9 Night Alaska Intensive Cruise on Radiance of the Seas from Vancouver, British Columbia Icy Strait Point, Alaska Things To Do National Park Mountains Snow
The 9 Night Alaska Intensive Cruise from Vancouver, British Columbia visits Sitka, Alaska; Hubbard Glacier, Alaska; Juneau, Alaska; Skagway, Alaska; Icy Strait Point, Alaska; Ketchikan, Alaska; Inside Passage, Canada; Vancouver, British Columbia. Explore our cruise itineraries and choose from a variety of rooms depending on your needs and budget. Start planning your next cruise vacation by selecting a destination and departure port.
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9 Night Alaska Intensive Cruise
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Explore Radiance of the Seas
Day 1 - Vancouver, British Columbia
Day 2 - Cruising
Day 3 - Sitka, Alaska
Day 4 - Hubbard Glacier, Alaska
Day 5 - Juneau, Alaska
Day 6 - Skagway, Alaska
Day 7 - Icy Strait Point, Alaska
Day 8 - Ketchikan, Alaska
Day 9 - Inside Passage, Canada
Day 10 - Vancouver, British Columbia
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Icy Strait Point, Alaska Things To Do National Park Mountains Snow
Snowy mountain tops at the National Park in Icy Strait Point, Alaska
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9 Night Alaska Intensive Cruise

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Leaving from
Vancouver, British Columbia
Onboard
Radiance of the Seas
Day Port
1
Vancouver, British Columbia
Departs at 4:30 PM
2
Cruising
Day at sea
3
Sitka, Alaska
From 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
4
Hubbard Glacier, Alaska
Sightseeing from 7:00 AM - 12:00 PM
5
Juneau, Alaska
From 7:00 AM - 9:30 PM
6
Skagway, Alaska
From 7:00 AM - 8:30 PM
7
Icy Strait Point, Alaska
From 6:30 AM - 3:00 PM
8
Ketchikan, Alaska
From 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
9
Inside Passage, Canada
Sightseeing
10
Vancouver, British Columbia
Arrives at 7:00 AM
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Radiance of the Seas
A five-course epicurean extravaganza at Chef's Table. A stage-side spectacular of song and dance in City of Dreams. Films by the pool and mini golf on deck. Radiance of the Seas® transports you to far-off discoveries on land and at sea.

FROM GLACIER GAZING TO BAR-RAISING THRILLS

Adventure is waiting around every corner onboard Radiance of the Seas®. Join a game of mini golf or reach new heights on the Rock Climbing Wall. Then unwind with a film on the poolside screen or check into Vitality℠ at Sea Spa and Fitness Centre.

FEED YOUR INNER EXPLORER

Prepare to fuel up on fare that's as thrilling as the destinations you'll visit, like authentic Tuscan flavours at Giovanni's Table and exotic Asian eats at Izumi. For contemporary steakhouse dining with a twist, head to Chops Grille℠. Or sit down to a five-course culinary journey at Chef's Table.

ELEVATE ENTERTAINMENT

Ready to be dazzled? The celestial show City of Dreams takes you from Atlantis to Venice, while Piano Man revisits memory lane with classics on the keys. And throughout the ship, you'll find performances by onboard guest entertainers, from piano sing-alongs at the Schooner Bar to live jams at the English Pub.

Day 1: Vancouver, British Columbia

Day 1
Vancouver
British Columbia
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Things to do in
Vancouver
Departs at 4:30 PM
Alive with the hum of high-energy adventure, Vancouver is a sophisticated cityscape on the edge of British Columbia’s wild interior. This multicultural city offers a bit of everything: big city buzz, sky-high mountains and Pacific beaches. If you’re a history buff you can view First Nations artefacts at the Museum of Anthropology. Take little ones to meet over 50,000 aquatic creatures at the Vancouver Aquarium, or get a bird’s eye view of the old-growth forest at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. Horseshoe Bay salmon fishing… Granville Island paddle boarding… Grouse Mountain’s aerial tram – discover loads of outdoor adventures in Vancouver, from the bay to the backwoods.

BUBBLING WITH ADVENTURE

Walk the cobbled streets of Gastown, admiring 20th-century brick buildings and taking a selfie with the whistling Steam Clock. Explore Maple Tree Square, site of ‘Gassy Jack’ Deighton’s first tavern, and then stroll under the elaborate Chinatown Millennium Gate. Eat Asian delights – or escape the bustle amid Dr Su Yat-Sen’s peaceful gardens.
Insider tip
Canadians are known to offer a polite smile and “hello” when even greeting strangers.

