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.
At the hotel
Embark on a motorcoach field trip through Vancouver’s earliest and most colorful neighbourhoods. We’ll visit Gastown, the city’s first downtown, once home to sawmills and saloons and the scene of a well-known clash between hippies and police over marijuana in 1971. The district is now a National Historic Site, treasured for its VIctorian architecture and the Steam Clock, a city icon. Next, we will explore one of the oldest and largest Chinatowns in North America. Learn about Chinatown's rich heritage, vibrant culture, incredible food markets, and distinctive "recessed balcony" style of architecture, as we ride along its colorful streets. Highlights include the Millennium Gate, a four-pillar, three-story high, brightly painted arch erected to celebrate the millennium and commemorate the Chinese community's role in Vancouver's history. We’ll stop at a bakery for a Chinese apple tart before beginning our field trip at the Dr. Sun Yat-sen Classical Chinese Garden. Named one of the world’s best hidden travel gems by National Geographic, it is the first Chinese or "scholars garden” built outside of China and is an authentic representation of a garden tradition that reached its peak in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).
Lunch on own, choose from the numerous dining possibilities the area has to offer. Your Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions suited to your tastes.
Visit the Vancouver Art Gallery for a self-directed exploration of the more than 11,000 works of art the gallery offers, many by regional artists. Don’t miss 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.