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Gastown Tours

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One of Vancouver’s oldest and buzziest districts, Gastown is packed with Victorian architecture and cobbled streets. Named after John “Gassy Jack” Deighton, an English mariner who opened a saloon in the area in the 19th century, the district is filled with heritage buildings now hosting boutiques, coffee shops, hip restaurants, and bars.
 
The Basics
Because of its rich history and attractive architecture, Gastown is a big draw for visitors to Vancouver. The neighborhood is explored on many walking tours, during which guides explain its Wild West origins and point out key sights, such as the 1910-built Dominion Building, Vancouver’s first high-rise, and the Gassy Jack Statue.
 
The district’s historic buildings and neon signs make it a go-to on photography tours of Vancouver, while its thriving restaurant scene ensures its inclusion on many food tours. Gastown’s long and checkered history also makes it a common stomping ground for ghost tour groups and guides focusing on Vancouver’s illicit prohibition-era past. Many walking tours cover ground in both Gastown and neighboring Chinatown.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Gastown is a must-visit for history buffs, foodies, and shoppers.
  • Wear comfortable shoes; Gastown rewards those who explore on foot.
  • Water, Hastings, and Carrall streets are the main thoroughfares in the neighborhood, which is best explored on foot.
  • Though there are some mild inclines and uneven surfaces, Gastown is mostly wheelchair accessible.
 
How to Get There
Gastown is located on the northeast edge of Downtown Vancouver, just southeast of Canada Place. The nearest transit station is Waterfront, which is served by the SkyTrain (Expo and Canada lines), the SeaBus passenger ferry, and the West Coast Express commuter rail service. Or, arrive as part of a tour that includes transportation.
 
When to Get There
Gastown is a busy downtown district and is most crowded in the evenings and on weekends. If you want to experience Gastown at its calmest, try coming midmorning midweek or in early morning on the weekend. One of the best times to visit is at night, when the district’s many craft beer bars and cocktail dens come alive.
 
What to See in Gastown
Gastown’s must-see sights are historic in nature. At Water Street, see Byrnes Block, a former luxury hotel. One of Vancouver’s oldest brick building, it was constructed in the late 19th century shortly after the 1886 Great Fire destroyed much of the city. At the corner of Water and Powell streets is another former hotel, the 6-story flatiron-style Hotel Europe. Also on Water Street is Gastown’s frequently photographed steam clock, which chimes every 15 minutes.


Address: Water Street, Vancouver, Canada
Admission: Free
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94 Tours and Activities to Experience Gastown

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Gastown Historic Walking Food Tour

Gastown Historic Walking Food Tour

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Explore Vancouver’s oldest neighborhood, and gain insight into Canada’s culinary offerings on this Gastown walking food tour. Listen as your guide—an improv comedian—shares insight on Gastown’s 150-year old Wild West heritage. Learn of the hip urban regeneration now sweeping the district, and experience the area’s vibrant buzz for yourself. Sample delicious food and drinks including Carolina-style, pulled-pork sandwiches, organic ice cream, award-winning cheesecake, Quebec maple-syrup treats, and local craft beer—as you pass by top city attractions.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$72.83
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$72.83
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Vancouver Lost Souls of Gastown Walking Tour

Vancouver Lost Souls of Gastown Walking Tour

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Get a glimpse into Vancouver’s rough and rowdy past on a walking tour of the historic Gastown neighborhood. Hear haunting tales of the city’s darkest days, when fires, smallpox and gold dust fever swept through the frontier outpost. Visit the neighborhood’s landmarks and historic sites as your guide evokes the thieves, hustlers and vagabonds that made the west so wild.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Vancouver City Sightseeing Tour: Granville Island & Vancouver Lookout

Vancouver City Sightseeing Tour: Granville Island & Vancouver Lookout

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Make the most of your time in beautiful Vancouver on a half-day tour of the city’s highlights. Your driver escorts your group to popular attractions such as Stanley Park, Granville Island, Chinatown, and Gastown. See totem poles, wander through food stalls and craft galleries, and get great city views from lookouts like Prospect Point. As you ride, listen to fascinating stories about the city, from the First Nation’s People to contemporary culture.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$73.65
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Vancouver City Sightseeing Tour: Capilano Suspension Bridge & Vancouver Lookout

