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Harbour Air Vancouver city tours and excursions

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

The Spring Weather is kicking in bang on time and we are now entering the tourist season of 2016 in Vancouver. If you are visiting for a few days and would like to see quite a lot of the city and its surrounding areas you may want to consider using Harbour Air Seaplane tours for time, convenience and the incredible views. With sunny skies and very comfortable temperatures you can hear and see the seaplanes being very active around the city – so why not join in on the fun?

HARBOUR AIR SEAPLANES
Harbour Air consists of a fleet of DeHavilland Turbine Single Otter, DeHavilland Turbine Twin Otter & Beaver seaplanes that will life you off into the skies from the gorgeous Coal Harbour that is nestled between Canada Place and Stanley Park. The planes will take off over the waters of the Burrard inlet – they can fly you to 9 different locations including Victoria, Whistler and a few other locations on Vancouver island and the greater Vancouver area.

VANCOUVER PANORAMIC CITY TOURS
Departing from downtown Vancouver’s bustling Coal Harbour with a loop over the city and Stanley Park before landing back in front of the iconic Vancouver Convention Center.

Daily, operating year-round
20 minutes with a 10-minute flight
$85.00 (includes taxes and fees) Per adult
$49.00 (includes taxes and fees) Per child

VANCOUVER CLASSIC PANORAMA
Our most popular tour of the city and North Shore Mountains. This ideal introduction to seaplane aviation departs from downtown Vancouver’s Coal Harbour and includes a complete aerial view of the city and surrounding parks and beaches. The exhilarating spray of the water is always a highlight during take-off and landing.

20 minute tour
Daily, operating year-round
$119.00 (includes taxes and fees) Per adult
$65.00 (includes taxes and fees) Per child

For further information on flights to Whistler, Victoria & the lower mainland click here! http://www.harbourair.com/book-a-flight/routes-schedules/

BIG BUS HOP ON & HOP OFF CITY TOURS WITH WESTCOAST SIGHTEEING TOURS

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

BIG BUS HOP ON HOP OFF TOUR VIDEO

April 15th is the beginning of the Spring schedule for the Big Bus hop on hop off city tour. April is typically when all the major tours will now be up and running, we will like to introduce to you the Big Bus and Westcoast sightseeing tours that will take you around Vancouver.

BIG BUS HOP ON HOP OFF VANCOUVER CITY TOUR & WESTCOAST SIGHTSEEING TOURS.
The Big Bus Hop-On, Hop-Off Sightseeing route offers over 20 stops, getting you within walking distance of many of the top attractions in the city. Enjoy a birds-eye view of Vancouver at your own pace, complete with one-of-a-kind commentary. Ask about value-priced attraction add-ons, and 24 & 48 Hour Passes.
Enjoy all the sites of Vancouver with the flexibility of hopping off where you like. Wake up late? No problem, the ticket is valid for 24 hours – Use it the next day with no extra charge – up to 24 hours of the first use.

Big Bus + Local Attraction Tickets
There are also bundle packages that you can purchase with the Hop on Hop off tour – so make it a combo deal and get a second 24 hours of exploring for free! These packages include entrance to the following Flyover Canada, the Vancouver Aquarium, Capilano Suspension Bridge, Grouse Mountain, Dr. Sun Yet Sen Chinese Garden, the Vancouver Lookout and the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Please speak to the front desk about special offers and you can purchase your ticket with us at the hotel, the bus stop is literally a 30 second walk away from us on Thurlow St and the this stop opens up again on April 15th. Until then the stop is at the Century Plaza hotel on Burrard Street which is under a 10 minute walk away

Website: http://bigbus.ca/home/

WESTCOAST SIGHTSEEING TOURS – This is the same company that runs the Big Bus city tours. If you have the time and really want to get out and about and explore then Westcoast Sightseeing have tours that will pick you up at the hotel, they will also drop you back off at the hotel once the day tour has been completed. The Day tours they offer are as follows:

Whistler + Shannon Falls
Escape the city and wind along fjords and inlets, ascend into the coastal mountains, and stroll through the alpine Village of Whistler during this epic day of exploration.

