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.


Interested in London: The third week of September is when we go to London for a week of walks.
The previous year's itinerary is here.

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


We're working a a few walks for December and January

Through the Lens 2: Nov. 20th 7:00pm

Tix at the door. Space Centre.

The Space Centre and the City of Vancouver Archives present Through The Lens II, complete with a new set of spectacular “before and after” images of Metro Vancouver communities. The series, which began in the fall of 2013, features the early 1900s panoramic photography of John Moore and their current day counterparts. Local historian John Atkin takes the audience on a digital walking tour of the architectural changes throughout the communities.


Where Did the Neighbourhood Go?

Nov. 23rd 9:15AM Christ Church Cathedral

Looking at the forest of towers in the downtown today it’s hard to imagine the area was once a popular residential neighbourhood. Through the decades the church remains amongst the significant changes. In this short talk we’ll look at some of the early residents and some of the extraordinary change.


How to Research Your House TBA

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.


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

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