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Get a taste of Vancouver through the eyes and experience of reputable Vancouver Food Tour. The experts employed at Vancouver Food Tour are not just happy-go-lucky guides; they are in fact expert food & beer enthusiasts who not only have an appetite for good old British Colombian food but also the history of Gaston. The tour promises to take you on a journey you could not have fathomed to be so fascinating, earlier. A sane advice would be to turn up hungry as this food & wine expedition will have you consume Lobster Mac & Cheese, Oatmeal stout and chocolate & Maple syrup tastings and more
Buckle up; these helijets will take you to new heights. Your adventure begins from either the harbor or Grouse Mountain helipads. Whatever your point of departure, the tour is an exhilarating ride. You'll fly over Vancouver and past the coastline, or whiz through the North Shore and its mountains. There are heli-picnic tours available too. Please check website for tour packages and prices or call +1800 665 4354 (toll free).
Get a 360-degree view of Vancouver and its outlying areas from one of BC's tallest buildings, the Harbour Centre. Its observation deck gives an unobstructed view of the city, Burrard Inlet, the North Shore mountains, Burnaby Mountain, West Vancouver and Bowen Island. Getting there is a fun experience in itself; glass elevators whisk you up 168 meters (553 feet) in just 40 seconds. There are multilingual guides available for those who are interested.
Climb aboard a bright pink double-decker bus and tour downtown Vancouver while supporting the fight against breast cancer. Big Pink Bus is an engaging tour where you'll be taken around the city and given multiple opportunities to hop off the bus at a stop and then catch the next Big Pink Bus that comes by. You are also welcome to stick around for all 20 stops and learn about the city through interesting commentary and local history. Plus, for every ticket purchases one dollar will go to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation to help cure cancer.
Chinatown's secrets are revealed in this stroll around the streets of this old and still growing Asian community. The tour, led by the Chinese Cultural Centre Museum and Archive lets you discover history, view Taoist temples and browse herbal medicine boutiques and curio shops. More than a century of Chinese culture, customs and traditions, however, cannot be covered in a short promenade. So a slide-show presentation on the history of Chinese-Canadians, interactive classes on Chinese humanities and tasty dim sum meals can also be organized here. Please contact the center to know more about the group rates available.
Dr. Sun Yat Sen Chinese Garden is the first classical Chinese garden built outside China. It employs the ancient techniques of the Ming Dynasty, condensing the serenity of the mountain, streams, valleys and hills into an urban sanctuary. Every niche and arch of the garden is meticulously laid out. Each plant, rock and piece of architecture is selected for its symbolic meaning and mood. The Chinese lettering at the entrance reads 'Garden of Ease'. A place filled with lush green grass and tranquility.
For those interested in the magnificent forests of British Columbia and how the resource is used and protected, Forest Alliance of B.C. Visitor's Centre is the place to get the forest industry's outlook. Located in the "steel forest" of downtown, this visitor's center includes 1500 square feet of interactive displays, including models of harvesting operations, information on sustainability, and exhibits on wood as an environmentally-friendly building material. There are maps, images, reports, videos, and other resources. Guided tours and lectures are available. Admission is free.
There's nothing quite like seeing British Columbia through the window of a small seaplane. This is a full service float-plane company that provides scenic tours and specialized seaplane charters. They offer scheduled service in Northern British Columbia, many of the Gulf Islands and have a frequent flier program. There are a variety of special tour flights too. Flights leave from downtown, at the foot of Thurlow Street near the Westin Bayshore in Vancouver Harbor Top.