A walking tour acquaints you with the city around you, helping you to better plan parade routes and upcoming bouts of sleepwalking. Watch your steps with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $10 for an architectural walking tour for two (up to a $20 value)
- $18 for an architectural walking tour for four (up to a $40 value)
Tourists explore a choice of six Vancouver neighbourhoods or six Victoria neighbourhoods. Vancouver sites include Chinatown, historical Gastown, contemporary downtown, and Strathcona, the first neighbourhood in Vancouver. Victoria explorations include Inner Harbour, Fort Victoria, Ecclesiastical, Art Deco, and James Bay. Each jaunt covers roughly 3 kilometres and lasts up to two hours. Tours are appropriate for children and accessible by wheelchair. For more information, see the Vancouver brochure and Victoria brochure.
Architectural Institute of British Columbia
Iconic buildings rise up on either side of tour groups as they trail guides who regale them with stories and historical insights. Traversing a total of 12 Victoria and Vancouver neighbourhoods, the Architectural Institute of British Columbia’s walking architecture tours illuminate pivotal and noteworthy structures throughout the city. In Victoria, explorers can ramble through Chinatown—the oldest Chinatown in the nation—or feel the waterfront breeze as it braids their hair on the famous harbour’s inner shores. Alternatively, Vancouver tourists can embed themselves in the city’s first neighbourhood, Strathcona, or investigate industrial expansion by roaming Yaletown.
The tours are just one of the many tools the Institute uses to raise architecture awareness. Established in 1920 to to regulate the profession of architecture, the institute doles out annual awards for outstanding architecture, displaying the winners in a public gallery.