It seems that solo trips are all the rage this year, ranging with yoga retreats in Thailand and backpacking excursions through Europe, and if you’re looking to plan a trip then be sure to include Vancouver on that list. Vancouver is a vibrant city with the perfect combination of urban life and natural scenery. You can ride to the top of the Vancouver Lookout for breathtaking views of the city or climb your way up to Prospect Point. If you want to explore the food scene then you’re in luck because there are award-winning restaurants, bars, and cafes lining the streets. But don’t worry, you don’t have to navigate this all on your own. Just check out these tours in Vancouver and pick your favourite(s)!
If this is your first time in Vancouver then you might want to consider this first tour. In four hours, you’ll be able to see the top sites in Vancouver! You’ll start your tour at your hotel where a comfy coach bus with a knowledgeable tour guide will pick you up. You’ll first ride through Gastown, learning about the historic district on your way to Chinatown. From here, you head towards Stanley Park, a 1,000 acre (404 hectares) park and take in the views of North Shore Mountains, Lions Gate Bridge, and Burrard Inlet from Prospect Point, the park’s highest peak. Once you get all your Insta’s in, you’ll move towards Robson Street and Granville Island Public Market where you can explore the eateries, shops, and cafes. Finally, you’ll end your day on top of the world! Or at least on top of the Harbour Center observation deck, which is more than 550 feet (167 foot) up. From here you can see the entire city of Vancouver, ooh and ahh over the mountain views supplemented by the Pacific Ocean. After this, the coach bus will bring you back to your hotel after your four-hour adventure!
Vancouver Sightseeing City Tour with Stanley Park and Gastown
Duration: 4 hours
2. Vancouver North Shore Day Trip with Capilano Suspension Bridge and Grouse Mountain (from USD 147.0)
If you’re hoping for a little thrill on your trip to Vancouver then this might be the tour for you. This tour is about 6 hours long and starts at your hotel. From here, you’ll make your way over Lions Gate Bridge, which has incredible views of Vancouver Harbor. Once you cross that bridge, you’ll continue your tour to Capilano Fish Hatchery and Capilano Suspension Bridge. Around Capilano Suspension Bridge, you will have the chance to explore the surrounding forest, climb through the canopy by the Treetops Adventure walkway (just don’t look down because you’ll see the canyon and river WAY below you). If you want even more adventure then you also have the chance to try the Cliffwalk, that will bring you through the rainforest on suspended walkways that protrude off of the granite cliff faces. After this adrenaline rush, you’ll head to the Grouse Mountain Skyride and hop on the sky tram, which will give you amazing views of Mount Baker, Vancouver Island, and also the endangered grizzly bears at the Refuge. After these thrill-seeking experiences, your tour guide will bring you back to the Vancouver city centre or your hotel.
Vancouver North Shore Tour: Capilano Bridge, Grouse Mountain
Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes
On the Vancouver Harbor and Indian Arm Lunch Cruise, you’ll hop on the luxurious MV Harbor Princess cruise ship and sail around Vancouver Harbor. The ship will bring you all around the Harbor and Burrard Inlet, where you can relax and get beautiful views of the city skyline and natural sites like Stanley Park, Indian Arm, and the Coast Mountain Range. Don’t worry if you start to get hungry because the cruise also includes a delicious lunch buffet with a view of Silver Falls. The lunch buffet features a variety of dishes including menu items like “Greek Style Peasant’s Salad with Feta”, “Pilaf of Long Grain and Wild Rice”, and “Filet of Fresh BC Salmon with Herb Butter”, and of course assorted desserts. After lunch, the cruise will circle back around and drop you off at the starting dock in Vancouver.
Vancouver Harbor and Indian Arm Lunch Cruise
Duration: 4 hours
Thrill seekers - here’s another one for you. With this tour, you will ride five different zip lines over a 2-hour period. After a safety presentation and lesson, you will make your way to Grouse and Dam mountains. From here, you’ll race through the mountains at speeds up to 50 miles (80.4 km) per hour. After your zip-lining adventures, you can check out the Skyride aerial tram, the Peak Chairlift, Peak Chalet, Birds in Motion presentation, and even a lumberjack show!
