June 23, 2007
by Canadian Architect
Beginning on July 3, 2007, the Architectural Institute of British Columbia (AIBC) will be offering its popular architectural Walking Tours in Vancouver and Victoria.
A popular attraction for both locals and tourists, the Vancouver Walking Tours have six different routes, each offering participants a different flavour of the city. Tours in Vancouver include: Victory Square and Gastown: Where the City Began; Chinatown: Yesterday and Today; Strathcona: Neighbourhood of Change; False Creek North and Yaletown: Industrial to Residential; The West End: The Manhattan to Mole Hill; and The Downtown Business Core: Modern and Contemporary.
The Victoria Walking Tours feature five architectural perspectives of Victoria, including the Inner Harbour; the Site of Old Victoria; Old Town and Chinatown; Ecclesiastical Architecture; and Art Deco and Modern in Victoria.
The AIBC website at www.aibc.ca has downloadable brochures of all tours available. All tours cost $5 per person, take approximately 1.5 hours to complete, and they run rain or shine.
Vancouver tours begin either at the Architecture Centre (440 Cambie Street) or at other specified points in the downtown area at 1:00 pm, Tuesday through Saturday. Victoria area tours start at the Victoria Community Arts Council (downtown Victoria in the Sussex Building Courtyard at 1001 Douglas Street). Victoria tours run at 1:00 pm Tuesday to Saturday. On Saturday only, two tours run, beginning 11:30 am and 2:30 pm.
The Architectural Institute of British Columbia is a self-governing body dedicated to excellence in the profession of architecture for the benefit of its membership, the environment and society. Full tour details are available on the AIBC website at www.aibc.ca.