2678
British Columbia
Signature City Vancouver
From vibrant art and culture to nearby beaches and rainforests, from the Museum of Anthropology to Yat Sen Gardens — see it all as you explore Vancouver alongside experts and insiders.
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Program No. 2678RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,499
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6 days
5 nights
12 meals
5 B 3 L 4 D
DAY
1
Check In, Registration, Welcome Dinner, Orientation
Vancouver, BC
D
Best Western Plus Sands Hotel

Activity note: Hotel check-in from 3:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Arrive to bustling Vancouver and transfer to the hotel. Program Registration. 4:00-5:00 p.m. Come meet our group leader in the lobby and get your welcome packet. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in and the front desk will be happy to help you.

Dinner: At the hotel, we’ll have a welcome dinner

Evening: We’ll begin our evening with an orientation session where we’ll get to know each other as well as review the up-to-date program schedule and any changes. We’ll go over important information as well as have time for questions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars or settle in for the night. You may also wish to explore what the city has to offer.

DAY
2
Vancouver Overview, City Exploration, Dr. Sun Yat-sen Garden
Vancouver, BC
B,L,D
Best Western Plus Sands Hotel

Activity note: Getting on/off a coach. Walking approximately 1 mile, moderate pace.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: We’ll be joined by a local expert for an insightful lecture about this vibrant city and its inhabitants, from the first Indigenous peoples to today. We'll learn about its rough and tumble early days as a frontier town and its transformation into one of the most livable and green cities in the world. Gain insight into the city’s ongoing efforts to balance development pressures with environmental and affordability concerns. Experience vibrant central Vancouver first-hand on an expert-guided coach exploration of its colorful neighborhoods and historic landmarks, including Chinatown, Gastown and Queen Elizabeth Park. Learn about the city’s ethnic diversity and unique urban planning. We’ll disembark for a couple of short walks in key locations and grab a little treat at one of the city’s ethnic landmarks.

Lunch: We’ll enjoy lunch at a local restaurant

Afternoon: After lunch, we'll travel to nearby Chinatown and 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).

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
3
Stanley Park Lecture & Discovery, Free Time
Vancouver, BC
B,L
Best Western Plus Sands Hotel

Activity note: Walking up to 2 miles during the day on paved paths and groomed trails, standing for short periods during field trip; a few stairs with railings.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: We’ll be joined at the hotel by a member of the Stanley Park Ecology Society for an introductory lecture to iconic Stanley Park. Learn about this unique park and National Historic Site, with its majestic hemlock, cedar and firs trees, totem poles and ocean and mountain vistas. After the lecture, we'll explore the park with our expert by coach and on foot for close-up views of its flora, fauna and landmarks, including the 5.5-mile stone seawall that encircles the park.

Lunch: We'll enjoy lunch in a restaurant in Stanley Park.

Afternoon: Free Time. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration or return to the hotel to relax. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions or you can onsult the list of Free Time Opportunities for other suggestions. You might like to spend some time at the Vancouver Art Gallery which houses the largest collection of paintings and works on paper by Emily Carr (1871-1945), one of Canada’s most renowned artists, best known for themes on First Nations cultures, totems, and landscapes including rainforests.

Dinner: On your own to enjoy what you like. There are a number of restaurants close to the hotel featuring a diverse range of cuisines. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions tailored to your appetite and tastes.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
Multicultural Vancouver, Steveston Shipworks & Cannery
Vancouver, BC
B,D
Best Western Plus Sands Hotel

Activity note: Getting on/off a bus. Walking up to 2 miles on relatively flat terrain; some standing at museum.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: This morning we travel by coach with a local expert for an on-board lecture and to get a first-hand look at the city's burgeoning multicultural periphery. We’ll explore several of the city’s largest ethnic neighborhoods, including Surrey and Richmond (said to be the most Chinese city in North America, with over 52 percent of residents identifying as ethnic Chinese). We’ll learn about Vancouver’s and Canada’s approaches to immigration, discuss melting pot and mosaic concepts and look at the growing phenomenon of ethnic enclaves in the city. We arrive late morning in the historical fishing community of Steveston, where we will enjoy a historical and multi-sensory experience at Brittania Shipworks, a National Historic Site. Try a dish of fish and rice at the Chinese Bunkhouse, listen to music in the manager's home and drink Japanese tea while you learn about the touching multi-generational saga of the Murakami family.

Lunch: Lunch on own to enjoy one of the restaurant along Steveston's Wharf.

Afternoon: Our exploration of picturesque Steveston continues at Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site. We'll be joined by a museum expert who will lead us on a guided site exploration of the National Historic Site. With our expert and through first-person accounts presented in multimedia formats, we’ll learn about the fish species that once populated the waters of the Georgia Strait in abundance and the many people and canneries that once congregated here to process the catch.

Dinner: We'll enjoy a plated dinner at a local restaurant.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
5
Granville Island Exploration, Museum of Vancouver
Vancouver, BC
B,L,D
Best Western Plus Sands Hotel

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach. Walking up to 1.5 miles during the day on paved sidewalks; standing for short periods during field trip.

Breakfast: At the hotel

Morning: On Granville Island, we’ll be joined by an expert from the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts (PICA) for a historical and culinary exploration of the island, which offers an eclectic mix of artisanal food shops, studios, fine waterfront restaurants, theatres, and galleries. In the bustling Public Market, savor samples of the market's many globally-influenced and locally-committed artisans, farmers and food purveyors, and taste what they are grown, fishing, and cooking. Along the way, learn what makes the island both a sensory and historic destination.

Lunch: At the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts restaurant, we’ll enjoy cuisine prepared by talented students. The menu, featuring locally-sourced foods, changes with the seasons.

Afternoon: We travel to the Museum of Vancouver for an afternoon designed to deepen our understanding of the city, its relationship with the First Nations Peoples of the Pacific Northwest and the museum’s changing approach to Indigenous belongings. The afternoon begins with a lecture on local Indigenous history and culture, one specially developed for Road Scholar by the museum’s curators. After the lecture, an expert from the museum’s educational department will lead us on an examination of the exhibition, The City Before the City. The exhibition uses bone, stone and shell objects from an important ancestral village of the Musqueam First Nation, which lies underneath Vancouver, as catalysts for conversations about the relationship between Indigenous and settler societies in the City of Vancouver. There will be time at the end of this guided exploration for independent discovery of the museum and its exhibitions.

Dinner: We’ll enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant and a wrap-up session after dinner.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
6
Program Concludes
Vancouver, BC
B

Activity note: Hotel check out by 12:00 Noon.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel. This concludes our program.

Morning: We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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