Walking Tours of Vancouver

John Atkin is a civic historian and author who organizes and conduct tours for groups and individuals.  John has explored Vancouver like few others have and offers an  interesting and offbeat insight to the city's architecture, history and neighbourhoods. He has created, and conducts, a number of unique and popular walking tours throughout the City of Vancouver.

John brings an insight of urban planning and development, a love of architecture, and the fascination of the curious to all his tours. the walks take approximately 2 hours - depending on the group size and route - and are organized year round. Tours cost 10 dollars per person. Custom tours can also be organized for groups or individuals, contact John for information. Please note for groups smaller than ten, there's a 100 dollar minimum charge.

Walks | Talks | Events


Heritage Foundation Walks

Our Spring and Summer Walks are here.

May 13: Royal Nurseries
Explore the "garden subdivision" on the BC Electric Railway Lulu Island line

June 10: Pleasant View
Vancouver's other sunny southern slope with views to the 'Olympian mountains'

June 17: Bon Accord Park
'No ravines, bogs or wasteland' in this small subdivision located in the Renfrew-Collingwood neighbourhood

July 15: Welton Heights
Named after James Welton Horne, a politician and land developer, who owned huge tracts of land near Mountain View Cemetery

August 12: Strathcona Place
Now located in the Arbutus-Ridge neighbourhood, the area's slogan was 'Get away from the burden of rent in the bungalow district of Point Grey'

August 19: Selkirk Heights
Explore the left over piece of the 3rd Shaughnessy subdivision

September 9: Strathcona Hill
Find out about the area south of Strathcona Park, which was a popular neighbourhood of fine homes

October 14: On the Edge of Shaughnessy
Below the first subdivision of Shaughnessy lies a neighbourhood of more modest homes

October 28: Tatlow Park
Explore this Kitsilano neighbourhood of Craftsman homes

Further details and tickets are on the Heritage Foundation's website.



Vancouver Heritage Foundation Hycroft Talks
A Few Myths About Vancouver: The Real Stories

Tuesday, April 25th.

Was there ever any blood in Blood Alley? Tunnels to brothels? There are many aspects of Vancouver’s history that are taken for granted, but are they true? Did it happen or was it made up? In this talk we'll look at the origins of some of the well-worn myths in our city’s history.

Tickets from the VHF


Historic Clan & Association Buildings of Chinatown
Vancouver Historical Society, Thursday, April 27th.  7:30pm at the Museum of Vancouver

I'll be speaking along with City Planning staff involved in Chinatown on the history of the clan association buildings and what the future holds for these important cultural spaces. Check the VHS web site for more information.



How to Research Your House: April 5th.
Check the Heritage Foundation's website for the next dates and ticket information

UBC Continuing Studies

Stay tuned for info.

Check UBC's Continuing Studies site for information on upcoming courses and registration information.


And the best little museum in Vancouver is the Hastings Mill Museum


Interested in London?

September is when we go to London for a week of walks. Drop us a line if you are interested in being on the list.

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Heritage Consulting

I provide Statements of Significance, Conservation Plans, Heritage Assessments and more for heritage properties.

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Did You Know?

A few fun facts and other bits of information about Vancouver.

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