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Junior Rangers


Our Junior Rangers program takes students on a thrilling ride up to our unique subalpine environment, 885 meters above sea level! We help teachers meet curriculum requirements with a dynamic and hands-on approach to learning. These courses are designed to engage students and connect them with nature and wildlife in an interactive way that encourages an inquiry-based method of learning.


In this course, students learn about the unique ecosystem of the subalpine environment, how that environment changes throughout the year, and how our native plants and animals adjust to the seasons. We explore this vibrant mountain-top setting through hiking and group activities.


There is so much biodiversity and interconnected life in the subalpine! Grade 2 and 3 students will investigate the lifecycles, food webs and food chains found in this unique habitat. They will explore the Summit and take part in a team activity which demonstrates the sensitive relationships within a food web at this altitude.


In this course, we look into local wildlife biodiversity and discuss the topic of biomes. Together we learn about the delicate balance in the subalpine environment and what sustains a healthy ecosystem. We examine how animals, birds and reptiles use their senses to respond to other creatures and their environment. Students will discover just how vital these super senses are to some of our most familiar mountain residents.


It is easy to see how amazing the local landscape is! From our Summit, each direction you look there is a rock feature of some kind. How did they get there and how did they form? Hiking our trails, students will discover how rocks transform from one type to another, and what forces build up the landscape and wear it down.


The subalpine is home to some of British Columbia’s most fascinating wildlife and interesting plants. With specific reference to natural selection and the characteristics of life, students will discover the ways in which these plants and animals adapt to meet the challenges of finding food, avoiding predators, and surviving the changes of the seasons.

Summit Snowshoe School

Winter sports are an important part of physical literacy, and our new Summit Snowshoe course is a fun introduction to this fast-growing sport. Students learn snowshoeing basics for health and fitness, including how to prepare for a snowshoe hike, snowshoeing safety and techniques, and then test their skills with games and a hike on our snowshoe trails. This activity can be combined with tubing.

Backcountry Leadership

In the Sea to Sky corridor, we are fortunate to be surrounded by mountains and a vast amount of backcountry to explore. Take advantage of the wilderness we're lucky enough to call our backyard and hike off-trail to experience our backcountry under the expertise of our education guides.

Students will cover a selection of the topics below. The Sea to Sky Gondola Education Guide leading your group will decide which of the topics will be taught depending on the weather, size and age of the group.

Imagine you are heading out for a hike in the backcountry. How to prepare? Learn about planning and packing for a safe day hike in the backcountry.

Avalanche Awareness

Another essential part of planning a safe day out includes route planning and weather. We examine types of snow, types of hazards, and risk assessments in planning outdoor adventures.

Wilderness First Aid

Your day in the backcountry has been going great until one member of the group falls and is now injured! Learn to treat a medical emergency in the outdoors. Build and use an improvised stretcher to carry your friend to safety.

Shelter Building

Even with the best intentions things in the backcountry don’t always go to plan! Explore the skills and techniques needed to build a good shelter. Will your shelter keep you warm and dry, or will you be wet and cold as the rain comes in?

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Mountain Sustainability

A collaboration between Sea to Sky Gondola, Mountain Research Initiative, Geo Mountains, the University of Calgary, and the Arctic Institute, our Mountain Sustainability Program is designed for learners of all ages. Students take a global view of mountains around the world and initiatives in mountain resilience, examining how mountains are created, what changes them, and the shared responsibilities of mountain stewardship. We make the most of our unique subalpine environment with hands-on activities on weather, glaciers, and biodiversity. In support of the United Nations declaration that 2022 is the International Year of Sustainable Mountain Development, the program is built around the question "What do mountains mean to you?" #mountainsmatter 

Students who have already done our course, can try our new mountain sustainability case studies on wildlife counts and nature-based solutions like ecological restoration.

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Watch ocean plastic "pollution” transform into circular economy materials!

Brief description of program: 

This unique field trip offers students an on-site tour of the first and only facility in North America dedicated to recovery and recycling of ocean plastic with direct traceability to ocean recovery expeditions. It includes hands-on interactive sorting of ocean plastics.

Can’t get to our facility? Be sure to check out our FREE online program, EPIC Academy at:  https://www.bcfieldtrips.ca/trip/explore-issues-about-ocean-plastics-and...

We highly recommend Teacher/students register (at no cost) and review Lesson 1 of EPIC Academy content prior to attending this tour , to create increased understanding and awareness of what will be observed and discussed during the tour.   PLEASE SEE "ADDITIONAL NOTES" BELOW for important notes!

Full Trip Details: 

Ocean Legacy Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to ending the ocean plastic pollution crisis, and strengthening the plastic circular economy through our recycling program. Our work is built on a four-pillar program called EPIC , which stands for E ducation, P olicy, I nfrastructure, and C leanup.

Education and Policy are upstream efforts that prevent plastics and other waste from reaching our oceans and waterways. Infrastructure and Cleanup are downstream initiatives that seek to remove plastics from our oceans and shorelines, and process them for reintroduction into the plastic circular economy. 

The field trip will occur primarily outdoors at our Plastic Pollution Emergency Response recycling facility located at Steveston Harbour in Richmond. Ours is the first and only facility that collects marine plastics from a wide variety of sources to recover what was considered waste and turns it back into reusable plastic. Sources include: our own cleanup expeditions on coastal waters and shorelines, the Ocean Legacy network of Ocean Plastic Depots across BC and Atlantic Canada, used marine/fishing gear, ghost gear, materials collected by other non-profit cleanup organizations and marine industrial businesses. 

The tour offers an opportunity to see the process used to convert recovered marine plastic back into high-grade 100% post-consumer processed plastic pellets for use in the manufacturing of durable products as part of the circular economy. Ultimately, the goal of the field trip is to foster understanding of the plastic pollution crisis and circular economy principles: what is considered waste, how much of what consumers use daily is actually recyclable/recoverable, and to provide students with hands-on interaction with marine debris. Students develop awareness of their own plastic consumption habits, and ways they can take direct action to become part of the solution. Students will see the transformation of ocean plastic waste into new resources that have economic value.

Knowledge gained in this field trip can be enhanced when paired with EPIC Academy , Ocean Legacy's 10 lessons of no-cost/fully-funded online ocean plastics education. This LMS platform offers access to both individual online learners and also has downloadable materials for classroom educators. Includes classroom PowerPoint presentations, fully developed lesson plans, reflective activities and quizzes/answers sheets.

Fieldtrip structure:

  • Walk the facility perimeter to see the equipment and portions of the recovery process
  • Watch ocean plastics recycling in action
  • Identify resin codes
  • Sort items you see and use at home: a large bag of ocean-recovered plastic materials will be emptied to engage all students in an interactive sorting activity that demonstrates what types of commonly used plastics end up in the ocean. This prompts students to consider their consumption habits and connects cause and effect of reduced consumption and proper disposal
  • See benches and lumber made from ocean-recovered plastic

What to bring:

  • Work gloves for sorting
  • Closed-toe shoes are required for safety
  • Water bottle (can be refilled with filtered water on-site if needed)

One single stall/private washroom is available on site.

FREE PARKING - is available on Chatham street; pay parking is also available in the lot directly in front of our facility.


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Britannia Boatbuilders 4-6

Explore the Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site through the lens of innovation, and how things have changed throughout the history of fishing and boatbuilding in Steveston. Students will engage in four different interactive stations with themes ranging from innovation in recycling, resources, and communications. These concepts will then be discussed and applied to a boatbuilding activity, with each student making their own wooden boat model to bring home.

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Britannia Boatbuilders K-3

Explore the Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site to learn about history of boatbuilding and its importance in Steveston. Students will explore the different steps to build a boat by participating in a tool scavenger hunt, a caulking demonstration, and more maritime-themed activities. These steps will then be applied to a boatbuilding activity, with each student making their own small wooden boat to bring home.

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Guided Heritage Tours (Gr 7 -12)

Discover the stories of a diverse fishing, canning, and boat building community at the scenic Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site on the shores of the Fraser River. This one-hour guided tour is led by a Heritage Interpreter, and includes introductions to the heritage buildings which illustrated the living and working conditions of the communities that made Steveston the special place it is today.

