Back in July I blogged about the walking tour I did of Granville Street and Gastown. I had such a good experience that I wanted to check out another of the Tour Guys Free Walking Tours! Coen and I decided to do one while he was here, opting for the Downtown & Waterfront tour. We extended the invite to some of my friends and four of them joined us!
The tour began at Pacific Centre. The first building we went into was the Hotel Vancouver, where we learned a little about the history. From there we visited Christ Church Cathedral. I had never been inside; it was small but beautiful!
We checked out the Marine Building next. Another I had never been inside! I’d never noticed that some of the detail on the building is marine-related!
From there we walked to Canada Place. On the lower level there are a few exhibits that are worth checking out, including a podium, torches and medals from the Vancouver 2010 Olympics. There is also a variety of First Nations artwork. The exhibit pictures are from when Coen and I checked it all out in March. I didn’t take any pictures inside this time.
We walked along the waterfront to Jack Poole Plaza, where the Vancouver 2010 Cauldron is and walked to the small area on top of the Cactus Club where you can look down on the plaza as well as see the Convention Centre’s green roof!
The tour ended there so we headed to Railtown to check out the Belgard Kitchen (http://belgardkitchen.com/) because Lori had been wanting to try it for awhile. It was yummy and worth a visit!
We wandered around Downtown Vancouver afterwards. What a great day with some of my favourite people!
Check out http://www.tourguys.ca/vancouver for info on the Tour Guys Free Walking Tours.