Vancouver Mysteries has always been a popular team building activity, but did you know that our games are also dynamic, student-centered field trips? In a Vancouver Mysteries game your students are the heroes of their own outdoor adventure. Watch your students sharpen their deductive reasoning skills while they complete a series of challenges and collect clues on the streets of downtown Vancouver.
School Field Trips
Are Your Students Up to the Challenge? – Absolutely! Vancouver Mysteries’ games offer an opportunity for students to use critical thinking and deductive reasoning skills during an outdoor activity.
High School Field Trips – Our games are perfect for high school students. Most recently, we hosted over 80 students from a high school in West Vancouver over two days.
Elementary School Field Trips – Grade 7s – 11 and 12 year olds usually can solve most, if not all, of the puzzles along the route; but they may need some assistance here or there.
Other Organizations – Not a school group, but still interested in playing a game as an outing? We would love to host you! This offer extends to non-profit organizations, Girl Guide groups, and Boy Scout groups.
Day Camps – Please phone the Mystery Hotline to speak with the Experience Manager directly about incorporating a game into your scheduled activities.
Book Your Field Trip Online
Choose a Date and Time that Works For You
We can host groups of anywhere between 2 and 120 players with start times as early as 9:00am or as late as 7:00pm seven days a week.
You can book your field trip online.
Choose your date, time, and game and we will confirm your request. Once confirmed, a 50% deposit based on your estimated group size is required to secure your spot on our calendar. We ask you to confirm your numbers a few days before the game and then pay the balance. Paying by school cheque? Please contact us to make your payment arrangements, we are flexible.
Contact us to book your game by phone: 1-778-707-1962
Student Group Rates
To be eligible for our group rates
30 or More Players
- Student Group Rate
Up To 29 Players
- Student Rate
- Regular Rate
What to Expect on the Field Trip
Students are divided into teams of up to 5 players competing for first place in an Amazing Race style adventure. Points are earned by answering each challenge correctly, completing the game within a 90 minute time limit, and by being one of the first teams back.
Our games do not require any specialized knowledge. Game kits include a map, game book, worksheet, and any tools required to solve the challenges (examples: magnifying glass, measuring tape). Players use the map to navigate the streets of downtown Vancouver, cracking codes and solving puzzles along the way. Landmarks, sculptures, parks, and historic sites all play their part as the story unfolds.
Games are facilitated by Vancouver Mysteries Game Operators who arrive in character as detectives or special agents to introduce the game and send the teams out on their adventure. They also meet the teams at the end of the game to award team certificates.
Game capacity is 40 players – groups of over 40 players compete in an exciting Mega Mystery (multiple games played simultaneously – this is A LOT OF FUN!).
Parent Volunteers and Teachers Play Free
Chaperones and teachers on field trips play for free at Vancouver Mysteries (one adult for every 5 students). Each team of students who are 15 years or younger must have at least one adult chaperone accompanying them. Young adults who are 16-18 years old may play alone if their parents or guardians provide documented permission in advance; however, this is up to the teacher’s discretion.
Make this Field Trip an All Day Adventure
Interested in making your mysterious field trip into an all day excursion? Fortunately our games are near just about everything, including Vancouver museums, art galleries, and learning centers. You might even walk past the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Bill Reid Gallery, or the Vancouver Lookout during your game. Science World, the Vancouver Aquarium and the Vancouver Police Museum are a short transit ride from the games.
Interested in city history? Book a historic walking tour with our sister company Forbidden Vancouver and our Experience Manager can arrange both bookings for you!
Please allow for 2 to 2.5 hours game time (depending on group size) when planning the rest of your day. There are 3 nearby Food Courts for fast and easy lunch options and also many local parks to use as picnic areas.
Lesson Plan Ideas
Do you need some lesson plan inspiration? Luckily our team of detectives have already picked the brains of some local teachers. Here are the results of our investigation:
Our Gastown murder mystery Crime in Downtown is perfect for a unit on criminal law. Students put their deductive reasoning skills to the test while they operate their own criminal investigation and attempt to solve a cold case.
- How would you classify their crime(s)?
- Can they legally be held accountable for their actions? Why or why not?
- What evidence would be required to build a strong case for or against them?
- What would the suspect(s) be charged with if found guilty?
- What sentencing could they face if found guilty?
At Vancouver Mysteries we pride ourselves on our games’ immersive story-based experience. Let the game be their muse as they complete a creative writing assignment using one of our mysteries as a writing prompt. The students themselves are characters in the story, allowing them to find inspiration that much easier. In Heroes and Villains each team is a superhero league trying to save the planet from the evil Muck Monster. In Crime in Downtown, students are tough, street-wise detectives solving a murder mystery. Or maybe they are newly recruited secret agents whose mission is to save Vancouver from utter destruction in the spy thriller Secret Mission.
The ideas are endless! Here are just a few of them:
- Continue the mystery by writing a short story about what happened after the mystery was solved.
- Dive into the psyche of one of the characters or create your very own.
- Create an alternate ending.
- Write a film script, whether inspired by Sherlock Holmes, James Bond, or Marvel.
- We can’t wait to see what your students create!
Social Studies & History
All of our games are designed to pay homage to Vancouver history, architecture, and culture, so no matter what game you choose or age level your students are they are bound to learn something new. Have them dig further on a historical tidbit they learned through the game by diving into research and writing how it applies to the larger local and/or national history they are studying in class.
Social Justice 12
Without revealing any of our secrets (we have to stay mysterious after all), one of our games does include a clue that highlights an important and tragic part of Vancouver’s history that can lead to a larger discussion on social justice. Our Experience Manager can’t reveal any clues, but if you give her a call she would be more than happy to discuss the historical event in question and help with any lesson plan ideas you may have.
In every Vancouver Mysteries game players navigate from location to location using a provided map of a specific district within downtown Vancouver. Grades 9 and 10 can practice their navigation and map-making skills by charting their movements during the game while Human Geography 11 and Urban Studies 12 students have the opportunity to independently observe the urbanization of Vancouver. Use our Gastown murder mystery Crime in Downtown as a launching point for a lesson on the city’s beautification project for Gastown in the 1970s. Have your students analyze the urbanization and use of public spaces in the downtown spy game Secret Mission. Study the industrial history and the current impact of outdoor tourism in the Heroes and Villains’ Coal Harbour location.
Exercise your students’ minds and bodies by playing a Vancouver Mysteries game. All of our games take place outdoors and cover 2-2.5km. Our current record for the fastest game completed while still earning a perfect score was 52 minutes. Think your students can beat that?
All private games (groups of 6 or more players) include a Game Operator who arrives in costume and in character as a secret agent or detective who starts and ends your game. The majority of our Game Operators are actors by training. You might even recognize them from local productions. Why not have your students join in on the fun? Make the game into an improv exercise by only giving your students a brief description of the chosen game beforehand. From there they must create and remain in character for the duration of the game. Vancouver Mysteries also has a soft spot for teams who arrive in costume, so go wild!
Contact us for more information. Our Experience Manager will answer your questions and work with you to incorporate a Vancouver Mysteries game into your school year.
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