Victoria + Butchart Gardens
With the journey to Victoria equally as fascinating as the city itself, this tour offers scenic ocean travel, a captivating series of gardens, and an introduction to the enchanting waterfront city of Victoria.

Grouse Mountain + Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
Get outside, breathe in the fresh Pacific air, and immerse yourself in the natural wonders surrounding Vancouver, with a visit to Capilano Suspension Bridge Park and Grouse Mountain.

Craft Breweries of Vancouver
An experience you can taste! With over 20 craft breweries in the area, this is the perfect place to learn about the craft beer industry and its history in the Vancouver area.

Vancouver City + The Lookout
Explore, learn, and be amazed by Vancouver’s soaring skyscrapers, architectural masterpieces, urban beaches, and coastal rainforests.

Vancouver City + Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
Explore, learn, and be amazed by Vancouver’s soaring skyscrapers, architectural masterpieces, urban beaches, and coastal rainforests.

For further details please click here: https://westcoastsightseeing.com/

Drive The Sea to Sky highway in an Exotic Sports car with Scenic Rush

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

Have you ever wanted to drive an incredible sports car but found that it was out of reach? Well the time has come where you have the opportunity to drive an exotic sports car along one of Canada’s most famous and scenic highways – the sea to sky highway that connects Vancouver to Whistler.

Experience the rush with Scenic Rush!
If you are looking to enjoy a day trip along the stunning and spectacular sea to sky highway to enjoy the drive and views then scenic rush is bound to satisfy all your dreams and need for speed. You will be able to drive in an exotic sports car and along the way you will be able to swap to another vehicle so you get to experience what it is like to drive an incredible Sports car that many of us only dream about!

LAMBORGHINI GALLARDO LP 560-4
Exterior Colour: Arancio Borealis (Orange Pearl)
Style: Coupe
Engine: 5.2L V10 DOHC
Horsepower: 553 hp @ 8000 rpm
Maximum Torque: 398 ft-lbs @ 6500 rpm
Transmission: 6-Speed eGear Automated
Drivetrain: AWD
Top Speed: 315 km/h
0-60: 3.2 Seconds
MSRP: $260,000 Canada / $198,000 USA

FERRARI F430 SPIDER
Exterior Colour: Rosso Corsa (Racing Red)
Style: Convertible
Engine: 4.3L V8 DOHC
Horsepower: 490 hp @ 8500 rpm
Maximum Torque: 343 ft-lbs @ 5250 rpm
Transmission: 6-Speed F1 Electrohydraulic
Drivetrain: RWD
Top Speed: 310 km/h
0-60: 3.6 Seconds
MSRP: $295,000 Canada / $211,500 USA

AUDI R8 4.2 FSI QUATTRO
Exterior Colour: Daytona Grey Pearl Effect
Style: Coupe
Engine: 4.2L V8 DOHC
Horsepower: 420 hp @ 7800 rpm
Maximum Torque: 317 ft-lbs @ 4500 rpm
Transmission: 6-Speed R-Tronic Automated Manual
Drivetrain: AWD
Top Speed: 300 km/h
0-60: 4.6 Seconds
MSRP: $152,500 Canada / $115,400 USA

NISSAN GT-R.
Exterior Colour: Super Silver
Style: Coupe
Engine: 3.8L V6 DOHC Twin-Turbo
Horsepower: 480 hp @ 6400 rpm
Maximum Torque: 430 ft-lbs @ 3200 rpm
Transmission: 6-Speed Automated Manual
Drivetrain: AWD
Top Speed: 311 km/h
0-60: 3.5 Seconds
MSRP: $89,900 Canada / $77,840 USA

The Sea to sky highway is a magical highway that follows one of the most southerly fjords in the northern hemisphere and flanked on either side by spectacular mountains – you will be driving from West Vancouver at Horseshoe Bay to Porteau Cove. Squamish or Whistler. Along the way there will be plenty of opportunities to take some fantastic photos of the scenery and swap vehicles with other fellow drivers!

