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. Three left in the series!

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

Tuesday October 24th: What a Mess: False Creek the industrial waterway

It’s hard to imagine from today’s perspective that False Creek was once the centre of industrial activity for the city. From the beginning of non-native settlement the waterway became the home to sawmills, shipyards and other heavy industry. This emerging industry destroyed the fishery and displaced the seasonal and permanent settlements along the shoreline that had sustained local First Nations for centuries. This talk
will explore that history of industrial development and the Creek’s more recent transformation.

Tickets and information


Perspectives: Talks and Discussions at the Lookout

Sunday October 29th. 9:45-11:30am: Heritage from Up High

In the morning talk we'll be exploring the constantly changing Vancouver landscape and talk about the stories behind some of its most iconic buildings and neighbourhoods. Hear about the Woodward’s site including the story behind the store’s demolition, learn about gold rush money, renewal and restorations around the Flack Block, gaze down at the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue as you hear its tale of demolition threats and eventual adaptive reuse as well as the complex history of Waterfront Station where modern uses have breathed new life into this venerable building.

More information from the Lookout



How to Research Your House
November 14th. 6:30pm at the Vancouver Archives
Check the
Heritage Foundation's website for ticket information

UBC Continuing Studies

1927 Zoning, 2017 Vancouver: How Yesterday’s Plans Have Shaped Our City

Nov 4-Dec 9 (no class Nov 25)

In 1927, Point Grey, South Vancouver and Vancouver drew up zoning, road and park plans in preparation for the municipalities’ eventual amalgamation in 1929. Explore and understand how these early planning exercises have shaped the city that Vancouver is today. As usual, one class room lecture and four walking tours.

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
Summer hours continue at the museum, 1 - 4 pm daily except Monday.  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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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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