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My Community on the Waterfront (Gr 1-3)

Explore the historic houses and engage in story time and eye-spy activities to learn about Steveston's unique cultural community. Students will participate in a shopping relay game while representing a family that may have lived in this community. Experience what life may have been like for the workers, families and children from diverse cultures who lived and worked here together. 

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How We Lived (Gr 4-6)

Investigate Steveston's history of immigrant workers from 1890 to 1940 through role-play. Students 'research" people's lives as newspaper reporters, by unpacking artefacts, creating a timeline and exploring the heritage buildings at Britannia Shipyards National Heritage Site. *Please note: This program will be offered until the end of March 2024. A new version with same themes will be offered starting April 1, 2024. More information to come.

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Let's Celebrate Winter

Discover Richmond’s diverse cultures by exploring multicultural winter celebrations, from First Nations to European, Asian and African traditions. Unwrap mystery presents that hold clues about a cultural winter celebration, play a Japanese New Year game and make a Victorian Christmas craft.

River Champions

The River Champions outreach program is available for students in grades 3-12, located in schools within the Fraser River Basin boundary. 

Grades 3-5  

Students explore the basics of climate science and river processes. Using a stream table model, students model different climate change scenarios and design infrastructure that could mitigate the damage caused by climate change. 

Grades 6-12  

Students discuss connections between climate change and land management practices, both traditional Indigenous and current industrial. Using a stream table model, students model different climate change scenarios and design infrastructure that could mitigate the damage caused by climate change. For the optional action project, students research how their communities may be susceptible to extreme weather events and climate change, and present their findings using ArcGIS Story Maps. A follow-up online workshop connects students to knowledge holders.

We’re a proud partner of GenAction; a national initiative designed to inspire youth to become innovative leaders in climate action now, and into the future. Visit GenAction for details.

Click here to book!

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OWL in the Classroom

Invite OWL (Orphaned Wildlife) Rehabilitation Society to join you in your classroom to learn about the amazing species of raptors that call BC home, the features and adaptations that make them unique, their life cycles, and about the dangers they face and how you can help. You also get the chance to meet some of OWL’s Raptor Ambassadors up close in person! Each program will be focused to each grade level that is participating.

Have a specific topic in mind? We are more than happy to work with you to make the program you are looking for. Some popular requests include focusing on a specific species, such as owls or just hawks, life cycles, or food chains.


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Wildlife in Your Classroom - Register Today!

Each year, thousands of children are introduced to the wonders of nature through school programs at the Richmond Nature Park. Due to COVID-19, brand new virtual programs have been developed to offer a new, virtual learning experience. 

Wildlife in Your Classroom is designed for students in Kindergarten through Grade 4.  Interactive presentations include activities, demonstrations, taxidermy, multimedia visuals and a Q & A session with the naturalist, if time permits.

"Why Do Animals Live in My Neighbourhood?" 

Learn about the basic needs that all animals have, their adaptations to survive, why they live in our neighbourhoods and how we can co-exist with them. Recommended for Grades 1-4 .

Educators have a choice of two different Wildlife in Your Classroom programs.

Register for one or both programs! 

  • Why Do Animals Live in My Neighbourhood? - Skunks and Coyotes
  • Why Do Animals Live in My Neighbourhood? - Raccoons and Snow Geese

$85/class (max. 24 students and 2-4 adults)

Technology/Equipment requirements: Strong internet connection and access to a video/sound system. We recommend connecting your laptop to a smartboard or a projector and ensuring the speakers are enabled to provide an optimal experience.

Platform:  Zoom

Visit the  Program Registration  page, click on the  BROWSE AND REGISTER  button and choose from Adults: Online - Programs  from the  Nature and Science  category. Register online or call the Registration Call Centre at 604-276-4300, Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 5:00pm.

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OWL Virtually in the Classroom

Join OWL (Orphaned Wildlife) Rehabilitation Society in this unique virtual experience to learn about the amazing species of raptors that call BC home, the features and adaptations that make them unique, how they respond to their environment, and about the dangers they face and how you can help. You also get the chance to meet some of OWL’s Raptor Ambassadors up close on camera! Each program will be focused to each grade level that is participating.

For more information or to book, please visit:  https://www.owlrehab.org/education/virtual/

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There are so many amazing school field trips for Metro Vancouver students! And we've made it easy for parents and teachers to find ones nearby with options in Abbotsford , Burnaby , Coquitlam , Delta ,  Langley , Maple Ridge ,  New Westminster , North Vancouver, Port Moody ,  Richmond , Squamish , the Sunshine Coast , Surrey , Vancouver ,  West Vancouver , and more . 

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Cypress Mountain Ski Day

Provide your Elementary and Secondary School children with a ski or snowboard experience that will build life-long memories. Cypress Mountain offers most hands-on, customer-focused experience featuring lessons with the North Shore’s most highly certified and trained instructors. There are a variety of options to choose from including single day and 4 days long programs. Register now for the session that best suites your group !

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OWL Rehabilitation Society Virtual Programs

OWL’s Virtual Education Programs offers your group a chance to learn about the amazing species of raptors that call BC home, about the dangers they face, and how you can help them and other wildlife through the use of animal artifacts and props. You'll also get the chance to meet some of OWL’s Raptor Ambassadors up close on camera! This interactive, unique opportunity can be viewed from any location and can be viewed on multiple different devices, so your group doesn’t need to be all in the same location.

  • BC Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation
  • Burnaby Art Gallery
  • Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre
  • Mackin Heritage House
  • OWL - Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society
  • BC Farm Museum Association
  • Eagle Acres Dairy and Pumpkin Patch
  • Langley Environmental Partners Society


  • Wild and Immersive
  • WildPlay Ropes Course


  • Fraser River Discovery Centre
  • New Media Gallery
  • Vancouver Circus School


  • Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
  • Grouse Mountain Resorts LP
  • Lynn Canyon Ecology Centre
  • Maplewood Farm
  • Mount Seymour Resorts
  • Museum of North Vancouver - MONOVA
  • The Edible Garden Project
  • Camp Jubilee
  • Port Moody Station Museum
  • Clip 'N Climb
  • Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site
  • Richmond Art Gallery
  • Richmond Museum
  • Richmond Nature Park
  • Britannia Mine Museum
  • Canadian Outback Rafting
  • Rope Runner
  • Sea to Sky Gondola


  • YMCA Camp Elphinstone
  • Historic Stewart Farm
  • Museum of Surrey
  • Arts Umbrella
  • Bard on the Beach
  • Beaty Biodiversity Museum
  • Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden
  • Forbidden Vancouver
  • Fresh Roots
  • Historical Chinatown Tours
  • Historic Joy Kogawa House
  • Jericho Beach Kayak
  • Museum of Anthropology
  • Museum of Vancouver
  • Pacific Museum of the Earth
  • Port of Vancouver Discovery Centre
  • Roedde House Museum
  • Science World of British Columbia
  • Southlands Heritage Farm
  • Stanley Park Ecology Society
  • Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre
  • Vancouver International Children's Festival
  • Vancouver Maritime Museum
  • Vancouver Mysteries
  • Vancouver Police Museum
  • Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
  • Vancouver Writers Fest


  • Talaysay Tours
  • Cypress Mountain
  • Whytecliff Park
  • Deep Cove Kayak


  • Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre - Bamfield
  • Stillwood Camp and Conference Centre - Lindell Beach
  • Rossland Museum and Discovery Centre - Rossland
  • Manning Park Resort - Hope
  • Sasamat Outdoor Centre - Belcarra
  • SWELL Wolf Education Centre - Nanaimo
  • Legislative Assembly of British Columbia - Victoria
  • Old Cemeteries Society of Victoria - Victoria


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Field Trips - teacher and class


From within walking distance to surrounding communities to venturing out even a little further away from home – field trips have come a long way!

