Breathe in the ocean air while paddling around Burrard Inlet and Indian Arm. Owned and run by the Tsleil-Waututh Nation, Takaya Tours offers interpretive trips in replica ocean-going canoes. Along the way, guides from the Coast Salish Nation sing, retell legends, and point out ancient village sites.
Spend time at the Coastal Peoples Fine Arts Gallery for a deeper look into contemporary Indigenous designer Corrine Hunt’s current multi-media exhibit, Kapiguxw’id: Iklegans dudakwo | Gathering: It’s good to see you [again]. Or for a taste of local culture, head to Salmon n’ Bannock, where Vancouver’s only Indigenous-owned and operated restaurant offers casual fare like “bannockwiches” and elk stew.
Delve into Vancouver’s grittier history with Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours. Promising tales of “dark crime, outrageous intrigue, and filthy scandal,” these small group tours take place outdoors with social distancing in mind. They offer a unique perspective on Gastown, Stanley Park, and the West End’s Davie Street Village, the latter through the Really Gay History Tour.
The maps and app on the Vancouver Mural Festival website lead you on self-guided tours through some of Vancouver’s most vibrant neighborhoods. Or, see the murals through a private tour with Vancouver DeTours for insight into Vancouver’s social history. Toonie Tours’ Street Art and Craft Beer Walking Tour connects you with a small group to socialize through Mount Pleasant, the go-to ‘hood for local craft beer enthusiasts. Want to take it inside? Check out the DaVinci Experience in Tsawwassen Mills, a multi-sensory, 360º immersive journey that explores Leonardo Da Vinci’s greatest inventions.
The downtown Vancouver building that’s home to Skwachàys Lodge is also home to live/work studios for Indigenous artists in residence. Their work is sold at the gallery downstairs, and guestrooms also feature local Indigenous art.
Centrally located on Robson Street, The Listel Hotel is convenient to the city’s laid-back West End and iconic Stanley Park. The boutique hotel’s rooms and suites come adorned with original and limited-edition artwork.