School Group Tours Vancouver

Customisable to your curriculum

Students of all ages

English- or French-speaking guides

Our school group tours cover a range of different topics including regional and Canadian history, some world history, First Nations history, culture and issues, urban design and planning, art & architecture, contemporary social issues, regional economics, politics and governance, immigration, and multiculturalism. Review our itineraries below to find the tour most relevant to your group’s studies!

Tour Details
Availability:

Year round, upon request


Price:

• Any 2-hour tour – $8+GST per student
• Any 3-hour tour – $10+GST per student
• Full day tour/escort services – $15+GST per student

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Rates based on a minimum of 2 hours and 20 students. For smaller groups, a flat rate of $160+GST can be applied. Teachers and chaperones are free!


Weather contingency:

Our tours run rain or shine!


Don't forget!:

Sensible footwear and weather appropriate apparel


Language spoken:

English- and French-speaking guides available

Sample Itineraries:

Waterfront-Gastown Tour (2 Hours)

This tour starts at Canada Place and ends at Carrall and Water Street. It will explore Vancouver’s early indigenous history, cover early industry, discuss immigrant hardships, and delve into the development of the first non-indigenous settlements in the city.

Waterfront - Gastown tour

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• We’ll begin at Waterfront with the stories of the First Peoples who lived around Burrard Inlet and of the early exploration and colonization of Europeans. As we walk around the Convention Centre, we will talk about the growth of Vancouver starting with the early logging industry and expanding as new immigrants from around the world began to arrive in the tens of thousands by boat and train.

• We’ll proceed to the Komagata Maru monument, where we’ll discuss the hardships and racism faced by early immigrants. In addition to history, we will also talk about modern development of the area in connection with Expo 86 and the 2010 Winter Olympics, including a discussion about various green city initiatives.

• We will head towards Gastown where we will talk about the origins of Vancouver’s first non-indigenous settlement and its gradual decay. We also discuss the radical transformation and gentrification that occurred in the 1970s, which pushed marginalized people further east, giving context to the current issues being faced by residents of the Downtown Eastside. The tour through Gastown will include stories the most notorious establishments and the most colourful characters including Gassy Jack the founder of Gastown.

Gastown-Chinatown Tour (2 Hours)

This tour starts at Waterfront Station and ends at Sun Yat-Sen Garden and will take you through Vancouver’s two oldest non-indigenous settlements: Gastown and Chinatown.

Gastown-Chinatown Tour

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• The tour begins at Waterfront station with an introduction to the early colonial history of British Columbia, how we joined Confederation, and the construction of the Canadian Pacific railway that terminated in the very spot will be standing. Here we begin our conversation about early Chinese immigration and the exploitation of Chinese workers in the building of the railway.

• From the station we will walk through Gastown talking about its origins as a typical old west town. We will talk about its decay into “Skid Row,” based on a logging term originating in Vancouver. We also discuss the radical transformation and gentrification that occurred in the 1970s, which pushed marginalized people further east, giving context to the current issues being faced by residents of the Downtown Eastside.

• From Gastown we will head to Chinatown where we will discuss the origins of the segregated area, the extreme racism faced by early immigrants, Chinatown’s growth into one of Vancouver’s most vibrant neighbourhoods, as well as recent challenges faced by an aging population. The tour ends at the beautiful Sun Yat-Sen Garden, the world’s first Ming Dynasty style garden outside of China.

Downtown-Chinatown Tour (2 Hours)

This tour starts at the Vancouver Art Gallery and ends at Sun Yat-Sen Garden, exploring immigration and multiculturalism, as well as the changes in Vancouver’s urban landscape.

Downtown - Chinatown Tour

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• The tour begins at the Art Gallery and then heads along Georgia St towards Chinatown. On the first part of the tour we will talk about the radical transformation of the region from a Temperate Rainforest inhabited by Coast Salish peoples to a modern city populated by millions of immigrants from around the world.

• On our way to Chinatown we will point out important buildings and tell the stories behind them, including the Art Gallery, Hotel Vancouver, the Hudson’s Bay Company, the Telus Garden Building, and the Library.

• As we move towards the downtown eastside and Chinatown we will talk about issues of housing and homelessness as we observe a changing urban landscape that has seen an industrial working class area transform into a neighbourhood of high end condominiums.

• Once in Chinatown where we will discuss the history of Asian immigration, and the rise of Anti-Asian racism including the race riots of 1907 and the Japanese internment during World War II. As we walk through Chinatown we will tell many stories of the changing face of the area from a segregated and overcrowded neighbourhood, to one of the most vibrant parts of the city, to the challenges faced by an aging population.

Downtown-Waterfront Tour (2 Hours)

This tour starts at the Art Gallery and ends at Jack Poole Plaza. It will focus on the stories connected to the city’s early history and changing urban landscape, with a concentration on architecture, urban planning and design as well as First Nations history and culture.

Downtown-Waterfront Tour

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• On this tour we will talk about the forward thinking urban plan that began to develop in the 1980s and culminating in the Greenest City plans launched by the city in recent years. We will also take students to see some of the most extraordinary buildings in the city including the Marine Building, considered one of the world’s greatest art deco masterpieces

• Once at the Waterfront we will talk about First Nations history as we explore the totem poles, canoes and artwork located inside Canada Place. Included will be the Squamish Salmon Story, the importance of salmon, the Potlatch, the decimation of the local population to smallpox and the residential school system.

• From there we will talk about the huge changes on the waterfront during Expo 86 and the 2010 Winter Olympics. This tour ends on top of the green roof at Jack Poole Plaza overlooking both the Olympic cauldron and the Burrard inlet where we will talk about Stanley Park, voted the number one urban park in the world.

3-Hour Tours

Three-hour tours will generally follow some combination of the routes listed above.

Step-on Guides for Bus Tours

If you have a bus, we can provide a guide for just $75+GST per hour.

Please tell us a bit about your group, the purpose of this trip, and what you’d like to focus on. We’ll be happy to help you plan the perfect tour to complement your curriculum!