Getting on/off a motorcoach. Walking up to 1.5 miles during the day on paved sidewalks, paths; standing for short periods during field trip; a few stairs with railings.
Breakfast at the hotel
Embark on a motorcoach field trip through Gastown with a stop at the Steam Clock, learning about this district's history. Then explore Chinatown by coach amid its brightly colored façades, street markets, and the buzz of modern-day commerce. Built by Chinese people to reflect their authentic culture and traditions, it is still predominantly populated by Chinese people. Learn about Chinatown's rich heritage, vibrant culture, and incredible food markets as we ride along colorful streets. Highlights include the Millennium Gate, a four-pillar, three-story high, brightly painted arch spanning Pender Street, erected in 2002 to mark the millennium and commemorate the Chinese community's role in Vancouver's history. Stop at a bakery for a Chinese apple tart and also stop at the Steam Clock in Gastown. Our next field trip is to the Dr. Sun Yat-sen Classical Chinese Garden, named for the man considered the father of modern China. It was the first of its kind outside China, an authentic representation of an age old garden tradition that reached its peak in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). The Garden is characteristic of the private spaces within a Ming scholar's residence. With its asymmetrical arrangement of rocks and plants, winding paths and corridors, and vistas that overlook its courtyards, the Garden emulates the rhythms of nature.
Lunch on own to enjoy what you like.
Visit the Vancouver Art Gallery for a self-directed exploration of its beautiful works. The gallery has a permanent collection of more than 11,000 works of art including many by artists of the region. Among them are the largest group of paintings and works on paper by Emily Carr (1871-1945), one of the region’s most renowned artists, whose modernist style developed throughout her life. She is best known for themes on First Nations cultures, totems, and landscapes including rainforests. Other highlights of the Gallery include indigenous art, photography and conceptual art, and contemporary art from Asia.
We’ll enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant and a wrap-up session after dinner.