Walking Tours

Take a tour of Vancouver's history and architecture with an experienced guide

Various dates and times
Regular walking tours $15

Special event walking tour prices will vary


Join one of our experienced guides for a walk through Vancouver’s neighbourhoods and architecture.

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2017 Walking Tours

Neighbourhood Zoning: How We Got to Today’s Chinatown
Sunday April 2, 10am – 12pm
Register Here: $30 (plus tax)
Vancouver’s Chinatown, like many in North America, is facing challenges from changing demographics, shopping habits and pressure from an expanding city. On this walk with Author and Historian, John Atkin, we will explore heritage bylaws, existing zoning and some proposed revisions, along with some of the city’s initiatives, all with the aim of maintaining an active and vibrant district. This walk is part of our Old School program.
This course earns 2 Non-Core LU’s AIBC

Completed 2016 Walking Tours

April 8th & May 12th - Under the Tent at Christ Church Cathedral
The Gothic Revival style Christ Church Cathedral, in downtown Vancouver has always been an “open door” to the city. As Vancouver's oldest surviving church, its continuous use is intrinsic to its importance as a heritage structure. It was also the first of its kind to transfer unused density rights, in this case to the adjacent site to the north now Park Place, in 1984. Christ Church Cathedral has been encased in scaffold for close to a year as it completes a 20-year restoration and renewal project. On this tour we learned about the complexities of restoring a 120-year-old building and adding contemporary art to a heritage structure. The talk and tour was with a Christ Church Cathedral resident historian, who has worked on all stages of the renovation.

October 9th - In the Footsteps of the Past: Retracing South Asian History in Kitsilano

In 1908, the first Sikh Gurdwara in North America opened in Kitsilano. Located at 1866 West 2nd Avenue, this religious, social and political gathering place was situated next to homes owned by the South Asian community and the saw mills where they worked. This walking tour retraced the living legacy of this important space for the South Asian community by pointing out lost - and still existing - buildings that illustrate the intercultural past of Vancouver, the fight against racial discrimination, and the stories that still resonate today.The tour was led by Curator and Community Engagement Specialist Naveen Girn, Filmmaker and Researcher Paneet Singh and Historian Dr. Milan Singh.

Completed 2016 Maurice Guibord Walking Tours

Saturday April 23 & Friday August 19 - Grandview: Places of Worship

Saturday May 14 & Friday June 17 - Vancouver's Art Deco

Friday May 20 & Saturday June 25 - Hastings Park & the PNE Fairgrounds

Friday June 10 & Saturday August 13 - Mountain View Cemetery

Friday July 8 & Saturday September 10 - The False Creek Flats

Completed 2016 John Atkin Walking Tours

John's 2016 walking tour series toured the neighbourhoods along the length of the "zero points" of Vancouver, which act as a starting point to the east and west streets: Carrall Street in Gastown and Ontario Street from False Creek to the Fraser River.

Saturday April 30 -  Carrall Street: Between Forest and Mill

Saturday May 7 - The Other Shore (Olympic Village / False Creek)

Saturday May 21 - The Suburbs (Mount Pleasant)

Saturday June 18 - Edge of the City (Mount Pleasant / Little Mountain)

Saturday July 2 - Where’s 24th Avenue? (Little Mountain / Riley Park)

Saturday July 16 - Next to the Mountain (Edge of Queen Elizabeth Park)

Saturday July 30 - Church and School (Sunset / Oakridge)

Saturday August 6 - Sunset and Golf (Sunset)

Saturday October 1 - Specials and More (South Vancouver)

Saturday October 15 - Industry and the River (Fraser River)