If you’re discovering our fine city the Vancouver Attraction Passport and Experiences Guide is the best money saving tool on the market.
With it you get savings of up to 50% at 55 of the city’s most popular attractions.
There’s museums, rafting, whale watching, art galleries, breweries, bike tours, gardens, the Vancouver Lookout and all sorts of other bargains for you to bag.
And it’s as easy as a couple mouse clicks.
- The Vancouver Attraction Passport
- How to Purchase
- Outdoor Adventures
- Day Trips
Vancouver Attraction Passport
Chances are you wouldn’t have Googled it if you hadn’t heard of Vancouver’s unrivaled natural beauty and temperate climate (by Canadian standards, of course).
The hiking trails, bike lanes, and parks make our city an outdoor playground.
But as you no doubt discovered in our post on things to know before visiting Vancouver, our city is much more than just a pretty face.
The translation? Vancouver is a very expensive place to live – and visit.
Cue the Vancouver Attractions Passport and Experiences Guide.
With this convenient discount pass you’ll get up to 50% off 55 attractions, museums and restaurants, good for over $1000 in savings.
The guide includes virtually all of the top things to do in Vancouver.
Here’s some basics on what your Vancouver Attraction Passport includes:
- Attractions – Grouse Mountain, Vancouver Lookout, Vancouver Aquarium and more up to 50% off.
- 2 for 1 Tickets – Museum of Vancouver, Museum of Anthropology, and 19 other locations.
- Museums – Vancouver Art Gallery, Bill Reid Gallery, and more.
- Sightseeing – 10 Sightseeing Tours, Hop On Hop Off, bike/kayak rentals, rafting and more.
- Food/Drink – Dockside restaurant, Mahony and Sons pub, Taste Vancouver food tours and more.
What’s mentioned above is just a fraction of the sights and activities on offer – for a full look check out the Vancouver Attraction Passport page on Viator.
I’ll get more into the attractions later but first some more purchase info:
How Much Does it Cost?
The Vancouver Attraction Passport costs $36.06 (CAD).
The price is the same for adults, kids, seniors, and disabled visitors.
Full refunds are granted if cancellation is made 24 hours before your pick up date.
How do I buy it?
It’s as simple as booking it online.
You can get it shipped to your home or pick it up upon your arrival in Vancouver.
Most international customers opt for one of the two easy pick-up locations:
Vancouver International Airport
- ICE Currency Exchange: ground floor (International Arrivals).
- ICE Currency Exchange: level two (Domestic Departures).
Both booths at YVR Airport are open from 7:00 am – 1:00 am daily.
- ICE Currency Exchange: 1169 Robson Street (9:30 am – 8:30 pm).
- Vancouver Lookout: 555 West Hastings Street (9:00 am – 9:00 pm).
Where do I buy it?
You can buy the Vancouver Attractions Passport and Experiences Guide via our friends at Viator – doing so earns us a small commission at no extra cost to you.
Update (05/06/2022): It’s now May and the Vancouver Attraction Passport still has not returned after COVID. In the meantime, you can grab the best Vancouver ticket deals and read reviews from tourists by visiting the Tiqets Vancouver Attractions page clicking the orange button below.
Still need convincing?
Below I’m gonna lay out all of the the main attractions covered by the guidebook, along with the savings % you’ll receive and essential info.
Lets get after it.
Vancouver Attractions Included
Museum of Vancouver (2 for 1 admission)
*up to a max value of $18.00
Here you’ll recount our city’s fascinating transformation from a rugged pioneer outpost to the cosmopolitan metropolis we see today.
Learn about the city before the city, via a variety of exhibits outlining the history of the area’s First Nations groups.
Vancouver Art Gallery (25% off admission)
*Maximum of two adults
Located in a stunning neo-classical building in the heart of downtown, the Vancouver Art Gallery is the largest public art museum in Western Canada.
With a collection of over 10,000 pieces, you’re guaranteed to find something that catches your eye.
Favourites include a series of works from BC modernist painter Emily Carr, a repository of works from local Vancouverites and an impressive collection of 17th century Dutch masterpieces.
Vancouver Police Museum (one free admission)
*purchase of admission of equal or greater value required.
The Vancouver Police Museum will take you through the city’s history of policing, crime and punishment. Situated in the city’s former morgue, the VPM is the oldest museum of its kind in North America.
The building houses a collection of over 20,000 artifacts, photos and documents, including seized weapons, illegal drugs and counterfeit money.
Afterwards, you can visit the morgue which remains mostly untouched since it was decommissioned.
Museum of Anthropology (2 for 1 admission)
*Up to a max value of $18.00
The Museum of Anthropology is a world-renown anthropological museum that houses an extensive collection of traditional and contemporary art from cultures all over the globe – with a heavy BC influence.
