Welcome to the Vancouver cruise port guide. Vancouver is without doubt one of the best cities in North America. It is Canada’s 3rd largest city with over 600.000 inhabitants. Although the city of Vancouver is quite spread out your main sights are all within walking distance of short bus ride away. Your ship will dock right in downtown Vancouver and as soon as you step off the ship the fun is on. With the backdrop of beautiful mountains and nature just within reach it is the perfect destination for the day. Go shopping in the charming Gastown district, conquer the Capilano Suspension Bridge or visit one of the world’s best city parks. You can do it all here in Vancouver.
Cruise ships dock at the the cruise terminal called Canada Place. It is a great facility that offers lots of services to cruisers. It is also situated at a central location in the city. Read all about your transportation options and things to see and do in our full Vancouver cruise port guide here.
In the middle of town you will find the world famous Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Chinese Gardens. 53 master craftsmen from China constructed the garden using traditional Chinese methods to construct this garden. You will find over Tai hu rocks, koi fish, penjing (miniature trees) and much more at the gardens. Guided tours and tea are included in the admission.
If you are not the city type and looking for nature and wildlife than Grouse Mountain is a place you could consider going while in port. There are tons of things to do here like guided eco-walks, zip lining, visit the lumberjack show or meet the grizzly bears. Catch the free shuttle bus to Grouse Mountain at the cruise terminal / Canada Place. Check their schedule on grouse mountain.com/shuttle
For the shopaholics amongst us; there are lots of fun places to shop around at. Find your unique boutiques in Gastown, market at Granville Island and Vancouver’s busiest shopping street would be Robson Shopping District. This has the largest shopping facilities in town and it is only a couple of blocks from the cruise terminal.
Visit the inspiring and exciting look into the world of science. Visit one of the many exhibitions inside and outside. It’s fun for any age.
Just a few blocks from the cruise terminal is where you will find the Vancouver art gallery which is considered to be one of the best in the country and it certainly is the biggest. Its historical and contemporary art collection has master pieces from all over the world housed in this 1911 courthouse. See the exact location of the museum in the map above.
If you want to get out of town and spend the day in nature Capilano might just be the thing to do for you. Cross its world famous 450 foot span, race on the new Cliff walk or stroll the rainforest. It is the perfect day out especially with kids. There is a free shuttle service from the cruise terminal (Canada Place) to Capilano. Check the schedule on their website: capbridge.com
This is the tower where you will get a beautiful view over the city of Vancouver. It is a simple 40 second elevator ride to a 553 ft / 168 meter above the ground. From here you can enjoy gorgeous panoramic views over the city. The Lookout is a 15 minute walk from the cruise terminal. See map above for its exact location.
This 30 ft high sculpture is the Olympic Cauldron. Canada hosted the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. The Cauldron burned with the Olympic flame and is still being re-lit on special occasions.
The waterfront station is in front of the cruise terminal. This is where you can easily pick up the translink to go to the airport. This is also where you can buy a day pass for public transportation in Vancouver. Buy it for 9,75 Canadian dollar at the machine.
In Stanley Park you will find Canada’s biggest aquarium. Meet their belugas, penguins, sea otters and 50.000 other aquatic creatures. Find the aquarium within 40 minutes walk from port or take bus 19 to it.
The seawall must be one of the most unique things about Vancouver. It stretches all the way around Vancouver. It’s especially loved by walkers and cyclist who use the sea wall as their usual work out route where they manoeuvre themselves on this counterclockwise parkour.