Seeing Vancouver on a sightseeing tour is a great way to explore the city, and there are exceptional boat, walking and bus tours to choose from.
There are also ferry boat travel opportunities and whale watching tours.
Vancouver Tours and Tour Companies
Below is a list of some of Vancouver’s best boat, walking, bus and whale watching tours.
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Vancouver Boat and Ferry Tours
If you want to explore Vancouver by water, a great way to do it is with Pacific Ferries & Tours. The company offers an Indian Arm Tour and an Eco-Wildlife Excursion.
Indian Arm Tours
The Indian Arm Tours with Pacific Ferries go from Coal Harbour, through Burrard Inlet, under the Iron Workers Memorial Bridge, up Indian Arm and then back to Coal Harbour.
The regular price for the Indian Arm Tours with Pacific Ferries in recent years has been around $100 plus taxes.
Click Pacific Ferries & Tours for more details.
Pacific Ferries also offers an Eco-Wildlife Excursion that runs from Coal Harbour to Howe Sound. Along the way it passes by the shores of West Vancouver, Bowen Island and Anvil Island. The tours offer an exceptional opportunity to see a couple of amazing yet remote destinations, as well as views of Vancouver from the water.
Regular price for the Eco-Wildlife Excursion was $119 in 2019 and trips happened two or three times per week in the summer. Current details may vary.
Click Pacific Ferries & Tours for more information.
Whale Watching Tours
A number of companies offer whale watching excursions out to Howe Sound, the Strait of Georgia and other destinations. Click Vancouver Whale Watching Tours for more information.
Vancouver Walking Tours
In addition to boat tours, a number of companies offer walking tours around Vancouver. Our favourite company is Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours.
Forbidden Vancouver offers the Forbidden Tour, Lost Souls of Gastown and Dark Secrets of Stanley Park tours. The first two take place in the evenings and the Stanley Park one runs on specific days in the afternoon. The same company also offers an Art Deco and Chocolate Tasting Tour in downtown Vancouver and a Really Gay History Tour in the city’s West End.
Click Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours for more information.
Sightseeing Bus Tours
Vancouver has a couple of sightseeing bus companies including Westcoast Sightseeing and the Vancouver Trolley Company (both of which are owned by the same group).
Click Westcoast Sightseeing for details.
For a list of some of Vancouver’s best things to do and places to visit, check out the following:
- Vancouver’s Top Attractions
- Metro Vancouver 100 Best Places
- Vancouver’s Calendar of Events
- Festivals & Events Calendar
- Vancouver on a Budget
- Vancouver for Children
- Vancouver on a Rainy Day
- Rocky Mountaineer Train