FULL OF FRESH AIR

Breathe in the 1,000-acre greenspace of Stanley Park, one of the largest urban parks in North America. Hike along the red cedar forest trails, relax beachside, take a horse-drawn carriage ride,or view the Brockton Point totem poles. Then walk along the Seawall, with the city centre skyline as your backdrop.

COLONIAL CHARISMA

Take a scenic ferry ride to Victoria, the capital of British Columbia. Get lost in the romance of its English-inspired traditions with a proper afternoon tea at the Empress hotel. Wander Butchart Gardens’ gorgeous topiaries and admire Craigdarroch Castle’s Victorian architecture. Victoria Public Market is an excellent dining and shopping spot.

LOCAL CUISINE

Vancouver’s cultural diversity is the key ingredient to its unique culinary scene. Dozens of food trucks, street food stalls and farmers’ markets offer something for every taste. Farm-to-table dishes feature Fraser Valley duck and spot prawns. Enjoy an assortment of Asian cuisine, from Chinese dim sum to Japanese ramen. Then sip Okanagan Valley wine or Granville Island beer from Canada’s first micro-brewery.

SHOPPING

Head to Robson Street for mainstream chain stores, or hit the quirky indie shops of Gastown, Main Street and Commercial Drive. Lonsdale Quay Market is home to 80 unique shops, while Granville Island’s art studios sell First Nations carvings and jewellery – plus its public market is known for gourmet goods.

Day 2: Cruising

Day 2
Cruising
At Sea
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Family Celebrating a Hole in One
Family Playing Mini Golf on Liberty of the Seas
CAN'T-MISS FAVOURITES
Kids Climbing up the Rock Wall
Kids Climbing on the Rock Wall Staring at the Ultimate Abyss

Rock Climbing Wall

Rise to the occasion and take on the signature Rock Climbing Wall. From beginners to speed climbers, everyone can enjoy an unparalleled view from 12 metres (40 feet) above deck. Included in your fare, no reservation required.
Sister Teaching Younger Brother Mini Golf
Family Enjoying a Round of Mini Golf

Mini Golf

Hit the links on the high seas! Refine your mini-golf game on a green that overlooks a sea of blue. Included in your fare, no reservation required.

Day 3: Sitka, Alaska

Day 3
Sitka
Alaska
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Sitka
From 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sitka truly offers the best of Alaska. Its small-town appeal stems from a unique blend of Russian, Tlingit and American history. Its snow-capped peaks and volcanic Mount Edgecumbe pose amongst the state’s most postcard-worthy scenes. And its rare wildlife astounds, from Saint Lazaria Island’s orange-beaked puffins to Alaska Maritime Refuge’s 40 million seabirds. This is off-the-beaten-track Alaska, where you can kayak Sitka Sound alongside swimming sea otters or fly-fish for the world’s biggest halibut. Whether it’s hiking along Baranof Island trails or listening to tribal stories passed down for generations, in Sitka the midnight sun never sets on adventure.

LINKS TO THE PAST

Explore Sitka National Historical Park to trace the town’s early beginnings and native heritage. See indigenous artefacts, watch a documentary film and walk the mile-long Totem Trail. Then view creative pieces by local Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian artists at the Sitka Cultural Centre.
Insider tip
Pack your sunglasses – Alaska has bright sunlight even in winter.

BERING HISTORY IN MIND

Learn about Sitka’s Russian influence on a walk to St Michael’s Cathedral, one of the few remaining Russian Orthodox churches in Alaska. Check out the Russian Bishop’s House and watch New Archangel Dancers perform traditional choreography. Then stand atop Castle Hill, where the first American flag flew over Alaska in 1867.
Insider tip
Don’t eat berries along Alaskan trails, as some are poisonous.

FOR THE BIRDS

Get up close to native eagles, owls, falcons and hawks at the Alaska Raptor Centre’s rehab hospital. Meet the vets who nurse injured birds back to health and view the flight-training centre – a rainforest environment where recovered animals relearn survival skills before being released back into the wild.

LOCAL CUISINE

The local Pacific Northwest 'frontier cuisine' is packed with fresh seafood offerings like sockeye lox and halibut fish and chips. Here you’ll find Dungeness crab harvested by local families and food trucks serving black cod collars. And don’t miss Baranof Island Brewing Company – the Silver Bay IPA and Halibut Point Hefeweizen are two solid sipping options.

