Downtown Waterfront Architectural Tour

Free Walking Tour Vancouver

Great introduction to Vancouver!

2-hour tour

Pay what you feel

There’s more to downtown than meets the eye! Join us on this 2-hour free walking tour where we’ll hit the historic landmarks in the centre of town and find architectural gems from all eras, significant works of public art, and jaw-dropping scenery. See the sites and hear the stories that many travellers and even some locals don’t know about!


Vancouver Art Gallery

Christ Church Cathedral

Marine Building

Canada Place

Seawall views

Olympic Cauldron/ Jack Poole Plaza

Tour Details


If you’re on time, you’re on tour!

Bookings are highly recommended, as we assign the number of guides according to the number of people booked. To avoid large groups with just one guide please complete your booking below.


2 hours


Free! We only ask that you tip your guide at the end if you enjoyed the tour.

Comparable tours will cost you $20-$30 per person plus gratuity. Our tours are free but our guides work for tips only. A tip is the best way to say “thank you” for a great tour.

Meeting point:

Pacific Centre, 701 W Georgia St, Vancouver, BC , V7Y 1G5. Please note our meeting location in 2019 has moved across the street! Both our free downtown tours start from the entrance to Pacific Centre on the North East corner of Georgia Street and Howe Street (in front of the large glass dome). We are across from the TD Bank, Hotel Georgia, and kitty-corner from the old meet point at Vancouver Art Gallery’s North Plaza. Look for your guide with an orange and green Tour Guys lanyard.

End point:

This tour ends at the Olympic Cauldron on Canada Place Way (Jack Poole Plaza)

Distance covered:

Approx 1.5km (1 mile)

Weather contingency:

Our tours run rain or shine!

Participation requirements:

Please note that we cannot accommodate school groups on public tours. Plan your school group tour here.

An Intriguing Introduction to Vancouver

This tour shines a light on the architectural feats, public works of art, and traces of history that are so often overlooked in the hustle and bustle of the city centre.

Beginning at the Vancouver Art Gallery, we’ll explore the financial district, see Vancouver’s oldest church, visit an art-deco skyscraper, discuss public art (including various works by Alan Story, Ken Lum, and Douglas Copeland) and Vancouver’s street food scene. Along the way, you’ll hear the stories from Vancouver’s past that make it the unique city it is today. When group size permits, we’ll go beyond the surface and enter some historic buildings to get a better feel for those nuggets of history.

Moving on, we’ll venture to the Waterfront area. As we explore ports, plazas and pavillions, you’ll learn about Vancouver’s green aspirations, see more public artwork, and take in views of Burrard Inlet, the Port, and North Shore Mountains. This tour offers a thorough overview of downtown Vancouver and is the perfect way to get your bearings in the city. Our entertaining, engaging guides tell Vancouver’s best stories while bringing downtown’s hidden gems into the foreground. Two hours with Tour Guys will leave you wanting more; join us on another tour!

Good to Know

Each tour is unique! You’ll see the main tour stops plus your guide’s favourite spots along the way.

Our tours run rain or shine. Please dress for the weather!

We do not charge anything for this tour and our guides are not paid for it, so please tip your guide if you enjoyed the experience!

While we can’t accommodate school trips on our free public tours, we would be happy to lead your school group on this tour route! Check out our school groups offers here.

The modern city of Vancouver was founded on the traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. These territories were never ceded through treaty, war or surrender. Click to learn more about Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples.

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