Last Updated on February 27, 2023 by Pamela
Have you experienced the joys of riding on an Aquabus in Vancouver? If you have not, then you should definitely try it the next time you’re in Vancouver.
False Creek is a hub of activity in downtown Vancouver; sailboats, SUP boarders, kayaks and the occasional otters add a layer of zen to this beautiful city. Begin your journey with a ride across the river to Granville Island for a little shopping, then prepare for an afternoon of exploring the various neighbourhoods with Aquabus docks. You won’t regret it!
planning your aquabus adventures
Small tugboats with rainbow colours, the Aquabus boats are wheelchair accessible, pet-friendly, and can accommodate bicycles and strollers as well. Guides/drivers are friendly and quite knowledgeable about the city.
There are eight docks (stops) to choose from; Hornby Street, Granville Island, David Lam Park, Stamps Landing, Spyglass Place, Yaletown, Plaza of Nations, and The Village. Personally, we think you should visit all of them during your time in Vancouver.
Hornby Street: From this dock you can easily access downtown Vancouver, walk along the shore to English Bay and then venture around Stanley Park (the seawall is roughly 8 km).
Granville Island: It is not really an island, but don’t let that keep you from going! Go on a microbrewery tour, let your taste buds explore local products at the Public Market (this is an amazing food tour), shop and more.
David Lam Park: Situated in a quiet corner of Yaletown, this dock is perfect for a lazy picnic in David Lam Park, or George Wainborn Park – which is just a short walk from the dock. Once you have had your fill of the park (s), continue exploring Yaletown!
Stamps Landing: Take a little time to wander around Fairview, check out the dog park, or just enjoy the marina and a pint or two before boarding another Aquabus.
Spyglass Place: This is more of a residential stop with not a lot to see, but there is a path which hugs the shore and leads to the last Aquabus stop, The Village.
Yaletown: Definitely one of our favourite stops, as this is also one of our favourite ‘hoods in Vancouver. Nosh on some street food, come back to enjoy the nightlife scene, explore the marina, admire the architecture.
Plaza of Nations: A 430-person theatre, outdoor amphitheatre and Edgewater Casino, the Plaza of Nations has been a Vancouver staple since the 1986 World Expo. This is also a perfect drop-off point for those going to BC Place or venturing into Vancouver’s thriving Chinatown.
The Village: Another favourite, this dock drops you at Olympic Village Square. From here you’ll enjoy beautiful views of downtown Vancouver from across False Creek. Take time to go to CRAFT Beer Market or visit Science World at TELUS World of Science.
The schedule varies depending on where you are starting your journey. If you start on Hornby Street, then the first boat leaves at 6:30 am and the last boat is at 10:30 pm. Consult the Aquabus website for more details on schedules.
Fares range in price from $3.50 CAD – $7 CAD (children are $2 CAD – $5 CAD), depending on the dock/stop. You can buy tickets on board or if you’re planning to visit multiple stops consider buying a day pass for $16 CAD.