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Vancouver Airport Stopover Tours & Vancouver Layover Ideas

Things to do in Vancouver if you have a Vancouver Airport Layover or Extended Vancouver Airport Stopover

Vancouver things to do
If you have an extended layover at the Vancouver Airport or staying in town, why not consider getting out with some fun activities? We list a few here and there are many more on Vancouver.layoverideas.com.

Do you have a Vancouver Airport overnight stopover or extended Vancouver Airport layover? You might wish to consider a Vancouver Airport hotel with a shuttle service to relax and refresh before continuing on your travels.

Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel

If you don't want to go far and are really looking to unwind between flights then head over to the Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel. Located inside the Vancouver Airport, the Fairmont Vancouver offers a day pass to guests who want to make use of their extensive spa and gym facilities. With over 130 treatments to choose from you will be hard pressed not to enjoy yourself while you are waiting for your onward flight.

Vancouver Tour

If you only have a short time, but want to see as many of the sights around Vancouver as possible, why not book yourself a Vancouver Tour? There are several options to choose from. The most popular offer hop-on hop-off convenience, and include all the top sights, including Stanley Park, Lion's Gate Bridge, Granville Island, Gastown and much more. A tour is also a great way to get a city overview, to identify areas to return to later in a longer vacation stay.

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Chinatown and Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

Vancouver's Chinatown was settled by Chinese immigrants who came to Canada in the late 1800s to build the national railroad. Today's grocery and herbal medicine markets mimic the ethnic flavors, sights and sounds of Eastern Asia. If you are lucky enough to visit during Chinese New Year, you will find the area alive with festivities and a parade. If you visit during the summer, the Chinatown Night Market, styled after Asian marketplaces, is very popular activity (100 and 200 block Keefer Street, 6:30pm-11pm, Fri-Sun, summers).

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden is a Ming-dynasty style garden located in Chinatown. The gardens combines traditional Chinese buildings, plants, a small lake, and curved footpaths to create the illusion of a very big place within a single block.

More Information on the Vancouver Walking Tour: Gastown and Chinatown

More Information on the Walking Food Tour of Vancouver's Chinatown with Optional Dim Sum Lunch

Grouse Mountain

Just a 15 minute drive from downtown is one of Vancouver’s greatest attractions: the Peak of Vancouver at Grouse Mountain. Here you will find activities to suit the season from skiing and snowboarding, ice skating and sleigh rides to the skyride and Vancouver's only zipline. For an active and adventurous layover head over to Grouse Mountain and you will find an activity to keep everyone happy.

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More Information on the Vancouver North Shore Day Trip with Capilano Suspension Bridge and Grouse Mountain

Capilano Suspension Bridge

The Capilano Suspension Bridge is suspended 230 feet above the Capilano River and is definitely worth a look. There are a number of family activities in this area including the award winning Treetops Adventure, you can take a rainforest tour, and experience the culture of Vancouver’s First Nation including traditional weaving and beadwork. If you prefer to relax over a good meal there are a number of dining facilities to choose from or you could choose to shop at the Trading Post for gifts and souvenirs.

More Information on the Vancouver City Tour Including Capilano Suspension Bridge

More Information on the Capilano Suspension Bridge Including the Treetops Adventure and Cliffwalk

Richmond Oval

The Richmond Oval was the stunning venue for long track speed skating events during the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games. Situated on the banks of the Fraser River in the city of Richmond, the Oval has been transformed into its legacy purpose as an international centre of excellence for sports, health and wellness. Facilities include ice rinks, courts, a running track, paddling centre, climbing wall and fitness studios. The 23,000 square foot high-tech fitness facility is open to guests. 

Take in a museum

If you are looking for culture and history, Vancouver offers several outstanding museums:

  • The impressive Museum of Anthropology houses several thousand objects from BC's First Nations. The museum is also home to significant collections of archaeological objects and ethnographic materials from around the world.
  • The Vancouver Art Gallery, combines local with international through a variety of exhibitions and a permanent collection that focuses on renowned British Columbia artist, Emily Carr.
  • Situated on the east side of False Creek is the shiny geodesic dome of the Telus World of Science (commonly known as Science World), which has a number of exhibits, shows and galleries aimed at making science fun for kids. 
  • The BC Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, located at Gate A of BC Place Stadium, preserves and honours BC's Sport heritage by recognizing extraordinary achievement in sport, and uses the collection and stories to inspire all people to pursue their dreams.
  • In Kitsilano, near downtown, there are 3 gems: the Vancouver Maritime Museum, the Museum of Vancouver, and the H.R. Macmillan Space Centre.

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As always, make sure you leave plenty of time to get back to the Vancouver Airport in time for your connection and enjoy your layover city rather than whiling away the time leaning up against your luggage in the departures lounge.