Check out their website here for further information on their cars and tours: http://scenicrush.com/cars/

Snowbus is now running excursions from Vancouver to Whistler

Thursday, December 10th, 2015

Courtesy of Westcoast sightseeing and Big bus tours we welcome the return of the Snowbus for the Whistler winter season of 2015/2016. This runs until March 28th 2016

You can book tours with us at the Front desk so you can make the most of your stay by visiting the winter wonderland that is Whistler. Snowbus offers round trips and one way excursions with packages available to add on if you wish to ski the fantastic hills of Whistler Blackcomb.

So far the season has not disappointed. In Vancouver we are experiencing a succession of relentless rainstorms and mild temperatures, however, the same cannot be said for Whistler as this has been generally a pure snow storm event, as we write this blog there is around 153cm of Snow at the base and summit with more predicted to come with a drop in temperatures which is fantastic news.

Our closest stop to the Sunset inn and suites is at the Comfort Inn hotel on 654 Nelson Street – it is the same corner as Doolins Irish bar on the corner of Granville St.
Pick up times: Comfort Inn Downtown, Vancouver 6:30am & 1:45pm & 5:45pm (Fri Only)

Website: https://snowbus.com/

BC GRAND TOURS. CITY SIGHTSEEING & PHOTOGRAPHY TOURS

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

We will like to introduce to you a brand new tour operator that will take you out on day trips around Vancouver, Whistler and Photography tours around the Canadian Rockies. Also, they offer tours to Seattle, Outlet Shopping tours in the Seattle district and winery tours in Langley! They will pick you up at the hotel and drop you off at the hotel once the tour has ended.

BC Grand Tours is a proud small business with owner Gabriel providing an A+ service and creating friendships that cannot be matched by any large-scale corporate tours. http://www.bcgrandtours.com/

BC Grand Tours feel that the best way to experience this great city is by hanging out with someone who’s knowledgeable, personable, and accommodating. They will go above and beyond to provide you with an experience that cannot be achieved by sitting on a bus with dozens of other people. After a tour with us, you’ll leave the city with good memories, great photos, interesting knowledge, and of course, new friends.

They are fully flexible and your day will be delivered by a guide who works to make sure your day is everything that you want it to be, exactly to suit for you special interests. They stop and start as you wish not as the guide might find convenient. Changes to the day’s plan, according to the options available can be accommodated to suit your requirements.
Your safe, considerate and calm driver offers a late model 11 passenger Mercedes Sprinter that has all the latest safety and comfort features such as multi-zone climate control with a 23 inch dvd monitor and a luxurious Cadillac Escalade for small groups when more privacy is required.

SIGHTSEEING TOURS
VANCOUVER Sightseeing Photo Tour
year round 10am/6h tour/ adult $79/child $49
Vancouver Library – Gastown – Canada Place
Stanley Park – Totem Poles – Prospect Point
Maritime Museum – Granville Island – False Creek
VanDussen – Botanical Garden
North Shore – Deep Cove marina
Suspension Bridge – Lynn Canyon Park

WHISTLER Sightseeing
year round 8.30am /10h tour/ adult $98 /child $65
WHISTLER Direct
Dec 01 to Apr 15 / 11h tour /adult $69 / student $50
Sea-to-Sky Highway
Whistler Village – Peak 2 Peak Gondola
Squamish Lil’wat Aboriginal Cultural Centre
Scandinave Spa
Shannon Falls – Squamish

VICTORIA Sightseeing
Year Round 7am /13h tour /adult $155/child $95
BC Ferry to Vancouver Island
Oak Bay marina
Parliament Buildings – Empress Hotel
Royal British Columbia Museum – Craigdarroch Castle,
Miniature World – Butchart Gardens

LANGLEY WINERY
Feb-Nov 10am/ 6h tour /adult $60 only Saturdays & Sundays
(off season tours available by request for minimum group of 6)
Vista D’oro Farm
Chaberton Estate Winery – Bistro Bacchus
Krause Berry Farm – The Market
Township 7 – Winery
Fort Langley City

HARRISON HOT SPRINGS
June-Sept 9am/ 8h tour /adult $70/child $45
Bridal Veil Falls
Harrison Hot Springs
BC Art Galleries

SEATTLE Sightseeing
Year Round 8am/10h tour/adult $99/child $59
& Seattle Premium Outlets
Year Round 8am/10h tour/adult $79/child $49

Museum of Flight -Sky View Observatory
Pike Fish Market – Great Wheel
Space Needle – Experience Music Project
Tulalip – Premium Outlets Mall.

