“We have seen lots of interest and enthusiasm from participants over the last three years and that is reflected in this year’s sign-ups” said James Fletcher, a Think City Board member. “We are also pleased to bring Think City Tours to more communities in Metro Vancouver, as there are great stories to be told all across this region.”
This year Think City Tours will be hosted in Surrey, Richmond, New Westminster, Maple Ridge, UBC, and neighbourhoods throughout Vancouver.
“Think City Tours is about providing fun opportunities for residents to engage with the many rich stories in their communities. This is a great way to learn about the incredible diversity of people, nature, history, and culture that surrounds us every day,” said Fletcher.
Some notable tours to be held this year include:
- Historian Michael Barnholden‘s ghost written tour through Downtown Vancouver.
- Artist Alex Grunenfelder‘s air tasting tour of Gastown, the Downtown Eastside and Chinatown.
- Bernadette Keenan‘s bicycle ride along little-known parts of the Fraser River waterfront in New Westminster and Surrey.
- Writer and historian Ian McLeod‘s look at the past, present and future of Port Haney in Maple Ridge.
- Steve Chitty‘s walk back in time along the Crescent Beach waterfront promenade.
The goal of Think City Tours is to raise urban literacy and build strong, connected communities by offering a pedestrian-focused event that combines insights into civic history, environment, planning, design and citizen engagement with the simple act of walking and observing.
To view a complete list of tours and register online by Friday, May 6th at 5:00 pm, visit:
NB: I sit on the board of Think City & I’m reposting Think City’s press release. If you haven’t done one of these tours before, I highly recommend them. They’re a fantastic way of learning about our city.