Walking private tour in the historcal core of Vancouver.
This tour aims to introduce to historical beginnings of this marvellous city as it begun to cluster around an illicit public house opened to cater for sawmill workers. There are still some of the most important drink houses of the city located around the area.
We will criss-cross the streets of Gastown towards historical Chinatown in between walk through downtown eastside taking a look and talking about human landscapes from this somehow charming but troubled section of the city. Historical Chinatown was populated mostly by indentured Chinese labourers whose most tangible achievement is what made Canada possible: The Canadian Pasific Railway itself.
From Chinatown's rapid rail station it is possible to extend our tour to mid twentieth century Italian district still offering a casual southern European ambiance with its Italian style cafes, pizzarias, boutiques and highly vivid hipster lifestyle almost an epicentre of ethnic admixture of Vancouver
I can pick you up at any downtown hotel or Cruise Terminal but our tour begins in Cordova station and may end there with your day passes. We'll walk through Water Street to Hastings Street with occasional zigzags between the streets up to Main Street as we witness how the gravitational centre of the shifted in the early twentieth century. A century ago's financial centre with handsome neo-classical buildings are now a backdrop for a startling sociology.
Then we head into historical Chinatown and visit Sun Yat Sen Chinese gardens, around which there are still physical reminders lives of early Chinese community whose free circulation within the city was restricted. Afterwards it is possible to extend our tour into relatively recent but still characteristic sections of the city. We may end our tour by a session of suggestions so you can enjoy the rest of your time in Vancouver with your public transport day passes.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: I can meet you at your hotel lobby or as you come out of Cruise terminal. Or if you wish so, we may meet at Cordova station.
End location: I can walk you back to your hotel, Cruise terminal or anywhere you like within downtown or to any bus stop or metro station if you decide to continue exploring the city on your own.
Duration: 3 hours
Public transport to and from and between the sections of the tour. It can also be done by bicycle
Guiding, jokes observations and some of my socio-economical analyses about the world and Vancouver and Canada as an insider and newcomer. Some friendly advices on how you can enjoy the remainder of your time in one of the most extra-ordinary cities of the globe.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
50 CAD - Public transport day pass 10 CAD (optional)
Meals (30) CAD
All transport expenses are excluded from the base price. Food, snacks, coffee gifts souvenirs and museum entrances are also not included.
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Kenan did a great job with our tour of Vancouver. Knows the area and history very well, and was able to answer all our questions. Was also very patient with my hyperactive kids.