Vancouver in a Day: Big Bus Tour & the Vancouver Aquarium

Looking for some adventure? You’ve come to the right city. No matter what time of year, when you start your day in Vancouver, it can take you anywhere. After exploring the North Shore Mountains and going for a citywide scooter tour in our last video, we wanted to give visitors some Vancouver 101 basics.

Whether you’re staying for a day or staying for weeks, one of the quickest and easiest ways to see Vancouver is to hop on one of the many bus tours operating in the downtown core. Steve and I joined Big Bus Tours this May to see who takes these tours and what they like to see.

Although we started our day in Gastown, these buses stop at most of the major hotels around town, along with attractions like Canada Place, Granville Island, English Bay, Stanley Park, the Vancouver Aquarium, Robson Street and Vancouver’s Chinatown. If you don’t know where to spend your vacation time, these tours run for about 90 mins and will help narrow down which attractions you want to see most.

The Vancouver Aquarium draws over one million visitors every year. There’s a reason why it’s one of the most popular destinations in the city. Over 70,000 creatures call the Aquarium home. You can expect to see your favourites–like beluga whales, dolphins and sea otters–and there’s a good chance you’ll discover a couple new ones while you’re here. And if you’re looking for some hands-on marine education, visitors can participate in a personalized, first-hand Animal Encounters tour, which includes feeding whales,
dolphins, sea otters and Steller sea lions.

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