The MOA contains what is perhaps the largest collection of works from Northwest Coast First Nations groups in the world. There is not a more prototypically British Columbian experience available in the city.
Be sure to catch the famous cedar sculpture The Raven and the First Men by acclaimed Haida artist Bill Reid.
Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden (2 for 1 entry or 25% off)
*2 for 1 (Oct 1-Apr 30) or 25% off up to 2 adults (May-Sep 30)
The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden is the first Chinese garden built outside of China. Moreover, the garden has been named the best urban garden in the world by National Geographic.
Located in the heart of Chinatown, this urban oasis is the perfect respite from the gritty streets. The stunning assortment of rocks, plants, pagodas and lily-covered ponds have been carefully positioned to remain in accordance with the Taoist ying/yang principle.
Vancouver Lookout (25% off admission)
A lot of visitors have told us they left firm in the belief that Vancouver is the most beautiful city in the world.
Sure, it’s just a matter of opinion but before making the call I suggest taking a trip to the Vancouver Lookout observation deck.
Enter the glass elevator and get whisked 169 metres (553-feet) above the historic streets of Gastown below.
Once you reach the top you’ll receive 360 degree panoramic views of Burrard Inlet, the North Shore Mountains and the Vancouver skyline.
VanDusen Botanical Garden (25% or 50% off admission)
*25% off in high season (Apr-Sep) and 50% off in low season (Oct-Mar)
The VanDusen Botanical Garden is a 55-acre urban oasis located in the heart of Vancouver’s Oakridge neighbourhood.
The garden contains over 7,500 different species of plants and trees from all over the world.
Spot and photograph local wildlife, find your way through the Elizabethan maze or simply peruse the grounds at your own pace.
In addition, the garden is home to a variety of popular seasonal festivals; including the Sakura Days Cherry Blossom Festival and the Holiday Festival of Lights.
Vancouver Forbidden Walking Tours (2 for 1 admission)
*Purchase one ticket online to receive your coupon and present it upon arrival for your tour.
Gaze deep beneath Vancouver’s surface to see a seedy underbelly riddled with crime, intrigue and scandal. You’ll wander the streets with an expert guide on one of five one-of-a-kind walking tours.
Discover Vancouver’s depression era secrets, unearth Stanley Park’s sinister past or check out a tour focused on LGBTQ travelers.
Either way, Forbidden Vancouver comes highly recommended, with a coveted five star rating on Trip Advisor.
Cycle City Tours (15% off or 25% off dependent on season)
*15% off in July & August and 25% off the remainder of the year
Looking to get in a little exercise while you explore the city? Luckily with its generous bike lanes, relaxed biking culture and legendary Seawall, Vancouver is one of the most bike-able cities in North America.
In my opinion, the best way to take advantage is via the famous Cycle City Tour.
Casually cruise the city with your professional guide and as you hear fascinating and humorous stories along the way. Choose from the Grand Tour or focus on Stanley Park, one of the best urban parks in the world.
Hop On Hop Off Tour ($10 off for Adults/$4 off for children)
Travel on an open-air convertible bus or the popular San Francisco trolley-style vehicle along with a group of like-minded travelers.
It’s the fastest way to soak up the most Vancouver info.
Capilano Suspension Bridge & Grouse Mountain ($25 or $15 off)
*$25 off for adults and $15 off for children
Also operated by Westcoast Sightseeing, this combination tour offers a trip to two of the most popular sights in Vancouver.
Located in the suburb of North Vancouver, the 140 metre long Capilano Suspension bridge traverses the beautiful Capilano River in front of a stunning mountain landscape.
Afterwards you’ll head to nearby Grouse Mountain where you’ll climb over 4,000 feet to take part in a variety of recreational, cultural and educational activities.
Ski just 15 minutes from downtown Vancouver or enjoy the local wildlife or take in the stunning views from the famous Eye of the Wind!
These are quite possibly the two most popular attractions in the city, so to receive admission to them both in one low price package is a steal.
Vancouver Brewery Tours (15% off all tours)
Beer always tastes better with friend, so why not join a group of thirsty travelers to sample the very best of Vancouver’s vibrant beer community?
Join Vancouver Brewery Tours for behind the scenes access at three of Vancouver’s best breweries.
You’ll taste tons of Vancouver’s finest craft beers.
It’s ranked one of the top ten beer experiences in the world by Trip Advisor.
Taste Vancouver Walking Tours (20% off all tours)
This award-winning series of culinary walking tours subscribe to the simple motto of offering more yum and more fun!
Enjoy a mouth-watering foodie experience that takes you on a journey through Vancouver’s most trendy neighborhoods.
Vancouver Outdoor Adventures
Salmon Fishing Charters (save 10% on half/full day charters)
Some of the largest salmon runs in the world return to the waters of the Salish Sea, right outside Vancouver.
