6 Vancouver Walking Tours to do This Summer

Comments 3 by Rebecca Bollwitt

Get re-acquainted with your city or explore it for the first time with these walking tours that are being offered by various groups, businesses and organizations. The best way to experience a city is on foot and these guided walks, with a variety of themes, will get you out and about, entertain, and educate — some will also be delicious.

6 Vancouver Walking Tours to do This Summer

World's Best Food Truck Tour

Stanley Park History Tour

“Old Money: West of Denman Historical Walking Tour” / Website

  • Tours run: Sunday, June 26, 2016 (and various other scheduled times throughout the year)
  • Duration: 1:00pm to 2:30pm
  • Price: $10 cash
  • Meeting Place: Beside the little Buchan Hotel at 1906 Haro St. (at Gilford Street)

Vancouver Heritage Foundation Tours

“Art Deco architecture, to the PNE Fairgrounds, False Creek Flats, and Mountain View Cemetery” / Website

  • Tours run: Various dates throughout the summer
  • Duration: All walks begin at 10:00am
  • Price: $15
  • Meeting Place: Various meeting places with either Maurice Guibord or John Atkin as hosts

Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours

Prohibition City and Lost Souls of Gastown” / Website

  • Tours run: Times vary. Click here to check availability.
  • Duration: 1 hour 45 minutes, 1km distance
  • Price: $25 adult, $22 senior/student
  • Meeting Place: Cathedral Square, Dunsmuir & Richards streets

Ghostly Tours

“Ghost stories come from local lore, first hand accounts and local paranormal investigations” / Website

  • Tours run: Gastown (Wednesday & Saturday nights at 7:30pm), Granville (Tuesday & Friday nights at 7:30pm)
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Price: $20
  • Meeting Place: Gastown (Angel of Victory statue at Waterfront Station), Granville (Christchurch Cathedral at Burrard & Georgia)

World’s Best Food Truck Tour

“4 courses, 5 tastings, 9 stories, 2 hours of tantalizing fun” / Website (read my experience here)

  • Tours run: Monday to Friday during summer. Reduced schedule rest of the year
  • Duration: 2 hours, 1.6 km or 1 mile (total time walking is approx. 25 mins)
  • Price: $49.99 (Monday to Thursday), $53.99 (Friday) + taxes/fees
  • Meeting Place: 855 Burrard St (& Smithe St), beside Japadog food cart

Stanley Park Ecology Society Forager Tours

“In partnership with Forager Foundation, SPES is offering foraging tours through Stanley Park now to September. While there will be no collecting on these tours, there will much to learn about the ethnobotany of our region” / Website

  • Tours run: Thursdays to Sundays, until September
  • Duration: 2 hours, 10:00am to 12:00pm
  • Price: $39
  • Meeting Place: Stanley Park Bus Loop, Rose Garden Lane

Of course there are always sightseeing tours too. Whatever you choose, take some photos along the way and share them with the #Photos604 tag on Instagram to let me know how your tour adventures went this summer.

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3 Comments  —  Comments Are Closed

  1. OanaTuesday, June 7th, 2016 — 2:50pm PDT

    You missed FitCity! Great hiking, running, or biking tours of the city.

  2. John StewartMonday, July 4th, 2016 — 2:49pm PDT

    You forgot the Sins of the City Walking Tours run by the Vancouver Police Museum! Such a unique experience with very engaging guides.

  3. BenjaminMonday, July 11th, 2016 — 8:20pm PDT

    Hey Rebecca,

    Is there anyway we can have our tours mentioned as well. It’s a free walking tour in Vancouver downtown through Gastown, up Robson, towards the Westend, and back down to Coal Harbor.

    Along the way, guests enjoy a tour guide with commentary’s about Vancouver’s rich history and contrast to the architecture. They also are treated to free tastings at (1) Roger’s Chocolate – CHCOLATES (2) Milano Coffee – the 2nd best cafe in Vancouver! (3) Japadog – Try their terimayo (4) Daniel’s Chocolate – because We like chocolate so much. Arguably the 2nd best chocolate in Vancouver.

    The tours are completely free for guests and we’d love to have you try it out too if you can. (http://www.vancityasks.com/vancouver-tours/) Duration is three hours. Frequency is every Saturday for summer and once per month throughout the year.



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