Walking around Vancouver is a fantastic pastime. Its streets are pedestrian friendly, the sights are spectacular, there’s food at every bend in the road and fresh air is just plain good for you.
Locals know this, but visitors sometimes need a little guidance to avoid walking in circles (not that that is always a bad thing). The city’s myraid tour services will walk you through every neighborhood, culture and culinary delight Vancouver has to offer. Here are some favourite options:
Throughout the summer months, the Architectural Institute of British Columbia guides visitors through the manmade wonders of either downtown Vancouver or Victoria on Vancouver Island. The AIBC governs architectural professionals throughout the province, making it the best resource for information on everything regarding the city’s modern and historical building designs. The Vancouver tours highlight many architectural marvels including Hotel Europe, the Chinatown Millennium Gate and the Mole Hill neighbourhood. Tours are broken into six distinct areas -- False Creek North and Yaletown, the West End, Victory Square and Gastown, Chinatown, Strathcona, and the downtown business core. > more
This bustling and vibrant bistro operates in the heart of Granville Island, Canada’s second most visited destination next to Niagra Falls and an absolute food haven. With a strong focus on celebrating local food and defining Canadian cuisine, they developed a partnership with Vancouver Foodie Tours to showcase the abundance of seasonal produce and fresh, local fare available right next store at the historical public market. Guests participating in these daily tours will get to rub elbows with the cities chefs while tasting, smelling and experiencing the food culture in Vancouver. > more
Food and wine tours and dining events with expert local guides from biologists and top chefs to sommeliers. Come out on a wild mushroom hunting tour or a catch and cook crabbing trip; these are unique, small group trips that get you connected with the culinary professionals in Vancouver. All menus on tour or at your custom dining event are created with local, wild ingredients like Dungeness crab, smoked sockeye salmon or wild chanterelles by star chefs. Let Swallow Tail curate a custom trip for your corporate group or exclusive celebration. > more
Operating year-round, Vancouver Food Tour is a tasty and interactive way for visitors to immerse themselves in BC's food culture. Led by knowledgable and passionate culinary professionals, Vancouver Food Tour showcases local artisanal fare and restaurant gems in BC's most vibrant neighbourhoods. With a range of options, from a 4 hour evening tour in historic Gastown to a full day getaway on Salt Spring Island, visitors and locals alike can enjoy the culinary adventures. Specially created dishes paired with local wines and craft cocktails will keep guests tasting and mingling every stop of the way. > more
Vancouver Foodie Tours offers food tasting and educational walking tours, introducing food lovers to one-of-a-kind dishes that define Vancouver's culinary scene. Guests indulge in a feast for their eyes, belly and mind, tasting signature dishes at award winning Vancouver gourmet restaurants, food shops and curbside kitchens. Guests also learn about the origins of ingredients, how dishes are prepared, and get face time with Vancouver's culinary heavy hitters. Tours include: Granville Island Market Tours, World's Best Food Truck Tour, and Guilty Pleasures Gourmet Tour. > more
This network of independent tour operators allows you to choose among a handful of wonderful walking, hiking and biking tours of Vancouver. There are neighborhood tours showcasing Gastown, Chinatown, Yaletown or the Granville Entertainment District; hiking tours outside the city that explore the coastal rainforest; and biking excursions that will get you around the Seawall and to many of the city’s neighbourhoods in just one afternoon. > more