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How to Spend 2 Days in Vancouver

How to Spend 2 Days in Vancouver

With expansive city parks, flourishing food and culture scenes, and nature on its doorstep, Vancouver offers visitors plenty of things to see and do. If you’ve got just two days to explore this West Coast metropolis, here’s how to spend your time. 

Day 1: Sightseeing, Stanley Park, and Sunsets

Morning: Spend the morning getting acquainted with the city’s downtown core and its high concentration of must-see sights, from Canada Place to shop-lined Robson Street to Victorian-era Gastown. Guided coach tours get you to top sights quickly. Alternatively, enjoy the flexibility of a self-made itinerary with a hop-on hop-off bus tour.

Afternoon: Though you may have glimpsed Stanley Park during your morning sightseeing, this 998-acre (404-hectare) behemoth warrants more than a quick look. Stroll or bike along waterfront and wooded trails, or take a horse-drawn carriage tour. While here, pop into Vancouver Aquarium, with more than 50,000 marine creatures.

Night: Stake out a spot on Sunset Beach or Kits Beach to watch the sun set against a scenic backdrop. For a different view, take a sunset kayaking tour from Granville Island, or a sunset cruise out on English Bay and Howe Sound. 

Day 2: Food, Beer, and Nature

Morning: Vancouver’s culinary scene is worth exploring. Start at Granville Island Public Market, sampling straight-from-the-soil vegetables, local wines, homemade breads, charcuterie, and cheeses. For an in-depth exploration of Vancouver’s Asian dining scene—which many consider to be the best in North America—join a tour of Chinatown.

Afternoon: Vancouverites have easy access to the incredible landscapes of the Pacific Northwest, with snow-capped forest-carpeted mountains just a short hop across the harbor. Take an afternoon tour of the North Shore to view two of the most convenient beauty sites: Capilano Suspension Bridge Park and Grouse Mountain.

Night: Back in the city, it’s time to sample the city’s craft beer scene. There are plenty of boutique breweries and brewpubs in East Vancouver, Gastown, and Brewery Creek. Since you only have one night, join a tour and have a local craft beer aficionado show you the best beer-drinking spots.

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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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A Wok Around Chinatown: Culinary and Cultural Walking Tour Led by a Chef

A Wok Around Chinatown: Culinary and Cultural Walking Tour Led by a Chef

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Spend a morning in Vancouver’s Chinatown with an off-duty chef on this food and cultural walking tour. With the help of your expert, taste delicious barbecued crispy duck and other savory delights, as you learn about Chinatown’s historical landmarks and local cuisine. Drink tea, enter cookware and herbal medicine shops, and visit the tranquil Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden. A dim sum lunch is included in this small-group tour limited to 10 people.
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  • 4 hours
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Stanley Park Horse-Drawn Tour

Stanley Park Horse-Drawn Tour

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Discover the natural beauty of Vancouver’s Stanley Park aboard a horse-drawn carriage on this charming 1-hour tour. Sit back and relax as your trusty steed clops along Park Drive overlooking the Seawall. An informative guide shares engaging commentary on the sights, including the Rose Garden, Girl in a Wetsuit Statue and the famous First Nations totem poles. Snap memorable photos of Vancouver and the Lion’s Gate Bridge. It’s a great way to experience the fresh air of Stanley Park without tiring your feet!
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Vancouver Behind-the-Scenes Brewery Tour

Vancouver Behind-the-Scenes Brewery Tour

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Enjoy a taste of Vancouver’s hip craft brewery scene at three highly rated breweries. You’ll sample a nice variety of locally crafted brews while someone else does all the driving. Meet downtown at the Waterfront Station for a small group tour that includes VIP tours at each of the breweries, plus priority seating to get you to the beer quicker!
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Stanley Park Bike Tour

Stanley Park Bike Tour

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Discover one of Vancouver’s natural wonders by bike on a morning or afternoon tour of Stanley Park. Enjoy a relaxing guided ride through the 1,000-acre (405-hectare) park—the city’s ‘Green Heart.’ Cruise by Third Beach, view First Nations totem poles in Brockton Point, and catch great views of the city skyline, mountains, and local wildlife. Along the way, learn about Vancouver’s rich history as a logging center and the park’s complex ecosystem.
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  • 3 hours
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Small-Group Granville Island Market Tour

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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Private Tour: Capilano Suspension Bridge and Grouse Mountain

Private Tour: Capilano Suspension Bridge and Grouse Mountain

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Discover the beautiful Pacific Northwest on this private 6-hour tour from Vancouver. Cross over the Lion’s Gate Bridge and relax during the scenic drives aboard an SUV with panoramic windows and a sunroof. At Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, explore the woods on the Treetops Adventure and test your courage on the glass floors of the Cliffwalk. Ride a gondola up Grouse Mountain and capture sweeping views. Add a trip to the famous Capilano River Salmon Hatchery, where the fish jump upriver during the summer. Hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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