Having missed the regularly scheduled free tour, we hired Tour Guys to take my husband, son and I on a private 3-hour walking tour of downtown Vancouver, the Waterfront and Gastown. Our tour guide Ali is a passionate history buff (his degree is in something more than history but I can't remember the exact classification) and Vancouver native. He is well traveled and is current on Vancouver and Canadian politics. He was quick to discern our interests and customize the tour for us. Also, Ali was able to recommend several restaurants that would most likely be able to accommodate my son's food allergies. Many thanks to Ali for sharing his beautiful city with us.