Walking Tours in Yaletown - Vancouver, BC
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Discover Yaletown with these themed self-guided Walking Tour Itineraries.

Walking Tours

Secrets of Yaletown

Discover what makes Yaletown such a great tourism destination. There are plenty of activities and opportunities for you to explore the area, including a Historic Walking Tour, Public Art Walking Tour, and more!

Historic Walking Tour

Duration: 1 hour

Until a few years ago, Yaletown, the warehouse district in Vancouver’s Downtown South area, was relatively unknown to most Vancouverites. Now with its mixture of art galleries, boutique shops, restaurants, offices and new residential developments, Yaletown has become a vital part of the city.

In Yaletown you can still see early rooming houses, late 19th century warehouses and some surviving single-family homes. This tour will introduce you to the area’s history and point out buildings of special historical and architectural interest.

The entire tour will take about 1 hour beginning on Mainland and Davie Street, right next to the train stop. If possible, walk the tour during business hours so that you see the interiors of commercial buildings and appreciate the interesting mixture of old and new Yaletown establishments.

The Yaletown BIA has furnished the walking route with innovative new benches created from reclaimed lumber and designed to hint at Yaletown’s past railway heritage. Recently, the Yaletown BIA introduced new Yaletown History Board signage along the sidewalk to further add interest along the route.

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Art Walking Tour

Duration: 1 hour

Enjoy this 1.8 km long, self-guided art walking tour along the Yaletown shoreline that gives you a background on the diverse public art located around the neighbourhood. Points of interest include a gear that was part of the second Cambie Bridge (or Connaught Bridge) which opened in 1911 and remained in service until 1984. Find the complete list of public art in Vancouver’s Public Art Registry.

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Short description of the stops:

  1. Watch Your Step – 374 Davie Street (Pacific Boulevard and Davie Street)
    Mosaics depicting colourful motifs were designed by groups of young people with the guidance of Artistic Director Leah Decter.

  2. Perennials – 1088 Cambie Street
    A semi-circle of shattered glass screens with etched leaves is visible from the street and lit at night.

  3. Ring Gear – 1009 Expo Boulevard
    The 8-meter high gear is installed as a monument to commemorate the designers and builders of the many bridges across False Creek.

  4. Coopers Mews – Coopers Mews and Marinaside Crescent
    Harkening back to the cooperage that used to inhabit the area in the early twentieth century

  5. Untitled Fountain – Boathouse Mews and Pacific Boulevard
    A low black granite “lotus” radiating from a round centre ring sits in the middle of a long narrow pool.

  6. Lookout – 1147 Marinaside Crescent
    A sculptural installation consisting of two glass-roofed pavilions separated by approximately 120 metres.

  7. Street Light – 1228 Marinaside Crescent (Davie Street and Marinaside Crescent)
    Six 12-metre high bronze I-beam towers each hold up an image from the history of the area cut into a metal plate.

  8. Terra Nova – 181 Roundhouse Mews (Pacific Boulevard and Drake Street)
    Terra Nova has two main parts; The Theatre of Discovery & The Cone of Analysis

  9. Brush With Illumination – Marinaside Crescent
    An interactive sculpture that also functions as a data-gathering apparatus.