Vancouver City Sightseeing Tour: Capilano Suspension Bridge & Vancouver Lookout

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Enjoy a wonderful overview of the Pacific Northwest on this full-day coach tour of Vancouver and the adjacent North Shore. Wind through downtown, Chinatown, and Gastown. Visit Granville Island, snap photos from the Vancouver Lookout's observation deck and admire Stanley Park’s famous Indigenous Peoples' story poles. Cross the Lions Gate Bridge and head to the teetering Capilano Suspension Bridge and the glass floors of the Cliffwalk. Stop at a salmon hatchery before you’re transported back to Vancouver.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$122.76
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Vancouver City Tour with Vancouver Lookout Admission

Vancouver City Tour with Vancouver Lookout Admission

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Soak up the city scenery on a half-day coach tour of seaport Vancouver! Your expert guide will escort you to key attractions such as Canada Place, Robson Street, Granville Island, Chinatown and Gastown. Travel through the winding canopies of Stanley Park, check out epic totem poles at Brockton Point and head to the top of the Vancouver Lookout for panoramic views of the city and its stunning natural backdrop. 
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$65.47
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Private Tour: Vancouver Sightseeing and Capilano Suspension Bridge

Private Tour: Vancouver Sightseeing and Capilano Suspension Bridge

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Experience the best of Vancouver, B.C. with a 5-hour private sightseeing experience that includes the Capilano Suspension Bridge. Enjoy the flexibility to tailor the day to your interests, starting with the historic and cultural landmarks of central Vancouver. Walk the narrow streets of Gastown and Chinatown, get perfect views from Stanley Park and see the bustling shops of Granville Island. Get a taste of mountain air and scenery from the bridge that sways above the Capilano River, with VIP, skip-the-line access and a private tour of the park’s important sights.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$278.06
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Vancouver Murder Mystery Adventure in Gastown (2-10 Players)

Vancouver Murder Mystery Adventure in Gastown (2-10 Players)

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Channel your inner detective to solve this murder mystery. You will scour the streets of Gastown, visiting some popular landmarks, like the Gastown steam clock, the statue of Gassy Jack, and Gaoler’s Mews to find the clues you need. Find the clues, solve the puzzle, and help bring the killer to justice.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$29.99
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Vancouver Full-Day Sightseeing and Photography

Vancouver Full-Day Sightseeing and Photography

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If you have a short time in Vancouver and want to come home with amazing photographs, this comprehensive tour is the way to go. Drive to Vancouver’s top sightseeing locations; get guidance on photography basics and find the best spots to photograph the views. From Lynn Canyon Park and the Suspension Bridge to the night lights of Granville Island and cobblestone streets of Gastown, you will come home with   beautiful mementos of the city.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$175.36
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Vancouver City Tour With Stanely, Grouse Mountain & Capillano Suspension Private

Vancouver City Tour With Stanely, Grouse Mountain & Capillano Suspension Private

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Vancouver winter means ski season, festivals, funky light events and new trails to explore.Just because it’s colder doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be outside.Grouse Mountain is one of the top Vancouver points of interest. Some people prefer skiing or snowboarding at Grouse Mountain in Vancouver since it’s the closest to downtown but that does make it a little bit busier than some of the other local hills.If you’re not in to skiing or snowboarding it’s almost worth going up to Grouse Mountain in winter just for the view of the city lights and the other awesome winter activities that go on up there Trying at least one outdoor activity this winter is a must do in Vancouver. Below are some of the best outdoor and indoor activities in Vancouver this winter. 1) Peak of Christmas in Grouse Mountain 2) Head to the Vancouver Christmas Market 3) Bright light in the Stanley Park 4) Experience CandyTown in Yaletown 5) Shop at the Craft Winter Market 6) Go ice skating downtown 7)Enjoy Granville
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  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$378.33
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Small Group Tour: Vancouver Sightseeing and Capilano Suspension Bridge

