The above map is a portal page that compiles seven maps (or layers) corresponding to seven categories of interest.

To view and edit these maps in our Google map, simply click on one of the highlighted terms below:
Art and culture / Built fabric / Environment / Exchange / History / Olympic impacts / Social and civic

To view our related maps, click below:
Take Back Our City: Olympic Protests and Events / Olympics “Safe Assembly Areas” / Vancouver Torch Relay and Protests

As the host city of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, Vancouver has attracted global attention and growing tourism, and we are excited to offer visitors unique and unparalleled views of our home city through Vancouver [de]Tour Guide 2010. A collectively rendered map, Vancouver [de]Tour Guide 2010 features an insiders’ look at the multiple scenes, perspectives, histories, and points of interest available for exploration in our city.

Vancouver [de]Tour Guide 2010 is a multi-layered Google map that highlights a variety of noteworthy sites, histories, and narratives compiled by local residents. Visitors are welcome to browse the site as an insiders’ guide to the city. For us, it is vital to complicate the sanitized ‘best place on earth’ version of the city VANOC is officially promoting worldwide.

Moreover, the guide offers a venue for kaleidoscopic and divergent representations of space, illustrating how space is determined socially through conflict and contestation. As such, we encourage participants to join and add their own points of view, especially when there is disagreement about a particular place or point. Within this project, to simply map a place is not a question of promotion or rejection of a site, but rather a way of showing how spaces are viewed and valued differently.

To add your own point of interest on the map, please go to our Step By Step Guide for information on how to participate. To find other ways to get involved, visit our How to Help page.

Vancouver [de]Tour Guide 2010 is part of “Secret Publicity,” a project in public and publication curated by Alissa Firth-Eagland, and assisted by an Independent Critics and Curators Grant, Canada Council for the Arts. Vancouver [de]Tour Guide 2010 will be part of a publication available in Fall 2010.