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Hiking Coastal British Columbia: From Vancouver to Ancient Coastal Rainforest

Program Number: 15876RJ
Start and End Dates:
8/13/2013 - 8/22/2013;
Duration: 9 nights
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia
Price starting at: $2,695.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Walking/Hiking Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 24; 9 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 7 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Coastal British Columbia boasts an amazing range of breathtaking scenery, abundant wildlife and rich cultural heritage and exploration on foot is the perfect way to absorb it all. Set out on expert-led walks and hikes in cosmopolitan Vancouver, the Coast Mountains, temperate rainforests and white sand beaches. Learn about rare ecosystems and intriguing cultures including that of the island-dwelling Sliammon First Nation.


• Discover secrets of the ancient rainforest on expert-led walks beneath the towering cedars and Douglas firs of Whistler Mountain.
• Experience Vancouver’s multi-cultural heritage including a traditional dim sum lunch with a local historian in Canada’s largest Chinatown.
• Explore the spectacular fjords and inlets of Desolation Sound on a private boat excursion — keep an eye out for seals, sea lions, eagles and even bears.

Activity Particulars

Walking / hiking 3-5 miles per day on roads, sidewalks and forest trails.

Itinerary Summary

Arrival Vancouver, 2 nights; coach to Whistler, 2 nights; coach and ferry to Lund, 4 nights; coach and ferry to Vancouver, 1 night; departure.


This resort town in the southern Pacific Ranges of British Columbia attracts more than 2 million visitors annually, nearly all of them drawn by the world-class skiing and snowboarding of Whistler Blackcomb. Annually ranked among North America’s best winter sports destinations, Whistler hosted most events of the highly praised 2010 Winter Olympics.

Vancouver (British Columbia)

Outdoor enthusiasts flock to Vancouver for its breathtaking hiking and biking trails and majestic views of the tree-lined waterway, the Strait of Georgia. With distinctive neighborhoods, top-rated restaurants and a thriving theater and arts scene, Vancouver is also a sophisticated destination. It is renowned as one of the world’s best cities.

Vancouver: Hotel on English Bay. Whistler: Eco-friendly hotel in Whistler Village. Lund: Historic landmark hotel on the Sunshine Coast.
Meals and Lodgings
   Best Western Sands by the Sea
  Vancouver, BC 2 nights
   Listel Whistler Hotel
  Whistler, British Columbia 2 nights
   The Historic Lund Hotel
  Lund, British Columbia 4 nights
   Best Western Sands by the Sea
  Vancouver, BC 1 night
 Best Western Sands by the Sea
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: Best Western Sands by the Sea is conveniently located one half block from the beach at beautiful English Bay and three blocks from Stanley Park's 1,000 acres of trails and gardens. Three bus routes stop at the front door for easy access to other parts of town.
  Contact info: 1755 Davie Street
Vancouver, BC V6G 1W5 Canada
phone: 604-682-1831
  Room amenities: In-room coffee makers, iron and iron board, hair dryers
  Facility amenities: Hotel amenities include a sauna and exercise room. Same-day dry-cleaning and laundry service is available, and there is a Laundromat six blocks from the hotel. Restaurant and bar on site.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Call for availability & rates. Please contact the hotel directly on your own OR if you require personal assistance contact Maritime Travel toll free at 1-888-905-5959. A service fee MAY apply.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Call for availability & rates. Please contact the hotel directly on your own OR if you require personal assistance contact Maritime Travel toll free at 1-888-905-5959. A service fee MAY apply.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM

