The Best of Downtown Vancouver and Granville Island


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First Time Visitor, City


Kid Friendly: No. The tour is 3 1/2 hours and there is a fair amount of leisurely walking; most of which occurs in the first hour, and almost all is flat or downhill. Also there is a water taxi which may not be stroller friendly unless it is portable.

Friendly: No.
There some barriers which may cause problems for a wheel chair. I would prefer to design a different tour for you and your group.

Maximum travelers: 6



English (fluent)

Walking plus water taxis, trains, and buses

The best of downtown Vancouver. Stanley Park, the waterfront, historic buildings, great neighbourhoods, Granville Island…. Transportation may include buses, trains and water taxis. All included in the price of your tour.
This tour is perfect for the person who wants to see the best of Vancouver while walking. There are no hills, and after May 15th the tour starts at 8:30 am to avoid of the heat of the day, making it a very comfortable tour. If an early start doesn't work for your group let me know. . . I will adjust the tour to meet your needs.


The tour will start at 8:30 am from in front of the Vancouver Public Library; 350 W Georgia, or if your group would prefer to meet at your downtown hotel let me know. We will head west to take in the downtown exploring the history and the cultural diversity of Vancouver.
We then will head north to the water and experience mountain views and cityscapes, Stanley Park and the sights and sounds of float planes taking off. We will then head west; hugging the shore until we reach Stanley Park followed by entering the West End; one of the most livable neighbourhoods in Canada. We then travel to the False Creek Ferries dock and travel to Granville Island. After an hour exploring the island we hop on board another False Creek Ferry and head east to Olympic Village; Vancouver's newest neighbourhood. From there we hop on board the train and back into downtown finishing our trip in front of the Olympic Flame .

Meeting Point + Tour Duration

Meeting Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Cruise Ship Port, Airport, Hotel, Address or Intersection, Suggested by Guide: My usual meeting place is the main branch of the Vancouver Public Library at 350 W. Georgia. A beautiful building that is instantly recognizable if you have ever seen a picture of the Roman Coliseum. But if your group is in a downtown hotel or at the airport or at the Cruise Ship terminal or at a train station I will come to you.

End Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Cruise Ship Port, Airport, Hotel, Address or Intersection

Duration: 3 hours 30 min.

Tours average 3.5 hours. Sometimes it may be 10 minutes longer


All my tours are in essence walking tours but are enhanced with trains, buses and water taxis. This encourages the attention to detail that walking tours excel at but without the limitation of distance.

What’s Included

Other: This is essentially a walking tour. The price includes all forms of transportation that will help make this a great tour. This may include trains, buses, and water taxies. In other words if we are moving by a form of transportation that costs money then I will cover it.

Estimated Local Cash Needed

10 CDN Dollar - Your out of pocket expenses are for any food that you may want.

What’s Extra

Other: The only extra is what you want to spend. All transportation costs are included but food and questionable t-shirt choices are up to you.


I conduct walking tours that may also use buses, trains, and water taxis.
If you can't walk at a leisurely pace for 30 minutes at a time then I would not recommend these tours.
The water taxis are not easily boarded by strollers and wheelchairs.

A Recent Review of this tour

Our tour of Vancouver with Doug was excellent. He was on time, professional and very knowledgeable of the region. Doug adapted to our pace and made sure we were comfortable and well hydrated during our walking tour. I would highly recommend this tour!
Mary Kovach

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