Vancouver walking tours are a great way to learn about the city without bore-scrolling Wikipedia.
Our city’s top guides have a way of bringing the city to life like nobody else. This means you’ll leave BC ready to get an A+ on your Vancouver test – getting your steps in too.
Let’s find the best Vancouver walking tours for you.
Vancouver Walking Tours
In a city known for its diverse neighbourhoods and cuisines, it’s only fitting that walking tours in Vancouver try and cover a lot of ground – both literally and figuratively.
I’m here to break down the best ones whether you want culture, history, food, or a bit of all three.
That said, here’s a list of the top Vancouver walking tours:
Lost Souls of Gastown – Best Vancouver History Tour
Location: Gastown | Length: 1.5 hours | Cost: From $37.80 CAD
Undoubtedly, Gastown is Vancouver’s most historic neighbourhood – and the most interesting.
Its cobblestone streets and narrow alleys evoke the spirit of a wild frontier town – not a bustling metropolis of millions.
On this Vancouver walking tour, which we ranked #1 on our list of best Vancouver sightseeing tours, you’ll be led through the streets by a professional actor telling tales of:
- Vancouver’s Indigenous and colonial history
- The logging industry & the gold rush
- Unsolved murders
- The Great Vancouver Fire
- Smallpox outbreaks
- Tales of revenge and redemption
This tour is particularly popular with groups seeking a unique city experience, as it offers hidden gems and plenty of opportunities for socializing.
For reviews of the Lost Souls of Gastown tour and the best online prices, click below:
Related: Best Restaurants in Gastown
Talking Trees Tour – Best Walking Tour in Vancouver for Nature
Location: Stanley Park | Length: 1.5 hours | Cost: From $70.00 CADThere’s no better way to learn the history and culture of the First Nations peoples than this captivating interpretive walking tour in Stanley Park.
Led by a knowledgeable cultural ambassador of the First Nations, this tour offers a firsthand perspective on the ways in which Aboriginal people have cared for these lands, forests, and oceans for generations.
Along the way, you’ll gain valuable insights into the rich heritage of local First Nations as you explore the natural beauty of Stanley Park.
The goal here? To deepen your understanding of their customs, traditions, and relationship with the environment.
For reviews of the Talking Trees Tour and the best online prices, click below:
Wok Around Chinatown Tour – Top Chinatown Walking Tour in Vancouver
Location: Chinatown | Length: 4 hours | Cost: From $113.52
Here’s a great way to indulge in the flavours of the Orient while learning the history of one of Vancouver’s most important neighbourhoods: Chinatown.
This is one of the best food tours in Vancouver. It’s led by a local chef, and you’ll explore traditional medicine shops, cookware stores, and a Chinese bakery in search of delicious goodies.
Along the way, you’ll also visit Chinatown’s best restaurants, sampling everything from crispy BBQ duck to exquisite teas from Asia.
But it’s not just about the food – this cultural tour also takes you to:
- Chinatown’s most iconic landmarks
- Chinatown markets
- Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
And the grand finale? A sumptuous dim sum lunch to satisfy your cravings.
This is a small group tour so it’s mandatory to book way in advance. You can do so using the orange button:
Street Art Tour + Top Breweries – Best Street Art Walking Tour in Vancouver
Meeting point: Olympic Village Square | Length: 3 hours | Price: From CA$70.00
Vancouver is renowned for its thriving craft beer scene and vibrant street art culture, making for this unique cultural combo tour that’s beautiful and thirst-quenching at the same time.
This one-of-a-kind 3-hour tour takes you to the hottest street art spots in the city.
You’ll have the opportunity to explore the lively Mount Pleasant neighborhood, known for its stunning annual Vancouver Mural Festival, where you can admire the colorful artwork that adorns the streets.
Stops include popular breweries such as Faculty Brewing Co. and Electrical Bicycle Brewing.
Related: Vancouver’s Best Brewery Tours
Walking & Tasting Tour: Best Walking Tour in Vancouver for Food
Meeting point: The Dominion Building (Gastown) | Length: 3.5 hours | Price: $129.28
Experience the culinary delights of Vancouver with a unique walking tour that takes you on a gastronomic adventure through downtown Vancouver.
With a local guide to lead, you’ll discover the city’s diverse cuisine and indulge in delicious tastings of sushi, poutine, ice cream, a ‘secret dish’ and more.
This walking tour not only satisfies your taste buds but also immerses you in Vancouver’s rich culture and history, as your guide shares fascinating history along the way.
With a limited group size of 10 people, you’ll enjoy personalized service and the opportunity to ask questions and get insider tips on where to eat, drink, and explore.
Make sure you book ASAP because they sell out quickly – you can do it using the button below:
Top Vancouver Walking Tours Runners up:
Didn’t find something you’re looking for? Let me direct you to some runners-up:
- Gastown Historic Food Walking Tour: Try Canadian classic dishes like poutine, but also sample other top dishes from Vancouver’s foodie neighbourhood (CA$124.95)
- Prohibition City Walking Tour: The best cheap walking tour in Vancouver takes you through areas once famous for brothels, gambling dens, and speakeasies (CA$35.52)
- Food Walking Tour of Granville Island: Small group tour of Granville Island to try candied salmon, chocolate, cheese, and all sorts of artisanal products (CA$88.20)
- Craft Coffee & Street Art Walking Tour: Small group tour including a coffee roastery, a visit to a local art gallery, and a walk through Vancouver’s mural district (CA$70.00)
- Artisan Donut Walking Tour: A delightfully sweet look into Vancouver culture via donuts (CA$68.21)
- Vancouver Hidden Gems Walking Tour: Private and personalized tour of places you won’t find in the guidebooks (CA$128.86)
Why Take A Vancouver Walking Tour?
You Learn the City History Like Nowhere Else
Each of the Vancouver walking tours listed above focuses heavily on Vancouver history.
This means you’ll learn how the city came to be, where the city is at, and where it is ultimately going.
If you’re a tourist this is a great education to take away from the endless consumption on holiday.
For locals, it’s a great way to learn about the place you grew up in – it’s amazing going around the city and having a new appreciation for familiar landmarks.
You Get Insider Information
The Vancouver walking tour options listed above also open new windows into the city.
Yes, having a knowledgeable local guide whose job is literally to entertain and send people to the city’s hotspots is an enormous advantage.
Ask them where to go after the tour. Get their opinion on the best things to do in Vancouver or how to properly craft your Vancouver itinerary.
These types of concierge services usually cost a bunch of money at hotels, but here it’s free.
It’s a Fun and Social Experience
I’ve been travelling around for most of my adult life and I’ve always met cool people on walking tours.
I’m not promising you’ll meet the love of your life on walking tours of Vancouver, but you’ll at least find a couple of drinking buddies for the evening if you’re looking for that kind of thing.
Hell, at the very least you put in a ton of steps – we all know exercise while on holiday is at a premium.
Related: Best Things to Do in Vancouver in Summer
About to Take a Vancouver Walking Tour?
These best Vancouver walking tours should be enough to get you in the game.
That said, there’s no way I can know exactly what you’re looking for. If you’re still on the fence about something write me in the comments – I’m happy to help.
Enjoy your Vancouver walking tours 🚶
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