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.

John's walking tours 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.



I'm very pleased to announce that I can now accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express payments for my walking tours. Card payments can be made at the start of each tour.


London 2014: The third week of September.
The itinerary is here.

The Changing City keep up to date with the blog. While there check out our other blogs.


Wednesday Night Heritage Walks

All walks are $10:00 (cash or credit card) No reservations, just show up at the location listed.

The Main Street Waterfront - August 6th 7:00 pm

The shore line of False Creek has changed dramatically in the last 100 years. On this walk we'll explore the history and development of the former waterfront from Terminal Avenue to Chinatown.

Meet at the corner of Station and National St


East Meets West: the zero point - August 20th 7:00pm

Ontario Street is the dividing line for the street numbering system in the city. It is also the line between the massive CPR land grant and parcels owned by others. In this walk we'll look at the contrast between the neighbourhoods either side of this line.

Meet at Ontario and 23rd Ave


Vernon Drive: art, scrap, taxis and a lost shoreline - September 3rd 7:00pm

False Creek once reached as far as the bluff at Clark Drive and before the eastern basin was filled by the railways there were many residents that enjoyed water views. On this walk we'll explore the quirky history of this street

Meet at Venables and George Street


Strathcona: the other side of the tracks - September 10th 7:00pm

Between the train tracks and Clark Drive sits a an interesting slice of the Strathcona neighbourhood where houses, factories, and other uses are jumbled together. And there's the rather wonderful Admiral Seymour School.

Meet at the pedestrian overpass on Raymur Avenue


Vancouver Heritage Foundation Walks

Off Broadway: a series exploring the neighbourhoods along Vancouver's longest street. All walks are 10-12noon, $12 inclusive per person.

Book through the Vancouver Heritage Foundation

On the Edge of the City - Saturday May 3rd

A Garden Oasis - Saturday May 24th

A Little Bit of Mount Pleasant - Saturday June 7th

The Lost Neighbourhood - Saturday June 14th

An Eclectic Apartment District - Saturday July 12th

Interurbans and Garden Plots - Saturday August 2nd

A Brewery and Cricket - Saturday August 16th

A Little Bit of Everything - Saturday September 6th

A Craftsman Neighbourhood - Saturday October 4th

The End of the Road - Saturday October 18th


Look for Changing City Walks with Andy and John.


Just Announced

How to Research Your House October 8, 2014

It's a chance to learn some secrets about how to find information on the previous life of your house. Presented by the Vancouver Heritage Foundation and the Vancouver Archives.

Register with the Vancouver Heritage Foundation


UBC Continuing Studies:

New course for the Fall

From East to West: Neighbourhoods along the edge of the inlet
November 1 - 29

In this course we'll be looking at the development at the edge of the city along Burrard Inlet. We'll look at and explore the history and development of the neighbourhoods that sit between the city's eastern boundary and downtown.
One classroom lecture and 4 walking tours.


A Lecture Series at Tapestry
Trails, Rails, and a Few Roads: an uncommon history of Vancouver
Nov 5- Dec 10

Vancouver has been shaped throughout its short history by the transportation routes that have criss-crossed the city. And it is a product of roads not built. This six part course takes a look at the city's history and development and the role trails, rails and a few roads have played.


Check the Continuing Education site for more information on upcoming courses in the fall and spring.

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