Small Group Tour: Vancouver Sightseeing and Capilano Suspension Bridge

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Explore Victoria’s historic neighborhoods and highlights on a 5-hour, small-group trip through the city that includes Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. You’ll discover the fascinating stories behind Chinatown, Gastown, Stanley Park, and Granville Island, drive across the Lion’s Gate Bridge, visit the Capilano Fish Hatchery, then walk the 459 foot (140 meter) suspension bridge. This 5-hour tour includes pickup and drop-off at your hotel or port, entrance fees, and personal headsets, and it’s limited to 14 people for more personal service.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$185.37
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Vancouver City Private Tour

Vancouver City Private Tour

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While in beautiful Vancouver, treat yourself to a private tour of the city’s best sites! Your personal guide will escort your small group to key attractions such as Stanley Park, Granville Island, Chinatown and Gastown. Travel at your own pace, and request stops to snap photos, grab a souvenir or have a closer look at a site. Vancouver is at your fingertips on this private tour!
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  • 4 hours
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$211.27
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Private Tour: Vancouver Sightseeing

Private Tour: Vancouver Sightseeing

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Discover Vancouver's major attractions and city highlights in one day on this private 4-hour Vancouver day trip. Travel through the city by luxury vehicle with your private guide. Chose your own route to hit the highlights you most want to see. Perhaps take in top sites such as Chinatown, Gastown, Granville Park and Stanley Park. Enjoy panoramic views over the city and North Shore mountains from Queen Elizabeth Park. Gain insight into the city’s rich history and heritage, and learn what makes British Columbia’s buzzing metropolis tick.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$231.72
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$231.72

Vancouver 2-Hour Private Tour

Vancouver 2-Hour Private Tour

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A chauffeured private tour is the perfect way to see Vancouver if you have a limited time or want to get your bearings in the city. Enjoy pickup and drop-off from your accommodation in a luxury chauffeured vehicle. Relax on a 2 hour excursion that showcases both the magic of the city and the majestic beauty of Canada’s mountains, ocean and forest.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$99 Vancouver 2 Hours City Tour Private

$99 Vancouver 2 Hours City Tour Private

If time is limited and you have not seen Vancouver before, this is the tour for you. Welcome to this beautiful city. Sit back and relax in the comfort of a Luxary Mini Van. Enjoy finding out why the 'Economist' ranked Vancouver one of world's most livable cities. This tour of Vancouver's highlights is both informative and fun. Bring your camera and we'll be sure to get some excellent shots. We will stop at some of the city's most famous attractions such as Gastown, Chinatown, Granville Island, and Stanley Park. You will have an opportunity to see the market, stroll on the seawall, stop for great photo vistas, walk through beautiful gardens, and much more. Plan to have a wonderfull exploring this beautiful city.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$104.49
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Small-Group Vancouver City & North Vancouver Full Day - Private Safe Tour

Small-Group Vancouver City & North Vancouver Full Day - Private Safe Tour

This comprehensive small-group (6 guest limit) tour of the City of Vancouver and North Vancouver will guide you through all of the must-see spots in one adventure packed day! Enjoy the best the Vancouver area has to offer, including: the Vancouver Lookout Tower, a narrated drive through Downtown Vancouver (including Gastown & Chinatown), Granville Island, Stanley Park, a Harbour Cruise*, the Capilano Suspension Bridge including Cliffwalk®, Grouse Mountain and Canadian Lumberjack show atop the mountain to finish off the day! *Tentative cruise dates: April 26-September 30th,2020. Partial refund for the boat portion will be provided in event the boat does not operate. Tour will operate as normal, without the boat portion*
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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4 Hours Private tour of City of Vancouver.

