Whales, Bears and Hot Springs, Oh My! Vancouver's Best Tours and Excursions

Whether you're looking for a heart-pumping activity, or a relaxing day at the lake, Vancouver is the right starting place for you.

The North Shore mountains are home to three major mountain resorts, all with varying tours at your disposal. Grouse Mountain is where you can get an incredible workout in by hiking up the Grouse Grind, enjoy a meal with a view, soar down a zipline course, see Grizzly bears, ski and ride a gondola–that's not even covering it all.

Bowen Island will leave you feeling as though you're miles from civilization, when in fact  you're just a 20 minute ferry ride from the city. Bowen has a number of trails and beaches, plus a golf course. It's a lovely escape from the bustle of Vancouver.

Landsea Tours & Adventures is ideal if you're looking to get out of town, but would like a guided experience. Their fleet ranges from a SUV to a mini coach and each of the tour guides are knowledgeable, friendly and ready to show you a good time. Explore Vancouver, Whistler, Victoria and more with their chartered or scheduled tours.

Ready to see some wildlife? Book a tour with Wild Whales Vancouver and prepare for a once in a lifetime adventure! Departing from Granville Island, this guided boat tour may take you through the Canadian Gulf Islands, the US San Juan Islands and other surrounding areas–the tour goes where the whales are and no two trips are identical.

Now, where to start?

Outside the City

Harrison Lake is the largest lake in the southern region of the Coast Mountains and stretches about 95 miles. The main boat launch is located just off of the main strip of the small town of Harrison Hot Springs, Esplanade Avenue. The lake is...  Read More

Outside the City

You would never know it, but a 20 minute ferry ride from West Vancouer's Horseshoe Bay ferry terminal is an idyllic island that feels as though it's hundreds of miles away from a busy city due to its serene and laid back lifestyle. Instead of...  Read More

About 10 minutes from downtown Vancouver is the area's most famous attraction, the Capilano Suspension Bridge, which sees some 800,000 visitors each year. The original bridge was built in 1889, and although it's been replaced since then, there's...  Read More

Grouse Mountain is open all year long for outdoorsmen and women to enjoy and it's conveniently located right across the water from downtown Vancouver. Hike the Grind, or ride up the Gondola to reach the top, and once there, the scene of the city...  Read More

Landsea Tours & Adventures is a great way to explore Vancouver and the surrounding areas. Tours include a trip up to Whistler, over to Victoria, around Vancouver, up to the Sea to Sky Gondola and more. Their fleet included a six-passenger...  Read More

Vancouver is a cyclists dream! There are paved pathways throughout the city, a stunning path that edges the ocean and makes its way around the city and through Stanley Park, and there are a host of bike trails on the North Shore mountains. Cycle...  Read More

Ski Magazine has dubbed Whistler-Blackcomb the best ski resort in the world, thanks in large part to an average annual snowfall of 30 feet and glacier skiing that often lasts into August. The two mountains have a combined acreage of over 8100...  Read More

Vancouver Food Tour
Photo courtesy of Vancouver Food Tour

There are a handful of tour operators in Vancouver that take you around the city to soak up all the sights, but this has been the first tour of its kind for food lovers. If you're passionate about what's on your plate, being poured into your...  Read More

British Columbia is so fortunate to have a multitude of wildlife that call this land and surrounding ocean home. It's not every day that you get to see a transient pod of orca whales on the hunt, or a humpback whale playing with her new baby,...  Read More

Outside the City

The Sea to Sky Gondola takes you on a 10-minute ride up the mountain to the Summit Lodge. Once at the top, this magnificent piece of nature is yours to explore. There are hiking trails, a suspension bridge, viewing platforms, mountain biking...  Read More


Meet Natasha John

Natasha is not born and raised in Vancouver, but is pretty certain it's her spirit hometown. After jumping around Canada, Texas, Arkansas and the UK, she has her feet firmly planted in...  More About Natasha

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