People don't call Vancouver 'The Most Beautiful and Liveliest City' for no reason – It's certainly the most stunning destination in British Columbia. With its magnificent mountain peaks, striking urban beaches, lush temperate rainforests, bucolic countryside, and rugged rocky shorelines, Vancouver offers the perfect blend of urban and natural experiences during your Vancouver yacht cruise. From pretty beaches on the edges of the city, picturesque swimming spots, stunning waterfalls, dense forests for hiking to an array of leisurely activities, your luxury boat cruise to Vancouver is incomplete without visiting these places.
## Kitisilano Beach - Venice Beach
If Vancouver is "Hollywood North," then Kitsilano Beach is the Venice Beach for locals. From sunbathers, swimmers, families making sandcastles, to frisbee players this beach is the most happening beach of Vancouver. Have fun swimming in the longest pool in Canada, the salt-water Kitsilano Outdoor Pool. A wrap-around view of the sparkling ocean, snow-capped mountains and city skyline – what else do you need on your beach day?
## Twin Falls – Wondrous Natural Pool
A gorgeous spot for swimming in Lynn Canyon Provincial Park. You can easily reach this destination as it is located an hour drive from downtown Vancouver. Lynn Canyon Park is a popular location for Vancouverites as it boasts the amazing Twin Falls which provide for a refreshing splash, hiking trails for adventurous experience, and a great location for a family picnic.
## Cape Scott Trail – Where Unforgettable Adventure Awaits
Cape Scott Trail, located on the northwest tip of the island, is a 48-km return-trip trail, which is considered as one of the most enthralling hiking trails in Vancouver. As you hike through the old-growth Sitka spruce rainforest, you will get to explore rocky promontories, jagged headlands, white sand beaches, and the remains of the 19th century Danish settlements. Be on the look out for sea birds, sea lions, and sea otters.
## Capilano Canyon – The Best Park for Exploration
Located just up the road from Capilano Suspension Bridge, the Capilano Canyon River Park offers interesting opportunities to explore and get up close with the natural surroundings. Situated less than a 25 minute drive from downtown Vancouver, this is the perfect place to go swimming in deep waterholes. Be sure to immerse yourself in the panoramic views while hiking the natural trails or soak up the admiring environment on its rocky shoreline, and try treetops adventure & the exciting new Cliffwalk.
## Granville Island – King of the Vancouver Destinations
If you're planning your next Vancouver cruise on weekends, then Granville Island is the best place to discover everything that this British Columbia province has to offer. It is an urban oasis that is filled with arts & culture, galleries, museums, and the most spectacular fresh food market. From white water rafting, whale watching to zip-trekking, there is never a shortage of adventurous activities to enjoy. You can take part in the local brewing tour, have fun with your kids at the Kids Market, eat out at one of waterfront restaurants, and visit the Granville Island Water Park to have a fun-filled 'Granville Day.'
## Whale Watching – A Thrilling and Exciting Experience
Take a scenic boat ride on a whale watching tour to see giant marine animals in their natural habitat. The Whale Watching Tour aboard your own private boat allows you to observe the diverse wildlife of the Pacific Coast such as orca whales, porpoises, seals, sea lions, bald eagles and gray & minke whales. Vancouver’s remote coastal areas teem with a wide range of marine creatures, so keep your camera ready to capture some of the most unforgettable moments of your excursion.
Vancouver is alive with energy and lots of amazing things to do and see. With mountains backing the urban landscape, laid back vibe, bustling downtown, colorful streets, multiculturalism, and the most interesting neighborhoods to explore, Vancouver is no doubt Pacific Northwest's most favorite destination. Your luxury boat cruise to Vancouver will be incomplete if you don't explore the above mentioned exciting places. If you extend your vacation in this vibrant Pacific destination, then you must go to Stanley Park, wander around Gastown, explore Richmond Night Market, stroll down Robson Street, and try skiing at Grouse Mountain. Want to know more? Come here and explore what else Vancouver has in store for you and your group!