SHOPPING

City centre galleries are your best bet for Northwest Coast native art and jewellery made by Inupiat Eskimos. Russian nesting dolls, woven Tlingit baskets and wild berry products also make authentic Alaskan souvenirs. Pop into the WinterSong Soap Company for herbal bath products made on-site.

Day 4: Hubbard Glacier, Alaska

Day 4
Hubbard Glacier
Alaska
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Things to do in
Hubbard Glacier
Sightseeing from 7:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Experience the daunting power of the largest tidewater glacier in North America. While most glaciers tend to thin and retreat, Hubbard Glacier continues to thicken and actively advance toward the Gulf of Alaska, earning the nickname “Galloping Glacier”. Sailing into Disenchantment Bay near the glacier’s 400-foot-tall face, you’ll get panoramic views of its gigantic expanse— Hubbard is a monstrous 76 miles long and 1,200 feet deep.

TIDES OF ADVENTURE

As you sail into picturesque Yakutat Bay, the first all-weather, all-vessel safe harbor north of Icy Point, you’ll be able to see Hubbard Glacier off in the distance. Passing miles of sandy beaches, keep your eyes peeled for harbor seals lounging on buoys or swimming in waters alongside the ship.
Insider tip
Bring a camera with a good zoom to capture the glacier’s best angle.

SPREAD YOUR WINGS

The Yakutat Bay Important Bird Area is known for its large population of breeding Kittlitz’s murrelet. Its open-water habitat is also home to one of the largest breeding colonies of Aleutian terns. More than 200 species of birds can be seen in this area.

Day 5: Juneau, Alaska

Day 5
Juneau
Alaska
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Juneau, Alaska Blue Glacier Ice Cave
Beautiful blue glacier in Juneau, Alaska
Things to do in
Juneau
From 7:00 AM - 9:30 PM
You can’t get to Juneau easily without a sprint by air or by sea. But once you arrive you’ll find majestic views and rich culture in every corner. With its snowcapped mountains, misty rainforests, massive glaciers and bounty of wildlife, Alaska’s remote state capital is the perfect place to dive into nature. Framed by Mount Juneau and Mount Roberts, the city’s picturesque central area offers centuries-old bars, boutique shops and historical landmarks. For a taste of the local culture, visit the historic district and the Alaska State Museum. And for outdoor thrills, you can take your pick of activities ranging from whale watching in Auke Bay Harbour to tundra trekking over Mendenhall Glacier, and even try your hand at gold panning in Last Chance Basin.
Juneau, Alaska  Humpback Whales Watching Ocean
Humpback whales shooting out water in the ocean in Juneau, Alaska

SEAFARING SAFARI

Watch for humpback whales, orcas, harbour seals and Steller sea lions as you cruise through the icy Alaskan waters on a charter boat.
Insider tip
Summer temperatures average in the 60’s but can jump into the mid-80s or drop unexpectedly into the 40s or below, so dress in layers.
Juneau, Alaska Things To Do Sledding Dogs Family
A family out on an excursion of dog sledding with the huskies in the snow in Juneau, Alaska

BECOME A MASTER MUSHER

Travel to Juneau’s Mendenhall Glacier and join a team of professional mushers and their huskies on a sleigh ride over the snow.
Insider tip
Keep your eyes peeled, because Juneau is in the heart of Bear Country. While the bears don’t typically bother humans, it’s always a good idea to keep your distance.
Juneau, Alaska Gold Panning Family Fun Things To Do
Family fun activity of gold panning in Juneau, Alaska

GO FOR THE GOLD

Follow in the footsteps of fortune hunters and pan for gold along trails forged by prospectors over a hundred years ago during the Juneau gold rush.
Juneau, Alaska Salmon Grill
Salmon being cooked on the grill in Alaska

LOCAL CUISINE

From coffee shops to local pubs, Juneau’s food scene is all about seafood and simple fare, like burgers and sandwiches. If you’re craving a cold one, be sure you try Alaskan Brewing Company’s Alaskan Amber or Smoked Porter – they’re both local favourites.

SHOPPING

For some frontier retail therapy, head to central Juneau and you’ll find plenty of shops and boutiques selling Native art, locally crafted goods and designer brands.

