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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

We offer a custom version of our walking tours –  The Forbidden Vancouver Tour, The Dark Secrets of Stanley Park Tour and The Really Gay History Tour – specially adapted for school groups.  These 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, in a fully immersive experience.

Arrange your student field trip

Our tours are available for school groups large and small. With our team of storytellers, we can cater to school groups of up to 80 students — split between multiple storytellers. The Forbidden Vancouver Tour can typically be run at any time of day, or in the evening, while the Dark Secrets of Stanley Park and The Really Gay History Tour can be arranged for any day of the week. 

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. 

For groups of 20 students or more, we offer a special discount price of $18 per student, including taxes. Groups of 19 students or less receive our normal student discounted price of $26.25 per guest including taxes. Teachers and adult chaperones may attend free of charge.

For more information, contact us through the form below or email [email protected] We’ll get back to you within 24 hours. 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. 

 

More details on our school tour offerings:

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 and beyond:

  • Duration – 2 hours
  • Start and end pointOutside the Vancouver Aquarium entrance by the whale fountain
  • Cost (20 or more students): $18/student including GST
  • Cost (19 or fewer students): $26.25/student including GST

 

The Forbidden Vancouver Tour

The Forbidden Vancouver Tour explores B.C. and Canadian social history through Vancouver’s past, on a walk through Chinatown, Gastown and Victory Sq. Focusing on BC’s experiment with liquor prohibition, the tour charts the influence of women’s rights, religious fervour, war, corruption and crime on the city’s morals during a time of huge economic growth.

A unique field trip for any secondary or post-secondary student group:

  • Discusses the effects of WWI on Canadian society.
  • Puts a human face on the pre and inter-war periods in Vancouver.
  • Explores Canadian prohibition and involvement of Canada in later U.S. Prohibition.
  • Discovers the role of women in social, political and economic change through the temperance and women’s suffrage movements.
  • Discusses the race riots of 1907, including the events leading to it and the aftermath for Chinese and Japanese people in Vancouver.
  • Draws parallels in contemporary attitudes toward drug prohibition and poverty with social issues and remedies of the early 20th century.
  • Duration – 2 hours
  • Start and end pointCathedral Square, at Richards & Dunsmuir. Ends at Maple Tree Square in Gastown.
  • Cost (20 or more students): $18/student including GST
  • Cost (19 or fewer students): $26.25/student including GST

Lesson plans

Click here to download a set of interactive lesson plans you can use in the classroom to help your students get the most out of The Forbidden Vancouver Tour.

 

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 s social justice, gender studies and civics courses, student groups, GSA groups and more.

    • Duration – Up to 3 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 
    • Cost (20 or more students): $24/student including GST
    • Cost (19 or fewer students): $32/student including GST
"(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.

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