One of the best ways to really get to know a city is by getting outside and walking. And Vancouver is great for that, due to its walkability, you don't need a car to explore some of the best sights the city has to offer.
Each month you can lace up your walking shoes and explore Vancouver with one of the city's top walking tours. Last month you could learn about Vancouver's slightly seedy past during the prohibition years with the popular walking tour company, Forbidden Vancouver. This month you can join a small group of locals and tourists to explore historic Chinatown with the Tour Guys. What really sets these guys apart from their competitors is that their tours are free. At the end of your tour, if you've enjoyed their 'performance', they hope that you'll show your appreciation of their hard work with a donation. Over an almost 2 hour tour, your guide will share with you the rich history of Vancouver's Chinatown area that began in the late 1800's with the arrival of immigrants from China to work on B.C.'s railroads and in the mines, to present day. You wll be introduced to some fabulous street art that you may not have known existed: The Beatty Street Murals - a painted block that was commissioned by the Steve Nash Foundation in 2007 and depicts many Canadian Icons such as Captain George Vancouver, Terry Fox and surprisingly, Jimi Hendrix who was raised by his grandparents in a now non-existent part of Vancouver, Hogan's Alley, and went to high school here.
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