 Listel Whistler Hotel
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: Celebrating 20 years as one of Whistler’s favorite destinations. Less than 200 yards from the base of the mountains, we are a short walk away from skiing, shopping and dining. The Listel Hotel offers 98 deluxe non-smoking guest rooms.
  Contact info: 4121 Village Green
Whistler, BC V0N 1B4 Canada
phone: 604-790-9043
  Room amenities: Luxurious down duvets, hairdryer, fridge, color TV, clock radio, coffee/tea, iron/ironing board, in room safe, Wireless-Wi-Fi Internet system available – minimal charge. High speed Ethernet Internet connections are available.
  Facility amenities: Bistro and wine bar, outdoor open-air Jacuzzi, heated, outdoor pool, saunas, coin-operated laundry, fax & photocopy facilities (minimal charge), High speed Internet. Ethernet and Wi-Fi available. Minimal charges apply.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 The Historic Lund Hotel
Type: Hotel
  Description: The oceanfront, 1905 Historic Lund Hotel is located at the top of BC's beautiful Sunshine Coast, at the Gateway to renowned Desolation Sound. The heart of the quaint village of Lund, the Historic Lund Hotel underwent a major restoration in 2000 and now features 31 renovated guest rooms ranging from budget friendly to lavish boutique style units. Our pub, restaurant and decks featuring un-obscured ocean views and outstanding dining.
  Contact info: General Delivery
Lund, BC V0N 2G0 Canada
phone: 160-441-4047 x4
  Facility amenities: Standard Room Amenities: Many standard units offer at least a partial view of either Lund Harbour or Finn Bay. All bathrooms are equipped with full size shower/tubs. Wireless hi-speed Internet is available in some rooms for an extra charge. Services and Amenities Facilities open year round include Laundromat, bakery, deli, general & liquor store, ATM, public access hi-speed Internet terminals, post office, small marina, and gas dock. Call 604 414 0474 to inquire about seasonal operational hours for the kayak shop, art gallery & hot tub. Tug Ghum Gallery The Hotel's in-house Art Gallery features works of regional artists ranging from postcards & prints to native carvings & jewellery. Gallery owner & Artist, Debra Bevaart hosts soapstone carving workshops, enabling students to create & take home their own hand-crafted carving as a memento of their stay at Lund!
  Smoking allowed: No

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Independent arrivals and transfers to the program hotel. Check-in after 4:00 pm. Dinner is at 6:00 pm. You will be staying at Best Western Sands by the Sea that night.
  End of Program:
Independent departures from the hotel after breakfast. Breakfast is at 7:00 am. Check-out is 12:00 noon. You will be staying at Best Western Sands by the Sea the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required. PASSPORTS: A passport is required for ALL travel to/from Canada. Passport requirements are subject to change. Visit for information.
  Parking availability:
At the hotel – For parking details at the Best Western Sands in Vancouver please contact the hotel directly, (604) 682-1831. At the airport – Approximately $10 per day or $60 per week plus taxes. For more information:
To Start of Program
  Location:  Vancouver, BC
  Nearest city or town:  Vancouver
  Nearest highway: Highway 1 - Trans Canada
  Nearest airport:  Vancouver International Airport (YVR)
  From End of Program
  Location: Vancouver, BC
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details



From Airport






Per Person/One Way:


The cost is approximately CAD $30 - $35
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


Approximately 20 to 30 minutes from the airport to the hotel 


At present time airport shuttle service is no longer offered to the hotel. Taxi service is readily available from the airport to the hotel.




To Airport




Public Transportation
Sky Train/Canada Line


Per Person/One Way:


$7 - $10
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


35 - 45 minutes 


City bus to Yaletown/Roundhouse Station, then take the Sky Train/Canada Line to the airport.




To Airport






Per Person/One Way:


$30 - $35
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


30 minutes 


Taxi from hotel to Vancouver airport.




From Airport




Public Transportation
Sky Train/Canada Line
phone: 604-953-3333


Per Person/One Way:


$7 - $10 CDN
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


35 - 45 minutes 


From the airport, take the Sky Train to Yaletown/Roundhouse Station, signs will direct you to the Canada Line. From Yaletown/Roundhouse, take C23 Davie Street bus (same ticket) west to Davie Street & Bidwell, walk ½ block south to the hotel.

Driving Directions
  From the airport: Head south on Grant McConachie Way E, keep right at the fork and follow the signs for Granville St E/ City Centre/ Centre-Ville/ BC 99 N. Merge onto SW Marine Drive. Continue on to Granville St. Make a slight left at Granville St/Granville Bridge. Turn left at Davie St, the Best Western Sands Plus Hotel will be on your right. (Travel time is approximately 30 minutes.)
  From the east: Take the Trans Canada Highway west to Vancouver. Merge onto BC 1W. Take Exit 25 for McGill St and merge onto McGill St. Turn left at Renfrew St N, then right at Dundas St and continue onto Powell St and Water St. and then turn right at W Cordova St. Turn left at Howe St going south to Davie St; turn right, the Best Western Sands Plus Hotel will be on your right. (Travel time from Chilliwack, BC is approximately 1.5 hours.)
  From the north: Take Highway 99 south to Vancouver. Take exit 13 for BC 99 S/BC 1A-E towards Vancouver/Taylor Way. Keep right at the fork and follow signs for BC 99 S/Taylor Way, S/Vancouver, and merge onto Taylor Way/BC 1A S/BC 99 S. Turn left at Marine Dr/BC 1A S/ BC 99 S. Take the ramp to Bridge Vancouver and merge onto Lion’s Gate Bridge Rd/ BC 1A S/ BC 99 S. Turn right at Denman St and left at Davie St, the Best Western Sands Plus Hotel will be on your left.
Elevation Note: Whistler Village elevation is 2214 feet.