When we think of educational field trip choices, we traditionally start with places like art galleries and museums, and planetariums and aquariums to name a few. They are obviously great choices for children to learn from. Nowadays, the list is long for places to visit outside of the classroom where learning is reinforced in some pretty unique ways. These places are where students can try new things with hands-on educational experiences. From historical to social, cultural to many more natural environments, each choice creates a connection between the classroom and the real world, offering opportunities for critical thinking, problem solving, and social-emotional development.

We have created this Go-To guide for teachers, home schooling parents, and other caregivers to refer to when considering what educational field trips to book this upcoming school year. To make this a quick reference for you, we have broken it down into three categories.

  • NATURE – learning about animals and Mother Nature in natural surroundings
  • HUMANITY – learning about people and What, How, and Why they do the things they do
  • ADVENTURE – learning through experiencing or imaging


Students on a field trip

Starting off with BC Agriculture In The Classroom , this field trip offers free educational agriculture tours where students explore BC agriculture subjects while enjoying the fresh air and getting their hands dirty. Teachers appreciate the curriculum-linked experience covering soil, pollinators, water preservation, growing zones, the Agriculture Land Reserve, greenhouses, crop rotation, and more. Join them for an immersive learning journey at farms in Abbotsford, Kelowna, and Langley!

The Edible Project – this project started off from a desire to promote food security on the North Shore and has grown into a beautiful network of local gardens in both North and West Vancouver. These gardens offer a variety of opportunities to educate our youth and those of all ages about how to grow, harvest, and benefit from growing food locally. Locations include the self-sustaining Loutet Farm and Sutherland Schoolyard, along with five sharing gardens that raise produce for those in need in nearby communities, as well as offering local childcare centres and schools the opportunity to grow their own vegetable beds and home gardens.

UBC’s Wild & Immersive field trip will immerse students in the magic and beauty of the Malcolm Knapp Research Forest located in Maple Ridge. Through hands-on and interactive activities, students will learn about local ecology and natural sciences. Teachers can pick from over 15 module choices to create a field trip that meets their learning objectives and aligns with what they are learning in the classroom. Popular module choices include Survive the Wild, Life as a Tree, Habitat Trackers, and Wetland Wonders. They inspire natural curiosity in students with unique field trip opportunities.

Timberline Ranch is committed to their goal of connecting the next generation to nature. Some teachers have brought their students to the Maple Ridge facility for over 20 years to offer hands-on lessons in biology, the outdoors, and leadership. They have over 50 years of experience in hosting large groups who return to them year after year for the pristine rural setting and amazing horseback riding programs. The staff at the Maple Ridge facility prides itself on accommodating the unique needs of each group and works to meet the requests for each educational excursion!

Maplewood Farm offers enriching field trips for children, fostering a deeper connection with nature and animals. Through interactive experiences, kids gain hands-on learning opportunities, develop empathy and responsibility, and enhance their understanding of farm life, fostering a sense of wonder and appreciation for the natural world. The field trips can include private tours, behind the scenes experiences and learning demonstrations.


According to Leah McGraw, Art Education Coordinator for Evergreen Cultural Centre , “Field trips to cultural centres are a great way for students to make connections between the classroom curriculum and their real-world experiences. Places like art galleries and museums present opportunities to engage in hands-on or experiential learning activities where students explore diverse art forms and perspectives, and connections between the past and present. Learning in an immersive environment helps cement students’ understanding of their classroom lessons through a memorable experience out in their community.”

Students on an Art Gallery Field Trips

Though we cannot possibly cover every arts related option available in our communities in this story, other not-be-be-missed choices include Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s elementary school concerts. These performances combine visuals with music to provide engaging and entertaining musical discoveries for the children, and with a theatrical twist!

For Visual Arts we will start off with the Bill Reid Galley of Northwest Coast Art and their Gallery Education Program. Immerse your class in the oral traditions of the Northwest Coast; explore Indigenous worldviews through hands-on learning about the connections between land, sea, people, and the art of the Northwest Coast; delve into deeper understandings of sacred resources, including Indigenous history, and artistic practices of the Northwest Coast.

VSO Field Trips

The Vancouver Art Gallery School Programs provides exhibition tours and workshops designed for elementary and secondary school groups. These programs introduce tools to foster visual literacy in students and to promote critical thinking about the world around us. Led by the Gallery’s Education staff, virtual and in-person school tours and workshops are a great way to learn more about the cultural and social contexts of art.


From hands-on-learning to critical thinking, students of all ages are guaranteed to have an enjoyable and engaging experience at Britannia Mine Museum. When planning a field trip here, customize it to your exact needs by choosing the educational programming relevant for your students’ age group from many options. The programs are designed by education specialists and reflect British Columbia’s transformed curriculum and provide opportunities to exercise and extend students’ core competencies. Britannia Mine Museum is a STEAM Education Partner, providing unique, entertaining and memorable curriculum-based educational experiences that consider the relevance and impact of resource Management and geologic exploration.

Adventure based field trips allow kids to use their imaginations as they practice hands-on dramatic play and exploration in settings such as Kidtropolis . This fun and educational choice provides so many learning through play and exploration opportunities in this amazing indoor play city! Fun-filled field trips compliment educational curriculums which are similar to dramatic play objectives found in early learning environments. Here, children use their imaginations freely in their play while developing their social-emotional and sensory skills by exploring this pretend community with their peers.

Another amazing place that is set up as an entire community taking us back in time is Burnaby Village Museum which continues to be a very popular field trip choice for schools, and for good reason. This open-air museum located at Deer Lake Park in Burnaby, spans over 10 acres, exhibiting a reconstructed village from the 1920’s including original heritage buildings, a schoolhouse, a blacksmith, general store, and even a carousel that students can ride on. Various options for field trips include 90 minute guided tours with a museum interpreter exploring specific themes. There is also the option for a self guided program.

Burnaby Village Museum Field Trips

Other popular choices not to be missed include a very unique experience at Academie Duello . Here students can learn all about European history while taking swordplay and archery lessons! This rare opportunity will immerse your students in the learning process through hands-on tours including demonstrations, lessons, and presentations for students of all ages at the Swordplay Centre & Historial Armour Museum in downtown Vancouver.

Two other fun and unique museum experiences not to be missed include playing detective in solving forensic investigations at The Vancouver Police Museum where students can investigate Break & Enter or Kidnapping crimes! Price of admission includes a visit to the museum and a guided forensic activity and mini tour! For all those sports buffs, The BC Sports Hall of Fame offers a wide variety of field trip options for Grades 4 to 10, combining guided and self guided tours and interactive explorations.

Cultus Lake Waterpark offers a thrill seeking waterslide park adventure! This waterpark offers over 50 sheltered picnic areas and a very fun filled environment for water sliding adventurers. Rides range from super thrilling to the less adventurous options and even include a relaxing floating break down the lazy river.

Playland Field Trips

Of course, thrill seeking adventures are always fun at exhibition parks such as Playland . What better way to celebrate the end of another school year than with rides, games, food and fun! Primary and Secondary group rates apply for students and supervisors. Year End Party bookings pay only $28 instead of $45.


Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden is filled with objects and stories that are perfect for multi-sensory learning. Many of the programs combine storytelling with a hands-on component. Students can learn about the history of Chinatown and discover what life was like for early immigrants through artifacts. They can also explore Chinese arts and culture with calligraphy, tea ceremony, and tai chi workshops.

Experience guided walking tours in the heart of Chinatown at Chinatown Storytelling Centre and explore the “touchable teaching collection” filled with unique artifacts! Through a range of interactive activities, students will learn about the key events and figures in Chinese Canadian history as well as contemporary issues around Chinatown’s cultural heritage, gentrification, and anti-Asian racism.

On Vancouver Island, School Tour Coordinator, Yvonne Van Ruskenveld, shares that “the Old Cemeteries Society of Victoria   offers students a unique way to learn about BC history through walking tours in Victoria’s heritage cemeteries. Our tour guides bring people from the past to life so they’re not just names in a lesson. We encourage students to ask questions and learn more about their communities and the people who shaped them.”