4 Hours Private tour of City of Vancouver.

4 hour private Tour of city of Vancouver is unique as you can tailor it according to your convenience. You can add more hours with cost. You can even tailor your tour to 4-8 hours with extra cost. This Tour need at least 4 Guests.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$189.59
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6 Hours Private tour of city of Vancouver & North Vancouver

6 Hours Private tour of city of Vancouver & North Vancouver

You can add or subtract attractions according to your choice for this Tour. We can tailor this tour according to your need. Flexible start time and pick up from anywhere in Vancouver. This Tour needs at least 4 Guests.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$281.23
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$281.23
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The Forbidden Downtown and Gastown Walking Tour

The Forbidden Downtown and Gastown Walking Tour

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Discover Vancouver’s bootlegging, rum-running, prohibition past on a walking tour through Victory Square and Gastown. Visit landmark buildings and historic sites as your guide brings the past to life with stories of the corrupt politicians, mob bosses, and showgirls that ruled the city’s dark side. Hear how the city bloomed from a frontier outpost to a cosmopolitan hotspot, and finish your walk in Gastown, where speakeasies and gambling dens have been given way to chic restaurants and hip bars.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$26.55
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Vancouver City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Vancouver City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

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Customize your sightseeing tour of vibrant Vancouver with multiple pass options for a hop-on hop-off tour aboard a clear-top bus. Let someone else drive you around town, and choose when to disembark at any of the stops, such as Chinatown, Stanley Park, and Gastown. Choose between the City Route or the Park Route, or the Dual Pass if you'd like to do both. Explore historical landmarks and shop along Robson Street at your own pace.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$45.98
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Vancouver Harbor Sightseeing Cruise

Vancouver Harbor Sightseeing Cruise

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Enjoy the exquisite waterfront views of Canada's premier West Coast city on a leisurely Vancouver Harbor sightseeing cruise. Travel past landmarks sites such as world-renowned Stanley Park and the city's rejuvenated Gastown district, marvel at the incredible North Shore Mountains from atop an open-air deck, and admire the stunning Lions' Gate Bridge while sipping a cocktail (own expense) from the onboard bar. 
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$35.15
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Gastronomic Gastown Walking Tour

Gastronomic Gastown Walking Tour

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Get to know Vancouver’s famed food scene on a 3-hour walking and food tour of historic Gastown. Admire the architecture as you stroll through the cobbled streets with a small group. Learn about the neighborhoods storied past from your informative guide and sample Canadian classics such as tempura bacon scotch eggs, pork belly crackling, and British Columbia wine.
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  • 3 hours
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$146.71
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Evening Tour of Vancouver

Evening Tour of Vancouver

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Stroll through Vancouver after dark, which allows you to beat the crowds and get a different perspective. You'll see the sights of the city lit up for the night and listen to insightful guided commentary on Vancouver's history and culture. Make a few photo stops for frame-worthy snaps and end up in the historic Gastown district (optional) to continue exploring on your own.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$22.60
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Vancouver City Tour

Vancouver City Tour

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This fully narrated 4-hour Vancouver City Highlights Tour takes you to the city’s greatest sights. Vancouver is truly a traveller’s paradise, consistently voted one of the world’s most livable cities. Locals are recognized for their friendly nature and welcoming attitude. Perched on the edge of the Pacific Ocean and framed by the British Columbia Coast Mountains, it’s easy to fall in love with this breathtaking city. Discover highlights like historic Gastown, Chinatown, scenic English Bay and the picturesque Vancouver Harbour. Stops in Stanley Park feature First Nations totem poles, as well as spectacular views from Prospect Point. Also, visit the charming farmer’s market at Granville Island and enjoy 360° panoramic views from Vancouver Lookout’s observation deck (admission included) high atop Harbour Centre Tower.Our tours are conducted on comfortable mini-coaches seating up to 30 passengers and offering exceptional visibility.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$64.28
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Vancouver Highlights and Capilano Suspension Park Tour - Private Charter (7 hrs)

Vancouver Highlights and Capilano Suspension Park Tour - Private Charter (7 hrs)

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Explore the many attractions of downtown Vancouver followed by a serene and relaxing experience walking above the unchartered forest at the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. In this tour, you will journey through Chinatown and Gastown, the Vancouver Harbour, and very scenic English Bay. Stop at Stanley Park to see the totem poles, as well as the amazing views of the Lions Gate Bridge at Prospect Point. Then take a trip to Granville Island and see all the eclectic artisan stores and shop at the Public Market. We also take a scenic drive up to the Cypress Mountain viewpoint for breathtaking views of the city, mountains, and water. Price does not include admission as Capilano Bridge has group rates, and may age tiers.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$555.06
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