Just one aspect of Vancouver’s incredible natural endowments is the easy access to the ocean. Aside from the spectacular oceanfront property and beautiful beaches, the city takes great advantage of ocean-based commerce. Vancouver has Canada’s largest and busiest port that plays an essential role in domestic and international economies. Of course a city that is a world-class destination in itself and conveniently located relatively close to the legendary beauty of its northern neighbor Alaska, Vancouver natural see a substantial amount of tourism traffic through its ports.
The most popular cruise is one between Alaska and Vancouver that either begins or ends in the Port of Vancouver usually at the picturesque downtown docks at the Vancouver Convention Centers. Vancouver’s renowned International Airport (YVR) also plays a large role in attracting cruise ship tourism traffic as many travelers easily and quickly arrive or leave Vancouver to begin or end their vacation adventures.
There are cruises that come up from Seattle and more southern American neighbors, but typically they are only stopping through on their way up north. The northern cruise is legendary of the spectacular west coast of British Columbia. From the many Gulf Islands just outside Vancouver to the wide open Pacific Ocean, cruise bound travelers will witness rugged nature that exists uniquely in this part of the world. The more northern you travel to Alaska, the closer you come to encountering the spectacular icebergs that make this cruise route so popular. There are many steps along the way that take you to remote settlements scattered along the coast.
Whether you arrive to or leave from Vancouver on your cruise trip you will have the opportunity to hop off the boat to tour around an amazing city. The best part may be that your floating hotel is in some of the most prime real estate in the world. Checking out the bustling downtown core or making your way over to Kitsilano, the University of British Columbia, Main Street and even the fishing village of Steveston, will be well worth you while and at the very least help you shake off your sea legs a bit.
If you are so absolutely set on making your vacation a complete boat only adventure you can get on a variety of smaller cruise lines in Vancouver. There are numerous boats for hire, companies, shuttles and ferries all over the Greater Vancouver Area. Getting out into the Gulf Islands and Vancouver Island will open you to some of the truly unique beauty of the Pacific West Coast. Numerous islands some populated some not, are scattered about the Georgia Straight passage. You will see the wild marine life and experience the sea to sky form the water vantage point. To guarantee marine wildlife sightings, you can get on a boat that offers sightseeing tours where you’ll come by orcas, grey whales, humpbacks, sea lions, otters, seals, sea birds and more. Depending on the time of year you are on the water will determine what species you will see but sometimes you’ll even see the wild salmon running into the river and be at awe as the jump in the thousands all around you.
Arriving to Vancouver by cruise or to leave on a cruise is a special experience. Starting from the beautiful docks in downtown across from Stanley Park to your trip out to the open ocean you will never forget the sights. While you are in the city of Vancouver, consider renting a car from Pacific Car Rentals Vancouver. Pacific Car Rentals is a couple blocks from the port and offer pick up and drop off services. They are a very convenient and affordable ground transportation option for visitors arriving by cruise ships.