At Forbidden Vancouver , students will enjoy a fully immersive adventure into local history, from the cobblestone streets of Gastown to the Davie Street Village, to the trails of Stanley Park, and the iconic buildings of Downtown Vancouver. Talented storytellers lead the way as students step in the shoes of real historical figures to gain a new perspective of Vancouver.


Hopefully after these trips are over there will be plenty of opportunities to reflect upon what was experienced and what stayed with the children. Education Kits are a great way to follow up with these visits with classroom discussions and even group projects.

Check with the organizers of your field trips to see what take-away materials or ideas they have available for you to take back to the classroom. For even further learning opportunities, you can also check out After Field Trip Activities on TeachersPayTeachers .com and the many additional resources. 


Bc sports hall of fame.

Gate A of BC Place, Vancouver, 604/687-5520

Located in BC Place, the BC Sports Hall of Fame features galleries and activities celebrating over 100 years of local sports history. Explore the museum with a self-guided tour or book a guided field trip on the museum’s website. The Sports Hall also runs the FREE Hero In You program, where Hall of Fame athletes visit local classrooms.

For field trips:  https://bcsportshall.com/youth-groups/

For Hero In You classroom visits:  https://heroinyou.ca/book-a-presentation/



639 Hornby Street, Vancouver, 604 682 3455 Book online: brgeducation.com

Learn about the diverse Indigenous cultures of the Northwest Coast at the Bill Reid Gallery! The Gallery offers both in-person tours and digital educational resources to engage students of all ages. With an emphasis on Indigenous art and culture in the Northwest Coast, students learn directly from Indigenous knowledge keepers and teachers who share their perspectives and personal expertise. Visit our website to find an education experience that best suits your students. 



405 Seymour River Place, North Vancouver, 604 929 5610 maplewoodfarm.bc.ca

Embark on an engaging adventure at Maplewood Farm! Enjoy an interactive and educational field trip surrounded by friendly animals in the heart of the North Shore. From hands-on experiences with farm animals, to guided tours and learning opportunities, Maplewood Farm offers a memorable and enriching outing for all ages.



22351 144 Avenue, Maple Ridge, 604 463 9278 timberlineranch.com

Some teachers have brought their students to our Maple Ridge facility for over 20 years to offer hands-on lessons in biology, the outdoors, and leadership. Accommodating both small and large groups, Timberline will provide trained staff to lead your group in horseback riding, scaling the climbing wall, or enjoying the challenge course if you’d like to make use of those facilities. Group leaders may also make use of amenities such as the archery range, team building course, swimming pool, and orienteering course, as long as they provide the proper supervision.


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15 unique topics

1-4 topics per field trip.

Take learning beyond the classroom by booking a Wild & Immersive field trip. Affordable and customizable, our outdoor education programs for BC schools and youth groups from preschool to grade 12 deliver an immersive and hands-on approach to environmental-based schooling.

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Spaces and places for learning

Come out to the Malcolm Knapp Research Forest in Maple Ridge or we can do an in-class program at a location of your choice.

Site 1: Malcolm Knapp Research Forest, Maple Ridge

  • Site 2: Loon Lake Lodge & Retreat Centre, Maple Ridge

Site 3: Your location of choice

Programs are 2-5 hours in length, depending on modules chosen. Please contact us regarding pricing for extended programs over 5 hours.

COST: $400/class*

*Classes include up to 25 students. Additional charge per student for larger class sizes.

Site 2: Loon Lake Lodge & Retreat Centre, Maple Ridge**

Programs available for half-day (up to 5 hours) or full-day (up to 8 hours).

  • $400 per group of 25 participants up to 5 hours
  • $600 per group of 25 participants for programs 5.5 – 8 hours

** Groups must have a booking with Loon Lake. Additional facility charges apply, please contact Loon Lake for facility rate and availability.

COST: $500/class*

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VanDusen Botanical Garden

VanDusen Botanical Garden

Field Trips

With 55-acres of beautiful green space in the middle of Vancouver, VanDusen Botanical Garden represents a safe and interactive learning experience for school and community groups looking for local field trip opportunities!

Register now for 2024 Field Trips!

Join us in the Garden for this buzz-worthy field trip experience for students to learn about pollinators and the environments that support them.

As flowers bloom around VanDusen, bring your class to explore the special relationships between plants, pollinators, and people. Over three days in May, our facilitators will promote curiosity and stewardship through fun, hands-on activities at stations throughout the Garden.

Our diverse activities encourage new discoveries while aligning with the BC curriculum, and include:

  • Observing pollinator biodiversity up close with microscopes
  • Tasting different types of honey and visiting active beehives
  • Learning about bee life cycles and pollen collection
  • Finding nectar like bees with art using special paint and black lights
  • Snapping away in a photo booth with plenty of pollinator props
  • Plus other exciting games!

Groups receive a map outlining activity stations and may explore at their own pace during the day. Join us alongside our community partners for this special event by booking on May 29th, 30th or 31st.

We offer Guided and Self-Guided Programs

Our 90 minute and 45 minute guided programs are designed with curriculum connections in mind for grades from K through Grade 12.

Teachers will be provided information prior to the visit to help them and their students prepare for the visit. Upon arrival, groups will be greeted by a member of the VBGA Education Team, who will review a quick code of conduct before beginning the scheduled program.

90 Minute Guided Programs

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Rough, smooth, stinky, dark green, pointy. As they explore the garden, students describe and compare similarities and differences among plants using as many of their senses as they can. Foster the young biologists in your students, encouraging them to explore nature through focused observation, playful learning games, and collaborative outdoor activities. As they explore seasonal highlights in the Garden, students identify key parts and functions of plants, play the maple leaf match-up, make earth art, and more!

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe and compare plants using different resources, including their senses
  • Identify similarities and differences among plants.
  • Identify key parts of a plant (roots, stem, leaves, flowers and fruit)
  • List the basic factors necessary for plants to grow (water, nutrients, air, and sunlight)

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Within the tranquil beauty of VanDusen exists a complex and intimately-connected ecosystem. Investigate how native plants interact with other organisms in BC’s environment, exploring interdependence hands-on with focused observation and basic tools. Students unearth the vital role decomposers play during a soil search, as well as collaborate to construct a food web.

  • Recognize how different components of an ecosystem are interconnected
  • Document observations and data on ecosystem interactions
  • Observe the biodiversity and complexity found within the VanDusen Garden ecosystem

As students enjoy the beauty and fragrance of flowers throughout VanDusen, they investigate the parts of a flower, their role in pollination, and how pollination fits in the life cycle of flowering plants. Students will search for pollinators in action -including a visit to our active beehives -while explor-ing the connections between pollinators, plants, and food production.

  • Search for a variety of flowers and pollinators and observe them in action
  • Learn about the parts of a flower and how each part is involved in the pollination process
  • Link pollination to the life cycle of flowering plants
  • Begin to understand the interdependence between pollinators and plants and how they are linked to the everyday needs of human beings

Hidden beneath the surface of VanDusen’s ponds and streams is a diverse world of beautiful and strange life. Students learn about and explore the aquatic environment, use nets to dip below the surface and identify the creatures they find. Students will also seek out the plants and animals that make their homes along the pond’s edge.

  • Investigate various water bodies looking for plants and wildlife
  • Understand the pond as a layered ecosystem (edges, bottom, water column, surface)
  • Collect, observe, and identify aquatic invertebrates
  • Learn that life cycles and survival are features of animal life

Seeds fly, float, hitchhike – even travel through the stomachs of birds – to spread to new places and grow. Students explore the Garden, delighting in the beauty of fall colour while they search for seeds with parachutes, hooks, or fleshy fruit surrounding them. Students dissect seeds and make “seed babies” to take home.

  • Consider how fall differs from other seasons
  • Begin to recognize the variety of seeds found in the natural environment
  • Discover the ingenious ways that seeds disperse themselves, and why
  • Relate seed dispersal to the life cycle of a flowering plant

45 Minute Guided Programs

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Students journey along the water’s edge, between volcanic walls, and among forest groves where they meet iconic native and exotic species. These budding naturalists will connect with their environment, use their senses to develop observational skills, understand the role of humans -including First Peoples -in ecosystems, and participate in storytelling and interactive games.

