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Walking Tours

Next Up: Hastings Sunrise, At the Water's Edge


Various dates and times
Regular walking tours $15

Special event walking tour prices will vary

Join one of our experienced guides for a walk through Vancouver’s neighbourhoods and architecture. John will lead a series of walks exploring neighbourhoods across the city from Boundary Road to the forest of Pacific Spirit Park, crossing an intriguing variety of geography and architecture. Maurice will explore diverse historic neighbourhoods and offer a close-up look at architectural styles from Art Deco to post-war. Each tour has limited space so it is recommended to sign up early. Sign up for our eNews to receive updates about upcoming tours.

Free Friday Walking Tours of Historic West Hastings Street

Join a free 45-minute lunch time tour of West Hastings Street with guide, Samuel Mickelson. Using newly installed Places That Matter plaques as markers, you will learn about historic trends such as global trade, immigration and the transformation from wealthy residential area to financial centre, along with modern questions about growth, development and the effect of the 2010 Olympic Games.

All tours are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration will be at Lot 19, the parkette at the foot of Hornby St. at W. Hastings St, starting at 12pm each tour date.

Registration 12pm, Walk 12:15pm - 1pm

If you've already joined us for one tour, please note not every tour is the same.

July 3rd (West), 10th (West), 17th (East) July 24th (East)

and  July 31st (West from Lot 19; Marine Bldg, Portal Park)

Thank you to our Historic West Hastings Street walking tour sponsor Hastings West.

Walking Tours with Maurice Guibord

Explore Vancouver's neighbourhoods and architectural styles.

All tours are Fridays and Saturdays from 10am - 12pm.

Register Here

Post-War Architecture: Burrard St.
Saturday July 25th

After the Second World War, downtown Vancouver inherited a succession of architectural styles, some of which were lauded by the public, while others still evoke strong sentiments to the contrary. The Electra's International Style and the MacMillan Bloedel's Brutalist versions of modernism seem to clash, and the "black towers" of the Downtown core still attract uncertain side glances. The progressive evolution of the Bentall towers might tie them all together, right into the Post-Modern ethic. Let's gauge our impressions of these and more buildings from this period, by trying to appreciate what their architects were aiming for in the context of design for Vancouver.

Sunrise: At the Water's Edge

Saturday August 15th

Meet in the small park at Wall St. and Yale St.

This neighbourhood perched above Burrard Inlet is a hidden trove of beautiful homes. Come explore the sought-after views, see heritage revitalization by astute buyers, and enjoy the lovely architecture. Just don’t tell anyone!

East Hastings

Saturday August 29th

Meet at the corner of Lakewood and Hastings by the DQ

During this meander through the Lakewood to Renfrew corridor near Hastings St., you'll see the recent growth of this neighbourhood, where the buzz of new businesses is helping maintain local heritage, including residences.

Vancouver's Art Deco

Friday October 9th and Saturday October 17th

Vancouver has some amazing examples of the ebullient Art Deco movement.  We'll revel in the grand dames of this elaborate architectural style, both past and present, but join us to get to know some examples you have walked by but probably never noticed. Wear your Bakelite baubles!

Commercial Drive: Little Italy

Vancouver's "Little Italy" has changed dramatically over the last decade. As communities move, so do the businesses that represent them. As we wander Commercial Drive we'll talk "Kits-ification", family businesses, coffee culture, and of course, development pressures.

*All walking tours are AIBC designated 2.0 Non-core professional development units.

Walking Tours with John Atkin

Explore the length of East 25th and King Edward Ave. from the edge of the city at Boundary Road to the forest of Pacific Spirit Park. Along its length the avenue transforms from ordinary street to formal boulevard while crossing an intriguing geography of former bogs, ravines and hills, revealing incredibly diverse neighbourhoods and fascinating residential architecture.

All tours are Saturdays from 10am - 12pm EXCEPT for the June 14th walk, which is a Sunday morning at 10am.

Register Here

Saturday May 16th - A Stream and a Ravine (Kensington-Cedar Cottage)

Saturday May 23rd - Former Farms and the Interurban (Kensington-Cedar Cottage)

Sunday June 14th - The Wonky Grid (Kensington-Cedar Cottage)

Saturday June 20th - Markets and Market Gardens (Little Mountain)

Saturday July 4th - Hobbit and Other Houses (South Cambie)

Saturday July 18th - The Edge of Shaughnessy (Shaughnessy)

Saturday August 8th - Asthma Flats (Arbutus Ridge)

Saturday October 3rd - On the Ridge (Dunbar-Southlands)

Saturday October 10th - The City Ends (Dunbar-Southlands near Pacific Spirit Park)


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