Welcome to the Vancouver cruise port guide. Vancouver is without doubt one of the best cities in North America. It is Canada’s 3rd largest city with over 600.000 inhabitants. Although the city of Vancouver is quite spread out your main sights are all within walking distance of short bus ride away. Your ship will dock right in downtown Vancouver and as soon as you step off the ship the fun is on. With the backdrop of beautiful mountains and nature just within reach it is the perfect destination for the day. Go shopping in the charming Gastown district, conquer the Capilano Suspension Bridge or visit one of the world’s best city parks. You can do it all here in Vancouver.
Cruise Port Guide Vancouver – Canada: docked
Cruise ships in Vancouver dock at Canada Place also known as the Cruise Terminal. There are a lot of facilities offered in the cruise terminal like tourist information, luggage storage, cafe’s restaurants and the Canada Fly-over. Canada place (the cruise terminal) is located at a brilliant spot in the city centre of Vancouver. Simply cross the street and you are in Downtown Vancouver. A lot of things are within walking distance of the ship, but if you are planning to go all over town the miles will add up. Alternatively you can also pick one of the transportation options underneath.
Taxis in Vancouver
The official taxis of Vancouver are often blue, black, yellow or orange coloured. They all have a taxi sign on top and run on the meter. The estimated prices are on display in the cruise terminal. From Canada place to the following place will cost you approximately: to downtown: 11 to 13 Canadian dollars to Vancouver International Airport: 30 to 35 Canadian dollars
Vancouver has a convenient public transportation system. You’ll find the city is connected by Skytrain, Seabus and public bus. Plan any journey ahead with the Translink website: www.translink.ca Public busses can take you all over downtown and beyond. Buy a ticket on the bus with exact change: 2,75 Canadian dollar. Or buy a day ticket for $9,75 at the Waterfront station in front of the cruise terminal. The day ticket is valid for bus, train and metro.
The cruise line will not offer a shuttle service into town. However a couple of attractions outside of town will offer a shuttle service like the Capilano Suspension Bridge. Find the details below.
Hop on hop off bus
There is a hop on hop off bus available in Vancouver at the cruise terminal. Buy your ticket on the bus.
Scenic cruising Vancouver
Click here to learn more about what to see when your cruise ship sails out of Vancouver. Check your ships sailing route and see where you will spot the Iron workers bridge, Lions Gate Bridge and much more.
The following sights are wheelchair accessible:
Vancouver Art Gallery, Science world, Stanley Park, Burnaby Village Museum. Hell’s Gate Airtram
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Travel information Canada
Official currency – Canadian dollar
Accepts US dollars – Usually yes
Creditcards – are widely accepted
Drives on the – right
Timezone – UTC -3.5 to -8
Inhabitants – 36 million
Official language – English and French
Capital city – Ottawa
Federal parliamentary constitutional monarchy
This is the tower where you will get a beautiful view over the city of Vancouver. It is a simple 40 second elevator ride to a 553 ft / 168 meter above the ground. From here you can enjoy gorgeous panoramic views over the city. The Lookout is a 15 minute walk from the cruise terminal. See map above for its exact location.
The seawall must be one of the most unique things about Vancouver. It stretches all the way around Vancouver. It’s especially loved by walkers and cyclist who use the sea wall as their usual work out route where they manoeuvre themselves on this counterclockwise parkour.
For the shopaholics amongst us; there are lots of fun places to shop around at. Find your unique boutiques in Gastown, market at Granville Island and Vancouver’s busiest shopping street would be Robson Shopping District. This has the largest shopping facilities in town and it is only a couple of blocks from the cruise terminal.
This 30 ft high sculpture is the Olympic Cauldron. Canada hosted the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. The Cauldron burned with the Olympic flame and is still being re-lit on special occasions.
In Stanley Park you will find Canada’s biggest aquarium. Meet their belugas, penguins, sea otters and 50.000 other aquatic creatures. Find the aquarium within 40 minutes walk from port or take bus 19 to it.
Just a few blocks from the cruise terminal is where you will find the Vancouver art gallery which is considered to be one of the best in the country and it certainly is the biggest. Its historical and contemporary art collection has master pieces from all over the world housed in this 1911 courthouse. See the exact location of the museum in the map above.
Cruise ships dock at the the cruise terminal called Canada Place. It is a great facility that offers lots of services to cruisers. It is also situated at a central location in the city. Read all about your transportation options and things to see and do in our full Vancouver cruise port guide here.
In the middle of town you will find the world famous Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Chinese Gardens. 53 master craftsmen from China constructed the garden using traditional Chinese methods to construct this garden. You will find over Tai hu rocks, koi fish, penjing (miniature trees) and much more at the gardens. Guided tours and tea are included in the admission.
The waterfront station is in front of the cruise terminal. This is where you can easily pick up the translink to go to the airport. This is also where you can buy a day pass for public transportation in Vancouver. Buy it for 9,75 Canadian dollar at the machine.
If you want to get out of town and spend the day in nature Capilano might just be the thing to do for you. Cross its world famous 450 foot span, race on the new Cliff walk or stroll the rainforest. It is the perfect day out especially with kids. There is a free shuttle service from the cruise terminal (Canada Place) to Capilano. Check the schedule on their website: capbridge.com
If you are not the city type and looking for nature and wildlife than Grouse Mountain is a place you could consider going while in port. There are tons of things to do here like guided eco-walks, zip lining, visit the lumberjack show or meet the grizzly bears. Catch the free shuttle bus to Grouse Mountain at the cruise terminal / Canada Place. Check their schedule on grouse mountain.com/shuttle
Visit the inspiring and exciting look into the world of science. Visit one of the many exhibitions inside and outside. It’s fun for any age.