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Review: Granville Street and Gastown

Escorted Tour - Walking

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Walking tour of Granville Street and Gastown, Vancouver

  • By SilverTraveller DRSask

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  • May 2016
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If you’re looking for something interesting to do in Vancouver that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, try a free walking tour. On a recent trip to Vancouver I went on a walking tour of Granville Street and Gastown which is offered on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 11:00 am. The guide was from Australia but has been living in Vancouver for six years and was very knowledgeable about the city’s history. There were 78 people signed up for this Saturday morning tour but due to rain (and quite a lot of it), only 18 of us showed up. Rather than splitting into three groups with different guides, we were down to one group with one guide. We met in the glass atrium entrance to the Pacific Centre Mall at 701 W Georgia Street. Due to the rain, our guide tried to keep us inside as much as possible, however we still did get soaked. The rain was particularly heavy, even by Vancouver standards!

We learned about the beginnings of Vancouver as a city and moved along Granville Street from the current city centre of glass and steel buildings through to the stone buildings and eventually the brick buildings of Gastown that replaced the wooden buildings lost during the fire of 1886. We visited Sinclair Centre, had a great view of the cruise ship docks, strolled through Central Station, visited the sites of famous riots, and learned about the origins of the name Gastown. Although the website claims you will end at the famous Steam Clock, we actually ended at the statue of Captain John “Gassy Jack” Deighton a sailor from Hull, England.

At the end of the tour you can tip the guide whatever you think the tour has been worth. This tour is billed as lasting 100 minutes but ours went a bit longer.

Check out the website for other free tours in Vancouver.

Granville Island which is daily at 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm; Chinatown on Thursdays and Sundays at 11:00 am; and the Downtown and Waterfront on Mondays and Fridays at 11:00 am. The tours are only available April to October. The company also operates in Toronto and Ottawa in Canada.

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  • ESW
    over 5 years ago
    This sounds a great way to discovered the city.