Harbor cruise boat in Vancouver

My Harbor Cruise in Vancouver, British Columbia

When we went on our delayed honeymoon last month in the Pacific Northwest, one of the activities we really enjoyed in Seattle was a harbor cruise. It was a fun and relaxing way to see the area and learn more about it. When we moved on to Vancouver, Canada–another town on the water–we chose to do another harbor tour. We used the company Harbour Cruises, which sets sail down right next to the entrance to Stanley Park.

They have several departures throughout the day. We went in the early afternoon, when it was beautiful and sunny out. Our tour was on one of the smaller boats, and it was frustrating that the seating on the top deck was very limited. Our Seattle boat had a massive top level, so anyone who wanted to sit outside could. Here, it filled up quickly, leaving many people stuck inside. Other than that, it was very enjoyable. They serve drinks and snacks on-board and have bathrooms.

We passed by Stanley Park, two major bridges, downtown, BC Place, marinas, a sulfur plant, adorable seals (including a clumsy baby), and even a stunning bald eagle. Our guide taught us about all of the sites we passed by and gave us some insight into local history.  I definitely recommend it if you want to learn more about Vancouver. It was also a nice way to explore the outdoors while giving my legs a break from all of the miles of walking we did every day! Here are some of the photos I took on our hour-long journey:

Harbor cruise boat in Vancouver
Our boat, the Constitution

Harbor cruise in Vancouver

Vancouver harbor cruise
A floating gas station for boats!


Majestic bald eagle in Vancouver
A majestic bald eagle

Bald eagle on Vancouver harbor cruise

BC Place in Vancouver
The eco-friendly BC Place (the statue of the Orca was built to look pixilated)
BC Place in Vancouver
The famous spikes of BC Place and a cruise ship docked there
Vancouver harbor cruise
We saw tons of puddle jumpers take off and land, many going to Victoria

Vancouver harbor cruise

Vancouver harbor cruise

Seals on harbor cruise in Vancouver

Vancouver harbor cruise
Edge of Stanley Park
Sulfur plant on Vancouver harbor cruise
A sulfur plant we sailed by

I really enjoyed this harbor cruise tour. There are also many bus tours available in the Vancouver area if you prefer to see it that way.

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