As a result, local anglers are blessed with virtual year round access to five species of salmon, in addition to an extensive variety of groundfish.
If you’d like test the waters Pacific Angler Fishing Charters offers guided tours that will provide you with the opportunity to catch a 50 lb Chinook right on Vancouver’s door step.
Hyak River Rafting (2 for 1 rafting trips)
*Max one free adult
The valleys of the Coast Mountain range serve as a conduit to empty the Vancouver area’s glacial river waters into the Pacific.
The result? Some of the best white water rafting available anywhere.
Hyak River Rafting offers a variety of exhilarating rafting tours to the rivers surrounding the Lower Mainland. Choose from the local Chilliwack River, or opt to go further afield to BC’s interior to conquer the more challenging Thompson River.
1,2,3 and 6 day adventures are available.
Vancouver Whale Watch (save 20% per person)
The waters surrounding Vancouver are home to 4 species of whales, in addition to a stunning array of dolphins, porpoises, and marine mammals.
To experience the thrill of seeing these amazing creatures in their natural environment you can take part in an exciting local whale watching tour.
Vancouver Whale Watch offers 3 to 5 hour tours from historic Steveston Village in both open-air and semi-covered zodiac style boats. On board hydrophones will allow you to hear first-hand the wild calls of Killer Whales and Humpbacks.
And the best part is that sightings are guaranteed!
Windsure Adventure Watersports (2 for 1 lessons)
*Applies to windsurfing and paddle boarding group lessons.
I get it, watersports aren’t likely to be a major factor in your decision to come to Canada. However, many people are surprised to learn that Vancouver is actually blessed with a stunning array of urban beaches.
In order to take advantage, Windsure Adventure Watersports provides a series of exciting instructional windsurfing and paddleboard classes from their Jericho Sailing Centre compound.
After a dry land simulation and sailing theory class you’re on to the on-water instruction where you can enjoy the sun from the sparkling waters of English Bay.
Vancouver Day Trips
Whistler Village & Shannon Falls ($30 off for adults/$15 for youth)
*Includes 3 hours in Whistler and a stop at the Shannon Falls waterfall.
The resort is most famous for hosting the 2010 Winter Olympics. However, the it’s far from just a Winter wonderland.
The area’s stunning landscape, pedestrian-only Village and down-to-earth mountain culture make Whistler an unforgettable year-round destination.
Victoria & Butchart Gardens ($25 off for adults/$12 off for youth)
*Includes a ferry ride to and from Victoria, entry to Butchart Gardens and a few hours to explore Victoria’s Inner Harbour.
Victoria is located 114 kilometres Southwest of Vancouver on Vancouver Island. This quaint provincial capital city combines old-world British charm with Westcoast beauty and sophistication.
After a two hour ferry ride across the Salish Sea, you’ll head to legendary Butchart Gardens. Over one million visitors a year make the trek to marvel at over 55 acres of lush greens and blooms.
Afterwards you can take some time to walk the cobblestone streets of the picturesque Inner Harbour. Enjoy the music, shop in the area’s charming boutiques or enjoy a world-class dining experience.
This is one of the best day trips from Vancouver.
Gulf of Georgia Cannery (2 for 1 admission or 50% off single admission)
If you’re looking for a trip that’s a little closer to your hotel then a day trip to historic Steveston Village is just what the doctor ordered.
Located about 40 minutes South of downtown, Steveston is the epicentre of BC’s fishing industry and a popular tourist attraction.
Experience the area’s history first hand with a trip to the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National historic site. Enjoy interactive exhibits, films and guided tours that celebrate this vital industry and the people that have worked in it for well over a century.
Britannia Mine Museum (Save $5 per person)
*Up to a maximum of 2 adults and 2 children.
Take the opportunity to see and experience what was once the largest copper mine in the entire British Empire.
The building has since transformed into an award-winning Museum that offers awe-inspiring sights and memorable family experiences through a variety of interactive exhibits.
What is the Vancouver Attraction Passport and Experiences Guide?
The Vancouver Attraction Passport and Experiences Guide is a guidebook and discount pass that offers discounts at 55 museums, attractions, and restaurants.
How do you purchase the Vancouver Attraction Passport and Experiences Guide?
The guidebook can be purchased online and shipped to your home.
Alternatively, you can pick up your guidebook at Vancouver International Airport or in Downtown Vancouver upon your arrival.
How much is the Vancouver Attraction Passport and Experiences Guide?
The guidebook costs $35.84 when purchased online via our friends at Viator.
Well that signals the end of our look at the Vancouver Attraction Passport and Experiences Guide. But I promise, if you’re willing to make the small investment, the savings are just beginning!
Do you have any more questions about the guidebook? Or how about something else Vancouver related?
Well I can always be reached in the comment section below or on the Vancouver Planner Facebook page. So don’t hesitate to ask.
But in the meantime, enjoy your passport to the city!