This cosmopolitan and diverse metropolis is a real contrast to the rest of British Columbia, but ours tours in Vancouver often prove to be a highlight of holidays in Canada.
Enjoy a scenic drive through Stanley Park, a 400-hectare green wonderland with authentic totem poles erected in the 1920s; and stop by Prospect Point, a scenic lookout where you can gaze out at spectacular views of Lions Gate Bridge. This is a stepping off point for Vancouver Island, and as you set off to Nanaimo on a ferry ride across the Salish Sea, don’t forget to look behind you and admire the breathtaking panorama of the city.
Vancouver Island – With an abundance of hiking trails and more opportunities for whale-watching than you can ever imagine, Vancouver Island is one of the largest in the Pacific. At almost 300 miles in length and 50 miles across, there’s enough space to truly get away from it all.
Wildlife Watching – Vancouver is where seal and whale-watching goes into overdrive and anyone hoping to catch a glimpse of crashing tail or spurting blow-hole can take a tour into the Pacific – cameras at the ready, as you’ll definitely want to remember and share these moments!
Gas Town – Gas Town is the original downtown district of Vancouver and as such holds a lot of history. There are plenty of cobbled streets to stroll around and one of the local highlights is the steam clock which stands proudly on the corner of Water and Cambie.
Stanley Park – Stanley Park is up there as one of the best in Canada. If you’re seeking solace from city sightseeing take a peaceful wander along its trails, and you’ll discover over 1000 acres of public space dotted with forests, beaches, lagoons and pedestrian paths.
Capilano Suspension Bridge – Kayakers, salmon and even rubber ducks have all been known to make the most of the fast-flowing Capilano River that runs some 230 feet below and walking across the roof of the granite canyon is certainly a moment to savour. There’s lots more to explore once you’ve crossed the bridge, including living forest exhibits, cliff-top strolls and pine tree canopy walks.
A wonderful trip with some long days of driving but these were mostly broken by regular stops, including some quirky lunch spots. Vancouver and Vancouver Island in particular are stunningly beautiful.
This trip combines the highlights of the Canada’s landscape in particular Vancouver Island with wild life both on land and in the sea. All in all I had a lovely experience with a really nice group of people.