Vancouver Attractions

Vancouver Lookout Admission

Vancouver Lookout AdmissionDuration:
USD 15.25
Catch unbeatable views from the Vancouver Lookout, the most iconic landmark in Vancouver. From the Harbour Center's panoramic observation deck, enjoy 360-degree views of Gastown, Coal Harbour, Stanley Park, the majestic North Shore Mountains and the Olympic Peninsula Mountains, and browse the educational exhibits to learn about Vancouver's past, present and future.

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Vancouver to Victoria and Butchart Gardens Tour by Bus

Vancouver to Victoria and Butchart Gardens Tour by BusDuration:
13 hours
USD 182.94

Explore Victoria's highlights on this small-group day trip from Vancouver. Enjoy a 1.5-hour cruise to Vancouver Island and then take a sightseeing coach tour of downtown Victoria, followed by free time to explore at your own pace by foot. Your highlight will surely be world-famous Butchart Gardens, a stunning 55-acre (22-hectare) sprawl of floral gardens and a National Historic Site of Canada.

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Vancouver Harbor Sunset Dinner Cruise

Vancouver Harbor Sunset Dinner CruiseDuration:
2 hours 30 minutes
USD 84.26
See Vancouver’s waterfront sights while you dine on a sunset dinner cruise. This leisurely cruise takes you past the downtown skyline, Canada Place, the North Shore Mountains behind the North Shore, the West Vancouver shoreline and more. Take in the sights and sounds of the city as you enjoy live music and delicious West Coast-themed cuisine. You'll have the best spot in Vancouver to watch the sun slowly disappear into the Pacific Ocean!

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Vancouver Shore Excursion: Whistler Day Trip from Vancouver

Vancouver Shore Excursion: Whistler Day Trip from VancouverDuration:
8 hours
USD 157.41

Disembark from your cruise ship and head over to Whistler on this private and personalized shore excursion from Vancouver. Although well known for being a great North American ski destination, the beautiful alpine village of Whistler is great fun in the summer as well!

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Vancouver City Sightseeing Tour

Vancouver City Sightseeing TourDuration:
4 hours
USD 66.79

See all of Vancouver's most popular sites on this 4-hour sightseeing tour. Visit Stanley Park, Chinatown, Gastown, Granville Park and more, and learn about the places you see from your guide. This is a great way for first-time visitors and those short on time to get a great overview of the city.

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Whale-Watching Tour from Vancouver

Whale-Watching Tour from VancouverDuration:
USD 179.51
While in Vancouver, don't miss the chance to take a whale-watching tour and spot killer whales, porpoises, seals, eagles and other wildlife amid the stunning scenery of Canada’s southwest coast. Join your professional naturalist and board a first class, modern vessel for a 3- to 5-hour expedition, starting in the picturesque, historic fishing village of Steveston and traveling through the spectacular Gulf Islands and San Juan Islands.

The area is renowned for attracting whales, and this tour enjoys a 90% sighting success rate. On your quest to find orcas (killer whales), you’ll have the opportunity to see the inhabitants of this diverse marine ecosystem, including bow riding Dall’s porpoises, sea lions, bald eagles and seals. Select the shuttle option to include round-trip transportation from downtown Vancouver, and spend a morning or afternoon in touch with nature on this memorable whale-watching tour!

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Small-Group Granville Island Market Tour

Small-Group Granville Island Market TourDuration:
2 hours
USD 43.36
The Pacific Northwest is famous for its amazing food, and Granville Island is one of Vancouver's most popular destinations for foodies!  On this 2-hour small-group tour, explore the ins and outs  of the island's famous food market, the Granville Island Public Market. As you peruse the diverse array of vendors, your professional local guide will give you insider tips about all that the market has to offer.  Sample seasonal and regional delicacies, learn about cooking and food preparation, and experience the Granville Island Public Market like a true local!

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Ultimate 9-Day Canadian Rockies Rail Tour from Vancouver Aboard the Rocky Mountaineer

Ultimate 9-Day Canadian Rockies Rail Tour from Vancouver Aboard the Rocky MountaineerDuration:
9 days
USD 3861.07
This epic 9-day journey takes you through the magnificent Canadian Rockies of British Columbia and Alberta aboard the luxury Rocky Mountaineer train. From Vancouver, travel to Kamloops, Jasper, Lake Louise and Banff, stopping along the way for guided sightseeing tours, a glacier adventure at the Columbia Icefield, a scenic gondola ride up Sulphur Mountain and a spectacular helicopter tour over the Rockies, giving you an intimate and multi-dimensional experience of Canada’s renowned beauty. Enjoy comfortable, luxurious travel aboard the train, with several meals included and different accommodation options to suit your preferences.

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Last Updated: 25 Nov 2013