Program instruction is presented in alignment with the BC curriculum communication, creative and critical thinking, and social responsibility

  • Identify similarities and differences among plants
  • Understand the role of humans in ecosystems, including the traditional uses of plants among local First Peoples

While exploring the Garden to meet iconic trees and ancient plants, students think about how our interaction with the land changes over time, space, and culture – including the important perspectives of First Peoples. Students make sense of their place in this world through observation, storytelling, and collaborative learning as they gain historical context for the local environment.

  • Explore the history of the Garden and think about how people interact with the land and how that relationship changes over time and space
  • Understand how storytelling can pass on lessons, impart knowledge, and be a window into how people relate to nature and each other in a particular time, culture, or area. Kids will create their own story that communicates personal knowledge and values
  • Identify a selection of iconic trees – including catalpa, Douglas-fir, and maples – and ancient plants – such as horsetail, gunnera, or ferns.

In a city striving to be the greenest in the world, students analyze and apply sustainability theories through a variety of activities, such as debating, budgeting, or waste auditing. This program presents contemporary environmental issues to students and challenges them to strategize solutions – including how they can become agents of change.

  • Consider and think critically about the intersection of commerce and environmental sustainability.
  • Make connections between their actions, the actions of companies, and how those actions impact the environment.
  • Learn what systems and resources they and companies can use to increase environmental sustainability

Self-guided Programs

Browse our selection of self-guided tours, lesson plans, guides and scavenger hunts to design the perfect day for your students at the Garden. A self-guided program allows for customized tours with ample time for a visit to VanDusen’s Elizabethan Maze.

VBGA Education staff will work with teachers before their visit to identify the best resources for their classes. We will greet the group upon arrival for a short orientation and review of the Code of Conduct before you explore the Garden.

Field Trips to Bloedel Conservatory

Take your students or campers to Bloedel Conservatory and experience a tropical field trip. Your tour includes:

  • A pre-visit and post-visit virtual program with lesson plans that can be done in your classroom, camp, or any space with access to internet and a computer.
  • Access to a curriculum aligned activity booklet for before, during, and after your visit.
  • Tour materials and resources for various activities both inside Bloedel and outside in Queen Elizabeth Park. We even have magnifying glasses for all students to use.
  • Your own personal environmental educator during your visit.

Students will learn about various plants and animals from around the world, along with the main differences between temperate and tropical climates. For more information or to book, please contact Youth Programs Manager, Dennis Chen, via email at  [email protected]  or by phone at (236) 477-2152.

Pollinator Days 2024 (May 29, 30, & 31)

A buzz-worthy field trip experience for students to learn about pollinators and the environments that support them.

Groups receive a map outlining activity stations and may explore at their own pace during the day. Join us alongside our community partners for this special event by booking on May 29th, 30th, or 31st.

Payment due within 4 weeks of booking. Cancellations prior to 4 weeks of program receive 50% refund. No refund for cancellations within 4 weeks of program date.

Please reach out to [email protected] with any questions about Field Trips.

Q. How long can we stay in the Garden? Can we stay after our tour is over? Classes attending either Guided or Self-guided Field Trip Programs can remain in the garden until closing time.

Q. Can we eat lunch or snacks in the Garden? Yes! There are picnic tables, benches, and some seating spread throughout the Garden. Feel free to ask your VBGA staff representative for lunch location suggestions upon arrival.  Please ensure that your class packs out their garbage.

Q. Are there washrooms in the Garden? There are washrooms available in the Visitor Centre, as well as portable toilets and hand sanitizer in the Garden.

Q. Are masks required in the Garden? Masks are not required while out in the Garden or inside the Visitor Centre. You are welcome to wear a masks depending on your level of comfort.

Download the VanDusen Pre-trip Info Packet or Bloedel Pre-trip Information Packet   to prepare for a successful day in the Garden or Conservatory with your class. The packet includes:

  • Field Trip Policies & Guidelines
  • Code of Conduct

Be sure to carefully review the information and share it with your students, chaperones, and colleagues as appropriate.

Have you been to the Yosef Wosk Library & Resource Centre at VanDusen?  You’ll find it’s an excellent resource for learning and teaching about plants, people, and the places that support them.  Download our Books by Theme Teacher Catalogue to explore titles to help you prepare lessons before or after your trip to the Garden Catalogue or borrow our Strong Stories Indigenous book bundles including Coast Salish, Métis, Kanyen’keha:ka, Kwakwaka’wakw, Tlingit, and Dakelh series.

Teacher Testimonies

“Our instructors were amazing! Very knowledgeable and great with the children!  They learned a lot and I will be back next year.” 

“My students learned a lot through hands on, real life experience. They have only learned about some plants and birds, but this was the first time they actually got a chance to see the real thing.”

“This is the best field trip I’ve been on in 15 years.”

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Fresh Roots in Vancouver

You don’t have to travel far to give your students a farm experience in our outdoor classrooms. Situated at Vancouver Technical and David Thompson secondary schools, our schoolyard farms are a short walk from many elementary schools and community centers. Our standard field trips are 2 hours long and include a farm work experience, as well as a tasting of farm-fresh veggies when available. Longer or shorter hour versions of some programs as well as custom themes may be available – ask when you book.

Cost & Group Size

We can host groups of up to 35 participants on either of our farm sites. We require 1 teacher/chaperone for every 8 grade K-3 students and for every 10 grade 4-12 students. Required adults do not count toward the group size. If your group needs more adult assistance, please let us know on the registration form.

VSB Discount

All VSB classes will receive a 20% discount.

We strive to make our programs accessible to all groups. If cost is a barrier, please send us an email .

Fall field trips will be available September 23-Nov 1, 2024. Programs will alternate weeks between our David Thompson and Van Tech farm sites. We generally don’t schedule programs on the first day of the week. Program booking will open in August.

Can’t find an available date that will work for your group? Hoping for an after-school or weekend trip for your Scout, Guide, or another youth group? Please send us an  email !

Multi-Visit Programs

Applications for next year’s A Year on the Farm (grades K-3) and Farm Observers (grades 4-7) programs are now open  are due by September 10! Preference will go to VSB schools, and then in order applications were received. Limited space is available for each program at each site. Please check out our Multi-Visit Fact Sheet to learn more and access the application!

Spring 2024

Spring field trips bookings are now closed.

More Details

Click here for more information about our field trip policies. Click here to get a glimpse into what experiential learning on the farm looks like.

Got questions?

Email our Experiential Learning Team at [email protected] or call 778-764-0344, ext 100.

Single Field Trips

Spring 2024 field trips are listed below; Fall 2024 field trip listings will be posted in August.

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Welcome to Fresh Roots

Get a taste of what Fresh Roots is all about!  Activities will vary, but you can expect to learn about how Fresh Roots came to be, learn about food and food systems through play, participate in farm work, and try some farm-grown food!

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Get Creative

Art is all around us, including on the farm!  Try your hand at making root veggie stamps, painting with leaves, dying cloth with plant-based dyes, or other plant-based art projects.  Exact projects will vary depending on plant availability.

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Custom Field Trip

If you are interested in a field trip longer than two hours, or would like to work with our Experiential Learning Manager to craft a program to meet your learning objectives, fill in the registration form and we will get in touch to figure out how we can help make it happen! A uniquely designed program will be priced accordingly.

Young student with pink glasses, black hair in a ponytail, and blue shirt crouched down by a garden bed filled with soil. In the kid's hand is a pillbug curled up in a small ball. The kid is smiling. In the soil is a trowel.

MicroFarm supports these Big Ideas.

  • K: Daily and seasonal changes affect all living things.
  • K: Plants and animals have observable features.
  • 1: Living things have features and behaviours that help them survive in their environment.

Social Studies

  • 1: Healthy communities recognize and respect the diversity of individuals and care for the local environment.

Physical and Health Education

  • K, 1: Daily physical activity helps us develop movement skills and physical literacy, and is an important part of healthy living.

