Canada Itineraries: CA17

Ultimate Vancouver Experience

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Day 01: Arrival in Vancouver

Arrive at Vancouver airport and complete your immigration. Later transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is kept free for leisure. Overnight at Vancouver.

Day 02: Vancouver Tour

Breakfast at the hotel. Proceed to Vancouver city tour covering Stanley Park, Chinatown, English Bay, bustling Robson Street, Capilano Suspension bridge, Historic Gastown with its steam-powered clock, and many more attractions. Then enjoy Fly Over Canada Ride (FlyOver Canada utilizes state-of-the-art technology to give you the feeling of flight. You will hang suspended, feet dangling, before a 20-meter spherical screen while our film whisks you away on an exhilarating 8-minute journey across Canada). Evening enjoys the Vancouver harbour sunset dinner cruise. Transfer back to the hotel. Overnight at Vancouver.

Day 03: Vancouver Experience – Granville Island

After breakfast, head to Granville Island to explore its cultural and culinary scene. A former industrial wasteland, Granville Island was reclaimed in the 1970s and turned into an arts and culture precinct. Stroll the streets packed with artisan studios and craft workshops, catch a street performance, stop for a coffee or an island-brewed beer, browse the many galleries, or shop at the very popular Granville Island Public Market. After lunch, take the Aquabus or False Creek Ferries across False Creek and over to Yaletown. This area is now home to chic boutiques, upscale restaurants, and gourmet grocers. Later head across town to Coal Harbour and board a Harbour Cruises vessel for a chance to see Vancouver from the water. The one-hour Vancouver Harbour Tour explores Burrard Inlet, the body of water that surrounds the downtown peninsula. You’ll see Gastown from the water, as well as Vancouver’s busy port, and the North Shore Mountains. Later proceed to FlyOver Canada, located at Canada Place, this 4-D flight simulation ride takes you soaring over the country, complete with wind, scents, and mist. Overnight at Vancouver.

Day 04: Vancouver - Grouse Mountain

After breakfast proceed to experience Vancouver’s North Shore with the “Mountain Discovery” tour. Visit Capilano Salmon Hatchery to learn about the lifecycle of salmon. Then proceed to the base of Grouse Mountain and take the scenic Skyride gondola to the peak. Once you reach there take in the multitude of activities offered. For many, the biggest attractions are the mountain’s two resident Grizzly bears, Grinder and Coola. Observe them in their habitat as they sleep, hunt, eat, and play. The lumberjack show is a demonstration of both athleticism and classic Canadian humour, while the many hiking paths offer a chance to explore the alpine environment, and the Theatre in the Sky offers regular screenings of wildlife films. After lunch on the way back stop at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, with its namesake bridge swaying 450 ft (135 m) above the Capilano River. The park is also home to the Cliff Walk cantilevered walkway jutting out over the canyon, and Treetops Adventure: a canopy-walk of seven small suspension bridges anchored high up among the Douglas firs. Later in the evening take a leisurely stroll along Vancouver’s seawall. Stretching from Canada Place around Stanley Park, all the way along False Creek. Overnight at Vancouver.

Day 05: Vancouver - Sky Pilot Suspension Bridge

After breakfast takes the “Sea to Sky” tour, taking you north of the city for an adventure spanning the ocean and mountains. Visit the oceanfront village of Horseshoe Bay. After exploring the village continue up to Shannon Falls – British Columbia’s third highest waterfall at 335 meters, and then on to the Britannia Mine Museum, which was in operation from 1904 to 1974. At this National Historic Site, you’ll take a train into one of the haulage tunnels before exploring interpretive galleries. Later after lunch takes the new Sea to Sky Gondola up 850 meters above sea level to take in sweeping views of the Howe Sound fjord, coastal forest, and the surrounding mountain ranges. Once up at the summit, cross the Sky Pilot Suspension Bridge high above the trees for a 360° view of the area, both up to the high alpine of the mountains above and down to the fjord below. Later in the evening take in the sunset with dinner overlooking English Bay. Overnight at Vancouver.

Day 06: Fly back to hometown

Post breakfast check out from the hotel and get ready to fly back home with loads of memories.