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While there’s plenty to keep travelers busy in Vancouver, it also makes a great base to explore other parts of British Columbia. From the West Coast’s most beautiful highway to wine-country adventures, here are some day trip ideas from Vancouver.

Victoria — 62 miles (100 km) away
Located on Vancouver Island, Victoria is the capital city of British Columbia and also one of the Pacific Northwest’s oldest cities, settled in 1843. The ferry ride to Vancouver Island passes by some of the most beautiful scenery in British Columbia, and whether you’re heading to Victoria to see Butchart Gardens, go whale watching, or check out the second-oldest Chinatown in North America, a day trip is well worth your time.

Fraser Valley Wine Country — 76 miles (121 km) away
British Columbia is rapidly becoming known as one of North America’s up-and-coming wine-producing regions. Adults 19 and older can enjoy a private tour to the Fraser Valley, including the opportunity to stop at five different wineries and enjoy a gourmet 3-course lunch featuring local produce and wild British Columbia salmon.

Whistler — 78 miles (125 km) away
Whistler is one of the most popular day trip destinations from Vancouver, especially as there are plenty of shuttles that go back and forth all year round. (The drive, which follows the breathtaking Sea to Sky Highway, takes about 90 minutes.) Best known as a winter wonderland for snowboarding and skiing, Whistler is also popular during the summer months for hiking and mountain biking. 
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Whistler and Sea to Sky Gondola Tour

Whistler and Sea to Sky Gondola Tour

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Your camera just might run out of memory space on this trip. Discover one dramatic landscape after another on this full-day coach tour between Vancouver and Whistler: the Sea-to-Sky highway, the Sea-to-Sky Gondola, Squamish, Whistler Village, and Brandywine Falls. From the gondola, admire Howe Sound, the Squamish River, and the coastal mountain range. Enjoy plenty of free time to wander about Squamish and partake in Whistler Village activities on your own. Round-trip transport from select locations included.
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  • 11 hours 30 minutes
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Victoria and Butchart Gardens Tour from Vancouver

Victoria and Butchart Gardens Tour from Vancouver

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Explore British Columbia’s coastline by land and sea on this Victoria and Butchart Gardens tour from Vancouver. Hop aboard your ferry and enjoy a cruise through the beautiful Gulf Islands. Stand on the deck and watch the waves for whales and sea lions, and keep your eyes on the skies for eagles. Visit the botanical Butchart Gardens, where trickling fountains sit among themed flowerbeds and sunken gardens. Explore vibrant corners of Victoria such as Chinatown and the Inner Harbour at your leisure and soak up the metropolitan atmosphere.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Vancouver City Tour Including Capilano Suspension Bridge

Vancouver City Tour Including Capilano Suspension Bridge

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Spend half a day touring Vancouver’s natural and urban highlights on this sightseeing bus tour. Your savvy guide escorts you to key attractions such as Canada Place, Robson Street and across the Lions Gate Bridge. Listen to interesting commentary as you wind through vibrant neighborhoods and tree-lined paths in Stanley Park. Then head to Capilano Suspension Bridge for an exhilarating walk along the cliff-hanging footpaths.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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Whistler Sightseeing Tour from Vancouver: See Horseshoe Bay and Shannon Falls

Whistler Sightseeing Tour from Vancouver: See Horseshoe Bay and Shannon Falls

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Travelers that want to explore Whistler on a day trip from Vancouver typically need to rent a car and drive, which means focusing on the road rather than the landscape. You can sit back, relax, and enjoy the views on this sightseeing tour to Whistler, complete with a guide to whisk you there. Along the way you can see Downtown Vancouver and Stanley Park, enjoy views of Howe Sound, and take a few hours to explore Whistler independently.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Grouse Mountain & Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

Grouse Mountain & Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

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Two of Vancouver’s most popular attractions are included in this tour. Take a walk on the wild side in the forest at the Capilano Suspension Bridge. Then see the world from the top as you ride the largest aerial tramway in North America--the Grouse Mountain Skyride. The tour also includes a stop at the Capilano River hatchery.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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Small Group Tour: Capilano Suspension Bridge and Grouse Mountain from Vancouver

