Vancouver City Hop-on Hop-off Tour-1 day (24 hours)

Customize your sightseeing tour of vibrant Vancouver with multiple pass options for a hop-on
hop-off tour aboard a clear-top bus. Let someone else drive you around town, and choose
when to disembark at any of the 29 stops, such as Chinatown, Stanley Park and Gastown.
Choose between the CITY Route, PARK Route, or the DUAL Pass. Explore historical landmarks
and shop along Robson Street at your own pace. Vancouver city sightseeing hop-on hop-off
tour Enjoy the city’s most popular attractions on an open-top bus Hop off at any of the stops,
including Stanley Park, Yaletown, Canada Place, beaches and more Learn about Vancouver’s
sites and history from the onboard commentary.

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8:45am START

You pick the starting place for your hop-on hop-off tour from one of 29 key stops in Vancouver –
– such as Gastown, the Robson Shopping District, or Chinatown. You can get on and off the
open-top bus as often as you like to see the highlights of Vancouver at your own pace. Use your
24-hour in a two-week period, with buses departing every 15 to 20 minutes during peak season
(May 1 – October 10) and every 60 minutes during the off-season (October 11 – April 30). Key
city attractions include the Vancouver’s famous Stanley Park. From the park’s highest point,
Prospect Point, you’ll have great views of the Cascade Mountains and Lions Gate Bridge. Admire
the exquisitely carved First Nation totem poles, the most visited monuments in British
Columbia, at Brockton Point. If you have time in your custom itinerary, hop off the bus at spot
in the park where you can take a horse-drawn carriage ride (weather permitting). If you’re in
the mood for some shopping, consider getting off the open-top bus at Robson Street, with tiny
boutiques and big brand-name stores to browse. For a bite to eat, check out the array of food
stalls at Granville Island’s Public Market. You have two options for relaxing on Vancouver’s
beaches when you’re ready for a break from sightseeing: The bus stops at Stanley Park’s Second
Beach, which has an outdoor pool and great views along the park’s Seawall, as well as English Bay Beach, a popular stretch of sand in this coastal seaport city.

1 day (24 hours)

Sea to Sky Adventure: Vancouver to Whistler with Your Grandchild-7 days

On a learning adventure with your grandchild, be a Vancouver “city kid” before journeying into
the mountains to fairy-tale Whistler to ride a gondola and “walk” the treetops.
Look! Is that a black bear eating blueberries on the mountainside, below your high-in-the-sky
gondola? It’s just one sight you may experience with your grandchild on an awesome learning
adventure in Canada’s province of British Columbia. Start the fun as a “city kid” in Vancouver,
exploring the oasis of Stanley Park and its beaches, ancient trees and aquarium. Then go north
into the mountains on the scenic Sea to Sky Corridor. In the alpine village of Whistler — named
after the native marmots’ “whistle” — walk in a rainforest canopy on suspended bridges. Relish
the mountain fun, and cap your week back in Vancouver delighting in the renowned Granville
Island public market.

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Day 1

CHECK-IN, REGISTRATIONS, WELCOME DINNER, ORIENTATION


Dinner: At the hotel, we’ll enjoy a buffet dinner with coffee, tea, water included; other
beverages available for purchase.

Evening: Orientation. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will
review the up-to-date program schedule and any changes, discuss roles and responsibilities,
logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions.

Day 2

STANLEY PARK ECOLOGY SOCIETY, VANCOUVER AQUARIUM

Breakfast: At the hotel, we’ll choose from a buffet breakfast including coffee, tea, juice, and
water.
Morning: We’ll board a motorcoach and head to Stanley Park, a large and historic oasis in the
heart of the city. We will learn about this unique park and its groves of ancient Douglas fir and
hemlock, remnants of the rich forest that once blanketed the region and can still be seen in
other parts of British Columbia today. Along the way, we’ll stop by world-famous landmarks like
the Lost Lagoon, totem poles, and the 5.5-mile seawall which encircles the park. Our expert
guide will bring us to a park wetland or shore for a multi-sensory exploration of one of the
park’s special ecosystems.
Lunch: We will enjoy lunch at a local restaurant located within Stanley Park. Coffee, tea and
water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: There are several highlights resting within the seawalls of the city’s oldest and
largest park, including the Vancouver Aquarium. Here, we will go behind the scenes of the
aquarium for a hands-on experience with an on-site interpreter. From learning about aquatic
habitats and ecosystems, to biological adaptations, we will get an expert glimpse into the
invertebrates and fish that live in British Columbia’s waters.
Dinner: At a local restaurant. Coffee, tea, and water included; other beverages available for
purchase.
Evening: At leisure.