Day 6: Skagway, Alaska

Day 6
Skagway
Alaska
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Skagway Alaska Mountains Ice Snow Glaciers
Breathtaking view of the Skagway Alaska ice snow glaciers.
Things to do in
Skagway
From 7:00 AM - 8:30 PM
The tiny town of Skagway still looks like it did during the Klondike Gold Rush over 100 years ago – and today it remains an outpost for thrilling Alaskan adventure. An old-time tram ride along bustling Broadway Street reveals well-preserved buildings, including the state’s oldest hotel. You can see engraved walrus tusks at the Corrington Museum, or get lost in riveting historical reenactments around town. If outdoor adventure is more your thing, there are plenty of ways to ramp up the adrenaline, from sledding with Alaskan Huskies on Laughton Glacier to rafting on Lynn Canal, the longest fjord in North America.
Skagway Alaska Vintage Rail Car White Pass Yukon Route Bridal Veil Falls
Blown away Skagway Alaska scenery with a vintage car rail along with snow mountains and beautiful purple flowers.

ON THE RIGHT TRACK

Prepare to be blown away by breathtaking Alaskan scenery while riding in a vintage train along the White Pass and Yukon Route narrow-gauge railway. See Bridal Veil Falls, Dead Horse Gulch and Glacier Gorge unfold before you while climbing the 880-metre incline of White Pass.
Insider tip
For USD 5 you can ride the S.M.A.R.T. Bus around town all day long.
Skagway Alaska Chilkoot Trail Hiking Trail
Skagway Alaska trail hiking mountain view.

TAKE A HIKE

Known as 'the world’s longest outdoor museum', Chilkoot Trail encompasses 53 kilometres of hiking trails. Follow in the footsteps of Klondike stampeders as you trek through dense rainforest, enjoy incredible scenery and discover the Gold Rush ghost town of Dyea. This is the ultimate Alaskan outdoor challenge.
Insider tip
National Park Service rangers lead free walking tours of the historic district five times daily.
Skagway Alaska Klondlike Gold Rush Museum
Skagway Alaska historic museum.

GO FOR GOLD

Step back in time at the museums of Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park. Relive the good old Gold Rush days through interactive exhibits at its Visitor Centre, housed in the restored 19th-century Railway Depot. You can also watch a captivating documentary film detailing the rush for gold in Alaska.
Skagway Alaska Cuisine Crab Legs Seafood Shellfish
The best place for a banquet of king crab legs is in Skagway Alaska.

LOCAL CUISINE

Skagway is one of the best places to feast on king crab legs. Hit Skagway Brewing Company for sockeye salmon sandwiches paired with a Blonde Ale made from hand-picked Sitka spruce tree tips. Enjoy Mendenhall Mudd or Klondike Walnut fudge at the Alaska Fudge Company – and then sip a nightcap at Red Onion Saloon, the oldest watering hole in town.
Skagway Alaska Shopping Gold Rush Souvenir Shops Galleries Local Artisan
Welcome to Skagway Alaska and our local shopping downtown.

SHOPPING

Skagway’s central historic corridor has its fair share of Gold Rush-era facades that now house souvenir shops. Sprinkled amongst them are galleries selling local artisanal paintings, carvings, pottery, woodworks and jewellery. You’ll know it’s authentic if it has the 'Made in Skagway' logo.

Day 7: Icy Strait Point, Alaska

Day 7
Icy Strait Point
Alaska
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Things to do in
Icy Strait Point
From 6:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Icy Strait Point is one tiny port that’s big on Alaskan wilderness and Native culture. Opened a decade ago by the Huna Tlingit Native Alaskans, it’s easily one of the best spots in the region for fishing and whale watching. Dive into Native Alaska culture at a tribal dance show or pay a visit to Hoonah, Alaska’s largest Tlingit village. If you want to venture over to the wild side, go on a guided nature hike through nearby rainforests or hop into an ATV and explore the backroads of Chichagof Island. At the end of the day, you can take in forest views while soaring high above the trees on the longest zip line in the world. No matter what kind of Alaska adventure you’re craving, you’ll find it in Icy Strait Point.
Alaska Icy Strait Point Longest Zip Line
Alaska Icy Strait Point Longest Zip Line

SCENIC SOARING

Brave the ZipRider®, the world’s longest zip line, and enjoy amazing views of the forest as you race from a mountain peak at 60 miles per hour.
Alaska Icy Strait Point Whale Watching
Alaska Icy Strait Point Whale Watching

GO WHALE WATCHING

See the amazing humpback whales that call the waters of Icy Strait Point their home. You might even catch them bubble net feeding!
Alaska Icy Strait Point Tribe Local Performance
Alaska Icy Strait Point Tribe Local Performance

