culture in its menu and aesthetic. We'll leave you with this: Dominion hosts breakfast buffets every day from 6:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

21. The Keg Steakhouse + Bar - Park Royal

The Keg is a chain of steakhouses with locations throughout Canada. Attractive Happy Hour prices for food and drink are big draws at every Keg location, though the Prime Rib Sandwich is easily one of our favorite dishes.

22. Match Eatery & Public House - New Westminster

Older restaurants understandably hold a lot of esteem in the restaurant business; if you've managed to please multiple generations of patrons with wildly differing tastes, that speaks wonders about your establishment's quality. Match is one of those rare exceptions. Since 2013, this restaurant and pub has pleased crowds with ribs, ravioli and craft beer.

23. MIXT Lobby Lounge @ Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel

Even if you aren't staying at the Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel, a trip to Mixt is a must. This suave lounge serves breakfast, lunch and dinner every day. There's also a grab-n-go kiosk for patrons on a time crunch.

24. RiverHouse Restaurant and Pub

RiverHouse is a marina restaurant that aims to create unique dining experiences each day of the week. Prime Rib Sundays, Weekend Brunch and seasonal offerings are just a few reasons why we love this spot.

25 Sports Illustrated Clubhouse

We can't think of too many venues that are better suited for game night than the Sports Illustrated Clubhouse. Baseball, both footballs, combat sports, golf—you name it, the SI clubhouse has it on air. Try their fried chicken tacos when you visit, and wash it down with your favorite alcoholic beverage.

After reading about our picks for the best restaurants in Vancouver, you might be itching to book your next visit. Plan your next flight with AAA Travel to cash in on big discounts on airfare, and check out our Vancouver Travel Guide to get more ideas for where to eat in Vancouver. 

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A first-timer’s guide to Vancouver Island

Brendan Sainsbury

May 8, 2024 • 11 min read

Man and women paddle stand up paddleboards through the Inner Harbour towards the Parliament Buildings. © Aaron Black / Getty Images RFC

Explore stately Victoria (pictured), hike long-distance trails, catch a wave in Tofino and much more besides on Vancouver Island © Aaron Black / Getty Images RFC

Once dismissed as a sleepy retirement home for aging Anglophiles, Vancouver Island has acquired a racier profile in recent years, courtesy of its free-spirited surfing towns, pastoral wineries, community-built biking networks and extravagantly eccentric accommodations.

If you’ve ever spent time fantasizing about “hanging ten” in Tofino , sleeping in spherical treehouses, visiting Canada ’s only commercial tea farm or climbing above the forest canopy on a wooden skywalk, welcome to heaven.

Here's everything you need to know before you visit Vancouver Island for the first time.

When should I go to Vancouver Island?

Most of Vancouver Island has a relatively mild climate. Victoria , in the south, is the balmiest city in Canada, while the nearby Cowichan Valley, famed for its viticulture, is practically Mediterranean. These two areas can be visited year round, although late spring and summer are the driest times. Tofino is another year-round destination with surfing conditions at their best in September and October. The storm-watching season runs from November through February when the winter squalls are spectacular.  

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The months of July, August and September enjoy dry, semi-drought conditions, perfect for east and west coast beaches and long-distance hikes such as the West Coast Trail (open May 1 to September 30). Most of the island’s rain falls between mid-October and April. For Mt Washington skiers, the winter season usually runs from early December to early April.

For the best prices, avoid high summer and public holidays (Canada has one every month). Some of the island’s smaller towns – most notably Tofino – can get very crowded during the school summer holidays (July and August), meaning you’ll need to book accommodations months in advance.

Mant people are milling around beside a fountain outside the Legislative Assembly Parliament Building of British Columbia in Victoria, on a sunny day.

How much time should I spend on Vancouver Island?

Short island breaks from Vancouver can be spread over a long weekend, although once you’ve factored in ferry travel, you probably won’t get much further than Victoria and the Saanich Peninsula. To take in additional highlights, such as the Cowichan Valley and Tofino, bank on at least five days. If you’re aiming to visit the island’s wilder north coast and/or indulge in some backcountry adventures, one week is the bare minimum.

How do I get to Vancouver Island?