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Flower Power

Flower power supports these big ideas..

  • 2,3: Effective collaboration relies on clear, respectful communication

English Language Arts

  • 2: Through listening and speaking, we connect with others and share our world.
  • 2: Curiosity and wonder lead us to new discoveries about ourselves and the world around us.
  • 2, 3: Daily participation in physical activity at moderate to vigorous intensity levels benefits all aspects of our well-being.
  • 2: Learning how to participate and move our bodies in different physical activities helps us develop physical literacy.
  • 3: Movement skills and strategies help us learn how to participate in different types of physical activity.
  • 2: Living things have life cycles adapted to their environment.
  • 3: Living things are diverse, can be grouped, and interact in their ecosystems.

Three children digging in the soil on a sunny day

Dirt Made My Lunch

Dirt made my lunch supports these big ideas..

  • 4, 5: Personal choices and social and environmental factors influence our health and well-being.
  • 5: Daily physical activity enables us to practice skillful movement and helps us develop personal fitness.
  • 4: All living things sense and respond to their environment.
  • 4: Energy can be transformed.
  • 5: Multicellular organisms have organ systems that enable them to survive and interact within their environment.
  • 5: Earth materials change as they move through the rock cycle and can be used as natural resources.
  • 5: Natural resources continue to shape the economy and identity of different regions of Canada.

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Unexpected Eats

Unexpected eats supports these big ideas..

  • 6-9: Healthy choices influence our physical, emotional, and mental well-being.
  • 7: Learning about similarities and differences in individuals and groups influences community health.
  • 9: The biosphere, geosphere, hydrosphere, and atmosphere are interconnected, as matter cycles and energy flows through them .
  • 4: Interactions between First Peoples and Europeans lead to conflict and cooperation, which continues to shape Canada’s identity.
  • 8: Human and environmental factors shape changes in population and living standards.
  • 8: Changing ideas about the world created tension between people wanting to adopt new ideas and those wanting to preserve established traditions.
  • 9: The physical environment influences the nature of political, social, and economic change.

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Evolution on the Farm

Evolution on the farm supports these big ideas., career education.

  • 6,7: New experiences, both within and outside of school, expand our career skill set and options.
  • 6,7: Practising respectful, ethical, inclusive behaviour prepares us for the expectations of the workplace.
  • 6,7: Safe environments depend on everyone following safety rules.
  • 6: Daily physical activity enables us to practice skillful movement and helps us develop personal fitness.
  • 7: Daily participation in different types of physical activity influences our physical literacy and personal health and fitness goals.
  • 6: Multicellular organisms rely on internal systems to survive, reproduce, and interact with their environment.
  • 7: Evolution by natural selection provides an explanation for the diversity and survival of living things.
  • 7: Earth and its climate have changed over geological time.

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Grades 6-12

Student team build, student team builds support these big ideas..

  • 6, 7: Safe environments depend on everyone following safety rules.
  • 6, 7: New experiences, both within and outside of school, expand our career skill set and options.
  • 8: Reflecting on our preferences and skills helps us identify the steps we need to take to achieve our career goals.
  • 8: The value of work in our lives, communities, and society can be viewed from diverse perspectives.
  • 8: Adapting to economic and labour market changes requires flexibility.
  • 8: Our career paths reflect the personal, community, and educational choices we make.

Career-Life Connections

  • A sense of purpose and career-life balance support well-being.
  • Lifelong learning and active citizenship foster career-life opportunities for people and communities.

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Farming Then and Now

Farming then and now supports these big ideas..

  • 8: Design can be responsive to identified needs.
  • 8: Complex tasks may require multiple tools and technologies.
  • 9: Social, ethical, and sustainability considerations impact design.
  • 9: Emerging ideas and ideologies profoundly influence societies and events.

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Grades 10-12

21st century farming, 21st century farming supports these big ideas.

  • Design for the life cycle includes consideration of social and environmental impacts. (Multiple)
  • Social, ethical, and sustainability considerations impact the culinary arts. (Culinary Arts 10)
  • Social, ethical, and sustainability considerations impact design. (Food Studies 10)
  • Spending time outdoors allows us to develop an understanding of the natural environment, ourselves, and others.  (Outdoor Education 11 & 12)
  • Energy is conserved, and its transformation can affect living things and the environment. (Science 10)
  • Organisms are grouped based on common characteristics.(Life Sciences 11)
  • Scientific understanding enables humans to respond and adapt to changes locally and globally. (Science for Citizens 11)
  • Complex roles and relationships contribute to diversity of ecosystems. Human practices affect the sustainability of ecosystems. Humans can play a role in stewardship and restoration of ecosystems. (Environmental Science 11)
  • Sustainable land use is essential to meet the needs of a growing population. Living sustainably supports the well-being of self, community, and Earth. Human activities cause changes in the global climate system. (Environmental Science 12)
  • Climate change impacts biodiversity and ecosystem health. Biodiversity is dependent on the complex interactions and processes between biotic and abiotic factors. (Specialized Science 12)
  • Natural processes have an impact on the landscape and human settlement. (Physical Geography 12)
  • Historical and contemporary injustices challenge the narrative and identity of Canada as an inclusive, multicultural society. (Social Studies 10)
  •  Social justice initiatives can transform individuals and systems. (Social Justice 12)
  • Decision making in urban and regional planning requires balancing political, economic, social, and environmental factors. (Urban Studies 12)
  • Analyzing data from a variety of sources allows us to better understand our globally connected world; Human activities alter landscapes in a variety of ways. (Human Geography 12)

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  • The Forbidden Vancouver Tour
  • The Really Gay History Tour
  • The Hidden History & Sweet Treats Tour
  • Private Groups
  • Retirement Home Activities
  • School Field Trips & Outings
  • Celebrate Pride Month At Work
  • Team Building and Corporate Events
  • Last Gang in Town
  • Secrets of the Penthouse
  • Backstage at the Commodore
  • Meet The Team


Engage Your Students With Our Team of Talented Storytellers

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 Give your students an unforgettable experience with our award-winning tours! Our expert storytellers will immerse your students in local history, bringing the tales of Vancouver’s past to life with dramatic flair and passion. These aren’t just “walking tours”, they’re adventures into Vancouver’s rich cultural heritage.

Your students will be captivated and inspired by the fascinating stories, intriguing myths and little-known facts they’ll hear along the way. Break from the classroom and join us for an unforgettable journey into Vancouver’s past. Reach out to get started today.

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$19 EACH (20+ STUDENTS) $31.50 EACH (<20 STUDENTS)

Teacher & chaperone free, book your school field trip, email us: [email protected].

Include your group size, preferred tour, date, and time. We’ll respond within one business day. And you can cancel your experience for a full refund up to 24 hours before your tour start time. No questions asked!

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Prohibition | rum-running | riots | gastown recommended: grade 7 – university.

On the Forbidden Vancouver Tour you’ll explore Gastown, our city’s oldest neighbourhood. In the late 1910s our Province experimented with prohibition, meaning the sale of alcohol was banned. Enterprising criminals began to make money “bootlegging,” making and selling liquor illegally to a thirsty population. Even some government officials couldn’t resist the temptation to make a quick buck trafficking liquor.

As illegal drinking dens started to pop up throughout the city, the VPD formed a “Dry Squad” to hunt down bootleggers. Eventually mob boss Joe Celona had risen to the top of the city’s underworld, with even the Chief of Police on his payroll. Fighting for prohibition were the temperance union, a patchwork social movement formed by religious leaders, suffragists who wanted the vote for women, business owners, and many in the general population worried about the huge extent of alcohol abuse in Canada in the years leading up to prohibition, and particularly in Vancouver.

Many people of colour and particularly indigenous communities were brutally targeted under prohibition law, which was used by authorities to exert control over marginalized people. While prohibition was eventually repealed, it sadly remained in place for decades in the case of indigenous people. 

