Architectural Walking Tours
Look up. Look waaaay up.
While I can’t guarantee you’ll see the Friendly Giant up there, you might find all sorts of interesting details that you wouldn’t normally notice. There are all sorts of hidden treasures and sculpted beasties looming above your head, waiting to be discovered.
Lucky for you (and me) the Architectural Institute of BC offers daily walking tours of local architecture, arranged by theme and location. If you’re as fond of anecdotal history and random trivia as I am, you’d probably enjoy it.
And while I haven’t had the chance to go on any of the Vancouver tours yet this summer, I’ve had the good fortune of being able to go on a couple of the AIBC’s Victoria tours, where I learned among other things about Chinese benevolent societies, chinoisie architecture and the significance of the gates in the narrow alleys in Chinatown.
The Vancouver tours are definitely on my to do list.
Official information can be found on the AIBC website: www.aibc.ca