The only way to get to the island from the mainland is by ferry or airplane. Victoria International Airport has connections to major Canadian cities, plus Seattle in the US. Small planes serve airports in Port Hardy, Campbell River, Tofino and Nanaimo . Harbour Air runs seaplanes between Vancouver and Victoria harbors.  

The main ferry services are run by BC Ferries , which operates vessels between Tsawwassen (Vancouver) and Swartz Bay (for Victoria); Tsawwassen and Duke Point (Nanaimo); and Horseshoe Bay (Vancouver) and Departure Bay (Nanaimo). There’s also a smaller central island ferry that runs between Comox and Powell River on the Sunshine Coast. All Vancouver Island ferries carry cars.  

Direct international ferries connect Port Angeles in Washington State , USA, with Victoria. The  Black Ball car ferry runs four times a day in either direction in the summer and twice a day in the winter. The journey lasts 90 minutes. The passenger-only  Victoria Clipper ferry operates daily between Victoria and Seattle, USA.

Is it easy to get around Vancouver Island?

In short, yes. While the island has a relatively scant road network, especially in the north and west, the main highways are in good condition and a car will get you to most places that are of interest to travelers.

The island’s main north-south highway runs between Victoria and Port Hardy – a total distance of 500km (311 miles). It’s called Hwy 1 (the Trans-Canada Highway) between Victoria and Nanaimo and Hwy 19 further north.

Vancouver Island Connector has one daily bus in either direction between Victoria and Tofino, stopping at Nanaimo, Port Alberni and several other towns.  Island Link offers a more comprehensive service running multiple buses between Victoria and Tofino, Victoria and Campbell River, and Campbell River and Port Hardy. Book at least a day in advance. 

There are currently no public trains operating on the island.

A small group of surfers are carrying surfboards as they leave the water and walk onto the sand of Long Beach, Vancouver Island

Top things to do on Vancouver Island

Surf or storm-watch in tofino.

Abutting the turbulent seas of the Pacific Ocean with a necklace of broad sandy beaches,  Tofino is, inarguably, the best place in Canada to go surfing. From semicircular Cox Bay (host of numerous surfing competitions) to blustery Long Beach inside Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, the swells are legendary – and not just for their wave-riding potential. Backed by a smattering of low-rise accommodations, Tofino has become a popular storm-watching destination in recent decades, with its winter tempests perfectly complementing the elemental surroundings.

Sit down to afternoon tea in Victoria

While Victoria is an increasingly diverse city, it still clings in part to the British traditions of its past, a legacy reflected in its grand legislative building, “royal” museum and local penchant for afternoon tea. The tea ritual prevails in an array of refined cafes and tearooms scattered around town, where fluffy scones and dainty cakes are paired with refreshing cups of orange pekoe sipped from fine china.

The poshest – and also most expensive – place to partake in the repast is the  Fairmont Empress Hotel , where “high tea” (finger sandwiches, homemade pastries and fresh scones) is served in a regal lounge.

Visit a cidery in the Cowichan Valley  

The Cowichan Valley is Vancouver Island’s own Provence, where gentle hills and a warm Mediterranean-like climate provide a fertile environment for vineyards, farm-to-table restaurants and craft drinks. A notable innovator is  Merridale , a craft-cider maker and microdistillery in the farming community of Cobble Hill, whose rustic grounds are speckled with a gnarly orchard and large, gabled barns. Inside, there’s a tasting bar dispatching samples of the fruity booze, a patio bistro serving crusty apple pie and posh yurts for overnight stays.

Feel the full force of nature on the West Coast Trail

Muddy, swampy and slow-going for much of its course, the perennially popular  West Coast Trail is one of Canada’s most celebrated hikes. The 75km (47-mile) trail of ladders, bridges, creek crossings, rock-hopping and beachcombing hugs the Pacific shoreline for most of its course and incorporates large tracts of Indigenous land. You’ll need a permit, camping equipment and between five and seven days to complete it, but despite fickle weather and the ruggedness of the beaches and adjacent forest, the rewards are immense. Book your passage well in advance.      

