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Granville Island Tours

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Granville Island
Overflowing with art studios, theaters, restaurants, and kid-friendly activities, Vancouver’s Granville Island is a popular spot for both tourists and locals. The “island”—really a small peninsula—is an ideal getaway from the bustle of city life, with waterfront views, scenic alleyways, and a thriving food and art culture.

The Basics
The Granville Island Public Market is a definite highlight, with its deli-style stalls and artisan stands full of local specialties. Foodies can discover the freshest and most unique offerings on a walking tour of the market, which includes tastings of homemade culinary delights such as maple-cured salmon, artisanal chocolates, and Canadian cheeses. Beer aficionados can tour the Granville Island Brewing Company, which also offers excellent pub-style lunches, while nature enthusiasts can take to the water on a kayak tour. Art lovers can admire work from up-and-coming artists at the Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design and attend shows at the island’s three local theaters, which host afternoon and evening performances year-round. At the Kids Market, families with children can peruse stores full of toys, magic tricks, crafts, candy, and more. Visit on a full-day sightseeing tour of Vancouver to see Granville Island and other city highlights such as Stanley Park, Chinatown, and Gastown. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Plan to spend at least several hours exploring Granville Island, whether you’re visiting independently or taking a walking tour.
  • Wear layers—there’s almost always a cool ocean breeze. Comfortable walking shoes are also a must. 
  • The public market is phasing out plastic shopping bags, so bring a reusable bag if you plan to purchase any souvenirs or marketplace treats.
  • Visitor amenities include accessible restrooms, parking lots, water fountains, and ATMs. There are also two playgrounds and a water park on the island. 

How to Get There
Since Granville Island is really a peninsula, it’s easy to access by road, as well as on foot. Parking can be limited during peak hours, especially on weekends and during the summer months, when it’s best to use public transportation. You can get to Granville Island via the public bus system and the False Creek ferry (also known as the aquabus). The ferry leaves from several points in downtown Vancouver, and the trip to Granville Island takes only a few minutes. 

When to Get There
The best time of year to visit Granville Island is during Vancouver’s brief, yet glorious, summer. Late July and August are especially popular times for families with kids, as these months provide the perfect weather for boat tours, strolling through market stalls, and enjoying local parks. During September, the hugely popular Vancouver International Fringe Festival stages numerous performances in Granville Island’s theater venues.

Things to Do Near Granville Island
Granville Island is centrally located in Vancouver, making it an ideal jumping-off point for visiting other city highlights. There are several attractions nearby: Kitsilano, with its beaches and trendy shops, is a 5-minute drive from Granville Island; Stanley Park is just on the other side of English Bay, a short ferry ride away; and the Museum of Vancouver, located on Kitts Point, is just 10 minutes away by road. To see nearby sights without suffering through rush hour traffic, private tours or boat rentals are both great ways to explore.


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Food Walking Tour of Granville Island Public MarketWalking Tours

Food Walking Tour of Granville Island Public Market

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Explore the Granville Island Public Market, a top Vancouver attraction, with an off-duty chef on this 2-hour food walking tour. With your in-the-know guide, make your way through the vibrant stalls and sample homemade culinary delights, such as maple-cured salmon, ciabatta bread, artisanal chocolates, Canadian cheeses and just-made doughnuts. Sip a delicious chai tea latte and get to know Granville Island’s craft beer scene, art galleries and specialty restaurants. Bring your appetite!
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Vancouver City Hop-on Hop-off Tour - 48 HourBus Tours

Vancouver City Hop-on Hop-off Tour - 48 Hour

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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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Vancouver Highlights Bike Tour - The Grand TourMountain Bike Tours

Vancouver Highlights Bike Tour - The Grand Tour

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Discover the beauty and culture of Vancouver on a small-group bike tour—great for riders of all levels. Accompany your guide on a leisurely ride along dedicated bike routes. Explore the city’s natural wonders like Stanley Park's rain forest and historic neighborhoods like Gastown and Chinatown. Cruise along the seawalls for gorgeous views of the North Shore Mountains, False Creek and more.
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Vancouver City Private TourPrivate Sightseeing Tours