Once prohibition came into force south of the border, enterprising sailors made a fortune smuggling liquor down the West Coast in a practice known as “rum-running.” Vancouver’s Reifel family ran the largest rum running operation and would end up one of the country’s richest families. The Canadian government was even in on the act, charging an “export duty” on every case of liquor that left the country.

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Iconic buildings | corruption | gourmet delicacies recommended: grade 5 – university.

On the Hidden History & Sweet Treats Tour , you’ll discover the sensational stories behind our city’s most iconic places, including Granville Street’s Theatre Row, the Hotel Vancouver, Vancouver Art Gallery, Art Deco masterpiece the Marine Building, and much more.

Uncover the story of the crooked police chief and his fondness for paper bags stuffed full of dirty gambling cash. At his trial the “mysterious woman in the veil” gave evidence and caused uproar across the city, but what did she say? You’ll hear the story of vaudeville dancehall star Marie Lloyd, who sent audiences into meltdown with her outrageous act at the old Orpheum Theatre.

At the Vancouver Art Gallery, once the city’s courthouse, you’ll hear a tale of revenge and murder. On Granville Street you’ll discover what the street looked like back when it was Theatre Row, and tens of thousands of people would flock there every weekend to catch the latest flick on the silver screen. You’ll discover actor and star Yvonne De Carlo, who was born right on Burrard Street at St. Paul’s Hospital and went on to take Hollywood by storm.

Indulge in decadent treats along the way, including French delicacy kouign amann from Beaucoup Bakery, a delicious gourmet macaron, and the award-winning Mermaid’s Choice Chocolate Bar by Mink.

This walking tour even takes you inside some of the city’s most famous heritage buildings, like the Hotel Vancouver and the Marine Building. It’s your chance to see downtown Vancouver in an entirely different light.

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Historic totem poles | notorious crimes | deadman’s island recommended: grade 5 – university.

On the  Dark Secrets of Stanley Park Tour you’ll discover the park you thought you knew has a remarkable – and oftentimes shocking – history. 

Stanley Park is not an untouched rainforest. It was home to local Coast Salish people for thousands of years before it became a park, and even for decades afterwards. Numerous villages dotted the shoreline, including Whoi Whoi, which hosted large potlaches and from where a delegation sailed to meet Captain George Vancouver as he explored the area in 1792.

The story of the forced eviction of indigenous people from the land that would become Stanley Park is a shocking background to the park’s creation. Some mixed race indigenous and European families were able to fight back against the City’s onslaught of lawsuits, and keep their homes in the park near Brockton Point until the 1950s. Today their memory and resilience is honoured by the statue Shore to Shore, by Salish artist Luke Marston, which we visit on the tour.

The creation of the park was also about more than creating a space for Vancouverites to enjoy afternoon strolls and picnics. The land was originally intended as a military reserve, established to protect the city should the Americans decide to invade. After it became clear that wouldn’t happen, real estate developers, the Canadian Pacific Railway, the City of Vancouver, and the Federal Government all battled for control of the land. The fact it became a park illustrates the colossal power the CPR once had in Vancouver. 

Throw into the mix the tale of Deadman’s Island, stories of true crime, smallpox pest houses, buried treasure, public art, crow shoots and poetry and you’ll find that despite its beauty, there’s a lot more to Stanley Park than meets the eye!

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Lgbtq2+ pioneers | drag queens & kings | bookstore bombs recommended: social justice, gender studies, student & gsa groups.

On the  Really Gay History Tour you’ll walk the city’s bustling West End with storyteller and tour creator Glenn Tkach as your guide.

Vancouver’s Davie Street is home to one of North America’s most vibrant gay villages. The city’s annual PRIDE parade draws crowds in the tens of thousands. Our city has openly gay politicians and monuments to gay activists. But it wasn’t always this way…

Before decriminalization queer people lived in fear of being “outed” and risked losing their jobs, families, and even freedom. Canada routinely imprisoned people for homosexuality. Many of the leaders in the struggle for queer liberation in Canada were from here in Vancouver. People like ted northe, who had the bravery to campaign for queer rights back in the 1950s.

Vancouver has played a larger-than-life role internationally in the struggle for equality. We had the world’s first openly gay church minister, St Paul’s hospital opened one of the first dedicated care units during the AIDS crisis, and we had Canada’s first chapter of the Imperial Court System. We also had bookstore bombings, some of the country’s first PRIDE marches, and a transgender campaigner who blew the whistle on the biggest crime in the city’s history.

Glenn Tkach is available for private tours at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. most days of the week. Please inquire to confirm his availability. 


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EXCELLENT FOR ALL AGES “This was an excellent Walking Tour. Informative, engaging, amusing and applicable for all ages. Great for high school students to actively engage in learning about the history of the city. Fits in well with Socials 10. Would 100% recommend!”

-SG265, Tripadvisor


“Will did an excellent job engaging a class of grade ten students. Through interesting content, games, and humour, students were captivated throughout our tour. This is the way to teach Vancouver history! Thanks, Will.”

-Rob M., Tripadvisor


“Thank you Glenn for helping me find one more way to connect with LGBTQ youth and gain more background knowledge for students who dig into the LGBTQ options for our Canadian Discriminatory Policies unit in Grade 9 Social Studies!”

-msapplesass, Tripadvisor


“Enjoyed the walking tour Monumental scandals with Rob yesterday, such a great opportunity to learn something about history, architecture, people and of course scandals of this beautiful city Vancouver. “

-Diana, Google Reviews


This shared experience will ignite conversation to improve relationships.

This isn’t a history lesson, it’s storytelling. Expect to laugh, learn, and be entertained.

Engage your students’ empathy and cooperation with real stories of Vancouver’s past heroes and villains.

Our tours are a low-barrier activity for those who may be shy to participate, and those more engaged can ask questions.

*Tours are wheelchair accessible (with the exception of the Dark Secrets of Stanley Park) and are held at your group’s pace.


What if it rains.

Our tours operate rain or shine. We suggest dressing warmly in case of any inclement weather, as these tours run outside for up to 2 hours. If needed, you can cancel or reschedule up to 24 hours before the tour starts and we’ll issue you a refund or credit to use on a future date that never expires. Please keep in mind, we’ll reach out in the event of severe weather advisories.

What do we need to bring?

For the summer months we recommend a sun-hat, sunscreen, sun-glasses, and a bottle of water. For the cooler months, we recommend a rain jacket and sturdy footwear. Don’t forget to charge up your smart phones to capture memories along the way!

How long is the walking tour?

That depends on which walking tour you choose, but generally speaking between 1.5 and 2.5 hours. We can stage a custom 1 hour version of our Monumental Scandals Tour if you’re under a time crunch!

How much walking is involved?

Each of our walking tours is between around 1.5 km and 2 km in length. They stay largely on flat, even ground and your guide will walk at an easy pace. However, each member of your group does need to be comfortable on their feet or wheelchair for up to around 2 hours.

What is the cancellation policy?

We have a very flexible cancellation policy – provided you cancel more than 24 hours before your scheduled tour time, we’ll issue you a full refund.

If you cancel with less than 24 hours notice, you aren’t eligible for a refund, but we are happy to either reschedule you to a different day or issue you a store credit for the value of your booking. The rescheduling/store credit options are subject to a $50 processing fee.

Can you lead the tour in French?

We currently do not have any French-speaking guides on our team, but we’d still love to have you join us! All of our tours are conducted in English.

Does my group need to tip the guide?

Your group doesn’t need to tip your guide on the day. The advertised cost includes an automatic gratuity for your guide.

Can we add or remove students last minute?

You can add students up to the time of your tour by emailing us at [email protected] . As long as we can fit them in then it’s no problem!

If your guests numbers fall, we can offer a refund up to 24 hours before your scheduled start time. Bear in mind we require a minimum of 20 students to receive the discounted student rate of $19, or equivalent cost.

Are your walking tours wheelchair accessible?

Every one of our private walking tours is wheelchair accessible except for the Dark Secrets of Stanley Park Tour. That experience includes trails and steps, so can’t accommodate wheelchairs unfortunately.

Can we finish at a restaurant or specific location?

