I briefly mentioned this activity in my previous post when Naomi came to visit me. I obviously wanted to be a good host and organise an array of exciting activities for my guest. I’ve had my eye on this tour for a while, well ever since I met Jeremy and heard about his new and exciting bike tour to view the murals around Main Street.
The tour began at 2pm so en route we went for ice cream in Yaletown. Mister is probably the best ice cream I’ve eaten in Vancouver. It is made fresh for you with liquid nitrogen. It means the ice cream is more dense and creamy. I mean who can say no to that? So I ordered the Oreo ice cream sandwich and I was not disappointed. Naomi has been raving about this ice cream ever since.
So onto business, after meeting Jeremy, Rachelle and our fellow tourists, we made our way to Main Street on the seawall. I was a little nervous on behalf of Naomi who doesn’t ride a bike regularly. However the tour was very easy and the route is mainly on bike paths. On our way to the murals, Jeremy stopped along the way to share interesting facts about other art in the city.
Main Street and its surrounding area is home to Vancouver’s Mural Festival. It is also a super hip area full of quirky eateries and fancy coffee houses. I pass this area daily to get into downtown so I have seen these murals many times from afar. I’ve always wanted to view them closer and learn about them.
I’ve had an interest in art since high school. I studied art at school and then went on to study an art foundation course at college. This was a year long course studying different art forms; such as photography, textiles, illustration, graphic design, screen printing and much more. I specialised in photography and fast forward four years I got a photography degree. I haven’t put my degree to much use yet, I enjoy taking photos for my blog and Instagram. I’m not sure what I want to do with it. That’s for another day.
Anyways I don’t want to give too much away because you have to do the tour yourself. But Jeremy knew so much about the various murals. We walked the bikes along alleyways and viewed them up close and personal. He guided us along and talked extensively about the artwork, the history behind it and the artist. He knew a lot and you could tell he was genuinely interested and passionate about this topic. Unlike other tour guides who just reel off facts and move on.
We stopped for a short break at Cartem donuts. A nice little touch because they offer some delicious donuts. After the pit stop we slowly made our way back. We went past Dude Chilling Park. It is such a random story but basically what started as a prank sign naming the park “Dude Chilling Park” eventually became a permanent feature at this leisure spot. We also stopped at more murals on our way back.
I couldn’t recommend this enough. What a different way to explore the city. I will always do a bike tour/hire bikes wherever I travel now. Biking is more convenient than walking and also way better than sat on one of those stuffy tour buses. Get out and about people. And if you’re travelling to Vancouver, or even if you live there book onto one of Jeremy’s tours asap. I hope the photos do it justice and thanks to Jeremy for being an awesome tour guide. The 3 hour tour costs $65 which includes your bike rental. Worth every cent. Check out his website for further details – Vancouver Bike Tours.