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Vancouver Harbour Cruise

Harbour Cruises is well-known amongst the Vancouver tourist circuit, but I discovered that as a local, it’s an equally enjoyable experience that offers an alternative view of our beautiful city.

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I boarded the MVP Constitution today, a ship built in North Vancouver in 1983, for a one hour Harbour Tour. Along with classic cityscape scenery, the tour includes local history.

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A couple of tidbits? Our Stanley Park is 10% bigger than New York City’s Central Park.

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In terms of foreign exports, Vancouver’s harbour is the largest of its kind in North America.

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In 1870, Gastown was renamed to Granville, but its residents insisted on continuing to call it Gastown. Long live Gassy Jack!

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Within the space of an hour, the wheel-propelled boat takes in the Burrard Inlet, cruising past Stanley Park, Lions Gate Bridge, Canada Place and the North Shore mountains.

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For more information, check out the website. The Harbour Tour departs daily (from April 23 to September 30) at 11 am, 12:15 pm, 1:30 pm, and 2:45 pm. Boarding begins 15 minutes prior to departure and other tours (Sunset Dinner Cruise or Indian Arm Luncheon Cruise) are also available.

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[I hadn’t seen the Olympic cauldron from this angle before]

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I was invited aboard the MVP Constitution for the purpose of this feature. Opinions, as always, are my own.

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