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Food, Culture & Architecture Tours
Sightseeing tours are an excellent way to get an overview of Vancouver’s most popular neighbourhoods and attractions, but once you’ve got an overview of the city’s highlights, you might want to delve deeper into one of your areas of special interest. Maybe you’re passionate about food, have a soft spot for architecture, or perhaps it’s craft beer that excites you. Vancouver has a wide selection of specialty tours, led by local experts who can give you the inside scoop. Many of these are walking tours, allowing you to get to know a neighbourhood as you taste your way through Chinese dim sum, gaze at historic buildings, or learn more about photography.
For the culinary-minded, a great place to start is a tour of Granville Island Public Market, meeting the people behind the stalls and sampling local specialties. Or learn more about Vancouver’s booming street food scene with a lunchtime tour that lets you try some of the city’s best loved food trucks and carts. Alternatively, pick a neighbourhood and get an in-depth look as you hop from restaurant to café, eating as you go; you’ll find tours of areas such as Gastown, Chinatown, Mount Pleasant and Railtown. If you’re the type to get your hands dirty, go on an organized foraging excursion to learn about B.C.’s wild harvest. If you’d prefer to sip as you explore, there are tours that take you around Vancouver’s craft breweries and distilleries, out to vineyards, and cocktail sampling.
For a dash of both culture and history, try an architectural walking tour through one of the city’s oldest neighbourhoods, such as Gastown, the West End, Strathcona and Chinatown. Learn the sinful secrets of the city with a historical tour that includes colourful stories of vice, bootlegging, gambling and prostitution. Or see the city through a fresh lens as you explore a neighbourhood with a professional photographer, showing you the best way to capture vacation snapshots. Whatever you choose, you’ll get the chance to delve even deeper into what makes Vancouver such a unique place to visit.