Walking Tours

Next Up - Open Spaces of Vancouver’s Downtown

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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Open Spaces of Vancouver’s Downtown
September 22nd, 10am – 12pm
Register here, $15
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.

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.


*Please note that all walking tours with John Atkin are currently at capacity. To be added to the waitlist(s) please phone 604-264-9642 or email.

Walks run select Saturdays, 10am – 12pm

‘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, 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

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)

Completed 2018 Walking Tours 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

Completed 2018 Walking Tours with Adrienne Brown

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

July 28: Open Spaces of Vancouver’s Downtown

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)


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