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AIBC Architectural Walking Tours

440 Cambie St | Suite 100, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 2N5, Canada
+1 604-683-8588
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Excellent Gastown walking tour

Our tour guide was a very knowledgeable architecture student and she did a great job. We saw a mix... read more

Reviewed 30 October 2017
Kerry R
Kirkland, Washington
Great Downtown tour with an enthusiastic tour guide

I did the Downtown tour this weekend and it was fantastic. Having recently moved to Vancouver it... read more

Reviewed 2 October 2017
Sarah M
Jersey, United Kingdom
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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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440 Cambie St | Suite 100, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 2N5, Canada
+1 604-683-8588

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Reviewed 30 October 2017

Our tour guide was a very knowledgeable architecture student and she did a great job. We saw a mix of different architectural styles, and she wove in the history and politics and fashions which were driving architecture during that time. She also shared her opinions...More

Thank Kerry R
Reviewed 2 October 2017

I did the Downtown tour this weekend and it was fantastic. Having recently moved to Vancouver it was great to spend the morning looking up and learning about buildings I would ordinarily walk past. The tour guide, Laura-Beth, was super friendly and really enthusiastic. I...More

Thank Sarah M
Reviewed 30 September 2017

I did the Downtown tour. It was a very enjoyable tour that made you look and admire places that you normally just walk by and don't notice. Tour guide Laura Beth was great and very enthusiastic which got us all get in the mood to...More

Thank markt2711
Reviewed 26 September 2017

I did the Yaletown, Strathcona and West End tours - ran out of time or would have done the other three. Very interesting, conducted by knowledgeable guides. The surprise for me was that I thought I knew my city better but ended up learning a...More

Thank ruth s
Reviewed 21 August 2017

We took the time to do the Strathcona, Downtown, and Gastown tours this summer. I loved every one of them; each giving a little history and insight into the region as well as noting architectural details that would have gone unseen otherwise. These tours are...More

Thank Gillian_OGS
Reviewed 15 August 2017

AIBC offers walking tours of a few different neighborhoods including Gastown. It costs $10 per person and runs about 2 hours. The guide was an architecture student. Though I had walked about Gastown for a couple days, everything she showed us were details I hadn't...More

Thank dcpalter
Laura-Beth M, Manager at AIBC Architectural Walking Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 17 August 2017

Thanks very much for your review. We're delighted to hear that you saw details previously overlooked on buildings! We're sorry to hear you felt uncomfortable at any point on the tour. Our guides are instructed to respect all community members and address issues when personal...More

Reviewed 23 July 2017

Beautiful buildings, great route and great info. Cool insight into the history of Victoria seen through the architecture of the buildings.

Thank Ralph E
Reviewed 18 July 2017

It was a great group of 8 and I guide was awesome and she had so much info .....the group also gave her more info ....it was a fun day the weather was awesome. We had a late lunch in gastown.great day . I want...More

Thank Yvette G
Reviewed 16 July 2017

This tour was a great balance of architectural information and the people/history behind the buildings and neighbourhood. There were a few bonus buildings outside of Chinatown proper with some General Victoria history provided by the guide at the beginning of the tour. The guide was...More

Thank Sue D
Reviewed 14 July 2017 via mobile

We had high hopes for this tour based on previous reviews, but was underwhelming in its execution. While good intentioned, the tour guide provided little material of interest beyond a very cursory amount of information on the buildings read off of note cards. In addition,...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
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