TOURS & LEISURE AC­TIV­I­TIES

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Boats & Fish­ing

V2V VA­CA­TIONS Cruise the coast with this pre­mium cruise ser­vice that con­nects down­town Van­cou­ver and down­town Vic­to­ria. The com­fort­able and con­ve­nient jour­ney in­cludes two stylish seat­ing classes, a se­lec­tion of lo­cal cui­sine and free on-board Wi-Fi. De­parts Van­cou­ver daily at 8 am (to Oct 16). 1055 Canada Place Way. 1-855-554-4679. www.v2v­va­ca­tions .com  Map 1: A6

Games & Leisure Ac­tiv­i­ties

VAN­COU­VER MYS­TER­IES Grab some friends and un­ravel a mur­der mys­tery, save the planet or solve a top-se­cret spy mis­sion in two hours by search­ing for clues on the city’s streets, in­clud­ing his­toric Gas­town. Groups leave daily from down­town (year-round). $28. 778-707-1962. www.van­cou­ver mys­ter­ies.com Map 1: B6

Moun­tains

GROUSE MOUNTAIN Panoramic views un­fold as the Skyride aerial tram whisks vis­i­tors 1,130 m (3,700 ft) above the city to the moun­tain­top chalet. The Refuge for En­dan­gered Wildlife shel­ters two or­phaned griz­zly bears, rap­tors and hum­ming­birds. Skyride de­parts ev­ery 15 min­utes (year-round). Top of Capi­lano Rd., North Van­cou­ver. 604-980-9311. www.grouse­mount ain.com Map 4: A4

Sight­see­ing Tours

FOR­BID­DEN VAN­COU­VER WALK­ING TOURS In­ter­ac­tive tours re­veal the seedy un­der­belly of Pro­hi­bi­tion- and Vic­to­rian-era Van­cou­ver, from the great fire to boot­leg­ging and speakeasies to the se­crets of Stan­ley Park (to Nov). $25 and up. For ages 14+. 604839-3126. www.for­bid­den­van­cou­ver .ca Par­tial  Map 1: C6

GHOSTLY VAN­COU­VER TOURS Spooky sto­ries based on hair-rais­ing his­tory, first-hand ac­counts and lo­cal le­gends bring the ghosts of Gas­town, Down­town and New West­min­ster to life on these 90-minute walk­ing tours (year-round). $20. For ages 13+. Adult su­per­vi­sion rec­om­mended. Down­town tour is wheel­chair accessible. www. ghost­ly­van­cou­ver­tours.com

STAN­LEY PARK HORSE-DRAWN TOURS See the park the old-fash­ioned way. Fully nar­rated one-hour tours de­part ev­ery 20-30 min­utes, rain or shine (to Nov 11). $45, s/s $42, 3-12 $20. Tours start from the kiosk be­side the info booth on Park Dr., just off the Ge­or­gia St. en­trance to Stan­ley Park. 604-681-5115. www.stan­ley­park.com Par­tial  Map 5: C6

WESTCOAST SIGHT­SEE­ING Tours of Van­cou­ver, North Van­cou­ver, Vic­to­ria and Whistler in buses with big win­dows for panoramic views. Or take a hop-on hop-off tour aboard an open-top bus or San Fran­cisco–style trol­ley to 29 down­town destinations; live com­men­tary on all tours, plus recorded com­men­tary in seven lan­guages on open-top buses (year-round). 604-451-1600. www.west­coast­sight­see­ing.com

Whale Watch­ing

PRINCE OF WHALES WHALE WATCH­ING Short on time? Try the Ocean Magic tour (to Oct) or Fly-Whale-Fly (year-round). De­parts from the dock near the Westin Bayshore Re­sort &

Ma­rina. Toll-free 1-888-383-4884. www.prince­ofwhales.com Map 1: A4

WILD WHALES VAN­COU­VER See or­cas and hump­backs in their nat­u­ral habi­tat, as well as por­poises, seals, sea lions and birds. Guar­an­teed sight­ings: if you don’t see a whale, your next trip is free (to Oct 31). 604-6992011. www.whalesvan­cou­ver.com Map 6: D3

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