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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Private Tour: Vancouver 3-Hour City Highlights TourPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Private Tour: Vancouver 3-Hour City Highlights Tour

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Experience Vancouver’s top attractions and learn a wealth of information from a personalized guide on this private 3-hour tour. Travel aboard a comfortable sedan, SUV or van and visit highlights such as Stanley Park, Robson Street, Cypress Mountain Lookout and more, with a 30-minute stop at the Granville Market. Customize your itinerary and enjoy round-trip chauffeur transport from your hotel or cruise ship terminal on this private tour that accommodates up to 11 people.
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Private Tour: Vancouver SightseeingBus Tours

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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Private Group Tour: All the Best SightsDay Trips

Private Group Tour: All the Best Sights

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Enjoy a personalized tour of Vancouver with a born-and-raised local as your private tour guide and driver. This private experience accommodates up to four passengers, with parking and fuel costs included. Simply share your preferences to customize the itinerary for up to six hours of exploring and keep your camera ready as you stop at the city's most picturesque spots.
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Private Tour: Vancouver Sightseeing and Capilano Suspension BridgeDay Trips

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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Vancouver City TourHalf-day Tours

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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Independent Bike & E-bike Tour of VancouverMountain Bike Tours

Independent Bike & E-bike Tour of Vancouver

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Pedal through Vancouver’s parks, historic districts and seaside paths with an independent bike tour of the city. Enjoy access to bike tour maps designed by local experts, and design the perfect route for your interests. Go as fast as you want, or set a leisurely pace as you take in sweeping views of the coastline and Stanley Park, or ride up the Spanish Banks to discover picture-perfect sandy beaches. See the city like a local, and get the perfect overview and orientation of Vancouver.
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Vancouver Whale Watching SafariKid-Friendly

Vancouver Whale Watching Safari

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Watch for orca, gray and humpback whales on a full-day wildlife safari from Vancouver on a comfortable, covered boat. Learn about the whales’ lives, behavior and migration patterns from a trained naturalist, and try to spot the dolphins, seals, sea lions and bald eagles that thrive along the Pacific Coast. Whales are sighted on 85% of trips.
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Vancouver clothing optional (Nude) beach with Evening Adult attraction PrivatePorts of Call Tours

Vancouver clothing optional (Nude) beach with Evening Adult attraction Private

it is a really special beach. I am not saying this because it is a “Clothing Optional” beach. The reason it is so special is because it is the only beach in Vancouver which is a bit disconnected from the city and you get a pure view of the ocean and the mountains, and there is not a single building in sight. All the other beaches are close to the hustle and bustle of the city, and you feel like you are a part of the crowd. Those beaches are fun to hang out with friends on a sunny day. But, sitting on the Wreck Beach and watching the sun set behind the mountains into the ocean is a completely different experience. It makes you feel disconnected from the world, and closer to yourself. here’s so many beautiful drives to take in Vancouver. The city is pure panoramic majesty, and there are plenty of viewpoints to stop at along the way. To make the affair even better, stop along the way to sample snacks from all of Vancouver’s diverse neighbourhoods. .
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Private Charter Tour to Explore Vancouver and Surrounding AreaDay Trips

Private Charter Tour to Explore Vancouver and Surrounding Area

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We offer a private chartered tour based on the sights you want to see. Travel in style in a luxurious Mercedes mini bus that fits up to 11 people. Enjoy entertaining commentary from an experienced local who knows the best places to visit.
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$99 Vancouver 2 Hours City Tour PrivateBus Tours

$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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4 Hours Private tour of City of Vancouver.Half-day Tours

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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6 Hours Private tour of city of Vancouver & North VancouverDay Trips