CULTURE TRIP

Watch members of the Huna Tlingit Dancers troupe tell the story of their tribal heritage through song and dance at the Native Heritage Center Theater.
Icy Strait Point, Alaska Cuisine Dungeness Crab
Delicious Dungeness Crab cuisine in Icy Strait Point

LOCAL CUISINE

Hearty and rich, Alaska cuisine is made to hit the spot. Most meals spotlight local fish or caribou, and Dungeness crab when it’s in season. For a real Alaska speciality, head to the Cookhouse Restaurant and try the reindeer chilli or the Alaska Blue Burger, made with reindeer meat, blue cheese and merlot steak sauce.
One of the many historic cannery buildings at Icy Strait Point
One of the many historic cannery buildings at Icy Strait Point

SHOPPING

You’ll find plenty of authentic Alaska gifts just a quick stroll from the dock at the historic Cannery Shops. Look for jewellery made from fine gold nuggets, handcrafted objects and warm winter fashions.

Day 8: Ketchikan, Alaska

Day 8
Ketchikan
Alaska
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623662536, Looking down Creek Street, immediately outside of Ketchikan's downtown near the mouth of Ketchikan Creek. Creek Street, along with a block of Fourth Avenue in Fairbanks, were Alaska's two significant red-light districts until the passage of the Anti-Crib Laws in the early 1950s. Ketchikan is a city in the Ketchikan Gateway Borough, Alaska, United States, the southeasternmost city in Alaska. Ketchikan is located on Revillagigedo Island, so named in 1793 by Captain George Vancouver. Ketchikan is named after Ketchikan Creek, which flows through the town, emptying into the Tongass Narrows a short distance southeast of its downtown. The area near the mouth of Ketchikan Creek later earned Ketchikan a measure of infamy during the first half of the 20th century for a red-light district known as Creek Street, with brothels aligned on either side of the creek.
Things to do in
Ketchikan
From 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Ketchikan sits at the southern end of Alaska’s Inside Passage – a gateway to the wild landscapes and seascapes of Misty Fjords National Monument. The canned salmon capital of the world, it’s a hub for fishing and outdoor sports. It’s also home to three tribes of Northwest Coast Indians, making it a great place to get a taste for the local culture. You’ll see it in the colourful, hand-carved totems that line the city’s streets and parks, and in the unique stilted homes that cling to Deer Mountain’s slopes. If you want to get up close and personal with nature, venture into the Tongass National Forest, the largest in the United States. Or head to Ketchikan Creek Waterfall for amazing views of downtown Ketchikan and a glimpse at the yearly salmon runs.
Ketchikan, Alaska Things To Do Totem Poles Saxman Village
Detail of totem pole at Saxman Village tribal house near Ketchikan, Alaska

TOTEM TIME

Ketchikan has more totem poles than anywhere in the world. And just south of the central area at Saxman Native Village you’ll find a nice collection of finely carved and decorated totems – all authentic replicas – plus a replica clan house.
Insider tip
You can pick up useful maps and brochures at the Ketchikan Visitors Center, located on the dock at Berth 2.
Ketchikan, Alaska Things To Do Tongass Trail Forest
Hiking through the Tongass Trail Forest in Ketchikan, Alaska

WILDERNESS WANDERING

If you’re craving natural thrills, venture past the town limits into Tongass National Forest. The largest national forest in the US, it’s a great place to spot local wildlife like deer, seals – even black bears and bald eagles.
Insider tip
Ketchikan is one of the rainiest towns in North America, so bring waterproof gear and umbrellas.
Ketchikan, Alaska Things To Do Misty Fjords
Majestic body of water along the mountains with clouds floating over the water in one of Ketchikan, Alaska's national monuments known as Misty Fjords

LORD OF THE FJORD

If you really want to experience Alaska’s dramatic landscape, visit Misty Fjords National Monument. It’s 332 square metres of rock walls, towering trees, sea cliffs and dramatic fjords.
Insider tip
Ketchikan’s crossing guards mean business. Use the crosswalks and listen to their instructions.
Ketchikan, Alaska Cuisine Salmon
Grilled Salmon topped with rosemary, which is one of the most popular dishes in Ketchikan, Alaska

LOCAL CUISINE

Ketchikan isn’t called the tinned salmon capital of the world for nothing. Seafood is incorporated in all sorts of dishes, from chowders and omelettes to sandwiches and burgers. You’ll find plenty of American staples, but for a taste of the local culture, try some traditional native foods like beach asparagus or seaweed. And for a pick-me-up, have a cup of locally roasted Raven’s Brew Coffee.
Ketchikan, Alaska Boats Docked Cabins Town
Lots of sail boats docked in the water in a small and quaint town with picturesque log cabins lined up along the water in Ketchikan, Alaska

SHOPPING

The pier is home to speciality shops, galleries and boutiques. But be sure to wander around central Ketchikan for local finds like authentic Alaskan art, native crafts, furs and jewellery.

