It's all about nature on this tour of unspoiled Stanley Park in the heart of downtown Vancouver and towering Grouse Mountain, where you'll ride a tram to the very top.
Traveling by coach from the pier, you will first drive to nearby Stanley Park, which sprawls over 1,000 acres of dense forest and lakes, making it North America's third-largest urban park. The park opened in 1888, taking its name from Lord Stanley, Canada's Governor General at the time. During your stop here, feel free to stroll the paths, relax on a garden bench, or simply enjoy the serene setting. Beaver Lake lies in the center of the park and is usually covered with fragrant water lilies that attract numerous waterfowl.
Continuing on, you'll next drive across scenic Lion's Gate Bridge en route to Grouse Mountain on Vancouver's north shore. This 4,100 ft. high mountain is a year-round mountain top playground for visitors. For the ultimate view of the city and surrounding wilderness, you'll take the Skyride tram on a one-mile ride to the top of the mountain. During your approximately 90-minute visit, you can walk along the nature trails, grab a bite to eat in one of the cafés or perhaps choose to watch the high-definition film "Born to Fly" in the Theatre in the Sky. This interesting documentary tells you all about the mountain's history and showcases dramatic footage of British Columbia's natural beauty.
Traveling back down the mountain, you'll rejoin your coach and visit Gastown, an area that developed in the early 1870s. The neighborhood is named for settler "Gassy Jack" Deighton, a saloon owner who was considered full of "hot air" because he spun so many tall tales. The cobbled streets of Gastown are lined with upscale boutiques, galleries and restaurants.
Your tour concludes with a transfer back to the pier.
Please note: Walking on this tour is mainly at the guests' discretion during the stops. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and Skyride Tram, and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing, including a light jacket or sweater, and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested.