Take a Tour on the Water This Summer in Vancouver

Paddlewheeler cruise boat in Vancouver

Paddlewheeler cruise in Coal Harbour, Vancouver. Photo: Harbour Cruises

See Vancouver from a new angle: get out on the water and experience our city’s stunning skyline, lush greenery and vibrant waterfront on a boat tour. Take a cruise on a paddlewheeler, zip around on a zodiac, watch the fireworks from the water, or dine in style while you cruise past the city.

Cruise on an Authentic Paddlewheeler

See the sights from the open-air deck of Vancouver’s only authentic paddlewheeler, the MPV Constitution, on a 1-hour scenic tour with Harbour Cruises. You’ll get great views of Stanley Park, the cruise ship terminals, Gastown, the North Shore Mountains, and more. The tour includes narration with lots of fun facts about the sights you are seeing.

Paddlewheeler in front of the Vancouver skyline

Paddlewheeler cruise in downtown Vancouver. Photo: Harbour Cruises


Enjoy Dinner (or Lunch) with a View

Sip pre-dinner cocktails on the viewing deck while watching Vancouver’s spectacular skyline slide by, then sit down for a sumptuous West Coast-style buffet dinner on Harbour Cruises Evening Dinner Cruise. The 2.5-hour excursion runs every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday all summer long. Harbour Cruises also offers a 3-hour luncheon cruise that includes a buffet lunch.

Harbour cruise in False Creek, Vancouver

A dinner cruise in False Creek, Vancouver. Photo: Harbour Cruises


Get Front Row Seats to the Fireworks

One of the most unique ways to see the annual Honda Celebration of Light fireworks display is from a boat. You can book a dinner cruise with Vancouver Cruises, Vancouver Charters, Vancouver Boat Parties, or Harbour Cruises to enjoy a delicious meal and watch the fireworks in style. Prince of Whales also offers a sunset and fireworks tour that includes snacks, hot drinks, and alcoholic beverages. Or book Vancouver Water Adventures‘ Bowen Island dinner and fireworks tour. You’ll cruise over to Bowen Island for dinner at the island’s famous Tuscany Restaurant, then enjoy the fireworks on your trip back to Vancouver.

Fireworks at the Celebration of Light in Vancouver

Boats at the Celebration of Light fireworks. Photo: Destination Vancouver/Dannielle Hayes


Go Dancing at a Boat Party

With drinks, DJs, and dancing, a boat party is a great way to enjoy nightlife while also soaking up incredible views of the glittering lights of Vancouver’s evening skyline. Vancouver Cruises and Vancouver Boat Parties both offer boat parties on weekends throughout the summer.

People on a party boat in Vancouver on Canada Day

Photo: Vancouver Cruises


Be the Captain of Your Own Ship

Cruise around the harbour or venture up the coastline at the helm of your own craft. Granville Island Boat Rentals has several types of boats in its fleet. Their downtown location is perfect for exploring False Creek and admiring the city skyline in Yaletown, but you can also cruise past downtown into the wilds of Indian Arm. Sewell’s Marina in West Vancouver also has speed boat rentals. Launch from Horseshoe Bay to enjoy great views of downtown from Lighthouse Park or motor between the islands of Howe Sound.

A speed boat in Vancouver Harbour

Driving a speed boat in Vancouver. Photo: Granville Island Boat Rentals


Zip Around in a Zodiac

See Vancouver from the water on a fast-paced Zodiac boat tour with Vancouver Water Adventures. You’ll zip past Stanley Park, False Creek, and the North Shore Mountains while enjoying incredible city views. You’ll also visit a thriving seal colony for an up-close wildlife encounter. Your guide will share fun stories about local history, celebrity homes, geology, nature, and more. If you want to get further out into the wilderness, Vancouver Water Adventures also offers tours to Granite Falls, a spectacular waterfall in Indian Arm, and excursions to Bowen Island and Howe Sound.

A zodiac tour in Vancouver harbour

Zodiac tour in Vancouver harbour. Photo: Vancouver Water Adventures

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