Grouse Mountain 5-Zipline Peak Adventure with Chairlift
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
To end our tours in Vancouver, we have a Forbidden tour. Just kidding- while the tour may not be forbidden, the sites you’ll explore were once forbidden. This tour runs through Vancouver’s historic bootlegging, rum-running, and prohibition speakeasies in Victory Square and Gastown. You’ll start your journey at Cathedral Square in 1917, the beginning of prohibition in British Columbia. You’ll learn about the underground pubs, illicit booze trade, and the mobsters that ruled in the 20s. Then you’ll walk past heritage buildings, through back alleys, and historic streets that haven’t changed in over 100 years. You’ll finish your tour up on the cobblestone streets of Maple Tree Square and enjoy a refreshing drink at one of the bars or restaurants of your choosing (not included in tour price).
The Forbidden Downtown and Gastown Walking Tour
Duration: 2 hours
This 2.5-hour urban hike trail helps you get in some exercise on your trip to Vancouver. Your hike will be just about 4 miles long (6 km), and you will start at Granville Island. With your tour guide and fellow hiking companions, you will follow the water towards Queen Elizabeth Park. But don’t worry, that’s not the whole hike - along the way you’ll stop at Charleson Park, City Hall, Cambie Village, Vancouver Olympic Center and Nat Bailey Stadium. The group will also stop for a sweet treat at one of the best ice cream shops in the city (ice cream not included in tour price).
Vancouver Urban Hike Tour
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
This Whale Watching tour is definitely one of the most flexible ones, with several timing options including 9, 10, and 11 AM. The tour can last anywhere from 3-7 hours (yes, that’s a large time span, but the tour guide really wants to make sure you see all the whales)! The tour starts at Granville Island, from where you will board a boat and venture out into the Salish Sea and Strait of Georgia. The tour guide will feed your brain fun tidbits about all sea life, not just whales, and feed your stomach a complimentary granola bar and water bottle. After you and your group have seen enough whales, the boat will head back to shore and leave you where it all started.
Whale Watching Tour from Granville Island in Vancouver
Duration: 5 to 6 hrs
What is a visit to a new city without exploring the food scene? On this 3-hour tour, you and a small group will explore some of the best restaurants and cafes in Vancouver while learning about the history of the restaurants and cuisines of the region. The tour includes a four-course lunch spread over 12 tastings paired with local wines. You’ll stop at award-winning restaurant Kirin Chinese for some dim sum, sample some artisan cheeses, indulge in exquisite desserts (including a stop at Bella Gelateria) and so much more! Foodies - you don’t want to miss out on this.
Small-Group Gourmet Food Tour in Vancouver
Duration: 3 hours
If you had to choose one site to see in Vancouver, the Vancouver Lookout is hard to beat. Atop the tower (which is over 500 feet(152 metres) tall), you’ll get stunning panoramic views of the city including Gastown, Coal Harbor, Stanley Park, the North Shore, and Olympic Peninsula Mountains.
Vancouver Lookout Admission
If you’re looking for a quick tour that shows you epic views all over Canada, then try out the FlyOver Canada Simulated Flight Ride. On this “flight” you will travel atop the snow-capped mountains, through the alpine forests, and over the rivers and waterfall that are spread across Canada. This simulated experience isn’t just for your eyes; it’s actually supplemented with the mist in your face you’d feel while at the Falls, the woody scents that greet you at the Alpine forest, and the wind gusting as you make your way up the mountains. You don’t want to miss the longest simulated flight in the world!
Vancouver FlyOver Canada Simulated Flight Ride Admission
Duration: 25 minutes
Are you ready for your solo adventure?
I know you are just itching to get yourself to Vancouver after seeing these amazing tour options. So what are you waiting for? Book yourself a ticket and start living your best adult life!
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