Free Vancouver Walking Tours

Explore Vancouver’s Art Deco history and architecture on monthly free Vancouver walking tours. Staged in partnership with Covenant House – your optional donation helps support homeless youth in Vancouver.

The first Thursday of every month – 10 a.m. start time

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Highlights

  • Explore Art Deco history in Vancouver.
  • Hear how wars, fashion, technology, and immigration shaped early twentieth century Vancouver.
  • Visit the city’s most iconic Art Deco buildings: Commodore Ballroom, Vogue Theatre, Gotham Steakhouse, Power Block, and the jaw-dropping Marine Building.
  • Choose to support Covenant House – providing vital services to help and support homeless youth in Vancouver.

Quick Facts

  • Cost: free
  • Start time: 10:00 a.m.
  • Duration: 90 mins – 2 hours.
  • Start: Vogue Theatre – 918 Granville St.
  • Finish: Marine Building – 355 Burrard St.
  • When: first Thursday every month. Next up April 6.
  • Donate: optional donation to Covenant House – supporting homeless youth in Vancouver.
  • Click Here to check availability and book now. Capacity limited to 20 people – please reserve your tickets.

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Explore Art Deco in Vancouver

Vancouver is often touted as a modern West Coast paradise – don’t get us wrong, it really is – but what most people don’t know is that nestled between the glossy new skyscrapers is a whole lot of history.

On your Art Deco walking tour you’ll hear how Art Deco swept out of Paris in the 1920s and took North America by storm. It’s the story of how war, technology, immigration, fashion, social upheaval, and archeology succeeded in tearing up the rule book on architecture.

Downtown Vancouver hosts some Art Deco beauties – from the streamlined sophistication of the Vogue Theatre, to the ornate decadence of the Marine Building, and much more in between! On the walking tour you’ll unlock the history of these remarkable buildings.

You’ll also visit the Hotel Vancouver, Vancouver Art Gallery, and Canada Post building – they ain’t Art Deco but they do have a story to tell!

Your donation supports Vancouver’s homeless youth

Forbidden Vancouver has partnered with Covenant House. It’s a charity that provides help, support, and residential care for homeless, runaway, and at-risk young people between the ages of 16 and 24. If you’re coming on one of our free Vancouver walking tours, we encourage you to donate to support Covenant House. You’re donation will make a real contribution to ending youth homelessness in Vancouver.

How to donate

Please consider bringing a cash or cheque donation of $25 per person to the tour. Other donation amounts are welcome too – whatever you feel comfortable with. 100% of the collected funds will be given directly to Covenant House.

Cheques should be made payable to “Covenant House Vancouver”.

Covenant House is a registered charity: BN 89767 5625 RR0001.

Feature image above credit Suzanne Rushton.

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