Walking Tours

Next Up - Gore: The Avenue That Slashes the East End

Various dates and times
Regular walking tours $15 (incl. tax)

Special event walking tour prices will vary

 

Registration for 2018 walking tours are now open! John Atkin returns April 2018 to explore the neighbourhoods that sprung up around the city’s lost and forgotten creek beds, while two new guides offer their unique perspective on Vancouver history. We are pleased to announce that Landscape Architect Adrienne Brown and Author John Belshaw have joined our walking tour guide roster and are excited to share their experience with you.

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WALKING TOURS WITH ADRIENNE BROWN

REGISTER HERE, $15
All walks are Saturdays from 10am – 12pm

Open Spaces of Vancouver’s Downtown – July 28th & September 29th
In the busy pace of Vancouver’s downtown core, places of respite and relaxation are a welcome addition. On this walk we will explore the history of open spaces in the downtown core, including the various plazas and parks, such as Art Phillips Park at Burrard Skytrain Station. Learn how the use of these public open spaces over the years has influenced Vancouver’s urban history.

Vancouver’s Waterfront: History Found Near the Seawall – August 25th
The waterfront landscape in and around Coal Harbour has seen many changes over the past century. On this walk we will visit sites on or near the seawall including the site of the original Stanley Park Brewery, the Denman Arena which stood on the site of today’s Devonian Park, and the Bayshore Inn. Enjoy a scenic walk along the seawall from Cardero Street, which was the railhead for the Canadian Pacific, to Thurlow Street.

About Adrienne
Landscape Architect and Author, Adrienne Brown is a garden designer based in North Vancouver. She is also the creator of the Sitelines Web Atlas of Landscape Architecture in BC, which features several hundred examples of landscape and park developments constructed over the past 150 years, some of which have since been demolished.


WALKING TOURS WITH JOHN BELSHAW

REGISTER HERE, $15
All walks are Saturdays from 10am – 12pm

From Cedar Cove To Port Town – June 9th
*Please note that this walk is currently at capacity. To be added to the waitlist please phone 604-264-9642 or email.
Less than a century ago, the area around the foot of Victoria Street was a humming hive of industrial activity, working class homes and breweries. Now a bustling borough of hipster restaurants, old structures and vacant lots ripe for gentrification, and more breweries than ever. Explore these streets for signs of what once was the Port of East Vancouver and see how some patterns have evolved and survived.

The Narrows – June 23rd
*Please note that this walk is currently at capacity. To be added to the waitlist please phone 604-264-9642 or email.
Once upon a time, False Creek was much bigger. The first bridge to cross it did so at what is now Main Street, stretching from one thin peninsula to another. This was the Narrows. Even though the saltmarshes and mudflats of False Creek are long gone, their imprint remains on the built environment. This walk will explore how the Narrows shaped the businesses and industries of a neighbourhood marked by dive bars, flea trap hotels, scrap merchants, and the city’s morgue.

Gore: The Avenue That Slashes the East End –  July 7th
If you look closely at a map of Vancouver, you’ll see that Gore Avenue does not align with anything. It was carved out of the forest before surveyors were laying out streets, giving it a unique path at an angle from all the others. Yet so much of the city’s development at one time or another has been found along Gore Ave. Railtown and the Japanese District, elements of church and state, the old boundary of Chinatown, and the glorious and humble architecture of the 20th century can be found on this strip of road. From Hogan’s Alley to the edge of old False Creek, no other street in Vancouver delivers so much in nine blocks.

About John
John Douglas Belshaw is a second generation Vancouverite who lives in the East End. He is a graduate of Douglas College, UBC, SFU and the London School of Economics. John is a history professor with Thompson Rivers University and currently teaches courses online. He is the author and co-author of several histories of BC and Vancouver, including Vancouver Confidential (2014), Vancouver Noir: 1930-1960 (2011) and Becoming British Columbia: A Population History (2009). He is also the author of two truly mammoth histories of Canada, both of which are used in university classrooms across the country.


WALKING TOURS WITH JOHN ATKIN

REGISTER HERE, $15
Walks run select Saturdays, 10am – 12pm
* Please note the June 24th walk is on a Sunday morning

‘Following the Creeks’
Join us this year as John explores the Vancouver neighbourhoods that have sprung up around the lost and forgotten creek beds.

Saturday, June 16th – Davey Creek (SE Mount Pleasant)
Once an area of cattle and a few orchards before subdivision and settlement
*Please note that this walk is currently at capacity. To be added to the waitlist please phone 604-264-9642 or email.

*Sunday, June 24th – A Brewery and A Stump (Kensington-Cedar Cottage)
The development of early industry such as brewing
*Please note that this walk is currently at capacity. To be added to the waitlist please phone 604-264-9642 or email.

Saturday, July 21st – The Lake Bottom (Renfrew Heights)
A former lake and how it created modern-day Kingsway
*Please note that this walk is currently at capacity. To be added to the waitlist please phone 604-264-9642 or email.

Saturday, August 11th – Bogs, Farms and a Dairy (Killarney)
The Avalon dairy, orchards and a plant nursery
*Please note that this walk is currently at capacity. To be added to the waitlist please phone 604-264-9642 or email.

Saturday, September 8th – Memorial Park (S Kensington)
Vancouver’s first cenotaph and open water

Saturday, October 13th – Aquifers and Golf (Oakridge)
How to keep a golf course green and limiting some development

Saturday, October 27th – Skunk Cabbage and Tudors (W Point Grey)
Revival architecture and the city’s only surviving bog

Saturday, November 3rd – A Country Lane and the Mid-Century (Southlands)
Near the edge of the Fraser River, a neighbourhood of mid-century gems and a civic experiment
*Please note that this walk is currently at capacity. To be added to the waitlist please phone 604-264-9642 or email.


Completed 2018 Walking Tours with John Atkin

March 18: Gastown Revisited

April 7: China Creek Basin (NE Mount Pleasant)

April 21: China Creek Ravine (SE Mount Pleasant)


Completed 2018 Walking Tours with John Belshaw

May 5: Gore - The Avenue That Slashes the East End


Completed 2018 Walking Tours with Adrienne Brown

May 12: Vancouver’s Waterfront - History Found Near the Seawall


Completed 2018 Special Event Walking Tours

May 13: Revitalizing UBC - Cultural Landscape and Twentieth Century Design Legacies


Completed 2017 Walking Tours with John Atkin (Click to View)

"HERE AND THERE: A FEW BITS OF THE CITY"

April 15: The Southern Sunny Slope (Kerrisdale)

May 13: Royal Nurseries (South Kerrisdale)

June 10: Pleasant View (Fraserview)

June 17: Bon Accord Park (Renfrew-Collingwood)

July 15: Welton Heights (Riley Park)

August 12: Strathcona Place (West Side)

August 19: Selkirk Heights (South Shaughnessy)

September 9: Strathcona Hill (South Cambie)

October 14: On the Edge of Shaughnessy (North Shaughnessy)

October 28: Tatlow Park (Kitsilano)

November 19: Chinatown Walk & Dim Sum Lunch


Completed 2017 Walking Tours with Maurice Guibord (Click to View)

April 28 & July 29 - The Viaducts Quandary

May 6 &  June 23 - East Fraser Lands

May 20 & August 18 - Vancouver’s Art Deco

June 9 & Sept 30 - Vancouver's "Francophone Village"

June 24 & Oct 20 - False Creek South