Small Group Tour: Capilano Suspension Bridge and Grouse Mountain from Vancouver

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Experience some of Vancouver's highlights on this family-friendly day tour, including stops at Grouse Mountain and the Capilano Suspension Bridge. With a small group of just 14 travelers, watch the lumberjack and endangered bird shows at Grouse Mountain. Visit the Treetop Adventure and the Cliffwalk at the Capilano Suspension Bridge. Round-trip hotel transportation included.
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  • 5 hours
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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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  • 1 to 2 hours
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Vancouver to Victoria and Butchart Gardens Tour

Vancouver to Victoria and Butchart Gardens Tour

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Enjoy round-trip travel from Vancouver to Victoria, and discover top attractions in British Columbia on this Victoria and Butchart Gardens day trip from Victoria. Take the ferry to Vancouver Island, and enjoy fine views over the beautiful Gulf Islands. Dock in Swartz Bay, and visit the famous Butchart Gardens, exploring the grounds at your leisure. Then, enjoy free time to explore the city, perhaps walking through Chinatown and the Inner Harbour, before returning to Vancouver by ferry.
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  • 13 hours
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The Fraser Valley Winery Tour

The Fraser Valley Winery Tour

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Just east of Vancouver is Langley, part of the prime winemaking region of Fraser Valley. Explore multiple wineries on this half-day guided tour, with a unique lunch at the end of the tour. Learn about each winery’s history and specialty products. Pay a minimal fee to taste wines at each winery, or have it waived with a purchase of wine. Enjoy attentive service on this small-group tour limited to 11 people. Hotel pickup and drop-off by air-conditioned Mercedes Benz Sprinter van is included.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Whistler and Sea to Sky Gondola Tour

Whistler and Sea to Sky Gondola Tour

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You’re visiting Vancouver and want to experience the natural wonders outside the city. Avoid the hassle of renting a car with this day trip that shows off BC's fjords, inlets, and mountains, with included transportation and a ride on the Sea to Sky Gondola. A guide provides commentary on the drive, and you'll enjoy photo stops as well as free time in Whistler Village.
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  • 10 hours
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Capilano Suspension Bridge Park Ticket

Capilano Suspension Bridge Park Ticket

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Immerse yourself in nature’s splendor moments from downtown Vancouver. History meets the great outdoors at the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, where you wander through the stunning temperate rain forest. Soar over the Capilano River as you cross the suspension bridge, climb through old-growth fir trees on the Treetops Adventure, and rise high above the canyon along a towering wall of granite on the new Cliffwalk.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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Whistler Sightseeing Tour from Vancouver

Whistler Sightseeing Tour from Vancouver

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Spend time in the beautiful former Olympics village of Whistler on this all-day tour from Vancouver. Cruise along the famous Sea-to-Sky Highway for breathtaking scenery and hear the thundering Shannon Falls. After a guided tour of Whistler Village, you’re free to explore Whistler as you wish — swim in the Lost Lake, go on a hike or ride the Peak-to-Peak Gondola (activities are at your own expense). Round-trip transportation is included.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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4-Hour Vancouver City Tour with Queen Elizabeth Park

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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  • 4 hours
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Vancouver Seaplane Tour
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Vancouver Seaplane Tour

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Soar above the scenic city of Vancouver, enjoying a bird's eye view of its picturesque harbor and nearby mountain peaks, on this 20-minute, small-group seaplane flight. Hop aboard your seaplane as you leave the tourist crowds in downtown Vancouver behind, as you glide above the city's beautiful skyline and take in an aerial view of its Olympic facilities. This small-group flight, limited to just 14 guests, also includes a carbon offset levy.
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  • 30 minutes
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Vancouver to Victoria by Seaplane and Ferry

Vancouver to Victoria by Seaplane and Ferry

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Take the adventure route between Vancouver and Victoria with a scenic 35-minute flight. Soak up lovely aerial views while crossing the Strait of Georgia by seaplane — the most eco-friendly transport to Victoria — then set off on your own sightseeing excursion of BC’s capital. At the end of your day, catch the ferry back to the mainland, admiring stunning island and ocean views at dusk.
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  • 8 hours
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Gastown Historic Walking Food Tour

Gastown Historic Walking Food Tour

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The Legendary Gastown Food tour takes you through the cobbled stone streets of Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhood. Enjoy local craft beer, Japanese Kar-age style chicken, freshly made Sicilian Tortellini with local wine, tasty pork and potato croquette, crispy sweet & chili cauliflower, organic smooth soft ice cream and creamy awarding winning cheesecake! On this 2.5 hour walking food tour, you will be lead by an improv comedy actor who will share the fascinating and funny little-known stories about Vancouver and its “Wild West” history that dates back 150 years.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Half-Day Whale Watching Adventure from Vancouver

