This is a fantastic way to see parts of the city. We did the Waterfront + downtown tour, and it was a great mix of contemporary events in Vancouver city, with the First Nations history and the Gold Rush. As a 'new' city, compared with England and Europe, you cannot expect vast swathes of ancient monuments, but the indigenous and Gold Rush history is unique. It is well worth doing this tour to learn about it, if you like history. I highly recommend this tour. Also to his credit, Erik began the tour by explaining that the tour is free but he earns his bread by tips--"but I even accept payment in hugs if you are broke." He gave so much insight and so many tips even on places folks can buy souvenirs or grab their lunch after the tour, that we willingly gave him a $20 for all his hard work and a hug.