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How to Get Off the Beaten Path in Vancouver

How to Get Off the Beaten Path in Vancouver

With millions of visitors touching down every year, certain corners of Vancouver can feel crowded. Luckily, there’s a whole lot of open space within easy reach of downtown, as well as under-explored spots where you can live like a local. Here’s how to get off the beaten path in Vancouver.  

Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge

While the Capilano Suspension Bridge is one of the Vancouver’s most popular attractions, North Vancouver’s lesser-known Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge draws fewer crowds. Despite being shorter in length than Capilano, the rushing river below makes this swaying bridge every bit as exhilarating to cross. 

Lonsdale Quay Market

If you’re looking for a quiet alternative to Granville Island Public Market, head for North Vancouver’s Lonsdale Quay Market, where vendors sell everything from fresh fish to trinkets. Eat outside while soaking up the views of the skyline across the harbor. 

Stanley Park

Stanley Park is no secret, with most travelers making a point to stroll along the seawall, see the totem poles, and ride the miniature train. But, despite its popularity, there are still parts of the park that remain quiet and crowd-free. Lost Lagoon, a freshwater lagoon in the south of the park, is tranquil even in high season. 

Bowen Island

Just a 20-minute ferry ride from Vancouver, Bowen Island is a forested oasis with hiking trails and ample kayaking opportunities. Come for your fix of fresh air and solitude. 

Haro Strait

Escape the bustle of the city by venturing into the Haro Strait, a channel of water between British Columbia’s Gulf Islands and Washington state’s San Juan Islands. Take a boat cruise to increase your chances of spotting sea life, which ranges from seals and sea lions to orcas.

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Whale-Watching Tour from Vancouver

Whale-Watching Tour from Vancouver

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Scout for an incredible array of marine life during this half-day Vancouver whale watching cruise. Join a professional naturalist on board a modern boat as you search for creatures including orcas, seals, porpoises, and eagles. The waters for your cruise are renowned for attracting whales, offering an up to 90% success rate with sightings. Best of all, enjoy spectacular scenery set amidst the Gulf and San Juan Islands. Your whale watching trip from Vancouver includes round-trip transport from your hotel, plus bottled water and snacks.
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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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Bowen Island Trip, Hiking & Photography

Bowen Island Trip, Hiking & Photography

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Enjoy nature and a beautiful ferry ride, while learning to take breathtaking photos! Your 6-hour tour includes pickup and drop-off from downtown Vancouver, return ferry ride to Bowen Island, an easy guided hike around Killarney Lake, and walk around the village shops, cafes and restaurants. Led by an experienced photographer and tour guide, you’ll learn to take amazing photos of nature, landscape, wildlife and architecture. We'll cover techniques like long exposure, aperture, white balance and ISO for DSLR cameras, as well as camera phone tips. Alternatively, we can do photo shoots instead of learning photography if that's your interest. The best camera to bring are DSLRs but you’re also free to use your camera phone. Photography lessons/shoots, guided hike and transportation including ferry are included in the cost. Comfortable walking shoes and layered clothing, camera (any kind) and a sense of adventure required!
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  • 6 hours
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Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge, Trail and Photography Tour

Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge, Trail and Photography Tour

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Enjoy nature while learning to take breathtaking photos! Located 30 minutes from downtown Vancouver, the tour includes pickup and drop off and 3 hours of easy hiking. Lynn Canyon is a short trail that includes a suspension bridge in an old-growth rainforest, stunning waterfalls and amazing pools. Whether you’re packing the latest and greatest DSLR unit or a camera phone, I will make sure you learn to take amazing photos. With small groups and plenty of one-on-one instruction, we’ll learn how to take landscape photos including long exposures for waterfalls, macro shots for flowers, wide angle landscape and portrait shots. With 20+ years of hiking, guiding and photography experience, I will take you on a fun and a safe outing while learning a valuable skill. As a photographer I’ll capture your memories, and send you complimentary photos at the end of our tour. Level: Beginner Time: 5 hours including transportation Distance: 5km Elevation: Minimal
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  • 5 hours
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North Van Shipyards Food Tour

North Van Shipyards Food Tour

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Spend a Saturday afternoon discovering the culinary scene of North Vancouver’s Lower Lonsdale district, also known as LoLo. During the 2.5-hour walking tour, an in-the-know guide takes you from Lonsdale Quay through the Lonsdale Quay Market. Savor eight tastings, including brie-and-pear pizza, turkey meat loaf, and candied salmon. Two alcoholic beverages are included. Along the way, gain insight into the area’s shipbuilding industry.
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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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Bowen Island Dinner and Zodiac Tour

Bowen Island Dinner and Zodiac Tour

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Make your meal an adventure on a 3-hour zodiac tour from Vancouver to Bowen Island at the mouth of Howe Sound. In addition to dinner and a drink at Doc Morgan’s, this tour includes a high-speed boat ride, ocean-ready gear, and sightseeing along the Vancouver waterfront.
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