Accessible Vancouver Tours
Stanley Park Horse-Drawn Tours
Step aboard one of our old-fashioned horse-drawn vehicles and meander in comfort through the natural beauty of Stanley Park, Vancouver’s thousand acre wonderland. A professional guide fully narrates the tour which highlights Deadman’s Island, Vancouver’s Harbour, Lions Gate Bridge, a Coastal Red Cedar Forest, and includes stops at the Totem Poles, the Girl in a Wet Suit Statue, the S.S. Empress of Japan Figurehead, and the Rose Garden. Tour duration is one hour and operates between February 25th through November 12th.
Butchart Gardens & Butterfly Gardens Experience
Located on Vancouver Island, Victoria’s ‘gem’ is the world renowned Butchart Gardens, National Historic Site of Canada. This privately owned 55 acre display garden is located just 35 minutes north of downtown. Highlights of the Summer season include the Rose Garden with over 250 varieties of roses, eco-friendly boat tours, an extensive perennial border, Night Illuminations, evening entertainment every night in July and August, a dazzling Fireworks show with both aerial and ground displays choreographed to show tunes (Saturdays in July and August). The visit won’t be complete without a stop in the Seed & Gift Store filled with unique gifts and souvenirs, or a snack or meal in one of the on-site restaurants. The Rose Carousel with 30 hand-carved animals will be sure to delight children (and adults) of all ages. See ButchartGardens.com for more information.
The Butterfly Gardens offer a unique opportunity to experience the beauty and curiosity of a tropical jungle up close where you’ll encounter their family: tortoises, large iguanas, poison dart frogs and free flying tropical birds. Gaze upon tropical fish, ducks, flamingos and koi fish in their serene pond and waterfall. Wander among thousands of butterflies (up to 70 species) flying through the facilities the size of 3 basketball courts. Marvel at the lush gardens of tropical flowers, carnivorous plants and fruits of the world. Enjoy the newest Exhibit at Victoria Butterfly Gardens, the Insectarium, full of impressive insects & invertebrates from around the world.
Save on time and money while experiencing the National Historic Site that is the world famous Butchart Gardens. Part of this experience includes your admission to Victoria Butterfly Gardens and its new Insectarium. This experience runs year round with multiple departures daily. Spend as long as you want at either garden and come back when you are ready. This tour features hourly departures in the spring, summer, and fall from the Fairmont Empress Hotel and back from Butchart Gardens. This experience includes admission to both gardens, choice of departure and return times, round-trip accessible transportation, and live driver narration. This tour is offered between February 1st and December 31st.
Prohibition City Walking/Rolling Tour
Delve into Vancouver’s dirtiest secrets on this scandal fuelled walking tour. Starting in the world of the saloon, you trace the story of prohibition in Vancouver while winding along the city’s most storied streets. You’ll hear tales of blind pigs, corrupt mayors, and enterprising bootleggers. Plus you’ll see first hand evidence of opium dens and walk down an alleyway once teeming with over 40 “bawdy houses.” Along the way you’ll see some of the city’s greatest heritage buildings like the Sun Tower and the Dominion Building, which once battled to become the tallest building in the British Empire. The tour finishes in Gastown, steps from the city’s most talked about bars and restaurants.
Lost Souls of Gastown Walking/Rolling Tour
The year was 1898. After a night of whiskey and cards at the saloon, gold prospector John Bray staggered out onto the streets of Gastown. He never made it back to his hotel. Robbed and shot three times in the head, he spent two delirious weeks roaming the streets before the bullets finally killed him. Relive the tale of John Bray and his mysterious death, along with stories of the people and events that shaped early Vancouver. The Lost Souls of Gastown is not a ghost tour. It’s an interactive gothic theatre experience that pulls you so deep into the swirling lamplight and darkened alleys of Gastown’s murky past, you may have a hard time finding your way back out… Venture into Vancouver’s earliest and most gruesome history on the Lost Souls a Gastown. A time when Vancouver was the Granville Townsite – wild frontier town that suffered a devastating fire, smallpox outbreaks, and unsolved murders. Designed for adult audiences, the Lost Souls of Gastown is both a walking tour and a theatre piece. Created by Forbidden Vancouver’s Chief Storyteller Will Woods – and based on documented Vancouver history – the plot weaves through back streets and alleyways to a dramatic finale in the heart of Gastown’s Maple Tree Square.