With many establishments being accused of bumping up prices to serve the Olympic-sized crowds, there are a few businesses that are welcoming the influx of visitors by offering up free tours of Vancouver.
Tour options: Gastown & Downtown Vancouver, Stanley Park, West End & Granville Island.
Vancouver Art Gallery
Type: Guided or self-guided
Cost: Free until February 28th, 2010, depending on the tour you select
Tour options: Buggy, Brown Bag, Crit Night, Early Morning History, Exhibition, Staff Pick, Hot Spot tours. After March 1st other tours are free with gallery admission.
Website: Vancouver Art Gallery
Gastown Walking History Tour
Tour options: Follow along spots of interest found on this online map.
Type: Self-guided (about 3 hours if you do the entire circuit)
Tour options: Follow along spots of interest found on the online map.
Type: Running tour
Tour options: Start at lululemon athletica Robson for a running tour every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 2:00pm.
Commercial Drive Artwalk
Tour options: Until March 21st, 2010 pick up a passport and visit destinations along the Drive to get it stamped.
UBC Botanical Garden
Type: Guided tours
Tour options: Daily drop-in tours 11:00am – 12:00pm at the UBC Botanical Garden.
Should you have any tips for more free tours around town I’d love to hear about them. Also, keep your eyes peeled for “photowalks” being mentioned on Twitter. They often walk through various neighbourhoods and are a great way to explore.