See one of Canada’s best Indigenous cultural museums in Alert Bay

Head north to Alert Bay on tiny Cormorant Island to see one of the best manifestations of Indigenous culture in Canada. The  U’mista Cultural Centre is a unique museum modeled on a wooden longhouse that displays a vast collection of Kwakwaka'wakw artifacts – including masks, carvings and totems – reclaimed after being confiscated by Canadian authorities in the early 20th century, when potlatch gift-giving ceremonies were prohibited.

Climb above the forest on the Malahat Skywalk

Opened in 2021 and built in collaboration with the Malahat Nation, this novel Skywalk rises like a giant wood-and-glass basket above the forest just off Hwy 1, 30km (19 miles) northwest of Victoria. A 600m-long (1969ft) elevated walkway leads through arbutus forest to the 32m-high (105ft) multi-tiered tower that's been fitted with multiple viewpoints, a bouncy adventure net and a helter-skelter-style slide that’ll shoot you back down to the bottom in 15 seconds.

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A male mountain biker is cycling on a rugged path between trees in a forest

My favorite thing to do on Vancouver Island  

I’m no daredevil mountain biker, but the extensive and unique trail network around the central-island village of Cumberland is my favorite place for downhill practice (and boy do I need it). The trails were built by a local nonprofit called the  United Riders of Cumberland in the early 2000s with the cooperation of Canadian timber companies. Around the same time, an enterprising group of village residents purchased an adjacent portion of old growth forest to save it from logging and furnished it with walking trails.  

To support the two-wheeled and two-legged tourists, Cumberland’s once downbeat main street of mining-era buildings has sprouted a cool array of independent shops and restaurants. Last time I was in town, I stayed at the  Riding Fool , a friendly hostel with bike rentals available at the adjacent  Dodge City Cycles .

How much money do I need for Vancouver Island?

Prices on the island mostly reflect those of mainland British Columbia (BC) and the rest of Canada. Travelers from the US, Eurozone and the UK may find things slightly cheaper than at home.

How much money you’ll need will depend on the season, your location and your choice of activities. Hit tiny Tofino in the summer for whale-watching and a dinner of baked halibut washed down with a bottle of Muscadet and things could get pricey. But visit nearby Ucluelet in the shoulder season to sample beer in the local brewpub and hike the elemental Wild Pacific Trail for free, and you’ll have some cash left in the coffers.

If you’re just visiting the Victoria area, you can stretch your budget by ditching the car (meaning no parking fees), traveling “walk-on” with the ferry and taking the cheap public bus from the Swartz Bay ferry terminal into Victoria.  

Typical prices:

  • Ferry fares for cars/walk-on passengers: from C$50/19.85
  • Front-country camping per night: C$20–35
  • Backcountry camping: C$5
  • Room for two in mid-range hotel: C$180–240
  • Kayak rental (two hours): from C$50
  • Victoria – Tofino bus ticket: C$73
  • Local bus fares: C$2.50
  • Coffee: C$3–5
  • Fish ‘n’ chips: C$16–22

A whale breaches out of the sea off the coast of Vancouver Island

Are there any wild animals?

There are plenty. Zodiac boats leave direct from Victoria’s Inner Harbour on whale-watching excursions year round. Tofino and Telegraph Cove are also known for their wildlife cruises, and sightings of dolphins, otters and whales are common.  Prince of Whales is the best island operator.

Black bears are present across Vancouver Island and are regularly spotted on popular wooded hikes such as the West Coast and Juan de Fuca trails. There are no grizzly bears on the island itself, but boat trips operated by  Tide Rip run during summer from Telegraph Cove to Knight Inlet on the mainland, where grizzlies are relatively common.

Unbeknownst to many, the island has the highest concentration of cougars in North America.     

What's the bike culture like?

Vancouver Island is one of the most bike-friendly places in Canada. Urban Victoria has a large and growing network of dedicated bike lanes that crisscross the downtown core and complement a wider web of multi-use trails, including the 55km (34-mile) Galloping Goose Trail and the 29km (18-mile) Lochside Trail, both of which are built on top of old railway lines. Further north, the twin surf towns of Tofino and Ucluelet are linked by the newer ʔapsčiik t̓ašii (pronounced “ups-cheek ta-shee”) trail that passes all the best Pacific beaches.  

