Do you have just a few days to visit Vancouver and want to see as much of the city as possible? An excellent way to experience Vancouver is through the Hop on Hop off bus tour operated by West Coast Sightseeing!!
I had the opportunity, along with a group of bloggers called the YVR Bloggers, to be a tourist for the day in my home city of 11 years – beautiful Vancouver, BC, Canada. We had a special Hop on Hop off bus tour hosted by West Coast Sightseeing that started at Canada Place.
This amazing tour has over to choose from 20 stops at world-class attractions and you can enjoy Vancouver at your own pace. The first bus starts at Gastown stop #1 at 8:27 am and the final stop terminates at Canada Place stop #3 at 7:30 pm. During the summer the buses are more frequent, running every 15-20 minutes. Some of the buses have a completely open roof, which is great on sunny days. And if it rains, these same open top buses attach a clear convertible top. A full trip takes 2 hours if you don’t get off the bus.
Included with your Hop-On, Hop-Off Sightseeing Pass:
– Over 20 stops to choose from to create your own adventure
– A free one-way ferry ride to the public market, galleries and colourful culture of Granville Island
– 7 scenic points to stop in Stanley Park, voted the best urban park in the world
– World-class commentary available in English, French, Spanish, German, Japanese, Korean, and Mandarin
(tip: try to sit close to the tour guide/speaker to hear them better)
– Vancouver’s only company with convertible, clear-top bus covers for stunning views rain or shine.
– You can use your ticket for 24 hrs.
We headed to the Vancouver Aquarium located in Stanley Park, where we had a great welcome lunch. We then had the opportunity to enjoy the recently opened section of the aquarium, “Discover Rays”, where you can actually touch and feel the stingrays. That was a pretty cool experience! The facilities were very well-maintained. I was particularly impressed to learn that the aquarium only holds captive-bred or rescued marine mammals (dolphin, false killer whale). They also run a great rehab program for injured wild animals that can then return to the wild.
The Vancouver Aquarium is Canada’s largest aquarium and you can see belugas, penguins, sea otters and 50,000 other aquatic creatures. They offer visitors an unforgettable experience through face-to-face engagement with a wide array of amazing animals. You can also immerse yourself in the 4D Experience Theatre, which combines the high-definition excitement of a 3D film with thrilling sensory effects.
After the Aquarium we continued experiencing the tour around Vancouver on the Hop on Hop off bus and went around the unique neighbourhoods of Yaletown, Gastown and Downtown. Our next stop was the BC Sports Hall of Fame. They are celebrating their 50th anniversary following their mission to preserve and honor BC’s sport heritage by recognizing extraordinary achievement in sport by using their collection and stories to inspire all British Columbians to pursue their dreams.
We had some cheese and wine and had a tour around the amazing home of the BC Lions (Canadian Football League) and the Vancouver Whitecaps (Major League Soccer). The stadium holds up to 54,000 people and is absolutely beautiful. This was the final tour of the day before heading back to Canada Place.
I highly recommend taking this Hop on Hop off tour by West Coast Sightseeing if you want to see as much of Vancouver as you can in a short period of time. I had a great experience and I’m sure you will too!!