Karaoke Christmas Lights Tour with Vancouver Trolley Company

It may not be a one-horse open sleigh, but for a seasonal tour of some of Vancouver’s top holiday light displays that also lets you jingle all the way, you can’t beat the Vancouver Trolley Company’s Karaoke Christmas Lights Tour.

Every December, the Vancouver Trolley Company decks the halls of its old-fashioned wooden trolleys and outfits them with karaoke Christmas carol machines, turning a three-hour Vancouver tour into fun-filled entertainment for all ages.  The tour starts at the Vancouver Christmas Market—so you can hop on after an afternoon of gift shopping—and proceeds through downtown Vancouver to its first holiday stop: Stanley Park’s Bright Nights light display.

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Karaoke Christmas Lights Tour with Vancouver Trolley Company

All Aboard for Terror: Haunted Trolley returns (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

Vancouver in October is readymade for Halloween: brooding grey skies, rain and that cold fog creeping in off the water.  And one of the best ways for a genuine scare this time of year is the much loved – and feared – Haunted Halloween Trolley tour, which kicks off on Wednesday, Oct. 12.

For 11 months of the year, the cute little Vancouver Trolley ferries tourists to the city’s biggest sites – Stanley Park, Gastown, Granville Island and the rest of the must-sees.  But during the month of October, the trollies are transformed into ghoulish wagons of doom and mayhem.

Well, it may not be that dramatic – but it’s still a pretty spooky ride.  Starting from outside Canada Place, the trollies take passengers on a 2.5-hour tour of the city’s most gruesome and haunted sites.   There are chilling ghost stories and grisly crime scene descriptions aplenty – In fact, the tour is so scary that it’s not recommended for children under 13.

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All Aboard for Terror: Haunted Trolley returns (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

Vancouver by Trolley – Stop 3 Hyatt Regency

This is the third of a series of blog posts, detailing some of the many things to do along the Vancouver Trolley line. This article is cross-posted on the Vancouver Trolley blog.

Although the rain is back in Vancouver today, my spirits were high as I hopped off the Trolley at stop #3, the Hyatt Regency. The reason I was so excited? Someone told me about the chocolate cake in the Hyatt’s restaurant, Mosaic, and I couldn’t wait to see what all the fuss was about. I had no idea, however, how big of a treat I was in for.

This photo tells no lie – it looks like the best cake in the world, and I’d bet that it truly is. Not only is the Mosaic Cake big enough to feed ten, but it’s only $10 when you sit down and enjoy it in their restaurant. The Hyatt also is home to the Gallery Lounge that features live jazz on Friday and Saturday evenings…and as the Preferred Partner of the Canucks, airs all games in HDTV.

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Vancouver by Trolley – Stop 3 Hyatt Regency

Vancouver by Trolley – Stop 2 Marriott Pinnacle & Renaissance Vancouver

This is the second of a series of blog posts, detailing some of the many things to do along the Vancouver Trolley line. This article is cross-posted on the Vancouver Trolley blog.

What a beautiful day to be a tourist! Today I hopped off the Trolley at Stop 2, home of the Marriott Pinnacle and Renaissance Vancouver Hotels. After a quick visit to the Pinnacle’s Show Case Restaurant & Bar and a view from one of their recently renovated harbour view rooms, I walked the 77 paces across the street to sister hotel, the Renaissance Vancouver.

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Vancouver by Trolley – Stop 2 Marriott Pinnacle & Renaissance Vancouver

Vancouver by Trolley – Stop 1 Canada Place

This is the first of a series of blog posts, detailing some of the many things to do along the Vancouver Trolley line. This article is cross-posted on the Vancouver Trolley blog.

Stop 1 – Canada Place

Today marked the beginning of our 30 Stops in 30 Weeks challenge and true to Vancouver fashion in January, it was raining. With my rainboots and an umbrella in tow, I hopped off the Trolley at Stop 1, Canada Place, and headed towards the new Vancouver Convention Centre for a tour.

Located directly beside Canada Place, which is home to the East Convention Centre, the cruise terminal, the Pan Pacific Hotel and the World Trade Centre Vancouver, the West Convention Centre boasts 350,000 square feet of meeting space and breathtaking views from every angle.

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Vancouver by Trolley – Stop 1 Canada Place

Vancouver’s Top 5 public transit sightseeing tours

SeaBus

Another night shift at VANOC’s Main Press Centre, another  frequently-asked-question: Can you recommend a public transit route that will give me a scenic tour of Vancouver?

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Vancouver’s Top 5 public transit sightseeing tours