TOUR BUS AND COVID-19
Westcoast Sightseeing, the operator of most of Vancouver’s local tour bus excursions, shut down temporarily as of March 17th, 2020. This was done in response to the outbreak of COVID-19.
As of mid-summer the company had resumed operations and was offering Hop-on, Hop-off Tours and more once again. New safety precautions included reduced seating capacities and increased sanitation practices. Masks were also required.
As of the fall of 2020, the company had once again “paused” operations. It hopes to start back up again in the spring of 2021, and tickets are already available for purchase on the Westcoast Sightseeing website.
Vancouver Sightseeing Tours
Westcoast Sightseeing is the parent company of Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing, formerly called Big Bus, which is another tour bus company that provides “hop-on, hop-off” bus tours around downtown Vancouver.
Westcoast Sightseeing Tours
Westcoast Sightseeing tours include the following (recognizing that prices and other tour details are subject to change):
City of Vancouver
This tour includes a 4-hour bus tour around the sights of Vancouver, including a stop and admission to the Vancouver Lookout for a 360-degree 550-foot high view of the city and surrounding area.
(Cost is about $78 for adults and $46 for children.)
City of Vancouver & Capilano Bridge
This is a 5-hour bus tour around downtown Vancouver and over to the beautiful North Shore to see the amazing sights at the Capilano Suspension Bridge.
(Cost is about $105 for adults and $55 for kids.)
Grouse Mountain & Capilano Bridge
This 6-hour trip to Vancouver’s North Shore involves a walk across pedestrian bridges in the trees and over a canyon, plus up a tram at one of Vancouver’s most popular mountains.
(Cost is slightly more than $155 for adults, and close to $100 for children ages 3 to 12.)
Victoria & Butchart Gardens
(Cost is ~$205 and half price for children.)
Whistler & Shannon Falls
(Cost is about $146 for adults and just over half price for children.)
VANCOUVER WALKING TOURS
For exceptional walking tours around downtown Vancouver be sure to check out Forbidden Vancouver. It’s a locally-owned family-run business that offers informative and entertaining tours around Gastown, Stanley Park, the West End and other parts of the city. When we’ve joined their tours we’ve thoroughly enjoyed them!
Why Use Westcoast Sightseeing
Westcoast Sightseeing bus tours are a good way to see the sights, especially if you don’t have a car or want to worry about traffic and parking within the city.
The company gets good reviews, its tour guides are knowledgeable and its prices are reasonable for what you get.
Tips and Advice
Below are some tips to help you make the most out of your touring experience in Vancouver.
TIP #1: If you only have one day to see Victoria, then this is a good way to do it. Try to go on a sunny day as the views from the ferry can be spectacular. If you can afford more than one day though, then try to stay over for at least one night in Victoria as it is a beautiful place with lots to see.
TIP #2: Other ways to get to Victoria are via Harbour Air Seaplanes, which is a fast and spectacular way of getting there on a sunny day, or by public transit or car via BC Ferries. If needing accommodation, then make sure to check out the BC Ferries page for the link to their vacation packages.
TIP #3: Another good “hop on, hop off” means of transportation are the mini ferry boats that ply the waters in the False Creek area of Vancouver. A day pass for them costs about $15 and they stop at various top attractions including Science World, Granville Island and Yaletown.
For more information, check out Westcoast Sightseeing‘s website.
For details about the city’s Hop-on, Hop-off bus tours, click Vancouver Tourist Bus Tours.
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