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Helijet Harbour to Harbour

Need to get to Victoria? Getting there has never been easier than on an awe-inspiring helicopter ride across the coastal isles. Only 35 minutes from harbor to harbor, guests traveling to Victoria arrive in ease, and in style, with Helijet.  The Fairmont Waterfront is pleased to offer preferred transportation rates on Helijet for members of Fairmont President's Club while staying at The Fairmont Waterfront.  Learn more about our Helijet Harbour to Harbour package here.

Vancouver Activities

Starting in January 2002, the Fairmont Waterfront included on its payroll a handsome, playful four-legged employee to act as hotel Ambassador. Morgan, the black Labrador retriever, quickly settled in to his new responsibility of greeting guests outside the hotel lobby. Morgan's claim to fame was receiving 'The Royal Pat' from Her Royal Highness, Queen Elizabeth II, during her Royal Jubilee visit in October, 2002.

In October 2003, the media and guest attention that Morgan received prompted the Fairmont Waterfront to employ Holly, a Golden Lab-retriever cross, to ensure both dogs received adequate time off, while having puppy love available for guests visiting the hotel. Before Morgan and Holly both joined the Fairmont Waterfront, they were a part of The British Columbia Guide Dog Services.  The organization recommended two of their overly playful puppies who didn't quite make their final cut, but who were more than qualified for the prestigious position of Hotel Ambassador.

Morgan retired a few years ago to enjoy recreational activities in the beautiful city of Vancouver, BC., and after almost 7 years of gracing our hotel lobby, Holly entered official dog retirement in April 2010. Holly is missed by our guests, staff, and mailman that provided her regular daily dog treats. At this time we no longer have our dog program in place. Should the opportunity arise in the future for a new hotel dog, we will consider starting up the program again. A new dog has big shoes to fill in Morgan and Holly’s paw prints!

Skiing & Mountain Activities

There are three skiing areas within a 45-minute drive.

Please note: Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains are located in Whistler, British Columbia, which is a two hour drive from downtown Vancouver. 


Listed below are a few of the better known hiking trails in Vancouver, BC: 

  • Stanley Park
  • Grouse Mountain
  • Seymour Mountain
  • Cypress Park
  • Lynn Headwaters
  • Park Pacific
  • Spirit Regional Park


    Stanley Park

    One of North America's largest urban parks covering 1,000 acres, and larger than New York's Central Park, Stanley Park is perfect for exploring. Facilities include The Vancouver Aquarium, 22 miles (33 km) of hiking and walking trails, and restaurants. There are also cycling paths, tennis courts, Indian Totem Poles and a scenic drive.


    Vancouver is a cyclist's dream! There are trails in 16 regional parks, including the popular 6.2 miles (10 km) seawall route along Stanley Park's shore and the 10.5 miles (17 km) route along the Spanish Banks.  Complimentary bicycles are available for guests at the front door of the hotel.   Please contact the Concierge for details. 
    There are more than a dozen rental shops in the downtown area that rent all types of bicycles. Rollerblades are also available.


    There are many golf courses close to downtown Vancouver. The closest course is University Golf Club, located at The University of British Columbia, approximately 8 miles from the hotel.


    Fishing and charter boat rentals are only minutes from the hotel. The Concierge would be happy to assist you with arrangements.


    There are 17 outdoor courts located in nearby Stanley Park.

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