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AIBC Architectural Walking Tours

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Address: 440 Cambie St | Suite 100, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 2N5, Canada
Phone Number:
+1 604-683-8588
10:00 - 16:00
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Thu - Mon 10:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Explore a choice of six Vancouver neighbourhoods or three Victoria...

Explore a choice of six Vancouver neighbourhoods or three Victoria neighbourhoods. Vancouver sites include Chinatown, historical Gastown, trendy Yaletown, contemporary Downtown, lively West End and Strathcona, the first neighbourhood in Vancouver. Victoria explorations include the Inner Harbour, Fort Victoria, Ecclesiastical, Chinatown and James Bay, former home of famed Canadian artist Emily Carr. Each jaunt covers roughly 3 kilometres and lasts up to two hours. Tours are appropriate for children and accessible by wheelchair.

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Gastown walking tour

Being a lover of old architecture, I was delighted to be invited to this tour of Gastown. The tour lasted two hours, was very well planned and attended. We learned a lot about... read more

Reviewed 14 February 2017
Vancouver, B.C.

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Vancouver, B.C.
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Reviewed 14 February 2017

Being a lover of old architecture, I was delighted to be invited to this tour of Gastown. The tour lasted two hours, was very well planned and attended. We learned a lot about the history, of this part of Vancouver started by a man called Gassy Jack, and being one of the earliest communities in the yet to be born... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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Reviewed 31 August 2016

We went on the James Bay - a small town within a large city with AIBC (Architectural Institute of BC) in Victoria om July 31. The tour was about 2 hours, The walk was in the area around and south of the Parliament Buildings. The tour hi-lighted many of the various architecture types and features of historical buildings and homes.... More 

Thank Peterm5555
Surrey, Canada
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Reviewed 30 August 2016 via mobile

Did the West End tour with Emily today, and I quite enjoyed it - from the homes and buildings, to the beautiful neighbourhood, to the history accompanying it - so much value for the price we paid for the tour. Will definitely book another AIBC tour in the other neighbourhoods.

Thank MBilodeau
Coquitlam, Canada
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Reviewed 29 August 2016

I took two tours on two different days, the downtown and Strathkona, both very unique and quite different, led by two wonderful guides. Would recommend these to others and will take the other tours next summer. Thank you AIBC!

Thank ridgegal45
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Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

This past month (August 2016) I had the pleasure of participating in four different AIBC walks. We chose Chinatown, Gastown, Strathcona, and the Westend. They were all excellent and I appreciated the guide Pauline, who led three of these walks. She made the walk thoroughly enjoyable. As you can tell, I kept going back for more! Next summer I hope... More 

Thank Judy M
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Reviewed 23 August 2016

I've lived in Vancouver for 35 years and at last was able to book one of the AIBC walking tours. It exceeded my expectations. Our young guide Emily, an architecture student, was delightful -- enthusiastic about everything she showed us, knowledgable about historical periods, different architectural styles, and the specific history and characteristics of the different buildings we saw. She... More 

Thank Kelly M
West Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 23 August 2016

What an informative tour taken with Emily ! She was animated and made the walking so interesting. My friends and I now have a better understanding and appreciation of this area which we have cycled by for the past 3 years. thanks and merci

Thank pierrette637
Burnaby, Canada
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Reviewed 23 August 2016

Even I lived in Vancouver for long time. This two hours walking tour provided a lot of history of the building. Especially in the Marine building had a guest speaker (secuity guard) talked about the wooden elevator and puzzle on the wall tile. Our tour guide is very knowledge and fun to be with. One suggestion please wear comfortable shoes... More 

Thank greenteawonderland
Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 22 August 2016

My wife and I took the Downtown and Yaletown tours last weekend. Our guide Emily was very competent and, although we live in Vancouver, the tours opened our eyes to many things we didnt know before! Highly recommended!

Thank alc3138
Victoria, Canada
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Reviewed 22 August 2016

Went on the Victoria walking tour and we had a good time. Our tour guide was clear, pleasant, and very knowledgeable about the history of Victoria as well as the architectural history of the building of houses. The only negative point was the meeting point for the start of the tour. We did not immediately find our tour guide amongst... More 

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A visit to Gastown is like turning back the clock and stepping into a bygone era. With the distinction of being Vancouver's oldest neighborhood, the many plaques that stud the cobbled streets of Gastown tell the story of its colorful past, giving Vancouver's history a more lively presence here than anywhere else. Having been originally founded around a popular worker's saloon, it's no wonder that today some of Vancouver's best micro-breweries, creative cocktail joints, and corner bars can be found in this area. Classical charm suffuses its many vintage boutiques and the brick-built structures that an army of creative professionals call home.
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