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School Field Trips

Interactive historical fields trips in Vancouver

“Through interesting content, games, and humour, students were captivated throughout our tour.” - Rob M. via Trip Advisor

Field trips into Vancouver history

Starting June 1, 2021 we’re offering custom versions of three of our walking tours for school groups: the Forbidden Vancouver Tour, the Dark Secrets of Stanley Park Tour and the Really Gay History Tour – specially adapted for school groups.

These walking tours provide an exciting and interactive way for students to learn about B.C. and Canadian social history outside of the classroom, on the streets or in Stanley Park, in a fully immersive experience.

Arrange your student field trip

To request a private walking tour for your school group email us at:

[email protected]

Make sure to mention your:

  • Preferred walking tour
  • Preferred date and time
  • Group size and student ages (currently max 9 students and chaperones per group)

We’ll reply within 24 hours.

We’re happy to work with your schedule, just let us know when you want your field trip to happen and we’ll do our best to accommodate your needs.

If you are a secondary or post secondary educator and you would like to come on a public tour to see if this experience would work well for your class, please email us directly and we would be happy to host you during our normally scheduled tours.

Cost

With a minimum of 20 students, we can offer you the discounted rate of $19.00 per student including GST. If you bring 19 students or less, then the price per student is $27.30 including GST, which is our standard student rate. If you have any teachers or staff joining as chaperones, they attend free of charge! 

More details on our school tour offerings:

The Forbidden Vancouver Tour

Explore Vancouver’s dirtiest Prohibition-era secrets. From mobsters and rum runners to corrupt politicians and bootleggers, this historical walking tour winds through Gastown’s most historic streets and alleyways – and most illicit stories.

A unique field trip for students from Grade 7 – University:

  • Duration – 2 hours
  • Start pointThe Gastown Steam Clock, Water Street
  • End point – Maple Tree Square, Gastown

The Dark Secrets of Stanley Park Tour

Exploring hidden trails and the historic seawall, this tour visits famous landmarks with an untold history. Students learn about Coast Salish First Nations who have called the peninsula home for thousands of years, and the impact of colonizing forces up to the present day. Along the route, students hear about the inspiring, remarkable, and eccentric characters who have left their mark on the Park.

A unique field trip for students from Grade 5 – University:

  • Duration – 2 hours
  • Start and end pointOutside the Vancouver Aquarium entrance by the whale fountain

The Really Gay History Tour

The wild, untold history of Vancouver’s LGBTQ2+ community comes alive through stories of struggle, unity and celebration on this powerful walking tour through Downtown and the West End. Students will meet a history of outrageous drag queens, book store bombings and the unsung heroes who forever changed the social fabric of our city. Perfect for any secondary or post-secondary social justice, gender studies and civics courses, student groups, GSA groups and more.

  • Duration – 2 hours
  • Start PointOutside Vancouver City Centre Skytrain station, at the intersection of West Georgia and Granville
  • End PointDavie & Bute streets at Jim Deva Plaza, by the rainbow crosswalk 
"(A) massive thank you to Glenn for the most brilliant tour ever. The class is still raving about the experience and everything we learned." - Sarah P.