Sightseeing Tours


"Amazing Laughter" Patinated bronze statue by Yue Minjun (China) located in English Bay. Photo courtesy of Tourism Vancouver.

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Monday, August 31, 10:00am – 2:00pm

All Tours will depart from the conference hotel, the Westin Bayshore.

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Downtown East Walking Tour
Price: Free (Space is LIMITED)
Organized by SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement

The Downtown Eastside (DTES) is one of Vancouver's oldest neighborhoods, and the historic heart of the city. Arts and artist spaces have long existed in the neighborhood, and the DTES is home to many well-known artist run centres, theatres, studios and community arts organizations. The walking tour will be about 1 hour in length. This tour will walk through the Woodward's complex and do site visits at arts organizations and social enterprises. Please wear comfortable shoes.

Private Driving Tour
Price: $20.00 US
Organized by Brent Belsher

Leaving from the Westin Bayshore Hotel, the group will drive into Stanley Park and drive along the famous parkway following the seawall - stopping at viewpoints along the way. Coming out of Stanley Park, we will drive through the downtown peninsula hitting English Bay and then on to Chinatown, Gastown and Canada Place. Leaving downtown, we will go through Kitsilano and onto UBC where we will make a stop at the Museum of Anthropology (outside to see the totems and long house) and then wind our way back along the seaside to Jericho Sailing Club for an outdoor casual lunch (not included in fee).  

After lunch we will drive to Granville Island (dropping people off there if you want to stay and explore and make their own way back to the hotel). If time permits, the group could also go on to the Olympic Village and see the Commercial Drive neighborhood before returning to the conference hotel.

Vancouver by Boat
Price: Participants will be responsible for purchasing their own Aquabus Tickets - $15.00 CAD
Organized by Heather Redfern

Our journey will start at the Westin Bayshore Hotel and we will walk down fun and funky Denman Street to English Bay, then along the seawall to the foot of Hornby Street. For those who don’t want to walk the mile and a half we will meet you at the AquaBus Ferry Terminal at the foot of Hornby Street at 11:00 am.

Then we all hop aboard the AquaBus Ferry to take advantage of all that False Creek has to offer. This is a leisurely, fun and scenic way to experience downtown Vancouver! Aboard a comfortable vessel, sit back, relax and enjoy beautiful waterfront views as you visit top Vancouver attractions such as the Science Centre, Olympic Village, Vancouver’s floating neighborhood and Yaletown finally ending up on Granville Island.

Here we will stop for lunch at The Sandbar (not included in fee) a great restaurant with amazing views that specializes in fresh local seafood.  Once we are sated we have time to explore Granville Island where you can browse theatres, artist galleries and visit the Public Market to shop for world famous Oyama sausage, smoked salmon, crafts, produce, flowers and so much more. Finally we board the AquaBus one more time to the foot of Hornby Street where we can walk or taxi back to the hotel.

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