A great way to see the city from a completely different but spectacular perspective is to take a trip on one of Vancouver’s harbour cruise boats.
Departing from Coal Harbour near the end of Denman Street, there are a variety of boats and tour options to choose from.
Harbour Cruises from Coal Harbour
Different companies offer a range of cruise options in English Bay, around Burrard Inlet or even up Indian Arm towards Deep Cove on the North Shore and beyond. Sunset dinner cruises run from May to Mid-October and cost around $80 per person. One-hour narrated tours of Burrard Inlet cost about $30 and depart daily from the end of April until the end of September.
Taking a boat cruise is an excellent way to enjoy the city, and the deck of a boat on a sunny day is one of Vancouver’s best places from which to take photos and admire the views.
SPECIAL CRUISES WITH VANCOUVER BOAT PARTIES
A great company that offers special cruise excursions is Vancouver Boat Parties. Their events are especially popular with adults between the ages of 25 to 40 and take place most years at New Year’s Eve, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Canada Day, Halloween and during the East Indian festival of Diwali in autumn.
Cruises with Vancouver Boat Parties take place on some of the city’s largest and nicest yachts and involve dancing into the wee hours of the night. If you like night clubs, dancing and beautiful nighttime views, these events are highly recommended.
For more details see our article about Vancouver Boat Parties.
Tips and Advice
Below are some suggestions to help you make the most out of your Harbour Cruise experience.
TIP #1: Want a cheap way to see Vancouver from the middle of Burrard Inlet? Then simply take the Seabus from Waterfront Station over to Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver. It’s just a single zone ticket on weekends and after 6:30 pm (so $3 or so for an adult) or two zones at regular times. It’s not quite the same, especially if you don’t get a seat at the very front or very back, but it’s an enjoyable way to travel to the North Shore which offers lots of its own places to explore.
TIP #2: Vancouver’s Harbour Cruises is a participant most years in the Kidsworld Program where children ages 4-13 can attend a selection of local attractions on specific days of the year along with an accompanying adult at no additional cost! It’s a fantastic deal, especially if you want to do fun stuff like go on a mini-cruise for cheap!
TIP #3: Pacific Ferries is a company that offers sightseeing excursions from late spring until the fall. They have a 2.5-hour trip up that goes up Indian Arm and a 3-hour Eco-Wildlife Excursion that goes around the Georgia Strait and Howe Sound. We’ve been on some of their tours in the past and really enjoyed them.
Check out the following for more information about boating and sightseeing opportunities in the Vancouver region:
- Vancouver Sightseeing Tours
- Vancouver Whale Watching Tours
- Vancouver Boat Parties
- Pacific Ferries
- Vancouver Boating Information