Located directly next to Vancouver Convention Centre in Canada Place on Burrard Inlet, FlyOver Canada is a heart-thumping adrenaline rush of a 4D-simulated helicopter flight over Canada. It takes visitors from the icy waters off Newfoundland through the surging drop of Niagara Falls, over Calgary’s plains and atop the Banff glacier, finally returning “passengers” back to Vancouver’s coast and into the city.
After the ride, walk across the plaza to Miku and enjoy Aburi-style (blowtorch-flamed) sushi at one of the top eateries in the city.
Conventioneeers and small groups looking to extend their West Coast Canadian visit have many opportunities for ecotours starting from Vancouver.
Snorkel with salmon in Campbell River. Each July through September, Destiny River Adventures will take your group on the Quinsam River, a tributary of Campbell River, to enjoy the Salmon Capital of the World, just off Vancouver Island’s east coast.
Walk with grizzlies in the Cariboo. Led by grizzly specialist, Ecotours-BC guide and longtime grizzly aficionado Gary Zorn, grizzly watchers wade chest-high in the river and stride among the earth’s largest predators. The Glamping with Grizzlies package and a winter adventure snowshoeing package to spot wolves, lynx and moose are also options for larger groups.
Kayak with whales off Vancouver Island. Ecosummer Expeditions leads three- to six-day Orca Camp guided kayak trips July through September in Robson Bight Ecological Reserve, aka “Orca Central” and also home to one of the world’s largest populations of dolphins. Landlubber? Take Canada’s West Coast Wildlife Safari or Orca Camp wildlife photography tour, where giant humpbacks, otters, sea lions, acrobatic Pacific white-sided dolphins and foraging grizzlies are spotted.
Explore Nimmo Bay Trout and salmon fishing is first rate here, as are whale watching, trekking and wildlife photo safaris. Get high above it all in a heli-adventure soaring over 50,000 square miles of wilderness.