Architectural Walking Tour on Family Day


Hotel Europe in Gastown. Image Credit: Instagram @arch_barrera
Hotel Europe in Gastown. Image Credit: Instagram @arch_barrera

This Family Day (February 13), the Architecture Institute of British Columbia (AIBC) is offering a walking tour of Gastown. The AIBC typically runs tours only for a few summer months in six different neighbourhoods. The tours are not to be missed, offering a stronger connection to and understanding of the city.

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Celebrate Family Day With An AIBC Architectural Walking Tour of Gastown

Vancouver, B.C.— Did you know the bricks on Vancouver’s Waterfront Station, formerly the Canadian Pacific Railway Station, have a history as interesting as the building itself? In 2015, an extensive restoration project sourced many of the red bricks lining the façade with bricks from other sites around the city and were individually replaced one by one! Learn more fun facts about Vancouver and the role architects play in designing our city on an architectural walking tour. 

The Architectural Institute of British Columbia’s (AIBC) Architectural Walking Tours reveal secret insights about Vancouver’s unique and wondrous architectural history. Join our expert tour guides on a special season preview on Family Day, Monday February 13, 2017.

These family friendly tours will take participants through cobblestone alleyways and hidden nooks within the historical Gastown district. You’ll explore local stories, architectural details and learn to look a little closer at the buildings that make up the fabric of Vancouver.

Architectural Walking Tours are $10 each and are offered at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Space is limited, so the public is invited to visit, email or call 604.683.8588 ext.329 or 1.800.667.0753 (toll free in B.C.) to book a tour today!

Tours begin in the lobby of the Architecture Centre at 440 Cambie Street, Vancouver. The AIBC asks that participants arrive 15 minutes before departure time. A distance of 3 kilometres (2 miles) is covered over a period of 1.5 to 2 hours.

Event Calendar Listing

Event: Gastown Architectural Walking Tours
Date: Monday February 13, 2017
Times: 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Cost: $10+tax/fees per person

Reserve and to book: visit

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James is an architect and writer from Vancouver, British Columbia with a passion for affordable housing, public space, design, and the Pacific Northwest. James has worked on architecture projects across the lower mainland and has written for Canadian Architect, Objekt International, and Price Tags. He holds a Masters in Architecture from the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design and a Bachelors of Applied Science in Civil-Structural Engineering from the University of Waterloo. James has been an AIBC architectural awards jury member, has served on UBC SALA Thesis Committee, and was awarded a special mention in the Urbanarium's Missing Middle competition. He lives in Gastown with his wife Errin, a cool optometrist responsible for his maple glasses.