The CTGA of BC is a registered non-profit organization run by volunteers which invites guides to attend functions, meet fellow guides, learn more about Vancouver and all of British Columbia, and to contribute to the future of tour leadership in Western Canada. The association was formed during the spring of 1989, and the first meeting was held on October 2nd, 1989. We are a registered association under the B.C. Society Act.
Our purpose is to develop a professional standard of tour guiding for members, to encourage tour guide certification, to be a voice for tour guides, and to provide a place to exchange information. By visiting the various attractions and inviting guest speakers to our meetings, we will increase the standards for the guides, leading to eventual certification, where guides will be recognized as a valuable asset in showing our many attractions in the city, province, and country.
The CTGA of BC is run by an elected Board of Directors. They consist of a President, Vice President, Secretary/Treasurer, and Directors who chair various committees.
Our meetings are normally held once a month during the non-busy season. Some meetings are held at a different tourist related venue. Sometimes we have a guest speaker; at other times the venue itself and how it operates is the attraction. You may bring guests who are in the service industry, or are planning to join the tourist profession, to look us over. If you work with groups, tours, or individual visitors, part time or full time, and if you impart information, give commentary, or deliver direction in any way, shape or form; OR if you are involved in tourism and/or it is your intent to become a tour guide...then we invite you to look over our Association.
If you're an active tour guide, or work in the tourism profession, and you like meeting others while keeping up-to-date, why not join us? Teachers, lawyers, doctors, pilots and other professionals go to seminars all the time in order to stay on top, but do they have as much fun as we do? WE THINK NOT!!! We welcome all potential new members to two meetings to look us over at no obligation. After that, we would encourage you to join the association.
Do You Live Outside of the Vancouver Area?
The CTGA of BC has many Members who live not only outside of Vancouver, the province, but even the country. Although these Members rarely get to any of the meetings or events we hold, they enjoy the benefits of the Members Only section of our website.