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Vancouver: 2.5-Hour Gastown Walking Food Tour

1. Vancouver: 2.5-Hour Gastown Walking Food Tour

Walk through the cobbled stone streets of Vancouver’s oldest neighborhood and taste local foods on this Gastown food tour. Enjoy local craft beer, Japanese Kar-age style chicken, freshly made Sicilian Tortellini with local wine, and more. After meeting your storytelling guide for the day, start exploring the city alongside locals while learning local facts and little-known stories about Vancouver. Get to know more about its Wild West history, dating back 150 years. As you walk, taste a variety of local bites, including crispy and sweet chili cauliflower, Canadian poutine (handmade fries topped with cheese curds and gravy) wine, organic soft ice cream, waffles, and award-winning cheesecake.

Vancouver: Lost Souls of Gastown Tour

2. Vancouver: Lost Souls of Gastown Tour

Venture into Vancouver's earliest and most gruesome history on this 90-minute walking tour. Designed for adult audiences, the experience is both a walking tour and a theatre piece. Every story is grounded in documented Vancouver history, taken from the city archives. The plotline is woven together as the tragic tale of one person's life, ending in a dramatic finale in the heart of Gastown's Maple Tree Square.  Do not expect a ghost tour or conventional walking tour – this is an experience that will pull you so deep into the swirling lamplight and darkened alleys of Gastown’s murky past you may have a hard time finding your way back out… As you travel along cobblestone streets you'll visit our city's oldest hotel - the Victorian, learn the truth about the historic Gastown Steam Clock, see how Vancouver looked before and after the Great Fire, explore notorious Gaoler's Mews, and walk down the back alleys of Water Street to famous Maple Tree Square. Every one of Gastown's must-see sites and landmarks is visited on the walk.

Vancouver: Private Tour with a Local

3. Vancouver: Private Tour with a Local

Explore the city with a friendly local who is passionate about their city and eager to share all the tips and tricks that will help you make the most of your trip. Meet them at your accommodation to get familiar with the neighborhood, find out about the best places to eat and buy groceries, the easiest ways to get around, and the top things to see and do. By the end of the tour, feel more comfortable in navigating the city and confident that you have all the information you need to make the most of your stay. During the walking tour, have the option of taking public transportation or taxi to get around the city. 

Britannia Mine Museum Admission, Tour and BOOM! Experience

4. Britannia Mine Museum Admission, Tour and BOOM! Experience

Britannia Mine Museum opens up a little-seen world that fascinates all ages, turning out awe-inspiring sights and memorable family experiences. Explore 10 acres of historic buildings and artifacts, rumble aboard the underground train as it rolls into authentic mining tunnels, and discover BOOM!, a live-action experience in the historic mill. After entering the site, take a tour with an informative but informal tour guide sharing fun facts about mining, history, and life at Britannia. Learn and engage with interactive exhibits, and push up your sleeves and try out the Gold Panning Pavilion where you can keep what you find. Delight in BOOM!, the greatest show under the earth. Get an introduction to the story, sights, and sounds behind the architectural marvel with an immersive live-action experience inside Mill 3. The experience involves multiple screens, over thirty speakers, and physical and special effects that bring all the stories of the historic mill rumbling back to life.

Vancouver: Forbidden Vancouver Guided Tour

5. Vancouver: Forbidden Vancouver Guided Tour

Begin the story at the famous Gastown Steam Clock. Your guide will share the tales of the villains, crooked politicians, and mobsters that ruled the city in the roaring twenties when the saloon doors swung closed and Vancouver became a den of illicit booze, crime, and vice. As you walk past ornate heritage buildings, down narrow alleyways unchanged in over a hundred years, and along historic streets once teeming with bawdy houses, opium dens, and blind pigs, you’ll discover a unique perspective on Vancouver’s history.  Finish the walking tour on the cobblestone streets of Maple Tree Square, surrounded by Gastown's most talked about bars and restaurants. It's the perfect place to share a post-tour dinner or drinks after learning why former mayor LD Taylor once said, “this is a port city, we ain’t no Sunday School town!”

VIP Access Granville Island Market Tour

6. VIP Access Granville Island Market Tour

Noisy and chaotic, yet irresistibly atmospheric, Granville Island is one of Canada’s most-visited sites and Vancouver's destination for lovers of food, art and culture. Offering seasonal local produce, alongside a slice of local life, the market is the place to rub elbows with local chefs shopping for the day's menu. During the 2-hour tour, sample a range of fine foods from independent farmers and food artisans from Vancouver and beyond. The variety on offer includes smoked salmon and local cheeses to charcuterie, melt-in-your-mouth donuts and chocolates. Visiting the Granville Island Public Market is an authentic way to experience Vancouver and see its merchants in action!