Our walking tours finish near to some of the city’s most loved entertainment districts, like Gastown, the Davie Street Village, or Granville Street. These neighbourhoods are packed with places to check out and refuel after your tour. If you’re looking for recommendations, please drop us an email at [email protected] .

Can we take the Lost Souls of Gastown Tour as a school trip?

We typically recommend one of our other walking tours for school groups. We’ve found one of the features of school group tours is you can get into some really interesting conversations with your guide about Vancouver and its history. On the Lost Souls of Gastown Tour – which is a roving one-person play with your guide in character – it’s not possible to interact with the guide, or each other, in the same way.

Can I add more students on the day of the tour and pay in cash?

Our guides are unable to accept cash or process payments. All payments are handled by our Operations team.

However, don’t worry, we’re happy to help! If you’re uncertain about the number of students, we can charge a deposit amount to secure your place and connect with you after your tour to settle any outstanding payments.

Does the Dark Secrets of Stanley Park Tour have Indigenous content?

Yes, this walking tour covers the impacts of colonialism on the Squamish, Musqueam, and Tsleil-waututh communities who lived in the park. This includes the forced eviction of families from their homes, the abduction of children from the park who were sent to residential schools, and efforts to erase local indigenous culture from the area.

For an Indigenous-led experience in Stanley Park, we recommend checking out Talaysay Tours.

Is there a restroom nearby that students can use before the tour starts?

Please aim to arrive early if you are coming from out of town and you anticipate your class might need a break before starting their tour.

The Forbidden Vancouver Tour: public bathrooms are available at the Harbour Centre, one block from the tour start point. There isn’t an official bathroom break on the tour itself, but if a guest needs to visit the bathroom during the tour, let your guide know and there are plenty of restaurants and cafes to duck into.

The Dark Secrets of Stanley Park Tour: the tour begins outside the Vancouver Aquarium which has a bathroom at their outdoor cafe, although it’s only open in the Spring and Summer seasons. Otherwise, we stop halfway through the tour by the Totem Poles at Brockton point, where there is a bathroom.

The Really Gay History Tour: the tour departs from outside the Robert Lee YMCA building, that has a bathroom available.

The Monumental Scandals Tour: the tour stops around the halfway point at the Hotel Vancouver, where there is a bathroom available.


Be sure to include:

Your group size

The tour you’re interested in

Your preferred date and time

The reason for your private tour

We’ll respond to your request within one business day. We look forward to hosting a private walking tour with your group!

School Field Trips

A one-of-a-kind experience for students and teachers alike! Programs are delivered at a grade-appropriate level, and are fully customizable to meet your learning objectives.

For most programs we can accommodate up to two classes at the same time. *All prices include GST/PST.

Students are invited to bring a snack or lunch. Please dress for the weather, as outdoor programs run rain or shine.

It’s a Trout’s Life

Kids join Myki the rainbow trout to discover the adventures fish face on their journey from egg to adult. This hands-on program includes an interactive story board, role playing, drawing, tour of the hatchery and nature walk to our on-site ponds.

Grade Level: Preschool, Kindergarten to 2

Price: $5 per child

Duration: 1 – 2 hours

Locations: Available at our Abbotsford, Summerland and Fort Steele hatcheries.

Learn to Fish

Participants learn about freshwater habitats, conservation, and how to fish responsibly. Includes lessons on fish identification and biology, fishing techniques and equipment set-up, safety, proper fish handling, and a hatchery tour. The highlight – catch and release trout fishing at our on-site ponds or local lake!

Grade Level: Kindergarten to 12

Price: Location dependent

Duration: 3 – 4 hours

Locations: Available at our Abbotsford, Clearwater, and Fort Steele Hatchery Visitor Centre and Community Fishing Pond location, as well as select off-site locations across B.C.

Contact us via the form below for more information or to request a field trip booking. Please select ‘Field Trip’ from the drop-down topic menu in the form. Please note that submission of the form is not a confirmation of booking — we will be in touch to confirm availability.

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Field Trips Get real world experience with your local pollinators

Wanna-bee an expert on all things honeybee.

Educating our community and beyond is something everyone at Honeybee Centre is passionate about. Since our first hive got busy (a long, long time ago), we’ve been offering interactive presentations and tours to share the magical world of bees with everyone we can.

Our completely renovated Honeybee Classroom has transformed our educational programs, providing a fresh, new environment to really experience bees in a brand new way. Our program covers topics like bees, life-cycle, beekeeping, pollination, environmental stewardship and more! Each lesson is paired with interactive activities (bees don’t sit still and neither do students!) and includes bee friendly wild flower seed planting for student to take home. You can add on take-home Beeswax Candle rolling or Honey Tasting (three varieties) for a small fee!

Curriculum connections and pre package are available for educators to reinforce lessons learned at Honeybee Centre.

*We Offer In-Person And Virtual Field Trips as well as private bookings .

We are now SOLD OUT for the 2023/2024 School Season.

We are accepting booking for July 9 through to August 16 Tuesday to Thursday at 10:30am.


Teachers & Leaders SIGN-UP for our new Field Trip Newsletter. The Newsletter will go out seasonally as a reminder to book your spot and share some pollinator education and ideas.

  • To share with EVERYONE the amazing world of honeybees through education and hands-on activities and explorations.
  • To explain the important relationship between humans and honeybees.
  • To educate students about the integral role honeybees have in our food web.
  • To involve students and help them explore the importance of pollinators as a keystone species in the earth’s ecosystem.

Request a FIELD TRIP quote

Reserve your spots for the SATURDAY DROP-IN

JULY & AUGUST 2024 Basic Bees 75 minute field trip (customized for all ages)

Summer Base Price (up to 20 students)

Additional students

$8.25 each +tax

Teachers, support staff

Parents & Caregivers

September to March 2025 Basic Bees 75 minute field trip (customized for all ages)

Fall/Winter Base Price (up to 20 students)

$8.50 each + tax

April to June 2025 Basic Bees 75 minute field trip (customized for all ages)

Spring Base Price (up to 20 students)

$9.25 each + tax

1 free Chaperone per 10 students

additional adults $2.50 + tax

Spring program includes honey tasting.

Add-On Items

Simple Candle

$3.50 / person

Honey Tasting (in-person)

$0.75 / person

For field trips starting after 4:45pm

Spring Hive Opening

*Limited dates are available for Hive Openings, please enquire.

No programing on Saturday & Sunday, check out our Saturday Drop-in and DIY Sunday

Saturday Open Classroom

We have a handful of dates planned for some buzzing fun!

$2 per person donation suggested

The classroom is open to explore! Bee and insect themed puzzle, games, crafts. Try on a beekeeping suit, plant some bee friendly seed, and so much more. Suitable for all ages including adults & toddlers!

Saturday, May 25 from 1-4pm

Saturday, June 15 from 1-4pm

Saturday, June 22 from 1-4pm

Check our Eventbrite Page for upcoming dates.

*Prices do not include GST

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EXPLORATION Bee-Centric Lessons

Bees, bees, bees, and more bees—also, pollination, extraction/beekeeping, and civic duty!

We like to keep you on your feet which is why all of our lessons feature interactive stations—is there a better way to learn than hands-on experience? We don’t think so! Everyone will have the opportunity to learn, explore, and experience all of our lessons using all of their senses.

aCTIVITIES A Sensory Experience

How will we engage all five senses? Everyone (who wants to!) will TASTE honey, TOUCH displays and learn about bees in a tactile manner, SEE real beekeeping props and displays, LISTEN to lessons from our guide and the reactions and observations from their peers, and SMELL bee products like bee pollen, beeswax, and propolis.

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ADD-ONS Get Crafty!

BEESWAX CANDLE These candles are sweet enough to eat (though we don’t recommend it! Sample our honey instead!). We’ve made candle making a fun and educational activity where students learn about how bees make wax, as well as how to roll candles. Each student will get hands-on and roll their own candle.

Candle is one colour and is approximately 3 inches tall and one inch wide.

Recommended Ages: 7+ Cost: $3.25 per candle

Book A Time for a visit today

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