June 2015

Whether you're an aspiring photographer, detective wannabe or self-proclaimed foodie, there's a Vancouver tour for you. Founded by young entrepreneurs with a passion for showing off their city, the following tours are not to be missed.

Off the Eaten Track Distillery Tour. In summer 2014, Off the Eaten Track launched a brand-new tour that gives participants an insider's look at Vancouver's burgeoning distillery scene. During the three-hour jaunt, guests sample award-winning spirits, tour three distilling facilities and chat with the artisans about their craft. $75 per person. http://offtheeatentracktours.ca/ 

Vancouver Photowalks. Forget purchasing professional prints abroad -take your own snapshots on a two-hour photography course with Vancouver Photowalks. Along the way, learn about an array of topics, including exposure, composition, aperture and shutter speed. Tours are available in Stanley Park, Chinatown, Granville Island, Kitsilano and Olympic Village, and start at $99. http://www.vancouverphotowalks.ca/

Vancouver Mysteries. Put on your detective hat and join this Clue-like tour that takes participants on a whodunnit scavenger hunt throughout the streets of downtown. Wannabe Sherlocks are outfitted with all the tools they'll need to gather evidence and solve crimes while taking in some of Vancouver's most popular sights. Aspiring secret agents can opt for a more daring mission that involves hunting down a dangerous spy cell plotting to destroy the city. Tours range from $20 - $25 per person. http://www.vancouvermysteries.com/ 

ToursByLocals. Now operating in more than 120 countries around the world, this Vancouver-based tour company matches intrepid travellers with locals for unique and tailored city tours. In Vancouver, join local guides for hikes in the North Shore Mountains, a unicycle ride around Stanley Park, a tour of Vancouver's best coffee shops or a look at the city's social enterprise scene. http://www.toursbylocals.com/