2678
British Columbia

Signature City Vancouver

Get an insider’s look at Vancouver, a green city surrounded by ocean, rainforest and mountains, as you discover parks and gardens, neighborhoods and waterways with local experts.
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Program No. 2678RJ
Length
6 days
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At a Glance

Rising out of coastal rainforest and set against snow-capped mountains, Vancouver has long been a beacon for immigrants, travelers and wanderers alike. Join local experts for an insider’s look at the city’s historic neighborhoods and fishing ports, iconic architecture and lush green spaces. Discover the Indigenous, Asian and British influences that have helped make Vancouver a unique model of cultural diversity, natural beauty and environmental sustainability.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking 1-2 miles daily.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Experience Vancouver’s renown urban oasis - Stanley Park - and learn the story of its rose garden, towering stands of Douglas Fir, iconic totem poles and 5.5-mile seawall.
  • Join a local culinary expert for a multi-sensory discovery of Granville Island’s bustling food market and shops.
  • Explore the picturesque fishing village of Steveston and learn about the rich history of West Coast boat building, salmon fishing and canning.
Featured Expert
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John Atkin
John Atkin is an author, historian and heritage advocate who has been fascinated with Vancouver since moving to the city over 30 years ago. He if the co-founder of the Heritage Vancouver Society, has contributed to a documentary on the city, and has appeared regularly on television and radio, including CBC Television and CTV’s Canada AM. John is the author of four books on Vancouver, including “Strathcona: Vancouver’s First Neighborhood,” and is an editor for the B.C. Historical Federation.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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John Atkin
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