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Next Up: Something Old/Something New: Adaptive reuse and industrial heritage

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Regular walking tours $16 (incl. tax)

Special event walking tour prices will vary


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Something Old/Something New: Adaptive reuse and industrial heritage with John Atkin
Sunday, February 23rd
10am – 12pm
Register here, $16

Early Mount Pleasant saw residential development spurred on by the opening of the streetcar line up Main Street and west along Broadway, while industry was attracted to the shoreline of False Creek which brought sawmills and shipyards. Up the hill, the neighbourhood’s numerous creeks helped spur on smaller operations including an emerging brewing industry.

Today much of that early legacy of development can be found with these former industrial sites adapted to new uses. Join historian John Atkin to explore the challenges and benefits of adaptive reuse with examples found in this historic neighbourhood. This walk is a part of Heritage Week 2020.

Completed 2019 Walking Tours

with Michael Schwartz

July 14: Foundations of the Jewish Community in Gastown & Strathcona
August 25: Pioneers of Vancouver’s Jewish Community at Mountain View Cemetery
September 22: Oakridge Community History

with John Belshaw
April 27: Gore: The Avenue That Slashes the East End
June 22: From Cedar Cove To Port Town
September 21: The Narrows

with John Atkin
May 4: The Waterfront
May 25: Railtown
June 8: Vernon Street
July 6: From Creek to Trains
July 20: Shipyards, Salt and the Olympics
August 10: Beer, Boxes and Tents
August 31: Vegetables, Furniture and Flowers
September 7: Lumber and Telephones
October 5: Foundries, Lumber and Baseball
October 19: Take Me to the River

2019 Special Event Walking Tours
June 23 & September 15: Fraserview’s Shifting Shores with Rob Howatson
July 28: Lower Mount Pleasant: industry, immigrants and institutions with Christine Hagemoen

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)
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)

with John Belshaw
May 5 & July 7: Gore - The Avenue That Slashes the East End
June 9: From Cedar Cove To Port Town
June 23: The Narrows

with Adrienne Brown
May 12 & August 25: Vancouver’s Waterfront - History Found Near the Seawall
July 28 & September 22: Open Spaces of Vancouver’s Downtown

2018 Special Event Walking Tours
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
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 with Maurice Guibord
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