Best Sightseeing Tours in Vancouver

Sightseeing tours in Vancouver, BC offer travelers a chance to see multiple Vancouver attractions and neighborhoods with ease. The best sightseeing tours let you see a side of Vancouver—and learn about its history and culture—that you won't see on your own.

In this guide, we've assembled a list of sightseeing experiences that offer something unique to travelers, whether its a chance to see the city from the water (on a sightseeing cruise), a hop-on, hop-off bus tour, or a look inside Vancouver's most (in)famous strip club.

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    Hop-On, Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tours

    Vancouver Trolley at Stanley Park
    ••• Vancouver Trolley at Stanley Park. Tourism Vancouver / Coast Mountain Photography

    A hop-on, hop-off tour is one that allows you to hop on at any stop on the route and hop off at any other stop—or, you can stay aboard for the full tour. It's a great way to see a lot of Vancouver in one day and a good way to visit multiple attractions without the need of a car. The top two hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tours in Vancouver both stop at Stanley Park, Granville Island, Gastown, and Chinatown.

    • Vancouver Trolley Company lets you tour Vancouver in an old-fashioned streetcar while drivers provide local history and insights. Their tour of Stanley Park is extensive and a great way to see Stanley Park's main attractions.
    •  Big Bus / Westcoast Sightseeing lets you tour in an open-air double-decker bus, accompanied by a recorded tour in seven languages (English, French, Spanish, German, Japanese, Korean, and Mandarin). The tour route includes five stops in Stanley Park, including photo ops at the Brockton Point totem poles and Prospect Point.
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    Boat Tours and Sightseeing Cruises

    Boat tour in Vancouver
    ••• The Aquabus. The Aquabus

    From April - October (and especially in the summer), Vancouver boat tours and sightseeing cruises let you experience the city from the water, combining guided tours with incredible nature vistas and city views. You can choose a simple sightseeing tour or make a night of it with a dinner cruise.

    In December, there are the holiday-themed Carol Ships Parade of Light cruises.

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    Historic Walking Tours With Vancouver Heritage Foundation

    Gastown intersection, Vancouver
    ••• Gastown, Vancouver. Tourism Vancouver/ Clayton Perry

    The non-profit Vancouver Heritage Foundation offers both free and ticketed tours of the city, usually of Vancouver's historic neighborhoods and architecture. These tours are perfect for people who love history and storytelling.

    Check the Vancouver Heritage Foundation for current walking tours.

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    Sightseeing Bike Tours

    Biking tour of Stanley Park, Vancouver
    ••• Biking Tour of Stanley Park. Tourism Vancouver/ Coast Mountain Photography

    Vancouver is a very bike-friendly city. You can create your own cycling tour or you can take a guided cycling tour of downtown Vancouver or Stanley Park. (For the guided tours, bike rentals are included in the price of the tour.)

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    'Sinful' and 'Ghostly' Walking Tours

    Woman holding candle in front of cathedral
    ••• Valentine's Night Special: Lost Souls of Gastown tour. Forbidden Vancouver

    If you want to see a different side of Vancouver, these tours offer a unique look at the city's seamier side: