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

Delamont Park neighbourhood.
October 29th. 1:00pm
Details are on the Heritage Foundation's website.



Historic Clan and Association Buildings of Vancouver’s Chinatown
Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 7:30 at Museum of Vancouver

I'll be speaking along with City Planning staff involved in Chinatown on the history of the clan association buildings and what the future holds for these important cultural spaces. Check the VHS web site for more information.


How to Research Your House
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. Check the Heritage Foundation's website for dates and ticket information

UBC Continuing Studies

October 22 to November 19   Strathcona - Vancouver's Oldest and Newest Neighbourhood: In this course we will explore the history and development of the Strathcona neighbourhood. From an early neighbourhood of tidy homes to industrial zoning, threats of urban renewal and destruction brought by a freeway, Strathcona has emerged today as a place where innovative zoning shows the way for the rest of the city on how to create livable density through heritage preservation.

February 25th to March 25th - The Heights: Hills, Bumps and Real Estate: Real estate promotion in the early city tried all manner of gimmicks to attract buyers. With the announcement of the Shaughnessy Heights subdivision by the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1907, promoters were quick to attach a ‘Heights' to their property. We’ll explore some of the areas promoted in this manner and look at how they have developed since they were advertised and pitch to prospective purchasers.

Check UBC's Continuing Studies site for information on upcoming courses and registration information.


And the best little museum in Vancouver is the Hastings Mill Museum


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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