Day 3

BRITTANIA MINE MUSEUM, TO WHISTLER, BLACK BEAR LECTURE

Breakfast: At the hotel, we’ll choose from a buffet breakfast including coffee, tea, juice, and
water.
Morning: We set off from Vancouver early by motorcoach to travel through the breathtaking
beauty of the Sea to Sky Corridor. Small islands and rocky outcroppings dot the waters of
glacially carved Howe Sound below, and the tree-covered Coast Mountains – including the
Stawamus Chief, the second-largest granite monolith in the world – form a stunning
background. At Squamish, a historic First Nations and railway community at the northern tip of
the Sound, we will visit the Britannia Mine for an experience inside of the Coast Mountains.
With over 60,000 people once having lived and worked at the site, and at one time leading the
way in ore extraction technologies, the museum offers an interactive opportunity to explore
British Columbia’s mining history. We’ll take a ride in a mine cart down a haulage tunnel; once
inside, we’ll learn about mining efforts and technology with working drills and a mucking
machine. Above ground, we’ll pan for gold, check out an ore cart, and see the working lime
tank.

Lunch: We’ll enjoy sandwiches at the museum. Coffee, tea, and water included; other
beverages available for purchase.
Afternoon: After lunch, we’ll travel to Whistler for check-in at the Westin Resort & Spa. We will
then be joined by a local bear researcher for a fascinating presentation about the black bears
that live in these mountains and valleys. If we’re lucky, we may see a few scouring for berries
on our gondola ride up the mountain later in our program – be careful not to be fooled by the
name though, as black bears come in variety of colors, from jet black to different shades of
brown, and even white!

Dinner: At the hotel restaurant, we will enjoy a plated meal made from locally sourced seasonal
ingredients. Coffee, tea, and water included; other beverages available for purchase.
Evening: At leisure.

Day 4

SCAVENGER HUNT, SQUAMISH LIL’WAT CENTRE, TREE TREK ADVENTURE

Morning: We will spend this morning learning about the rich stories and varied cultures of the
area. What is now a world-renowned destination for outdoor adventure enthusiasts was once a
vast untouched valley, with the first pioneers to live on the land now known as Whistler Village
not arriving until the 1880s. At the Whistler Museum, we will hear about these early adventure
seekers and subsequent development of lodges and cabins, mills, and mines that turned the
valley into a village. After hearing about the region’s colorful past, we will continue to explore
its exciting present with a scavenger hunt through the village, ending at the Squamish Lil’wat
Cultural Centre. There, we will gain insight into the Squamish and Lil’wat cultures with a local
Indigenous educator as we experience a welcome dance and learn the symbolism of the
Centre’s totems and other wood carvings.

Lunch: We will enjoy a taste of modern First Nations cuisine at the Centre’s café.
Afternoon: On our rainforest canopy adventure, we will walk along suspended bridges between
spectacular cedar, hemlock, and fir trees as we pass over the rushing waters of Fitzsimmons
Creek nestled between Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. Along the way, an interpreter will
teach us about the local ecology that makes up the lush old-growth forest around and below us.
Dinner: At a local restaurant.
Evening: At leisure.

Day 5

THE PEAKS OF WHISTLER & BLACKCOMB MOUNTAINS, FREE TIME

Breakfast: At the hotel.
Morning: We’ll be up early to explore Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains’ peaks. At the top,
we will venture out on a walk to learn about the mountains’ formation millions of years ago as
well as the major natural milestones that created today’s spectacular alpine environment. A
geologist will lead us through this journey back in time as we learn about the mountains’ fiery
volcanic past, hunt for fossils, and discover the plants and wildlife that call today’s alpine
environment home.
Lunch: We will enjoy a packed lunch atop the mountain with picturesque views of the valleys
below.
Afternoon: Free time. Stay on the mountain for a more challenging hike, or those looking for a
more relaxing afternoon can walk through Whistler Village.
Dinner: On your own. Whistler has a variety of culinary experiences close at hand.
Evening: At leisure.