Equipment Requirements: Walking sticks and refillable water bottles are strongly suggested.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Daily Schedule

Day 1: Vancouver/Orientation and Introductions
(Tuesday, August 13)
 Afternoon: Independent arrivals and transfers to the program hotel after 4:00 pm. Please note that rooms are not generally available until mid to late afternoon.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
 Evening: INTRODUCTIONS: Following dinner, you will meet for introductions, a review of the program and site orientation.
Accommodations: Best Western Sands by the Sea
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Growth and Development in Vulnerable Communities/Exploration of Vancouver
(Wednesday, August 14)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Located in a stunning ocean harbor and surrounded by spectacular mountain peaks, Vancouver is often described as one of the world's most livable cities. It is also a city on the leading edge of public policy and planning, and it has enforced a plan for sustainable development. PRESENTATION: Take part in a lecture and discussion on the challenges facing communities like Vancouver that are located in unique and vulnerable biosphere reserves. In committing to sustainability, a community needs to consider major environmental issues, including those related to water, air, climate change, sustainable development and responsible consumption. This large metropolitan center provides an international gateway for exploring the natural wonders of southwestern British Columbia. Explore the singular natural beauty of this city and discover how it strives to balance and enhance the environmental, economic and social needs of the community.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant in Vancouver's vibrant Chinatown district.
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: On a walking tour accompanied by a local historian, explore the central neighborhoods of this beautiful, multicultural city. With views of the mountains and water at every turn, Vancouver is one of the most picturesque urban centers in the world. Experience the hustle and bustle of Robson Street, exotic Chinatown, historic Gastown and trendy Yaletown. Each neighborhood has its own distinctive feel. Chinese immigrants first arrived in British Columbia during the Fraser Gold Rush in the 1850s. The families who flocked to the east side established a town filled with colorful and exotic Chinese architecture. Take a walk through beautiful Stanley Park. The history of Stanley Park coincides with the early days of Vancouver. In 1886, the first city council dedicated the 1,000-acre (400-hectare) peninsula for park and recreation purposes. Today, Stanley Park is recognized as one of the great parks of the world, an evergreen oasis close to the downtown core offering a backdrop of majestic cedar, hemlock and fir trees.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own to explore the many dining options the city has to offer.
 Evening: Enjoy a free evening to explore Vancouver on your own or relax at your hotel.
Accommodations: Best Western Sands by the Sea
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3: Pacific Spirit Park Trail/Museum of Anthropology/Whistler, BC
(Thursday, August 15)

Note: Today you will hike approximately 3-5km (2.1-3.1 miles) at a moderate pace. The trail will be paved, gravel or groomed with little elevation.

 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Explore University of British Columbia's Pacific Spirit Park. Hike the 3-5 kilometre beach trails and old growth forests leading up to the Museum of Anthropology. FIELD TRIP: Guided by UBC graduate students of Anthropology, you will gain a remarkable glimpse into the lives of the indigenous peoples of the northwest coast of British Columbia. Explore one of the worlds outstanding collections of Pacific Northwest Aboriginal artifacts. Massive totem poles, carved boxes, bowls and feast dishes are displayed in the Great Hall, while smaller (but equally magnificent) pieces in gold, silver, argillite, wood, ceramic and other materials are exhibited in the galleries. Canada's largest teaching museum is located in a spectacular building overlooking mountains and sea, and its collections, exhibitions and programs are renowned for providing insight into the cultures of indigenous peoples around the world.
 Lunch: Lunch at the museum.
 Afternoon: Depart by coach for Whistler, BC. The Whistler corridor is a magical place for nature enthusiasts from every walk of life. Nestled in the Coast Mountains, Whistler is 25 miles (40 kilometers) inland from the Pacific Ocean and 75 miles (120 kilometers) from Vancouver. The landscape around Whistler includes five main ecological areas: temperate rainforest, wetlands, sub-alpine forest, high alpine tundra and disturbed sites such as logged areas and roadsides. Few places possess so much biodiversity in such a small area as the Coast Mountain Range of southwestern British Columbia. The coastal rainforest fills the deep valley bottoms, while alpine flowers retrace the steps of receding glaciers. Whistler has come to be known as a world-class destination resort and a progressive leader in planning and sustainability. Learn how amenity migration, the movement of people for pleasure rather than for economic reasons has become a major phenomenon in the mountainous regions of western North America, with considerable economic, social and environmental consequences. Check-in to the hotel.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
 Evening: PRESENTATION: Take part in a lecture and discussion about the challenges facing towns such as Whistler and nearby Squamish as they strive to balance building attractive resort communities with maintaining the natural habitat that draws visitors and residents alike. Sustainability is the watchword here.
Accommodations: Listel Whistler Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Inland Whistler Coast Mountain Trail Hike/Squamish Lil'wat Native Cultural Center
(Friday, August 16)

