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“So much more than architecture! Highly recommended!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of AIBC Architectural Walking Tours

AIBC Architectural Walking Tours
Ranked #46 of 155 Tours in Vancouver
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Explore a choice of six Vancouver neighbourhoods or three Victoria neighbourhoods. Vancouver sites include Chinatown, historical Gastown, trendy Yaletown, contemporary Downtown, lively West End and Strathcona, the first neighbourhood in Vancouver. Victoria explorations include the Inner Harbour, Fort Victoria, Ecclesiastical, Chinatown and James Bay, former home of famed Canadian artist Emily Carr. Each jaunt covers roughly 3 kilometres and lasts up to two hours. Tours are appropriate for children and accessible by wheelchair.
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“So much more than architecture! Highly recommended!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2014

I was interested in learning about the buildings and history of China Town so I decided to take an architectural walk. I was so impressed with the guide's knowledge. He was really informative, friendly and engaging. The historical knowledge about the people of China Town and how the neighbourhood came to be was an added bonus. It really gave you an appreciation for all the neighbourhood and its residents have been through I expected the walk to only focus on the design of the buildings but this really was a historical walking tour just with specialization in the architecture. I had a far greater appreciation for this neighbourhood afterwards with transferrable knowledge of some key building design elements. I can't wait to do another tour and would recommend these to anyone looking to better understand and appreciate a neighbourhood! You don't have to love buildings or have knowledge about architecture to appreciate these tours.They have a great deal for summer where if you buy 3 tours you get the 4th free, if you're a local it's is completely worthwhile. This tour is worth a lot more than $10!

Visited July 2014
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“Look up and see a different world”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2012 via mobile

We had the opportunity to do 5 of the 6 architectural tours of Vancouver offered by AIBC. Our guide on all 5 tours was Sarah, an architectural student and a born tour guide. She made the heady topic of architectural styles and influences fun, educational and interesting. It gave us a completely different perspective of the city and an appreciation for the Canadian Pacific Railway's impact on the local region. As the city continues to grow and modernize with it's dramatic glass dominated towers it's hard to believe that 130 years ago all the past and present splendor was a swath of towering trees. At $10 for each 2 hour tour this is a must. No advance booking, just look at their website and show up a few minutes before your departure time.

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