Experience the Best of English Bay with a Local

The Perfect Experience for Curious Travellers

Connect with a Local
& Meet New People

See the best of a Local Neighborhood

Enjoy Good
Food & Drinks

Meet the Host

Experience English Bay and meet new people with a local host by your side! Join a Getogether today!

Matt ColangeloHey There,

My name is Matt Colangelo, and I am the host of Getogether at English Bay. I want to personally invite you to join me for one of my upcoming Getogethers where I will take you and up to 9 others on a fun and “socially distanced” adventure across this special Vancouver neighbourhood. I can’t wait to show you around and connect you with new people!

So What’s a Getogether Anyway?

A “Getogether” is a social experience that makes it easy to connect with a local host, socialize with new people, and explore a local neighbourhood.

If you are someone that enjoys local neighbourhood vibes and meeting new people, Getogether is perfect for you!

For just $100, you get the opportunity to:

  • Connect with a local Host.
  • Meet and socialize with new people.
  • Enjoy a guided walk across a local neighbourhood.
  • Discover the secret spots that only locals know about.
  • Get VIP seating at a one-of-kind restaurant.
  • Enjoy a drink & tasty appetizers on the house.

The duration of each Getogether is 90 minutes, and starts off by meeting your local host at a recognizable neighbourhood landmark. Your host will get you and the other guests socially acquainted through friendly introductions, and then take everyone for a special walk across the neighbourhood.

Your local host will conclude your Getogether at special restaurant unique to the neighbourhood, where a round of complimentary drinks and appetizers will be served. While your host will eventually depart, you and the other guests will be encouraged to continue the conversation and good times over additional food and drinks at your discretion.

Join Us for a Getogether at English Bay!

There is no better way to experience English Bay than through a Getogether! So why not join one today?

What to Expect from Your Getogether at English Bay?

You will meet your local host at the Northeast corner of Denman Street and Robson Street. Your host will get you and the other guests socially acquainted through friendly introductions and conversation.

Your host will then take you and the other guests on a special walk across the English Bay neighbourhood showing you:

  • The shops & restaurants along Denman Street.
  • The iconic A-maze-ing Laughter Sculptures.
  • The English Bay Seawall.
  • English Bay Beach.
  • The English Bay Inukshuk.
  • The beautiful street art by local artists.

Your walk will lead to the sands of English Bay Beach where you will have the opportunity to taken in a beautiful panoramic view that spans across Stanley Park, the Pacific Ocean, English Bay, and Kitslano from afar.

After spending a little bit of time at the beach, your host will lead everyone to a popular restaurant unique to English Bay where drinks and appetizers will be served.

Getogethers take place at English Bay every Tuesday at 6 pm PST. Book yours today!

We can’t wait to meet you, and show you around.

Book Now

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See Our Reviews

Thomas K
Thomas K
2022-09-04
Great tour around English Bay Loved the tour through West downtown. Matthew is very social, quite knowledgeable and has interesting stories to share about some of the buildings and local places you will encounter. I can only recommend this to anyone, especially if you want to get to know other people that visit vancouver.
The setting sun from the craft beer bar that we stayed at was pretty awesome as well!
Lily L
Lily L
2022-09-03
Enjoyed it! It was so refreshing. I had a great time! Definitely enjoyed the experience :) Will be back for another neighborhood.
NJones
NJones
2022-09-03
Great Time on this Experience Travelling alone to Vancouver, this was a great way to pass a couple of hours, and explore a neighborhood I may have missed with a local resident. Matt was a great host and showed us some spots as we enjoyed a leisurely stroll through the English Bay neighborhood. There was a nice vibe among the group and it was fun to socialize with some other travelers and enjoy a drink together. Would love to see this type of thing in other cities too!
Marigie A
Marigie A
2022-09-03
Great experience! My experience with Getogether at English Bay was amazing! Matt showed me parts of English Bay I never would've found on my own. We met at my favourite bakery in Vancouver and went for a nice walk through the neighborhood. I learned about the history of Sylvia Hotel and the Boston Ivy that runs up the building. Our walk led us along the seawall where we enjoyed awesome ocean views and a nice conversation. We ended our walk at the Craft pub and enjoyed some food and drinks. I would recommend booking if you enjoy local neighborhood vibes and meeting new people.
Justin S
Justin S
2022-09-02
Absolutely 10/5! Amazing experience I had an amazing experience with Matt. He showed me a side of the city I’ve not seen before. Even as a local, I experienced Vancouver in a new way.
Can’t wait to book again!!
Yoncer Y
Yoncer Y
2022-09-02
Amazing experience! Glad I booked this for my families. Vancouver is such a beautiful city and worth the exploring, especially with people like Matt, who knows the city well and good at telling the stories. Will definitely book another one again when my other relatives visit next year.
Danny
Danny
2022-09-02
Great time It was a great experience having the opportunity to explore English Bay and meeting people. Highly recommend!
Kyle E
Kyle E
2022-09-02
Fantastic! In a city where meeting new people is notoriously difficult, Getogether is a breath of fresh air. Matt the guide was great at organically progressing the group toward each stop as well as breaking the ice with one another, which allowed for a chill and fun experience that gave me a greater appreciation for this beautiful part of the city- as well as more people to enjoy it with.
Thamasha A
Thamasha A
2022-09-01
Refreshing It was a refreshing experience to be exploring English Bay. I just moved to Vancouver, and this was an excellent way to learn English Bay's exciting stories and histories. I learnt not only about the area, but I got to meet new people and get to know their stories. Also, having a local who knows the best spots for taking pictures and food is fantastic. I would want to do this again!
Christopher T
Christopher T
2022-08-30
Getogether Experience This experience definitely blew my expectations. My first time in Vancouver visiting from Toronto and Matt was an amazing local guide taking us to Morton Space Park and a glimpse of the Vancouver Seawall. Looking forward to booking again the next time I come and visiting new places!

