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Vancouver City Guide: 10 Activities for Cruise Travelers

Welcome Aboard, Cruise-Goer!

Vancouver, a gleaming city nestled between majestic mountains and the vast Pacific, serves as a popular port of call for many cruise lines. If you’re fortunate enough to be embarking on a cruise from this vibrant metropolis, make sure to take a few days beforehand to explore its many wonders.


10 “Must-Do” Activities in Vancouver Before Setting Sail

1. Stanley Park: Arguably the city’s most famous attraction, this sprawling urban oasis is larger than New York’s Central Park. Explore its seawall by bike or by foot, or simply bask in its serene forested areas.


2. Vancouver Aquarium: Located within Stanley Park, and home to over 65,000 animals across more than 120 exhibits, the Vancouver Aquarium showcases everything from local Canadian sea life to the animals of the Amazon.

3. Granville Island: Once an industrial site, Granville Island is now a bustling area of boutiques, galleries, and eateries. The Public Market is a food lover’s paradise with a variety of fresh produce, gourmet foods, and artisan products.


4. Capilano Suspension Bridge Park: Walk across a 137m-long suspension bridge that hangs 70m above the Capilano River. It offers breathtaking views and a treetop adventure for the more daring adventurer.


5. Gastown: This part of town is known for its historic charm, cobblestone streets, unique boutiques, and the famous steam clock. While here, delve into Vancouver’s history and perhaps stop at one of the many trendy restaurants or bars.


6. Vancouver Art Gallery: Immerse yourself in both historic and contemporary art collections, particularly focused on the works of Indigenous peoples and the art of the Pacific Rim.

7. FlyOver Canada: Located at Canada Place (also your likely cruise terminal), this is a virtual flight ride showcasing the country’s diverse landscapes. It’s a perfect way to experience Canada’s vastness in a short time.

8. Grouse Mountain: Just 15 minutes from downtown Vancouver, take the Skyride gondola to the top for panoramic city and ocean views. Depending on the season, engage in skiing, hiking, or watch the famous Lumberjack Show.


9. Dr. Sun Yat-sen Classical Chinese Garden: An authentic classical Chinese garden in the heart of the city. It offers a peaceful escape and a glance into the Ming Dynasty-style of garden design.

10. Science World: Perfect for families or the curious at heart, it’s a geodesic dome filled with interactive science exhibits, an OMNIMAX theatre, and captivating displays that appeal to all.


Ready to Plan?

If you are ready to explore Vancouver, and would like to plan your next cruise from this vibrant Port, or just visit the Canadian city itself, contact your Love of the Magic Travel Agent today, or email  And of course, whether you want cruise from Vancouver or any other Port, or plan something totally different, your LOTMV Travel Advisor will work with you to create the unique experience you’re looking for.

Looking for More of our Cruise Port City Guides?

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Rome City Guide: 10 Activities for Cruise Travelers

New York City Guide: 10 Activities for Cruise Travelers

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A new City Guide comes out each month, so stay tuned!



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