Walking Tour: Downtown Galleries of Vancouver, Vancouver (Self Guided)

Vancouver has a thriving art scene with enough galleries to satisfy a wide range of interests. The galleries found in the downtown area are the most reputable of the city and feature works from all levels of artists. Take this walking tour to learn about the main art galleries in downtown Vancouver.
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Walking Tour: Downtown Galleries of Vancouver Map

Guide Name: Walking Tour: Downtown Galleries of Vancouver
Guide Location: Canada » Vancouver (See other walking tours in Vancouver)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 km
Author: clare
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Howe Street Gallery

1) Howe Street Gallery

The Howe Street Gallery was established in 1996 in the downtown area of Vancouver. It displays the modern works of young talents from Zimbabwe. The primary goal of the gallery is to support the natural African spirit and promote the nation's culture.
Opening hours: Monday-Saturday: 10:15 am – 6:00 pm; Sunday: 12:15 pm – 5:30 pm
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Vancouver Art Gallery

2) Vancouver Art Gallery (must see)

The Vancouver Art Gallery (VAG) is the fifth-largest art gallery in Canada and the largest in Western Canada. It is located at 750 Hornby Street in Vancouver, British Columbia. Its permanent collection of about 10,000 artworks includes more than 200 major works by Emily Carr, the Group of Seven, and illustrations by Marc Chagall.

The VAG's collection of about 10,000 works of art represents the most comprehensive resource for visual culture in British Columbia. Established in 1931 with the founding of the Gallery, the collection grows by several hundred works every year. It is a principal repository of works produced in this region, as well as related works by other Canadian and international artists.

Why You Should Visit:
High-quality artworks and superb exhibitions displayed in an open, airy and beautiful space.
There is everything here – from the bizarre to the terrifying, to more chilled-out areas such as the ambient music room.

Tip:
When the line up is long, get on your phone and buy the tickets online; better yet, buy tickets before you leave the house and show them upon entry to the gatekeeper.
Remember to visit the café and, weather permitting, take a table on the balcony / outside courtyard – very pleasant, with fine food, reasonable prices, and beautiful salads.

Opening Hours:
Mon, Wed-Sun: 10am-5pm; Thu: 10am-9pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Art Beatus

3) Art Beatus

Originally established in Hong Kong, Art Beatus opened its second gallery in Vancouver in 1996. It promotes contemporary art, with a special focus on Chinese culture. The gallery represents both acclaimed artists and newcomers who offer diversity and vision to the world of art.
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 10am to 6pm, Sat 10am to 1pm
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Contemporary Art Gallery

4) Contemporary Art Gallery

The Contemporary Art Gallery (CAG) is the only independent, non-profit public art gallery in downtown Vancouver. The CAG exhibits local, national, and international artists, primarily featuring emerging local artists producing Canadian contemporary art. In 2001, architects Martin Lewis and Noel Best designed the facility the CAG now occupies. The exhibition facility consists of two galleries and a series of window vitrines on the facade that provide an additional opportunity for exhibition. Established in 1971, the Contemporary Art Gallery (originally called the Greater Vancouver Artist's Gallery) began as an outgrowth of the Social Planning Department of the City of Vancouver, in which Vancouver artists were hired for a six month period to produce art for exhibition at the gallery, and for inclusion in the City of Vancouver Art Collection.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Coastal Peoples Fine Arts Gallery

5) Coastal Peoples Fine Arts Gallery

Established in 1996, Coastal Peoples is a leading gallery in Vancouver, specializing in contemporary First Nations and Inuit artwork. Here you will find some great collections of gold and silver jewelry, glass-work, masks and sculptures.
Opening Hours: Mon - Sat: 10:00am - 6:00pm; Sun + Hol: 11:00am - 6:00pm

Walking Tours in Vancouver, Canada

Create Your Own Walk in Vancouver

Create Your Own Walk in Vancouver

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Walking Tour of Vancouver's West End

Walking Tour of Vancouver's West End

The West End is a large residential area in Vancouver famous among tourists for Robson Street, the home of numerous trendy shops and hot boutiques. This district also features a number of parks, beaches and other fun attractions. This walking tour will guide you to the most significant attractions in the West End of Vancouver.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.2 km
Souvenir Shopping Part 1

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It would be a pity to leave Vancouver without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Vancouver, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 km
Souvenir Shopping Part 2

Souvenir Shopping Part 2

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 km
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City Orientation Walking Tour

The third largest city in Canada, Vancouver is a dynamic and vibrant metropolis in British Columbia known for a variety of world-class attractions. Take this orientation walk and get familiar with the most popular spots of the city.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.7 km
Walking Tour of Artist-Run Galleries in Vancouver

Walking Tour of Artist-Run Galleries in Vancouver

Vancouver offers visitors a great selection of art galleries that feature permanent and temporary exhibitions. There are a number of galleries in the city that are run by Canadian artists, with the majority of these places focusing mainly on contemporary art. This walking tour will take you to the most visited artist-run galleries.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 km
Walking Tour of Yaletown in Vancouver

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For many years Yaletown has been the thriving industrial heart of Vancouver. This area of the city looks unlike any other and is considered to be the home of Vancouver's "elite" society. This walking tour will take you to the most significant Yaletown spots.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.0 km

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Whether you are in Vancouver for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Vancouver has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Vancouver, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.