15th Annual Heritage House Tour

Architecture. Design. History.

Celebrating 15 years!
Sunday June 4th, 2017 10am to 5pm

Tickets $40/$30 with valid student ID


It’s amazing to think the Heritage House Tour is 15 years strong this year! Still our biggest fundraiser of the year, we have opened hundreds of beautifully restored and cared for heritage homes across the city in that time. Building awareness of the value heritage adds to our communities, our history and sustainability goals, the tour not only offers a chance to see inside lovely homes, but also allows up to 1500 people every year to see how heritage can work for a multitude of living options. We’ve opened a variety of buildings including grand Shaughnessy mansions, well-preserved character homes, apartments in converted industrial buildings, updated SRO suites in historic hotels and avant guard residences with revolutionary early design.  We are proud of the long-term success and popularity of this tour, and as we also celebrate the 25th anniversary of VHF, we look forward to a great tour this year with a wonderful selection of homes.

In 2017, the tour once again offers a diverse array of homes, including a stunning First Shaughnessy home with some modern touches. We’ll also visit Strathcona to see the completed renovation of the Mary Lee Chan House. Having opened the new infill building that was part of this large restoration project on the 2016 Laneway House Tour, we now have the opportunity to see inside the principal residence. We will also take a first look at the recent development of Shannon Estates with a stop inside the gate house, which has been converted into a single-family residence. There are many more wonderful homes to see on the 2017 tour, so we hope you will join us and help us celebrate 15 years of appreciating heritage!

Are you interested in taking a VHF house tour but not sure what to expect? Read our First Timer’s Guide to House Tours here.

This tour earns 6 Non-Core LUs AIBC


In 2016 we offered the chance to take a look at an incredible collection of historic and heritage homes across the city. Ticket holders guided themselves around the city and toured inside heritage and character homes of varying age, scale and retention. From incredibly well-retained homes with intriguing historic details such as push button light switches, service call buttons and back service stairwells, to beautifully updated residences with modern kitchens and bathrooms, the 2016 tour offered a chance to see inside a variety of Vancouver's historic homes.

We saw how one owner used their incredible collection of Asian and African artwork and furnishings to blend seamlessly with an almost entirely untouched 1913 Arts & Crafts home. The tour also offered three estate homes built for Vancouver's elite, one fully renovated, one well-retained with impressive gardens and one empty for nine years but now on the verge of redevelopment. Ticket holders learned about the many variations of the Craftsman home with several examples of this popular architectural style. Popular among those who love Modernist architecture, we also opened the Barber Residence. Built in 1936, it is one of the city's few examples of Art Moderne residential architecture.

Here's a great video from a BC Mills kit house featured on the 2014 Heritage House Tour. Special thanks to James Burton, Claudio Ance, Alix Noble and REW.ca.

Professional Development Credits: AIBC 6 non-core LUs ; PIBC, BOABC, BCSLA, AICBC.

Old School Certificate 1 credit.

Do you or someone you know live in a house that may be a good fit for one of our tours? We are continually searching for great examples of heritage or character, mid-century modern design, sympathetic lane homes behind heritage homes, or renovated Vancouver Specials to open on our tours. If you'd like to know more, or have your home considered for inclusion on a future tour, contact us 604 264 9642 or by email.

See previous tour brochures below.