Provincial Court House

Downtown Architectural Walk

This self-guided walking tour will give you a big picture view of how policies, planning initiatives and recent development have transformed Vancouver’s downtown over the past two decades. In that time, downtown has evolved from a primarily business district to a lively, accessible central area that also provides residential housing, parks, and community centres, and brings a range of experiences and services within easy reach. In short, it is a livable, walkable downtown. 

Route statistics

Distance 4.12 km
Steps 5406
Elevation change 33 m

Route description

The great Vancouver fire on June 13, 1886 destroyed most of the buildings in the City. The new city structures reflect the many architectural trends and movements in the 20th century. 


This route is made up of paved sidewalks with curb ramps. The route is wheelchair accessible.

Points of interest

W Pender Street

W Hastings Street

Sinclair Centre


Credit Foncier, Bank of Canada, Vancouver Club

Burrard Street

W Georgia Street and Burrard

Shangri-La, Electra Building and Wall Centre

Robson Square

W Georgia Street

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