Before Granville Island became what it is today, it once was used as a local fishing area for First Nations tribes. These are the ancestral lands for three nations; the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh peoples. Today it is a small tourist mecca offering a range of culture, art, food, shops, entertainment and adventure – the possibilities are never ending!
We flew with Harbour Air, but there are several ways to get to Vancouver from Victoria, by air or by sea. Flying with Harbour Air was the perfect start to the trip! Being able to go from downtown Victoria to downtown Vancouver (harbour to harbour) in approximately 30 minutes and is an easy way to make the trip over! It was such a unique experience with breathtaking views of the Salish Sea from above. Bonus: We spotted orcas from the air on the way back!!
Alternate ways to travel between Vancouver and Victoria:
Prince of Whales Whale & Marine Wildlife Adventures:
One of our three locations is located on Granville Island in Vancouver! We offer half-day tours on our large state of the art catamaran that last up to 5 hours and offers adventure of the Georgia Strait. We even have a gift shop with swag to remember your excursion. This season we have teamed up with Bon Macaron to provide our passengers with a bonus macaron after the tour!
The deals don’t end there! Did you know that local bar and bistro ‘Off the Tracks’ gives Prince of Whales passengers a 10% discount?! They offer all day breakfast, baked goods, sandwiches, and of course coffee!
Sea Vancouver Adventures
An exciting soft adventure for the whole family!! This 90 minute tour departures from Granville Island with a relaxing cruise into False Creek, then gets up to speed as you embark on the adventure route into Burrard Inlet. With over 20 points of interest, you’ll enjoy sights of Coal Harbour, the North Shore, English Bay and Stanley Park! Your skipper will narrate with fun facts and history of the city as you take in the iconic sites. You can also customize a tour for you and your bubble, we are here for you, and the area is your oyster for 90 minutes. This is an exciting and unique way to see the city!
Other points of Interest
There is so much to see, so make sure to plan ahead and take your time to look around!
For families with children, Granville Island is one of the best places in Vancouver to explore with your kids, and includes their very own market.
Kids Market Photo: https://www.takingthekids.com/2019/08/07/vancouver-b-c-a-kids-paradise/
Cover Photo: Anthony Kaulfuss