Note: Today you will be hiking approximately 8km (4.9 miles) at a moderate pace over uneven ground. There will opportunity along the way to stop for photos. The Lost Lake Trail includes mostly paved, groomed or packed trails, with a small amount (< 1/4 km) of rocky/uneven terrain. Two small inclines (1 minute and 5 minutes). The Inland trails include packed pathway, several suspension bridges and small slopes.

 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: A morning hike has participants exploring the woodlands and marshes of Lost Lake Park with the group leader. FIELD TRIP: The inland trails of Whistler's Coast Mountains and learn about the areas diverse natural environment with an experienced naturalist guide. A 30 minute drive into the mountains will lead you to well known hiking trails up to 8 kilometres long. You can expect an invigorating hike as you cross uneven ground and travel along aging glacier-fed streams under the towering canopy of ancient cedars and Douglas firs. This hike is rated as a moderate level hike and allows time for you to stop and observe the simplicity of nature at one of the popular lake lookouts. This is prime habitat for bears, deer and cougars.
 Lunch: Enjoy lunch at the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre.
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: The Squamish Nation and Lil'wat Nation celebrated the official opening of the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre in Whistler on July 10, 2008. The Native Cultural Centre showcases the local Aboriginal cultures through historical and contemporary exhibits and galleries, art, food, language, interactive crafts and engaging performances. A spectacular 15 minute film introduces guests to the Centre and provides context to the art and exhibits on display. Squamish and Lil'wat hosts welcome guests and provide guided tours.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own to enjoy the many dining options Whistler has to offer.
 Evening: The evening is free to explore Whistler on your own or relax at the hotel.
Accommodations: Listel Whistler Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Ferry to the Sunshine Coast/Lund, BC
(Saturday, August 17)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Coach to Horseshoe Bay, then board a ferry bound for British Columbia's beautiful Sunshine Coast. The Sunshine Coast forms the eastern component of the Georgia Basin Ecosystem, an ecological system unique in Canada. The Sunshine Coast is so named for good reason. It receives approximately 2,400 hours of sunlight a year, making it drier and sunnier than other destinations along the coast. Its mild climate and long growing season support many rare plants, animals and plant communities, including several species at risk.
 Lunch: Lunch en route.
 Afternoon: Enjoy the beautiful scenery as you continue your journey through the Sunshine Coast to Lund. Today, Lund is a hub of coastal activity. The bustling harbor is home to a fleet of commercial prawn boats, sail boats, and recreational motor vessels. The small community is also a base for nature enthusiasts who want to discover Desolation Sound, coastal inlets and islands.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
 Evening: Brief introduction and orientation with local hiking adventure expert and educator.
Accommodations: The Historic Lund Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Hurtado Trail Loop/Studio Tours/Walking tour of Lund/Dinner Cruise to Desolation Sound
(Sunday, August 18)

Note: Today you will be hiking approximately 5km (3.1 miles) at a moderate pace, with elevations ranging from 125 to175 meters above sea level. Hikes in Lund may include trails on packed pathways or some gravel/road ways.

