Discover the city by foot
For a glance into the city’s past, try the free Historic Walking Tours of Gastown. Set in the heart of the city’s birthplace, the daily tour highlights the areas many attractions and exceptional shopping, restaurants and bars. Visit the Steam Clock, shop at The Landing, and get a picture taken with the statue of the areas founder, Gassy Jack. To get a sense of times past, you’ll stroll through streets named Blood Alley and Gaoler’s Mew.
There’s much to discover by walking through the streets of Vancouver. The Architectural
Institute of B.C.(AIBC) provides a variety of tours in the summer months. The free tours show Vancouver’s history through the city’s varied architecture. Visit highlights like Canada Place, Robson Square, Cathedral Place, Strathcona and the Russian Orthodox Church.
Several attractions also have their own guided walking tours. You can stroll through beautiful Burnaby Village Museum, saunter through the exhibits in the Canadian Craft Museum, enjoy a sample of microbrewed beer in the Granville Island Brewery, and learn about the West Coast First Nations culture at the Museum of Anthropology.
Another great guided walking tour follows the history of the Chinese-Canadian community in historic Chinatown. City Sights Walking Tourstakes you through one of North Americas largest Chinatowns. You’ll see the unique heritage of Vancouver’s oldest ethnic community and enjoy many attractions, including the Dr. Sun Yat Sen Classical Chinese Gardens, the Chinese Cultural Centre Museum and Archive, and the bustling street markets.
If you would rather explore Vancouver at your own pace without a guide, then pay a visit to the Vancouver Tourist Information Centres. Here, you can get good advice from friendly info centre staff, and plan your own walking tours.
One of the city’s most endearing features is its close proximity to wild and natural wonders. For guided hikes through some of its closest wonders, such as Lighthouse Park, Horseshoe Bay and Bowen Island, check out Rockwood Adventures. They have an extensive selection of compelling walking tours.