Vancouver by Land and Water... compact tour

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Activity Level



First Time Visitor, City


Kid Friendly: No. If your children can walk short distances then there should be no problem. If you are using a stroller it should portable as we use water taxis in our tours.

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 5



English (fluent)

In less than 3 hours See Downtown Vancouver, mountain views, 2 ocean fronts and best of all, Granville Island.

This is the most relaxing and stress-free walking tour you can get anywhere. Why. . because we walk around downtown Vancouver: then hop on a train for 5 minutes, then walk around historical Yaletown. We then stroll 2 blocks to the beautiful sheltered False Creek waterway and board a False Creek Ferry to Granville Island. Shops, artisans, marketplaces are what tourists usually see but we will also explore the areas where the locals shop and play. Then it is back to wherever you want to in downtown Vancouver. We recommend a start time of8:30 am P. S. T. but will accept tours up until 2pm.


We can meet in front of Vancouver Public Library (unless we have talked and made different arrangements), then walk through the downtown business section viewing the historic and newer buildings. We then catch a subway train and travel to Yaletown where we explore one the original business areas which has now been converted into condos and restaurants. We will see the original Roundhouse: which was the terminal for the trains crossing Canada in the 19th century. Then we walk 2 blocks to False Creek and board a False Creek Ferry. . . next stop Granville Island. Stores, restaurants, artisans, and theatres in an industrial setting with some of the best city, water and mountain views in the lower mainland. We then make our way downtown by ferry via the Olympic Village and then by train, where we will continue the tour to Canada Place and the Olympic Flame.

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: All of my tours start in front of the Vancouver Public Library at 350 W Georgia, but if your group or family would prefer to meet at your downtown hotel then let me know when we talk after you have booked the tour.

End location: The tour usually ends in front of the Olympic Flame near the Cruise Ship terminal.

Duration: 2 hours 30 min.


Walking tour.

What’s Included

Other: All transportation costs including trains and Granville Island Ferries

Estimated Local Cash Needed

10 CDN Dollar - If you get hungry there dozens of food (and Foodie!) options on Granville Island... both for carnivores and vegetarians.

What’s Extra

Other: Food and caffeine if necessary...don't worry about water, I can supply that


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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