Waterfront & Gastown

Private Walking Tour Vancouver

Engaging local guide

2-hour tour

Bespoke to your interests

This tour takes you to two of Vancouver’s most picturesque neighbourhoods. Beginning with the sweeping views of the Waterfront area and finishing up in Gastown, your Tour Guy will show you the areas’ most significant sights—from the grandiose to the obscure—and tell the tales behind it all.


Marine Building

Canada Place


Water Street

Steam Clock

Gaoler's Mews

Tour Details


Year round, upon request


$180 + GST ($189 including tax) for up to 8 people
$18.75 + GST ($19.69 including tax) for each additional person above 8


2 hours

Meeting point:

Canada Place (Vancouver Convention Centre East) is the default meeting place for this tour. We can also pick up from your downtown hotel.

End point:


Distance covered:

Approx. 2km (1.25 miles)

Weather contingency:

Our tours run rain or shine!

Don't forget!:

Sensible footwear and weather appropriate apparel.

Keeping it Port-side from Old to New

Explore Vancouver’s Waterfront through the ages in two neighbouring yet starkly different areas of the city. Beginning at Canada place, we’ll venture to the Marine Building where we’ll appreciate this stunningly ornate art-deco structure. Continuing our appreciation of Waterfront architecture, we’ll head around the Vancouver Convention Center, which is the world´s only platinum certified LEED convention centre and home to TED Talks. This stop is the perfect place to learn about Vancouver’s efforts in sustainability and its goal to be the Greenest City on Earth in 2020. Moving on, we’ll see significant works of public art, take in the breathtaking views over Stanley Park, Burrard Inlet, North Shore Mountains and more from Seawall, and visit the Olympic Cauldron.

Next, we’ll head into Gastown, Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhood. Once the heart of the city’s manufacturing and shipping industries, the area fell into decline by the late 1970s before undergoing a dramatic transformation in more recent times. Now both a creative hub and occasional flashpoint in the city, this dynamic community represents the many nuances of revitalisation and gentrification. We’ll catch you up on Gastown’s role from Vancouver’s early days as a site of frontier commerce and tumult to its present status as a vibrant neighbourhood beloved by locals for its culinary scene, boutiques, galleries, and preserved historic architecture.

Good to Know

Arriving by cruise? We can customise this tour to fit your tight schedule and arrange for pick-up at the port of call. Simply let us know your requirements upon booking!

If you have an especially large group, check out our Corporate & Large Groups tours!

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

While we can’t accommodate school trips on these private 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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