The Vancouver trolley may look like it belongs in San Francisco, but it's a uniquely Vancouver institution. With stops throughout Stanley Park and all of the other tops attractions, a ride on the trolley is a fun and relaxing way to get around. One ticket provides you the chance to enjoy a fully narrated trolley ride and details about the uniquely Vancouver sights, as well as a coupon book. Hop-on-and-hop-off service means you can explore the city at your own pace and own terms.
Vancouver Trolley Image: Tourism Vancouver, Coast Mountain Photography
Fully motorized, the Vancouver historic trolley travels down the same streets at the regular traffic, but passengers don't have to worry about doing the driving. They can sit back and listen to the driver's engaging commentary. The drivers know the attractions and the stories behind them better than most, and they weave that knowledge into an engaging and lively commentary. Before you hop off, you'll have the story behind what you're about to see.
Almost anywhere you roam in Vancouver, it's easy can catch the Vancouver historic trolley. Parking lots are available close to Stanley Park, as well as Canada Place, the cruise ship terminal. Another parking lot is provided in the historic neighborhood of Gastown. If you prefer to take the train, you could hop on the high-speed rail, which was added just before the Winter Olympics. Three stations are close to the Vancouver trolley stops—Waterfront Station, Vancouver Centre, and Yaletown-Roundhouse.
If you're staying in Richmond, the home of the Vancouver International Airport, you could hop aboard the shuttle bus that connects you with the Vancouver Trolley. No matter where your trip begins, you'll enjoy the same friendly service and scenic views along the way. Flexibility is really the strength of this Vancouver attractions trolley tour, and it fits into your vacation plans no matter what you want to do.
In total, the trolley stops at 29 different attractions throughout town, and six of these are located in Stanley Park. After stepping off the trolley, you can experience all of the fun thins to do without expending a lot of energy to get there. One of the stops is right at the starting point for the horse-drawn tours, while another stop is right at the door of the Vancouver Aquarium. Beyond the park, you'll also have the chance to ride the Vancouver attractions trolley tour to the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden and the art museum. Favorite restaurants and neighborhoods are also included on the tour.
To make your vacations even easier, the trolley company offers a number of packages that save you both money and time. These places are not limited to the city proper. You'll also have the chance to visit Victoria, Grouse Mountain, and as far north as the Capilano Suspension Bridge. The bridge, which has been attracting visitors for more than a century, is farther than the Vancouver historic trolley goes, but a shuttle bus, which is free, will take you the last leg of the trip. After you've seen the breathtaking scenery here, you can hop aboard a bus and take in the sights of Grouse Mountain.
Also, when you purchase trolley tickets, you also can make arrangements for transportation to beautiful Victoria. The ticket agents can help you purchase a flight, bus, or ferry trip to this nearby place to explore that would be right at home in Jolly Old England.
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