Day 9: Inside Passage, Canada

Day 9
Inside Passage
Canada
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Things to do in
Inside Passage
Sightseeing
Your ship offers the perfect platform for viewing British Columbia’s Inside Passage. This archipelago spans 25,000 miles from Seattle to Prince Rupert near the Alaskan border. Here you’ll ply calm waters sheltered between the British Columbia mainland and Vancouver Island. Along the way catch a glimpse of breathtakingly rugged scenery, plus staggering wildlife like salmon sharks, white spirit bears, and millions of seabirds.

UNSPOILED BACKDROP

Discover a wide range of landscapes and native wildlife without leaving the ship. See glacial valleys speckled with evergreens and powerful waterfalls plunging toward the sea. Watch bald eagles soar overhead and porpoises playing in the ship’s wake. This is British Columbia in all its raw, pure glory.

ADVENTURE MAZE

British Columbia’s Inside Passage is dappled with forested islands and nature reserves. Explore the southern portion, passing Vancouver Island’s remote villages and Gulf Islands National Park Reserve. To the north, the Great Bear Rainforest is home to grizzlies, while the peaks lining Grenville Channel reach 3,500 feet above sea level.

Day 10: Vancouver, British Columbia

Day 10
Vancouver
British Columbia
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Things to do in
Vancouver
Arrives at 7:00 AM
Alive with the hum of high-energy adventure, Vancouver is a sophisticated cityscape on the edge of British Columbia’s wild interior. This multicultural city offers a bit of everything: big city buzz, sky-high mountains and Pacific beaches. If you’re a history buff you can view First Nations artefacts at the Museum of Anthropology. Take little ones to meet over 50,000 aquatic creatures at the Vancouver Aquarium, or get a bird’s eye view of the old-growth forest at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. Horseshoe Bay salmon fishing… Granville Island paddle boarding… Grouse Mountain’s aerial tram – discover loads of outdoor adventures in Vancouver, from the bay to the backwoods.

BUBBLING WITH ADVENTURE

Walk the cobbled streets of Gastown, admiring 20th-century brick buildings and taking a selfie with the whistling Steam Clock. Explore Maple Tree Square, site of ‘Gassy Jack’ Deighton’s first tavern, and then stroll under the elaborate Chinatown Millennium Gate. Eat Asian delights – or escape the bustle amid Dr Su Yat-Sen’s peaceful gardens.
Insider tip
The Seabus runs every 15 minutes from downtown Vancouver to Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver and offers fantastic skyline views.

FULL OF FRESH AIR

Breathe in the 1,000-acre greenspace of Stanley Park, one of the largest urban parks in North America. Hike along the red cedar forest trails, relax beachside, take a horse-drawn carriage ride,or view the Brockton Point totem poles. Then walk along the Seawall, with the city centre skyline as your backdrop.

COLONIAL CHARISMA

Take a scenic ferry ride to Victoria, the capital of British Columbia. Get lost in the romance of its English-inspired traditions with a proper afternoon tea at the Empress hotel. Wander Butchart Gardens’ gorgeous topiaries and admire Craigdarroch Castle’s Victorian architecture. Victoria Public Market is an excellent dining and shopping spot.

LOCAL CUISINE

Vancouver’s cultural diversity is the key ingredient to its unique culinary scene. Dozens of food trucks, street food stalls and farmers’ markets offer something for every taste. Farm-to-table dishes feature Fraser Valley duck and spot prawns. Enjoy an assortment of Asian cuisine, from Chinese dim sum to Japanese ramen. Then sip Okanagan Valley wine or Granville Island beer from Canada’s first micro-brewery.

SHOPPING

Head to Robson Street for mainstream chain stores, or hit the quirky indie shops of Gastown, Main Street and Commercial Drive. Lonsdale Quay Market is home to 80 unique shops, while Granville Island’s art studios sell First Nations carvings and jewellery – plus its public market is known for gourmet goods.

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