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As a savvy traveler, you get that booking Vancouver shore excursions either before or after an Alaska cruise affords you a unique opportunity to experience the city’s warm hospitality and diverse cultural offerings. But did you know that since cruises are scheduled May to September, you’ll also enjoy Vancouver’s best weather, affording you the perfect opportunity to explore its vibrant urban environment and incredible natural beauty?
Vancouver is a city that’s best experienced outside, taking advantage of its gorgeous outdoor spaces that include beaches, botanical gardens, parks, and culturally diverse neighborhoods. With no shortage of things to do before your Alaska cruise from Vancouver, you’re sure to find a perfect fit for your time and interests.
If you love the idea of trolling neighborhoods to really feel a city’s pulse, spend time in Gastown, Vancouver’s oldest neighborhood and a designated historic area. It’s a trendy mix of art galleries, home décor boutiques, souvenir shops, and restaurants, many housed in restored Victorian buildings, and you’ll be enchanted by the Whistling Steam Clock and the Victorian lampposts. For a newer, hipper vibe, tour Yaletown, an historic warehouse district, now gentrified, with an eclectic mix of restaurants, boutiques, residential and business, and it’s really comes alive in the evening, starting at cocktail hour. Robson Street, in the heart of downtown, is perfect for fashionable strolling, shopping and lunching, or enjoying a proper afternoon tea at the Fairmont Hotel. And, a trip to Chinatown, yields a treasure of Asian specialty shops, dim sum palaces, and traditional Chinese herbalists.
Vancouver’s natural beauty and green spaces are stunning and spectacular, and booking guided Vancouver shore excursions to Shannon Falls a 1,100-foot tall waterfall and to the Sea to Sky Gondola, which takes you on a ride 2,900 feet above sea level, is an excellent way to ensure that you capture that beauty in postcard-perfect photos.
To immerse yourself in the emerald green acres of Stanley Park, schedule Vancouver shore excursions like the self-guided hop on, hop off open-air bus tour that lets you stroll the park at your leisure, enjoying the view from paths that hug the waterfront, stop by the Aquarium, or visit the family-friendly outdoor waterpark. After the park, hop back on the bus and head for Granville Island and the Granville Public Market. Here you’ll find your heart’s desire of food and craft vendors, and a Kids Market, complete with outdoor play area.