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.



Interested in London: The third week of September is when we go to London for a week of walks. 2016 is fully booked. Drop us a line if you are interested in being on the list.
The 2015 itinerary is here.


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


Heritage Foundation Walks

It's almost time for the next series. We'll be walking the zero point for street addresses, Carrall and Ontario Streets from Burrard Inlet to the Fraser river.

Dates and ticket information will be on the Foundation's website shortly.


Wednesday Night Heritage Walks

Summer walks will be here shortly.


Exploring The Other Waterfront: The River District

The North Arm of the Fraser River is the city’s other, and unappreciated, waterfront. Industry still occupies much of the shoreline and log booms, barges and tugs make for a fascinating and changing parade of activity.

At the foot of Kerr Street, the view was once dominated by the operations of the Dominion and White Pine Sawmills. But since their closure, and after years of planning, a new community is emerging. On this series of walks we’ll be exploring the River District and surrounding area looking at the planning and history of the edge of the river.

This set of walks was a lot of fun. Watch for new dates.


UBC Continuing Studies

The Fall course starts in February 2016. The West End: we will explore the history and development of this interesting and continuously evolving neighbourhood.

Check the Continuing Education site for more information and to register


Streetcars and Real Estate Development April 5, 2016.

Streetcars played a major role in Vancouver's growth, opening up new areas for development, the new stations gave their names to neighbourhoods and developed some of our favourite shopping streets.

Check with the Vancouver Heritage Foundation ticket info


How to Research Your House:
next date 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.

Check with the Vancouver Heritage Foundation for upcoming dates


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