Vancouver has an odd, remarkable, and varied collection of transportation options. They provide convenient means for getting around the city and they are fun even if you don’t have any particular destination. You can choose to travel around Vancouver by bus, boat, float plane or train and each will give you Vancouver perspectives you would otherwise miss.
The SeaBus is one of Vancouver’s most reliable and remarkable means of transportation. It travels between downtown Vancouver’s Waterfront Station, located a couple of blocks east of the new Vancouver Convention Centre and Canada Place Cruise Ship terminal, and Lonsdale Quay, located on North Vancouver’s coastline. The SeaBus croses the Burrard Inlet from downtown Vancouver to North Vancouver every 15 minutes during the day and every 30 minutes in the evening.
You can buy a Translink DayPass for $9.00 for adults and $7.00 for children 13 and younger. The pass gives you all day access to the SeaBus as well as city buses and the SkyTrain. You can buy DayPasses at the SeaBus terminal or at any Safeway, 7/11 Convenience Store, Save On Foods and at many London Drugs and Shoppers’ Drug Marts.
North Vancouver’s Lonsdale Quay, with its meat and fish stalls, bakeries, delis, fruit stands and small shops, is a destination in its own right. From the Quay, you can walk up Lonsdale Avenue, the main street in North Vancouver. Lower Lonsdale, near the Quay, has bakeries, antique stores, restaurants, coffee bars, a community centre and a bookstore.
If you want to see more of Lonsdale but don’t want to walk, remember you have your DayPass so hop a bus and explore Lonsdale Avenue shops, visit the public library on 15th, the great London Drugs on 21st, or go swimming at the Harry Jerome Indoor Pool at 123 East 23rd Street.
If you want a more nature-oriented adventure, take the #236 bus from the Lonsdale Quay bus station just outside the SeaBus terminal and visit Capilano Suspension Bridge, Capilano Regional Park and/or the Grouse Mountain SkyRide.
To get back to Vancouver,just retrace your steps. Take the #236 bus back to the bus terminal and the SeaBus back to Vancouver. This trip will take between half a day and a day depending on how much exploration you choose to do.