 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: On the Hurtado Point Trail Loop, explore some of the finest and most accessible coastal rainforest trails. Take a shuttle to the trail head and enjoy the 6 kilometre loop that begins at sea level and reaches an altitude of approximately 300 feet. Learn about the Coastal Douglas Fir biogeoclimactic zone from its moist bogs to its dry bluffs next to the seashore, all with unique plants and trees reflective of the moisture of the soil. Less than 1% of this zone remains intact in British Columbia. Fascinating trees and shrubs like the Arbutus (Madrone) and Manzanita grace the bluffs of this easy to moderate level trail, with scenic views of the Straight of Georgia and the mountains of Vancouver Island.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: EXCURSION: Visit local art studios displaying their works from raku pottery to stained glass to the soap stone carvings at the gallery right at the hotel. FIELD TRIP: Introduction to the area and an hour long guided walking tour of Lund. The area around Lund has been known to the Coast Salish people as Gl'amin for thousands of years and was a year-round village site of the Sliammon, Klahoose and Homalco peoples. In 1889, the advancing forest industry brought European settlers. Two of these were Swedish brothers, who established the town and named it after the Swedish city known for its university and cultural museums and heritage. Thus began the intertwining of roots from the Salish and Swedish cultures that is unmatched in modern-day British Columbia.
 Dinner: Explore Desolation Sound in style on a Sunset Dinner Cruise. Enjoy a fabulous "Banquet at Sea" buffet meal while taking in the unforgettable scenery as the boat meanders amongst the bays and islands of Desolation Sound.
 Evening: FIELD TRIP: Desolation Sound, British Columbia's largest marine park, was established in 1973 and is one of the most visually stunning areas. You will travel through fjords with mountains literally rising right out of the sea's protected waters. The area attracts recreational boaters from around the world because of its splendid scenery, temperate summer climate, unusually warm waters, numerous sheltered harbors and the snowcapped peaks of the Coast Mountains. You will be greeted by any manner of wild and marine life from porpoises, to eagles, to seals, sea lions and the occasional bear foraging along the shore line.
Accommodations: The Historic Lund Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Sunshine Coast Trail Hike/Introduction to Aquaculture and Educational Discussion on Coastal First Nations
(Monday, August 19)

Note: Today you will be hiking approximately 5.5km (3.4 miles) at a moderate pace, at elevations of 250 to 340 meters above sea level. Hikes in Lund may include trails on packed pathways or some gravel/road ways.

 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: After a morning of free time to explore the beauty of Lund, you will take a shuttle to one of the sections of the 180 km long Sunshine Coast Trail. Walking the Thunder Ridge to Toquenatch (Okeover) section you will pass beautiful big Douglas Fir Trees in an incredibly lush mossy portion of the trail.
 Lunch: Lunch en route.
 Afternoon: PRESENTATION: This afternoon, finish your hike at the Okeover Provincial Park, (traditionally named Toquenatch by the local First Nations) in the heart of both modern day aquaculture and historical First Nations village sites where your guide will discuss aquaculture and a First Nations member will joins us for an educational discussion about First Nations past and present.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant, featuring local produce, overlooking the beautiful and scenic Okeover Inlet.
 Evening: The evening is free to explore Lund on your own or relax at the hotel.
Accommodations: The Historic Lund Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Sunshine Coast Trail Hike/Savary Island Exploration
(Tuesday, August 20)

Note: Today you will be hiking approximately 6.5km (4.03 miles) at a moderate pace, at elevations of 175 to 340 meters above sea level, with 4 ups and downs in that range. Hikes in Lund may include trails on packed pathways or some gravel/road ways.

 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Our Shuttle will take us from the hotel to the trailhead of the Manzanita Bluffs section of the Sunshine Coast Trail Loop. Joined by one of the founders and builders of the Sunshine Coast Trail system, Eagle Walz, the trail climbs moderately in elevation coming out to the beautiful Manzanita Bluffs and the new overnight hut built there. Eagle will share his unique perspective on trails, forestry and tourism during this beautiful hike.
 Lunch: Lunch at the hotel.
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: A water taxi will transport you to Savary Island, known as the "Hawaii of the North". You will walk along the sandy beaches perhaps taking a dip in the warm waters, while learning about Savary's unique geological and human history.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.
 Evening: Enjoy your last night on the Sunshine Coast!
Accommodations: The Historic Lund Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Coach & Ferry to Vancouver/Sunshine Coast trail/Farewell dinner
(Wednesday, August 21)

Note: Today you will be hiking approximately 5km (3.1 miles) at a moderate pace.

