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Vancouver Distillery Private Tour and Tasting

Vancouver Distillery Private Tour and Tasting
3 hours
USD 104.48
Vancouver is going through an amazing renaissance with the opening of three new craft distilleries. Enjoy an exclusive, 3-hour tasting tour, a great way to spend an afternoon or evening with friends, get the party started, or even shop for that special gift. Sample strong spirits while learning about the distilling process. Vancouver hotel pickup and drop-off included.

Grouse Mountain Admission

Grouse Mountain Admission
USD 40.92
Leave Vancouver behind for a day in British Columbia's great outdoors. With admission to Grouse Mountain, just north of the city, you can see endangered wildlife like bears and owls, ride one of North America's largest aerial trams, go snowshoeing, see birds of prey in flight, watch lumberjacks in action, and enjoy fabulous views of the forest and Vancouver in the distance.

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

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.

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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.

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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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.

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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 AquaBus Ferry Ticket

Vancouver AquaBus Ferry Ticket Duration:
Ticket valid for 24 or 48 hours
USD 11.94
Hop aboard the AquaBus Ferry in Vancouver to take advantage of all that False Creek has to offer! Hop off at eight top destinations along False Creek such as Granville Island, Yaletown, The Village and Hornby Street. Shop, dine and sightsee at your own pace, and enjoy beautiful waterfront views along the way.

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Grouse Mountain Snowshoe Rental

Grouse Mountain Snowshoe RentalDuration:
USD 12.54
Escape into the serene beauty of a natural winter playground. Just a short distance from the Peak Chalet, you'll find yourself a world away at the Munday Alpine Snowshoe Park. With four different groomed trails to choose from, you'll discover something new each time you visit!

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Granville Island Ferry Hop-On Hop-Off Day Pass

Granville Island Ferry Hop-On Hop-Off Day PassDuration:
1 day
USD 12.74
<p>Discover the many attractions along Vancouver's False Creek with a convenient hop-on hop-off day pass. Vancouver's blue-and-white False Creek ferries are the best way to get to Granville Island, as well as to explore the numerous attractions along this short inlet in the heart of the city. With this day pass, hop on and off whenever desired — it's valid all day, on all False Creek ferry routes. Catch the 'little blue ferry' at any of the nine stops it serves. Highlights include Granville Island, Yaletown, Chinatown, plus the Maritime Musuem, the Aquatic Centre, and Science World.</p>

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Vancouver Lookout Admission

Vancouver Lookout AdmissionDuration:
USD 12.94
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 Scavenger Hunt Adventure

Vancouver Scavenger Hunt AdventureDuration:
3 hours
USD 15.00
Turn Vancouver into a giant game board with this fun scavenger hunt adventure! This challenge combines the excitement of the Amazing Race with a 3-hour city walking tour. Guided from any smart phone, teams make their way through Vancouver among well-known and hidden gems in the city. Solve clues and complete challenges while learning local history along the way.<em></em>

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Downtown Vancouver Ghost Walking Tour

Downtown Vancouver Ghost Walking TourDuration:
90 minutes
USD 15.92
Explore the ghostly past of Vancouver's entertainment district during this 90-minute walking tour of Granville Street. Learn about the haunted history and paranormal events that happened at places like the Hotel Vancouver, the Vancouver Art Gallery, and the Orpheum theater. Hear ghost stories from your guide that come from local lore and legend, personal accounts, and paranormal investigators.

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Gastown Ghost Walking Tour

Gastown Ghost Walking TourDuration:
90 minutes
USD 15.92
Join a 90-minute walking tour through Vancouver's oldest neighborhood! Learn about Vancouver's beginnings and it's founding father, Gassy Jack. Learn about the many haunted locations throughout Gastown including an antique store with mysterious voices, an alleyway with a spectral lady in black and even a mischievous ghost who haunts a restaurant bathroom.

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Maple Ridge Kids Adventure Course

Maple Ridge Kids Adventure CourseDuration:
60 minutes
USD 16.71
Face the challenge and discover the excitement of suspended aerial obstacles games and zip lines at the Kids Adventure Course at the WildPlay Element Park in Maple Ridge, British Columbia. The Kids Adventure Course include two rounds of confidence-building games and obstacles. Kids explore independently (while chaperones cheer them on). In Maple Ridge, the aerial adventure has a huge variety of obstacle games. It's the perfect place for those who are cautious and courageous. Try to get all the way to the Tarzan Swing and its stomach-dropping first step.

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Last Updated: 4 Jan 2017