In the beginning of our trip we had a transfer from YVR. We visited Granville Island for some delicious food and meandering. We were given a room at the Pan Pacific (beautiful hotel), a 3 hr city bus tour (with a delightful Vancouverian driver) and dropped off right at the boat. Vancouver is a great city! Very friendly with bike paths, walking, shopping and gardens.
At the end of our trip, we had only 2 hours until we had to make our way to YVR (Canada Line train, under $4.00 for a one-way ticket, 1/2 hr trip.) We took a walk along the sea wall to Stanley Park.