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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Vancouver City Sightseeing Tour: Granville Island & Vancouver LookoutHalf-day Tours

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
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Small-Group Granville Island Market TourWalking Tours

Small-Group Granville Island Market Tour

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Give your Vancouver trip a twist with a 2-hour walking tour of the vibrant Granville Island Public Market. Head to the island and get ready to learn about Vancouver’s eclectic food culture, browse diverse products and meet local artisans and vendors. In a small group, taste regional foods from fine cheeses and meats to local wine and fresh baked goods. Get a dose of culinary education as you explore, sample and get insider tips on the area's best eateries from your expert guide.
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Vancouver City Sightseeing Tour: Capilano Suspension Bridge & Vancouver LookoutDay Trips

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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Shore Excursion: Pre-Cruise Vancouver City Sightseeing Tour with Port Drop OffHalf-day Tours

Shore Excursion: Pre-Cruise Vancouver City Sightseeing Tour with Port Drop Off

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Take advantage of your stopover in Vancouver on a half-day city sightseeing tour. By coach, your local guide will escort you to top attractions such as Gastown, Robson Street, Granville Island, and Chinatown. Wind through the verdant trails of Stanley Park, see First Nations totem poles at Brockton Point, and head to the top of the Vancouver Lookout for panoramic views of the city and its mountainous backdrop. Then head to meet your ship.
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  • 4 hours
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The Best of the City: 4-Hour Vancouver City Tour with Queen Elizabeth ParkHalf-day Tours

The Best of the City: 4-Hour Vancouver City Tour with Queen Elizabeth Park

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Experience the city that sits between mountains and the ocean during this half-day, sightseeing tour of Vancouver with live onboard commentary. See how nature and urban planning blend together at the city’s parks and beaches and immerse yourself in Vancouver’s multicultural influences and food in popular neighborhoods in the city center.  
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Vancouver City Tour with Vancouver Lookout AdmissionNature and Wildlife

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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Vancouver City Tour with Ferrie ride to Bowen island PrivateDay Trips

Vancouver City Tour with Ferrie ride to Bowen island Private

One of the best days out you can have from Vancouver ,You can see canada place,Gastown, Granville island and Bowen Island– it's just a 20-minute boat hop from Horseshoe Bay, but it feels a million miles from downtown – Bowen is like British Columbia in miniature. Time slows down a notch here in yoga retreats, boutique apothecaries and the handsome heritage buildings of the cozy harbor, appropriately called Snug Cove.Bowen Island offers scenic coastal terrain and views of Howe Sound within day-trip distance of Vancouver, BC. Explore the island’s trails, overlooks, and forest with a hiking guide on a full-tour of Bowen Island that includes hotel pickup and drop-off in Vancouver or Richmond, ferry tickets, and water. Full-hiking tour of Bowen Island Hike around beautiful Killarney Lake Walk to Dorman Point Hotel pickup and drop-off included Ferry tickets included water included
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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Vancouver City Grand Sightseeing TourDay Trips

Vancouver City Grand Sightseeing Tour

Vancouver is commonly called the Gem on the coast with the right mix of cultures, modern city planning, and an abundance of natural features and wholesome recreation. On this 6-8 hour Grand City Tour, you see the history and uniqueness of Vancouver. Tour downtown Vancouver ,Canada Place, Vancouver Convention Centre, Lion Gate Bridge,, English Bay ,Olampic Village,Stanley Park, Gastown ,False Creek,, Yaletown, Coal Harbour,Chinatown, and Granville Island Public Market. Experience that special vibe that makes this city one of the most cosmopolitan places in the world. We visit English Bay and The Shaughnessy area for grand house viewing built in the early 1900,s through the south Granville shopping district to the famous Granville Island Public Market for lunch. our journeys take us into trendy Yaletown for a mix of modern and old before heading to fabulous Chinatown. If time allows we will proceed to La Casa an amazing Ice Cream Palace it has 238 flavors.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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