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Map Guides

Explore Vancouver's Neighbourhood History and Heritage


VHF has produced a number of map guides which explore Vancouver’s diverse historic neighbourhoods. Current guides are available in print from the locations listed below. Many of our older guides are out of print, but work well on tablet computers.

Historic Kitsilano Map Guide

VHF launched our newest map guide in November of 2014 with writer Amy Adams at the Vancouver Maritime Museum. This guide reveals the changes that have taken place in Kitsilano and offers a glimpse of the people who lived there and shaped the neighbourhood. This particular guide focuses on the Northeast corner of Kitsilano including three Fairview sites related to the former village of Sun’ahk. Discover Historic Kitsilano on your own, with our online PDF, pick up a copy at the VHF office, or join us for a special walking tour.

Thank you to the Historic Kitsilano Map Guide sponsors Molson Coors Canada, RR Donnelley and the Corkscrew Inn B&B, and our event launch sponsors Vancouver Maritime Museum and Starbucks Coffee.

2nd Avenue Gurdwara

On September 20th, 2015 VHF presented another inaugural Historic Kitsilano walking tour entitled,  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. Naveen Girn, Curator and Community Engagement Specialist and Paneet Singh, Filmmaker and Researcher took us on a walking tour that 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.

*Due to popular demand, we will hopefully be repeating this walk in 2016. Find out first by subscribing to VHF’s enews.

Past Walks for Historic Kitsilano include:

  • In the Footsteps of the Past: Retracing South Asian History in Kitsilano with Naveen Girn and Paneet Singh (West 2nd Avenue East and West of Burrard St.)
  • Ki-Chi-Ra-No: A Pre-War Japanese Canadian Community with Archivist Linda Kawamoto Reid. (The blocks between Burrard and Fir St., 1st Ave-4th Ave)
  • Walking Tours of the Historic Kitsilano Map Guide with writer Amy Adams, (Kits Point and Vanier Park)

West Hastings Street Map Guide

Thanks to the sponsorship of the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association and Hastings West, we have offered free lunchtime walking tours of West Hastings Street for the past two summers. Stay tuned for more walking tours of West Hastings Street in 2016, explore the area on your own, and keep an eye out for 5 Places That Matter plaques installed in 2015.

Take Yourself on a Tour of Historic Vancouver Neighbourhoods

VHF has produced a number of self guided walking tour guides that are available through the following locations:

Tourism Vancouver Visitor Centre
200 Burrard St

Vancouver Public Library Central Library
Special Collections - 7th Floor
350 West Georgia St

VHF Main Office
Suite 402 - 510 West Hastings St (The Standard Building)

The PDF version for all print guides are below.

We are also working on converting our print guides to an easy to print downloadable format. If you are interested in distributing map guides, please contact our office at 604-264-9642.

Please note guides with an asterisk (*) beside the title are currently out of print.

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