The tours can be booked via the Front Desk, please ask the staff for further details.

They have glowing reviews on Tripadvisor – Click here to see what the people have to say about them http://www.tripadvisor.ca/Attraction_Review-g154943-d7391612-Reviews-BC_Grand_Tours-Vancouver_British_Columbia.html

BIG BUS HOP ON HOP OFF & WESTCOAST SIGHTSEEING DAY TOURS

Sunday, March 29th, 2015

BIG BUS HOP ON HOP OFF TOUR VIDEO

April 15th is the beginning of the Spring schedule for the Big Bus hop on hop off city tour. April is typically when all the major tours will now be up and running, we will like to introduce to you the Big Bus and Westcoast sightseeing tours that will take you around Vancouver.

BIG BUS HOP ON HOP OFF VANCOUVER CITY TOUR & WESTCOAST SIGHTSEEING TOURS.
The Big Bus Hop-On, Hop-Off Sightseeing route offers over 20 stops, getting you within walking distance of many of the top attractions in the city. Enjoy a birds-eye view of Vancouver at your own pace, complete with one-of-a-kind commentary. Ask about value-priced attraction add-ons, and 24 & 48 Hour Passes.
Enjoy all the sites of Vancouver with the flexibility of hopping off where you like. Wake up late? No problem, the ticket is valid for 24 hours – Use it the next day with no extra charge – up to 24 hours of the first use.

Big Bus + Local Attraction Tickets
There are also bundle packages that you can purchase with the Hop on Hop off tour – so make it a combo deal and get a second 24 hours of exploring for free! These packages include entrance to the following Flyover Canada, the Vancouver Aquarium, Capilano Suspension Bridge, Grouse Mountain, Dr. Sun Yet Sen Chinese Garden, the Vancouver Lookout and the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Please speak to the front desk about special offers and you can purchase your ticket with us at the hotel, the bus stop is literally a 30 second walk away from us on Thurlow St and the this stop opens up again on April 15th. Until then the stop is at the Century Plaza hotel on Burrard Street which is under a 10 minute walk away

Website: http://bigbus.ca/home/

WESTCOAST SIGHTSEEING TOURS – This is the same company that runs the Big Bus city tours. If you have the time and really want to get out and about and explore then Westcoast Sightseeing have tours that will pick you up at the hotel, they will also drop you back off at the hotel once the day tour has been completed. The Day tours they offer are as follows:

Whistler + Shannon Falls
Escape the city and wind along fjords and inlets, ascend into the coastal mountains, and stroll through the alpine Village of Whistler during this epic day of exploration.

Victoria + Butchart Gardens
With the journey to Victoria equally as fascinating as the city itself, this tour offers scenic ocean travel, a captivating series of gardens, and an introduction to the enchanting waterfront city of Victoria.

Grouse Mountain + Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
Get outside, breathe in the fresh Pacific air, and immerse yourself in the natural wonders surrounding Vancouver, with a visit to Capilano Suspension Bridge Park and Grouse Mountain.

Craft Breweries of Vancouver
An experience you can taste! With over 20 craft breweries in the area, this is the perfect place to learn about the craft beer industry and its history in the Vancouver area.

Vancouver City + The Lookout
Explore, learn, and be amazed by Vancouver’s soaring skyscrapers, architectural masterpieces, urban beaches, and coastal rainforests.

Vancouver City + Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
Explore, learn, and be amazed by Vancouver’s soaring skyscrapers, architectural masterpieces, urban beaches, and coastal rainforests.

For further details please click here: https://westcoastsightseeing.com/

Whistler Day Tours, plus Squamish & the Sea to Sky Gondola

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

Now that we are in the thick of Winter we are seeing many tourists donning winter outfits with their Ski’s and Snowboards ready to hit the slopes and ride the fluffy powder!

