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 is a variety of boats and tour options to choose from.
Harbour Cruises from Coal Harbour
Harbour Cruises and Events offers a range of cruise options, from dinner cruises in English Bay, around Burrard Inlet or even up Indian Arm towards Deep Cove on the North Shore and beyond. Two-and-a-half-hour sunset dinner cruises run from May to Mid-October and cost close to $80 per person. One-hour narrated tours of Burrard Inlet cost about $30 and depart four times a day 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 the boats on a sunny day is one of Vancouver’s best places from which to take a photo and admire the views.
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 $2.75 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!
Pacific Ferries is a tour company with Hop on Tours between Coal Harbour, Granville Island and North Vancouver’s Shipyards, as well as whale watching excursions and trips to Bowen Island and the Sunshine Coast. Click Pacific Ferries & Tours for details.