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.


There will be Chicken Feet: Chinatown Walk & Dim Sum
Sunday, November 2nd 9:30AM

Our popular Chinatown Walk and Dim Sum is back! Learn about this diverse and popular neighbourhood. We will discuss stories, myths and what makes some of the buildings so special. We will end the walk by grabbing some Dim Sum at a local restaurant!

Currently at capacity. Call 604-264-9642 to be waitlisted.


The Ever-changing City: The Friends of the Archives Fall Fundraiser

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 | 7:00 pm-9:00 pm | Doors open 6:00 pm
H.R. MacMillan Space Centre 1100 Chestnut Street

Join Andy Coupland and John Atkin as they explore the changing nature of Vancouver through before-and-after images selected from the blog Changing Vancouver and the Vancouver Archives. Set against the background of selected historic panoramas John and Andy will take you through a hundred or so years of an ever-changing city, displayed on the dome of the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre’s Star Theatre.

Tickets: $20.00 in person at the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre’s Guest Services desk or by calling the Space Centre at 604-738-7827 x240

Net proceeds will be transferred to the Friends of the Archives

Donations to support the work of the Friends (cash or cheque only) are appreciated and will be accepted at the Friend’s reception table near the Star Theatre entrance during the 60 minutes prior to the show.

Receipts will be issued for donations over $25.00. Light refreshments will be served between 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm

We appreciate your support!


Vaudeville’s Great White Way:
November 4th

It all happened on Hastings Street! It was a world of dreams and escape, thrills and wonders beyond belief, everyday and night right there on Hastings. Vaudeville criss-crossed North America and Vancouver, with its excellent transportation connections, had all the major vaudeville circuits pass through its doors. Join historian John Atkin and artist Tom Carter as they explore this amazing bygone world of entertainment in Vancouver.

Register here


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.


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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