Free Tours in Vancouver During Olympics

Comments 3 by Rebecca Bollwitt

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.

??????, where does the line up begin?
Photo credit: zzinger on Flickr

Tour Guys
Type: Guided
Cost: Free
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
Type: Self-guided
Cost: Free
Tour options: Follow along spots of interest found on this online map.

Type: Self-guided (about 3 hours if you do the entire circuit)
Cost: Free
Tour options: Follow along spots of interest found on the online map.

lululemon athletica
Type: Running tour
Cost: Free
Tour options: Start at lululemon athletica Robson for a running tour every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 2:00pm.

Commercial Drive Artwalk
Type: Self-guided
Cost: Free
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
Cost: Free
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.

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  1. tiffanyMonday, February 22nd, 2010 — 10:02am PST

    lululemon athletica Robson ( is holding complimentary running tours every tuesday/wednesday/thursday at 2pm from the store. the distance will vary depending on the guests that attend, but it’s usually around 5km.

    the running tours will cover major vancouver landmarks – and the best part? you get a workout while you’re at it!

  2. Roberta LaQuagliaMonday, February 22nd, 2010 — 10:09am PST

    Commercial Drive is having an artwalk now through March 21 – get a passport from one of the many participating merchants and get it stamped along your journey. Artwork is by individuals living with mental illness and it is co-sponsored by the Kettle Friendship Society. You can even buy the artwork!

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