English Bay Beach

English Bay beach, also known as First beach, is the most populated beach area in the downtown Vancouver district. It is located on Beach Ave between Gilford St. and Bidwell st. Established in 1893, it is widely regarded as one of Canada’s best urban beaches with the opportunity to witness and capture scenic views of the english bay on one side with a stunning backdrop of Downtown Vancouver’s skyline on the other.

Shopping and Food

Denman Street is a paradise for shoppers of all kinds. Whether you are a serious shopper or a window shopper, you like one-off stores or luxury brands, Denman Street has a plethora of stores to choose from. This spectacle brings together crowds of multiple diversities in large numbers. While completing your shopping list, well known eateries are spread throughout the street that serve the tastiest of food there is to be.

A-maze-ing Laughing Sculptures

Designed by Yue Minjun, 14 of these 3 meter tall bronze laughing sculptures were installed in 2009. The inscriptions on the cement seating read “May this sculpture inspire laughter, playfulness and joy in all everyone who experience it”. A-maze-ingly (pun intended) these sculptures were the only work of public art to be nominated in Great Places in Canada Contest 2013.

English Bay Seawall

The English Bay Seawall offers breathtaking views over the English Bay and has many access points to the ocean. It stretches the entire length of the bay from Sunset Beach in the east up to Second Beach in Stanley Park. It has 2 separate paths, one for walking/jogging and another for the cycling/rollerblading/skateboarding enthusiasts. No wonder the English Bay Seawall is the busiest seawall in all of Vancouver.

English Bay Inukshuk

Inukshuks are rock/stone monuments, symbols of the Inuit dissent from the northern polar region that were raised as a landmark for navigational purposes and northern hospitality & friendship. Inukshuk in Inuit language means “In the likeliness of a human”. Every inukshuk is unique as they were made from whatever rocks that were found in that region. These monuments give visitors and locals a chance to connect with history with English Bay in the backdrop.

Stanley Park Nature House

A wonderful gateway to learn about nature and its characteristics, Stanley Park Nature House offers visitors a chance to connect with nature and its awesomeness. Stanley Park Nature House provides seemingly interesting yet weird facts about its local plants and animals. Stanley Park Nature House has free admission and the space can be rented out for private events.

Stanley Park Pavilion

Whilst being one the most historic and distinguished buildings in the whole park, Stanley Park Pavilion has an in-house eatery that features a bar and grill menu serving beer, wine and food made from the freshest local produce from Vancouver and British Columbia producers. If ever there was a definition for shop local, then it’s right here!

Kayak and Paddleboard Rentals

This is one of the many reasons water sport enthusiasts flock to English Bay in numbers every year. Kayaks and paddle boards are available at stand up tents in English Bay during the summer months. These rents allow you to sail through the beaches and the waterfronts near Stanley Park. These rentals are open for business from late May until September.

Honda Celebration of Light

Inaugurated in the year 1990 as an annual musical fireworks festival, the honda celebration of light is the largest and the most well-known festival in Vancouver. It was formerly known as the “Benson and Hedges Symphony of Fire”& “the HSBC Celebration of Light”. This multi-day extravaganza takes place during late July and August every year. It is recognized as the longest running off-shore fireworks festival in the world. The competition has currently been postponed to July 2022 due to the ongoing health crisis.

Vancouver Waterfront Sightseeing

Vancouver waterfront sightseeing offers visitors a unique opportunity to admire and capture Vancouver’s glorious skyline and landmarks while navigating through Vancouver harbour, English Bay, and False Creek. Vancouver harbour has a plethora of wildlife living in harmony with this wonderfully built man-made city. It houses bald eagles, seals and dolphins. Be on the lookout for these wildlife as you are cruising in your inflatable boat.

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