Walking Tours

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

Various dates and times
Regular walking tours $16 (incl. tax)

Special event walking tour prices will vary


Seasonal walking tours will return in early spring. Guides John Atkin and John Belshaw will return, along with a few dates by Michael Schwartz, Director of Community Engagement at the Jewish Museum and Archives of BC.

John Belshaw’s walks are now on sale! Please see below for more details and registration. Check back soon for even more walk dates and themes.

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2019 Walking Tours with John Belshaw

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10am to 12pm

April 27: Gore: The Avenue That Slashes the East End
Look at a map of early Vancouver and you’ll see that Gore Avenue is at an odd angle. One of the first streets laid out by loggers before surveyors, Gore Street existed before most adjacent streets. From Hastings Mill through Railtown, the Japanese District, past the elements of church and state, along the old boundary of Chinatown, to the original margin of False Creek, no other street in Vancouver delivers so much in nine blocks.

June 22: From Cedar Cove To Port Town
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 it’s a bustling borough of hip 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.

September 21: The Narrows
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. The saltmarshes and mudflats of False Creek are long gone, but 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.

About John Belshaw

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.

Completed 2018 Walking Tours with John Atkin (Click to View)

March 18: Gastown Revisited

April 7: China Creek Basin (NE Mount Pleasant)

April 21: China Creek Ravine (SE Mount Pleasant)

June 16: Davey Creek (SE Mount Pleasant)

June 24: A Brewery and A Stump (Kensington-Cedar Cottage)

July 21: The Lake Bottom (Renfrew Heights)

August 11: Bogs, Farms and a Dairy (Killarney)

September 8: Memorial Park (S Kensington)

October 27: Skunk Cabbage and Tudors (W Point Grey)

November 3: A Country Lane and the Mid-Century (Southlands)

Completed 2018 Walking Tours with John Belshaw (Click to View)

May 5 & July 7: Gore - The Avenue That Slashes the East End

June 9: From Cedar Cove To Port Town

June 23: The Narrows

Completed 2018 Walking Tours with Adrienne Brown (Click to View)

May 12 & August 25: Vancouver’s Waterfront - History Found Near the Seawall

July 28 & September 22: Open Spaces of Vancouver’s Downtown

Completed 2018 Special Event Walking Tours (Click to View)

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

October 27: Historic Powell Street Walking Tour 

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


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