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Explore Vancouver with Big Bus!

Driving around a new city with kids in tow can be a daunting experience. Following maps to unknown places, searching for close and inexpensive parking, navigating safe and secure areas all while searching for easy-access restrooms and family-friendly dining options can be enough to completely stress a parent out! City busses can provide a great value for families, but deciphering fares, routes, and schedules can sometimes add a challenge to your supposed-to-be-relaxing vacation. Taxis are plentiful in large cities, but the standard fare can easily add up, and finding a cab large enough for a large family can sometimes be quite tricky to find.

To take the stress out of all of this planning while visiting Vancouver, take advantage of the Big Bus. The Big Bus, a vintage double-decker tour bus, takes families and visitors to all of the city's best sites, restaurants, parks, and playgrounds. The Big Bus stops at Gastown, Chinatown, Stanley Park, Granville Island, Robson Street Shopping District, English Bay Shopping District, and more. A single and two-day pass is available; the two-day pass offers an even greater value. The bus allows you to hop on and hop off at various locations around town, giving you the chance to spend as much time as you would enjoy at various locations. In addition to taking you between point A and point B, the Big Bus allows every member of your family to truly take in the sights and sounds of the city. Weather permitting; the top deck of the bus is open air, giving you a great view and plenty of fresh air to breathe.

The bus tour runs seasonally, in the warmer months of mid-April to the end of September. Tickets can be purchased online or directly from any bus driver by cash, credit card, or cashier's cheque. Bus tickets can be combined with some of Vancouver's best tours for an even greater bargain.

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