Vancouver Film & TV Tours: The Hollywood North Experience

7. Vancouver Film & TV Tours: The Hollywood North Experience

Join an immersive 3-hour walking tour of Vancouver’s film and tv industry. Follow a local actor-guide to learn about 3 different neighborhoods in Vancouver. Watch clips of scenes on a tablet from various Hollywood productions shot where you stand and hear about all things film industry in the city. Vancouver is one of North America’s largest and most active movie production cities and a hotspot for celebrities because of this. Join a tour of the city and landmarks you might have seen in movies, music videos, and other entertainment mediums to appreciate the culture of the city and its contribution to media and technology in a unique way. Meet your friendly local actor at Robson Square. Head off to visit 3 different Vancouver neighborhoods and get tips on each location. Over the course of 3 fun-filled hours, you'll visit popular filming locations essential to the Vancouver film industry. See clips and pictures from these locations on a tablet and discover how the location was transformed for each location. Check out popular celebrity hang-out spots. Do a script rendition from a popular movie in the location it was shot. Learn the ins, outs, and personal secrets from local actors navigating Vancouver’s film industry. Top it all off by witnessing a production crew set up for new shoots (based on availability). End the experience with a well-rounded understanding of the city and its position in the world's entertainment business.

Vancouver Highlights 4-Hour Private Tour

8. Vancouver Highlights 4-Hour Private Tour

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel, or from the port in Vancouver, and then start your private sightseeing tour of the city at Library Square. Admire the public library's original architecture, built in 1995 and a prominent feature of movies such as "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus" and TV series, including "Battlestar Galactica." Then, stroll around historic Gastown and see Water Street, where fancy coffee shops mingle with restaurants and gift stores. Continue to Canada Place, location of the landmark Vancouver Convention Centre and Cruise Ship Terminal, where 5,000 tourists a day disembark from their Alaska cruises to spend the day in the city.  Continue to Stanley Park and experience the most visited natural park in British Columbia. Take a look at the iconic Totem Poles and get panoramic views from Prospect Point. Look over the Pacific Ocean, and at the mountains of North Shore, and see the commercial port and beautiful Lions Gate Bridge from the highest point in the park. Next, drive through a major shopping district and along Beach Avenue to English Bay to encounter the first beach in the city. En route to Granville Island, drive through the Olympic Village, where 2,400 athletes stayed during the Winter Olympics 2010. Reach Granville Island and stop to wander around the art studios, craft galleries and Granville Island Public Market, where you can find unique hand-made products and fine dining delights. Take a 15-minute walk through Queen Elizabeth Park to get panoramic views of the Vancouver skyline and North Shore mountains. See the stunning Bloedel Floral Conservatory, where around 500 species and varieties of plants from deep jungle to desert climates are kept in the glass dome. Explore Vancouver's Chinatown, established in 1885 and declared a National Historic Site of Canada in 2011. Today, it is the second largest Chinatown in North America after San Francisco and a hive of activity and popular tourist attraction. Then, get complimentary drop off at any hotel in downtown Vancouver or at the cruise terminal.

Authentic Asian Eats Walking Tour

9. Authentic Asian Eats Walking Tour

Home to dumpling shops, noodle stands, dim sum restaurants, Chinese bakeries, and the Vancouver International Airport, the city of Richmond is hailed by food lovers as the place with the best Chinese food outside of China. During this tour, you'll get insider access to authentic and delicious Chinese dishes that would otherwise only be available in Asia. From Hong Kong-style cafes to Chinese barbecue stalls, Asian food courts to dim sum institutions, get a personal introduction to a food culture found nowhere else in North America.

Vancouver: 3.5-Hour Craft Brewery Tour

10. Vancouver: 3.5-Hour Craft Brewery Tour

With your very own beer expert by your side, discover Vancouver's fantastic local beer scene. On this behind-the-scenes tour, learn how craft beer is made and how it's made Vancouver the craft beer capital of Canada. Enjoy a range of beer tasters catered to your liking by your beer guide. Discover what makes each beer so delicious and unique as you go through the tasting. At the second or third stop, try a light snack or meal from a full kitchen. With some entertainment at each stop, join this tour for a day of laughs, knowledge and the best beer around.

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4.6 / 5

based on 712 reviews

Our tour guide Jason was amazing and very knowledgeable! When we first booked this experience I was a bit sceptical because of the price but after the tour I was amazed and I will definitely be recommending this tour to friends and family. It wasn’t just a food tasting tour it was an interesting informative experience about the whole of Vancouver not just Gastown. Coming from New Zealand we were quite unsure about the history of the place and left with an abundance of facts. It’s a must do while visiting the city!!

Our guide, Jason, was great. He actually lives in Gastown. He not only took us for delicious food at some of his favorite places, he also was very informative about the local history, points of interest and characters.

It’s a wonderful tour with tons of interesting history you don’t hear all the time. This is my second tour with this company and they’re really just amazing!!

Was a very nice tour! We really like it! Have a good food with amazing information about the city

Great value and experience! Lots of interesting info about the Gastown district in Vancouver.