Walking plus water taxis, trains, and buses
The best of downtown Vancouver, for your family and friends. 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.
Duration: 4 hours 30 min.
Tours average 4 1/2hours. 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.
- Guiding Services
- Public Transportation Tickets
Estimated Local Cash Needed
10 CDN Dollar - Your out of pocket expenses are for any food that you may want.
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.
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We had an exhilarating Best of Vancouver tour with Doug today. The scenery was beautiful, the stories and history very interesting. Travel by foot, bus, water taxi and train was a great way to get around to the various neighborhoods. The visit to Granville Island was much more than a shopping trip. We saw many more interesting aspects of the island. Doug told us about its history and artistic legacy and the intertwined relationship between the island and its neighbors. We highly recommend this tour.