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

Spring and Summer Walks for 2018.

Tickets are on the Heritage Foundation's website.
Check out the VHF's other guides too.

April 7th
- China Creek Basin
- indigenous food fishery, dairy farms, pig ranches, bicycle racing; all found at the mouth of the former creek

April 21st - China Creek Ravine
- there are curious remnants of the once extensive China Creek to be found along its route

June 16th - Davey Creek meets China Creek
- cattle, an orchard or two before subdivision and settlement 

Sunday June 24th - A Brewery and a Stumps
- the creeks spurred early industry such as the brewery that once sat next to the creek at Kingsway and Knight

July 21st - The Lake Bottom
- long drained away, the former lake north of Kingsway is why it runs at an angle across the city

August 11th - Bogs, Farms and a Dairy
- the Avalon dairy, orchards and a plant nursery are all part of the the early development of the Killarney area

September 8th - Memorial Park
- Vancouver’s first cenotaph and open water

October 13th - Aquifers and Golf
- keeping a golf course green and limiting some development  

October 27th - Skunk Cabbage and Tudors
- in a neighbourhood of revival architecture is the city’s only surviving bog

November 3rd - A Country Lane and the mid-century
- near the edge of the Fraser River a intriguing neighbourhood of mid-century gems, and a civic experiment



The War on Blight
June 27, 2018 at the Police Museum

Vancouver through the 1930s to the 60s was worried about blight that was going to destroy the city if left unchecked. How they went about tackling this issue is one of intrigue, deception and just bad politics.

Tickets are just 10 bucks. Get them here


How to Research Your House
March 13, 2018 
6:30pm at the Vancouver Archives
Check the
Heritage Foundation's website for ticket information

UBC Extended Learning
Our next course: A Field Guide to Vancouver House Styles
March 3 -31, 2018

What are Queen Anne, storybook and contractor modern houses? Explore the variety of house styles found in the city, look at what defines their style, and discover the origin of style names.

The first class will be an introductory lecture held at UBC Robson Square, with the class heading out on walks for the remaining 4 classes. 

Check UBC's Extended Learning site for information on upcoming courses and registration information.


And the best little museum in Vancouver is the Hastings Mill Store Museum
Do come down for a visit!


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