Vancouver Day tour from Victoria
Had a friend visiting Victoria, BC from Australia she remembered Granville island and wanted to see it again. Stanley Park and last but not least get an overview of Vancouver today.
We got a ride to the Swartz Bay Ferry terminal on the Victoria side to catch the 7am ferry, $15.10 one way. We purchased our transit day pass to allow us a full day of hop on hop off travel in the gift shop on the ferry, $9.00. This is a great deal as the ride to and from the city on public transit is $10.
Walked off the ferry and took the local bus from the Tswassen Ferry terminal, Vancouver to Bridgeport station and transferred to the Skytrain towards Waterfront to get downtown.
At Olympic Village station we transferred to a bus bound for Granville Island. Toured the island, including food stalls. The highlight was a lovely shop , Alarte silks, that specializes in silk scarves . The Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts, a cooking school, is located at the entrance to the island. You can grab a snack, go for lunch or eat at one of the many food stalls in the market.
Walked up from Granville Island, under the Granville Bridge and took the first bus that would take us over the Granville bridge to Pender Street downtown. At Pender Street we transferred buses to get to Stanley Park. We got off our bus at Denman street to rent bicycles from ``Yes Cycle``, only $8.00! Helmets are the law in BC, so we took 2 helmets, a bike lock and a basket for my friends bag. We rode straight down Alberni street to the cycle path at Stanley park. It took us about an hour to navigate the path around the park, including time for photos, shots of the city and of course the totem poles.
After returning the bikes we hopped on he first bus that would take us to the 500 block in town . From there we hiked the few blocks to Harbour Centre to get to `Top of Vancouver``, revolving restaurant. It is worth noting $15 is the fee to get up to the view, at Vancouver Lookout. We chose lunch in the restaurant instead and bypassed the line forming for tickets to the view. Lunch goes for around $22. Over an hour period the restaurant revolves to gives a complete view of the city from English Bay and UBC, West Vancouver, North Shore Mountains, ,the working harbour , Burnaby and South to Queen Elizabeth park and beyond . The day was sunny and clear. Revolving restaurants are not generally renowned for their cuisine however I had Beef Au Jus`` and my friend had ``Warm Seafood salad``. We both thought lunch was tasty and worth it.
Conveniently Waterfront station is directly behind the Harbour Tower Centre. After lunch we took the skytrain back to Bridgeport Station, transferred to the bus that would take us to Tswassen ferry. We made the 4pm ferry which brought us back to Swartz Bay, Victoria by 5:40pm.
An enjoyable day for less than $50 per person. Happy touring!.
Links for this story:
BC Ferries : http://www.bcferries.com/
Info about the day pass is under the ``Fares`` tab
Pacific Institue of Culinary Arts: http://www.bistro101.com/index.html
Tab marked Bistro 101 has sample menus
Alarte silks : http://alartesilks.com/
Yes Cycle: http://yescycle.com/
Top of Vancouver: http://www.topofvancouver.com/menus.html
Vancouver Lookout: vancouverlookout.com/visitor-info/about-the-…
Link for the lookout if you have no time for lunch