 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Travelling back to Vancouver along the Sunshine Coast, we'll stop for a short hike before having lunch.
 Lunch: Lunch en route.
 Afternoon: Continue travelling along the Sunshine Coast, and board ferry for return to Vancouver.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
 Evening: Farewell celebrations.
Accommodations: Best Western Sands by the Sea
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Independent departures from Vancouver
(Thursday, August 22)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel is at 7:00 am.
 Morning: Independent departures after breakfast. Check-out is 12:00 noon.
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
  Vancouver, BC Capilano Suspension Bridge
Voices from Vancouver’s past mingle with the sounds of nature, beautiful gardens skirt colourful totem poles, British Columbia First Nations artisans chisel legend into cedar and Capilano Suspension Bridge takes you to the serenity of a West Coast rainforest. Cross the suspension bridge, try out Canada’s award-winning tourist attraction, Treetops Adventure which offers a squirrel’s eye view of a thriving coastal rainforest in the mid-story of 1300-year-old old growth Douglas-firs; or take the Cliffwalk with a labyrinth-like series of narrow cantilevered bridges, stairs and platforms. For additional information, visit
  Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
Step back in time to 15th Century China at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden. The first of its kind outside of China, the Garden offers a glimpse into life as a Chinese scholar during the Ming dynasty. Scholars lived and worked in their gardens, sharing these enchanting spaces with friends and family of all ages. Like any home, a scholar's garden was filled with energy, but also offered quiet moments for contemplation. As a bridge between cultures, the Garden offers lively demonstrations, Chinese festival celebrations and diverse art exhibitions. We also feature musical concerts such as the summer Enchanted Evenings Concert series. For additional information, visit
  Granville Island
Early in the morning, the first Aquabus of the day putters across False Creek, heading towards Granville Island. Home to 300 businesses, studios and facilities, the destination still retains an old-fashioned, timeless feeling. Craftsmen and artists take up residence here, and it's clear that the tradition of apprenticeship and mastery is alive and well. You can see it in the detail of a ceramic bowl or the gentle curve of a freshly blown glass vase, the intricacy of a piece of jewellery or the flick of a painter's brush. Granville Island's charming public market overflows with fresh produce, breads, seafood and a bounty of other goods is reason enough to visit Granville Island. Be sure to also stroll the narrow lanes of the island to check out its unique shops and photo-worthy views of downtown across False Creek. Street music is one of the most distinctive characteristics of Granville Island. Singer/songwriters strum away in open courtyards, drum circles form out of nowhere, and a clear strain of a melody from violin or saxophone melody often seems to make its way to the ears of an unsuspecting visitor For additional information, visit
  Harbour Cruise
Vancouver's best sightseeing, dining and special event cruises. Join Vancouver's most popular Sunset Dinner Cruise, an amazing opportunity to enjoy the fabulous sunset view. Enjoy Vancouver's only authentic paddlewheeler and narrated tour of the inner harbour or relax with Indian Arm Luncheon Cruise through a secluded mountain fjord. A unique experience, since the area is only accessible by boat, in 4 hours you will pass Deep Cove to Indian Arm and finally reach Silver Falls. For additional information, visit
  Vancouver Aquarium
Canada’s largest aquarium, the Vancouver Aquarium is dedicated to the conservation of aquatic life through display, interpretation, education, research, and direct action. You can experience all of this and more when you visit us. Research is ongoing at Aquarium labs and with display animals, by graduate students and staff. For additional information, visit
  Vancouver Museum
The Vancouver Museum houses permanent displays, exhibitions and educational programs about the natural, cultural and human history of the Vancouver region. Canada's largest civic museum moves into its second century, it continues to explore the human and natural history of the Vancouver region, the Pacific Northwest Coast and Pacific Rim with exciting, ever-changing new exhibitions. The Vancouver Museum continues to celebrate the rich legacy and heritage of our diverse multicultural society through varied programs. For additional information, visit
  Whistler, British Columbia Peak 2 Peak Gondola
The record-breaking PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola is an engineering marvel that links Blackcomb and Whistler Mountains together at their peaks. Boasting the longest unsupported lift span in the world (3.024 kilometers or 1.88 miles), it is also the highest lift of its kind with an elevation of 436 meters /1,427 feet. Foot passengers may board the gondola to gain an entirely new perspective on sightseeing from 6,000 feet. Wait a few extra minutes for one of the silver, glass-bottomed cabins and really blow your mind.
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

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