Half-Day Whale Watching Adventure from Vancouver

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This whale-watching adventure from downtown Vancouver gives you the chance to see whales and other marine life. Hop aboard the 'Salish Sea Dream' our 80-foot flagship catamaran, and keep your eyes peeled from one of several viewing areas.. Learn about the local history and geology from knowledgeable crew on board, and soak up views of the Gulf Islands, San Juan Islands, and Howe Sound.
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  • 5 hours
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Seaplane Flight to Victoria and Whale-Watching Cruise

Seaplane Flight to Victoria and Whale-Watching Cruise

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Discover the natural wonders of Vancouver and Victoria an exhilarating whale watching excursion! Delight in lovely aerial views on the crossing of the Strait of Georgia by seaplane—the most eco-friendly transport to Victoria. From the island capital, set off on an exciting cruise through Haro Strait, native home to orcas (killer whales), sea lions and seals, followed by a return flight to the mainland.
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  • 10 hours
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Vancouver Harbor Sunset Dinner Cruise

Vancouver Harbor Sunset Dinner Cruise

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Looking for an enchanting and unusual way to spend an evening in Vancouver? Take a leisurely dinner cruise along the city’s gorgeous waterfront. Listen to live music and savor delicious Pacific Coast-style cuisine as you float through Vancouver’s Inner Harbor. Stroll the deck at sunset, indulge in a freshly prepared buffet, and take in the beautiful sights including Canada Place, the North Shore Mountains and the West Vancouver skyline after dusk.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Vancouver Lost Souls of Gastown Walking Tour

Vancouver Lost Souls of Gastown Walking Tour

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Get a glimpse into Vancouver’s rough and rowdy past on a walking tour of the historic Gastown neighborhood. Hear haunting tales of the city’s darkest days, when fires, smallpox and gold dust fever swept through the frontier outpost. Visit the neighborhood’s landmarks and historic sites as your guide evokes the thieves, hustlers and vagabonds that made the west so wild.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Guided Sightseeing Tour in Vancouver, Shannon Falls and Whistler

Guided Sightseeing Tour in Vancouver, Shannon Falls and Whistler

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Have your camera ready to capture photos of bald eagles in Brackendale during this full-day journey to Whistler, via downtown Vancouver. Along the way, stop at Stanley Park and Horseshoe Bay, a quaint village at the entrance to Howe Sound. Your guide follows a scenic route along the Sea to Sky Highway to Shannon Falls, where you'll take a short hike, with time to explore the ski resort year-round.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Whistler Day Trip by Seaplane from Vancouver

Whistler Day Trip by Seaplane from Vancouver

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Want to spend a day in Whistler but don’t want to lose a day just in travel time? This round-trip seaplane flight from Vancouver provides the perfect solution. This convenient transport package includes two 35-minute flights between Vancouver and Green Lake in Whistler, as well as a shuttle service to and from Whistler Village or a bike rental. Spend the day or just an afternoon discovering the sights and sounds of Whistler, and end on a high note with a return flight to Vancouver.
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  • 9 hours
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Grouse Mountain Admission

Grouse Mountain Admission

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Escape to the picturesque alpine landscape just outside Vancouver with this admission to Grouse Mountain, a cultural and outdoor park that's perfect for the whole family. Enjoy the chance to observe endangered animals like owls and bears, or watch the park's collection of birds of prey as they soar through the air. You can also enjoy a ride on one of the longest aerial trams in North America, go snowshoeing, and watch a lumberjack show, plus much more. Along with your Grouse Mountain admission, a shuttle is available (first-come first-serve basis) from downtown Vancouver and ride on the park's peak chairlift.
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  • 1 to 3 hours
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Vancouver City and Seals Scenic Boat Tour

Vancouver City and Seals Scenic Boat Tour

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Discover the sights and sounds around Vancouver, British Columbia, on this scenic, 90-minute boat tour. Led by a knowledgeable local guide, travel along the coastline of English Bay, west of the downtown peninsula, to popular Lighthouse Park, the Seal Colony and centrally located False Creek, which separates downtown Vancouver from the rest of the city. Along the way, see a plethora of attractions, like Stanley Park, English Bay Beach, the Lions Gate Bridge, plus offshore freighters, the beautiful homes of West Vancouver and much more.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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