AIBC Architectural Walking Tours of Gastown offer insight into Vancouver's history

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      In April 1886, the Granville townsite was officially incorporated as the city of Vancouver.

      Since then, its storied history has continued to transform.

      Few know, for instance, that the Harbour Centre was opened in 1977 by the astronaut Neil Armstrong, who left behind his footprint in the building’s cement. And not many Vancouverites are aware that in a recent and extensive restoration project, the many red brinks that lined the façade of Waterfront Station were swapped for the originals, one by one, after they were sourced from locations around the city.

      Setting out to educate locals about the role that architects have played in shaping the character of Vancouver, the Architectural Institute of British Columbia’s (AIBC) family-friendly walking tours reveal hidden insights about how the city was molded.

      Led by expert tour guides, participants will weave through the cobblestone alleyways and secret spots of Gastown. Individuals will explore urban myths, local stories, architectural details, and learn to look more closely at the buildings that form the tapestry of the city.

      The Architectural Walking Tours will kick off with a special season preview on Family Day (February 13), offering a chance for both kids and adults to hear the hidden stories of Vancouver.

      Architectural Walking Tours are $10 each and are offered at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Space is limited, so the public is encouraged to visit, email, or call 604.683.8588 ext.329 or 1.800.667.0753 (toll free in B.C.) to book.

      Tours begin in the lobby of the Architecture Centre at 440 Cambie Street, Vancouver. Participants must arrive 15 minutes before departure time. A distance of 3 kilometres (2 miles) is covered over a period of 1.5 to 2 hours.

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