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:
As the name suggests, Edible Canada is all about food. Its small tours (capped at eight people) take visitors through one of two food gems in Vancouver: either Granville Island Public Market or Chinatown. Chefs lead the walking tours, meaning they are as much educational as delicious. The half-day Chinatown tours run each Saturday, starting with a delicious dim sum lunch to kick things off properly. The Granville Island tour, offered daily at 9am, takes you through, and makes sense of, the vast rows of produce, cheeses, meats, seafood and more, which means a whole lot of tasty snacks along the way. > 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
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
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