Indian Journalists Explore Vancouver with ToursByLocals

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One of our newer guides in Vancouver, Jennifer, recently had the opportunity to lead an engaging group of Indian journalists on a press tour around Granville Island. The group of five had traveled from New Delhi to Vancouver as guests of the Canadian Tourism Commission, Destination BC, Tourism Whistler and Tourism Vancouver.

The group represented an impressive list of publications, including India Today, Discover India, Conde Nast Traveler, National Geographic Traveler and JetWings, the in-flight magazine for Jet Airways. They had spent time exploring Whistler and Vancouver's natural attractions, and were ready to see more of the city's urban side.

After the ocean, the forest and the mountains, Granville Island is one of Vancouver’s top draws. For most of the 20th century, the land underneath the Granville Street Bridge was industrial. And before that it was nothing but a sandbar poking out of False Creek! The reclaimed space thrived with industry until mid-century, when slowly the sawmills and factories succumbed to fires, and a slowing industrial economy. The Granville Island Vancouverites know and love today emerged in the 1970s, when a federal government plan turned the mostly vacant, industrial land into a vibrant “people-friendly” place.

Today Granville Island is beloved by tourists and locals alike. People go here to shop, to dine and to be entertained by buskers. The Public Market teems with fresh produce, artisanal bakeries, cheese shops and coffee roasters; local artists work out of their workshops, selling blown glass and pottery to passersby; Granville Island brewery tempts locals with its craft beers; and children are spoiled with the outdoor water park and indoor Kids Market.

Like any good Vancouverite, Jennifer knows her way around Granville Island. But her knowledge extends beyond the duck pond and crafts studios. From the umbrella store to the broom-making workshop, the Lobster man to the Sake maker, she whisked her group in and out of the laneways and winding streets, and into the heart of the Public Market. Here the journalists were able to sample the chai served by the Granville Island Tea Company. The verdict? Definitely more like what they drink at home than the Chai Lattes served at Starbucks!

Thanks to Jennifer, the journalists were treated to an insider’s look at one of Vancouver’s prime attractions, and the organizers at Tourism Vancouver were impressed. We heard from them after the tour that “Jennifer was extremely knowledgeable and thorough; we would absolutely ask her to lead one of our press trips again!”

Jennifer's strengths lie in active tours and helping travelers discover the little local gems that make our city one of the most liveable in the world. So if you're planning a trip to Vancouver and want to walk, bike or run to the best coffee in town, consider getting in touch with Jennifer for a local's look at the city.
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