For off-road action, Cumberland has one of the most comprehensive single-track mountain biking networks in BC, with 170 named trails and a strong reputation among cyclists for its diversity and competitive edge.   

How English is Victoria?

Victoria isn't as English as it used to be, but you can still enjoy several genuine British-style pubs in the BC capital, including such downtown haunts as  The Sticky Wicket (with a cricketing theme), where the menu still lists bangers and mash.

Craigdarroch Castle is a grand neo-Romanesque mansion that once belonged to a British coal baron. It wouldn’t look out of place in the Scottish Highlands.

Fish ‘n’ chips is a local staple, and authentic versions can be procured at the floating food shacks of Fisherman’s Wharf . Afternoon tea is also popular – Murchies Tea & Coffee on Government St does a cheap version.

Look out for games of cricket in Beacon Hill Park in the summer and don’t miss the world-class floral displays at  Butchart Gardens in nearby Brentwood Bay.   

Two hikers are crossing a wooden bridge in a forested area along the Juan de Fuca Trail on Vancouver Island

What are the best long-distance hiking trails?

The island has three multiday backcountry hiking trails, all regarded as classics.

The West Coast Trail is world famous and was once used as a rescue route for shipwrecked sailors. It’s open from May to September, and aspiring hikers must book in advance to secure a space.  

The 47km (29-mile) Juan de Fuca Trail is a lesser-known southern extension of the West Coast Trail with no prior reservations necessary.

The newer, more remote 43km (27-mile) North Coast Trail links sandy coves, empty beaches and thick, wind-contorted rainforest via a rough, unkempt path that utilizes sections of boardwalk and cable cars to cross creeks and rivers.

The all-encompassing  Vancouver Island Trail runs south to north from Victoria to Cape Scott, though it still lacks proper signage in some places. See the trail website for details.    

Are there any national parks?

There are two national parks on Vancouver Island: Pacific Rim National Park Reserve , established in 1970, and Gulf Islands National Park Reserve , designated in 2003. The former abuts the stormy west coast between the twin surf towns of Tofino and Ucluelet and is split into three sections: the West Coast Trail (a hiking route), Broken Group Islands (only reachable by boat) and the more accessible Long Beach Unit, where there’s a visitor center and a raft of beach activities.

The Gulf Island National Park Reserve consists of numerous disconnected areas spread across a dozen landfalls on the so-called Gulf Island archipelago between Vancouver and Victoria. Pender and Mayne Islands are the easiest to reach on the public ferry network.  

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    11 bus stops near top sights and attractions. Be entertained and informed through the in-app commentary. Enjoy two complimentary self-guided walking tours around the city. Overview Spend the day exploring the beauty of British Columbia with our Hop-on Hop-off Vancouver Bus Tour. With 11 stops conveniently located across downtown Vancouver ...

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    Our most recommended things to do in Vancouver. 1. Vancouver: Capilano Suspension Bridge Park Entry Ticket. Stand above the waters of Vancouver's Capilano River on a 450-foot-long suspension bridge with this entry ticket. Appreciate nature from breathtaking perspectives: the world-famous Capilano Suspension Bridge and the thrilling Cliffwalk.

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    The buses go along several of Vancouver's most interesting streets including Water Street, Robson , Granville and Beach Avenue. Other popular stops in years past are some of the city's top downtown tourist attractions including Canada Place , FlyOver Canada, Vancouver Lookout , Sun Yat-Sen Garden, the Vancouver Art Gallery and the Vancouver ...

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    There are currently no tourist passes in Vancouver that include transit. However, you can opt to buy a DayPass ($11.25 for adults) if you plan to be out and about all day. This will give you all-day unlimited rides on the SkyTrain, SeaBus, and public buses in Vancouver, and will be worth the cost with just 3-4 rides.

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    Vancouver Island Connector has one daily bus in either direction between Victoria and Tofino, stopping at Nanaimo, Port Alberni and several other towns. Island Link offers a more comprehensive service running multiple buses between Victoria and Tofino, Victoria and Campbell River, and Campbell River and Port Hardy. Book at least a day in advance.