Day 6

WEST COAST HERITAGE RAILWAY PARK, GRANVILLE ISLAND

Breakfast: At the hotel.
Morning: We’ll check out of the hotel and board the motorcoach back to Vancouver. Along the
way, we will stop in Squamish to explore the railway heritage of the mountains at a 12-acre site
replicating a turn-of-the-century railway town. An on-site expert will walk us through historic
buildings, a train station, a mini-rail, and some of the over 90 locomotives, sharing the vital role
that the railway played in the development of British Columbia.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.
Afternoon: A local expert will walk us through the colorful streets and market of Granville
Island. Once an industrial manufacturing area, it is now a bustling hotspot for Vancouver arts,
cultures, and entertainment. We’ll get to sample fresh donuts as we explore the well-loved
icons and hidden history of the island.
Dinner: At a restaurant on Granville Island. Coffee, tea, and water included; other beverages
available for purchase. Share favorite experiences with new Road Scholar friends during our
farewell dinner.
Evening: At leisure. Prepare for check-out and departure in the morning.

Day 7

PROGRAM CONCLUDES

Breakfast: At the hotel, we’ll enjoy a hot and cold buffet breakfast with juice, coffee, tea, water
included; other beverages available for purchase. This concludes our program.

7 days

WHALE WATCHING TOUR FROM VANCOUVER- 3 hours

While in Vancouver, don’t miss the chance to take a whale-watching tour and spot killer whales,
porpoises, seals, eagles and other wildlife amid the stunning scenery of Canada’s southwest
coast. Join your professional naturalist and board a first class, modern vessel for a 3- to 5-hour
expedition, starting in the picturesque, historic fishing village of Steveston and traveling
through the spectacular Gulf Islands and San Juan Islands.

The area is renowned for attracting whales, and this tour enjoys a 90% sighting success rate. On
your quest to find orcas (killer whales), you’ll have the opportunity to see the inhabitants of this
diverse marine ecosystem, including bow riding Dall’s porpoises, sea lions, bald eagles and
seals. Select the shuttle option to include round-trip transportation from downtown Vancouver,
and spend a morning or afternoon in touch with nature on this memorable whale-watching
tour!

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DEPARTURE POINT

CHECK-IN, REGISTRATIONS, WELCOME DINNER, ORIENTATION

Steveston Village, British Columbia or nine centrally located pickup points in downtown
Vancouver (if shuttle option selected)
After a scenic 35-minute ride from Downtown Vancouver, arrive in the charming center of
Steveston Heritage Fishing Village. Door-to-door shuttle service from your hotel is available, if
the option is selected, as well as free parking for those who drive. Tours depart rain or shine, as
all boats are equipped with both open decks and covered cabins. Snap photos in the serene
waters of the Gulf Islands, while an expert in marine biology gives you an overview of the

animals in the area. The captain navigates to the best spots for orca sightings, and the onboard
naturalist ensures you don’t miss out on seeing a variety of sea creatures, including orcas, sea
lions, and porpoises. Complimentary hydrophones give you a rare opportunity to hear whale
calls in real time. Enjoy a snack on board before docking back in Steveston Village, the perfect
place for a relaxing afternoon, or hop back on the shuttle to your Vancouver hotel.

3 hours

VANCOUVER CITY SIGHTSEEING TOUR 4 hours

Hit some of Vancouver’s most popular sites on this 4-hour sightseeing tour. Wind through
Stanley Park, Chinatown, Gastown, Granville Island and more, while learning about the places
you see from an informative guide. This is a great way for first-time visitors and those short on
time to get a great overview of the city.

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DEPARTURE POINT

CHECK-IN, REGISTRATIONS, WELCOME DINNER, ORIENTATION

Traveler pickup is offered
After being picked up from your Vancouver/Richmond hotel or the cruise ship terminal, explore
many of the city’s greatest attractions and areas. Drive through the cobbled stone streets of
historic Gastown and see the vibrant culture of Chinatown. Head into Stanley Park, to visit a
series of nine Indigenous Peoples’ Story Poles. Pull out your camera to capture amazing views
of the North Shore Mountains, the Lions Gate Bridge, and Burrard Inlet at the highest point in
the park, Prospect Point. Visit the artisan stores and galleries at Granville Island. Make sure to
sample some of the local food found at the Public Market. The tour also includes a visit to the Vancouver Lookout for 360-degree views from 553 feet (168 meters) above the ground in the
observation deck. End your tour at your hotel, or ask to be dropped off downtown or at the
Vancouver International Airport.

4 hours