In Vancouver it is quite the green city however, just a couple of hours north of Vancouver you will be in the heart of the Winter wonderland at Whistler, which is one of the many Ski resorts that BC has to offer and of course was the home of the 2010 Winter Olympics alongside Vancouver. If you are planning a trip up to Whistler we will offer you some great tours that will help make a day trip to these snowy destinations one to remember – and along the way we will help you check out some other gems before you reach Whistler.

SEA TO SKY GONDOLA
Located high above the scenic town of Squamish and the gorgeous Howe Sound fjord (this is the most southernly fjord in the Northern Hemisphere).
Located along the stunning Sea to Sky highway that connects Vancouver though to Whistler via Squamish this brand new attraction which opened in 2014 has been a major hit for scenic lovers all over the world.

The highway is a major attraction in itself – “Ranked as the number 10 attraction in British Columbia, and the number 3 attraction in Vancouver by Trip Advisor, driving the Sea to Sky Highway is a must for anyone who is visiting the region. The winding highway snakes along the rugged terrain of the coastal mountains. It takes you from downtown Vancouver through Stanley Park, over the Lions Gate Bridge, and along the upper levels of West Vancouver into the Sea to Sky Corridor, which starts at Horseshoe Bay. The section of highway 99 in between Horseshoe Bay to Pemberton was named Sea to Sky Highway due to it’s dramatic change from a coastal highway at sea level to quickly being a full-on mountain highway with an elevation of over 700 metres.” Notes courtesy of The Sea to Sky Gondola Website.
Sea to Sky Gondola Virtual tour: http://www.seatoskygondola.com/visit/virtual-tour

DAY TOURS TO WHISTLER
There are a couple of very good tours to take if you wish to have an enjoyable and memorable day trip up to Whistler. Both tours can be booked via an Agent at the hotel who will be ready to help assist you with any questions and advice. If one tour happens to be sold out, we recommend you try the other as both have similar itineraries, routes and hours. Both tours will pick you up at the hotel and and give you time to explore Whistler Village and will safely bring you back home right to the hotel again!

Vantage Whistler
Vantage Whistler operates daily. The tour starts at approximately 8:00 am in Vancouver picking you up at the hotel and returns by 7:00 pm dropping you back safely at the hotel.
PRICING
Adult / Senior: $125
Youth (13-19): $115
Child (4-12): $75
Toddler (0-3): Free
Need more time in Whistler? We can arrange to bring you back to Vancouver on a different day. Additional $25 per person.
All prices include tax, round trip sightseeing from Vancouver to Whistler, pickup and drop off at your hotel.

About: “Vantage Whistler is a locally owned and operated tour company offering multiple stop sightseeing service from Vancouver to Whistler. In Whistler, our guests have over 4 hours of free time to explore the Village. In Whistler Village, there is an abundance of great restaurants, shops, and attractions. If you are feeling extra adventurous, try the new Peak-To-Peak Gondola.
Vantage Whistler operates tours of maximum 11 guests per van in order to provide you with more comfort and enjoyment. Vantage Whistler operates tours using new Mercedes-Benz Sprinters. Why take a bus when you can ride in a Mercedes! Travel in style, comfort, and safety.”
Website:http://www.vantagewhistler.com/

Whistler and Shannon Falls with WESTCOAST SIGHTSEEING
Pick up times are 8am – 10 hour tour
Price Starting at $135 per adult – $75 per child (3-12)

Home to the 2010 Olympic Winter Games and award winning for a reason, Whistler is an internationally renowned, year-round resort nestled in the Central Mountain range. The journey up the Sea-to-Sky Highway is just like it sounds–a winding spectacle of ocean and mountain scenery including the roaring Shannon Falls and cultural Squamish Adventure Centre. As the majestic backdrop of Whistler and Blackcomb Mountain unveils before your very eyes, the adventure at Whistler Village is yours to create.

Tour Highlights
Shannon Falls, one of the tallest waterfalls in BC
An authentic First Nations experience at the Squamish Adventure Centre
Four-hours of exploring, dining and shopping in the charming, pedestrian-style Whistler Village
Optional activity – Experience the PEAK2PEAK Gondola – the longest and highest lift in the world. (Additional cost)
Website: http://www.vancouversightseeing.com/whistler-and-shannon-falls/