I won't bore you with the fabulous details of my day trip to Vancouver last weekend, but I will say I planned this trip the day before because I wanted to do something cool with my sons on what was supposed to be a beautiful Saturday. My sons are 11 & 14 and getting them out of the house, and out of Chilliwack proved to be a great experience. So we parked at the Vancouver Museum/Planetarium and it was $10 dollars for the day! We did go into the Museum as I had bought a Groupon that sparked this whole adventure. I will review that place as well, in summary - skip it.
When you get down to the water, there is only one dock. Don't feel trepidatious if you have never been on these ferries, I hadn't either and that is why I am writing this so you can be confident on where you are going. Go down the ramp and you will see a sign for ferry pick up. There are more than one water taxi company that travel false creek, the other being the Aquabus. I honestly don't know if the Aquabus goes this far down the inlet. There are 9 stops and I knew we would be on and off all day so I bought a day pass for all three of us, I believe it was $32 dollars. I am SO glad I did that - the freedom of going where ever we wanted, for as long as we wanted, as many times as we wanted was priceless. You get a little business card size pass, don't lose it - you get to watch people dole out money all day long and this is all you need.
The longest wait was under 5 minutes, and most docks were pretty organized. The staff were all friendly, not that interactive however. I don't know what I was expecting, but I am an outgoing person. We went to Granville Island and spent a couple of hours eating, wandering, went for lunch at the Sandbar (will also review) and basically just enjoying the day! Then off to Yaletown where we walked down to the next stop at the Plaza of Nations/Edgewater Casino.
OH - you can bring on bikes, and dogs by the way.
There really is no better way to spend a day. All in all it cost me under a hundred dollars, gas, parking, food, travel included for the three of us. Would do it again in a heart beat, and would definitely recommend False Creek Ferries.
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