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Walking Tours

Next Up: Former Farms and the Interurban with John Atkin


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 as the season starts!

Click to view Special Event Walking Tours: Ki-Chi-Ra-No: A Pre-War Japanese Canadian Community and Asian Heritage Month free walking tours.

Walking Tours with Maurice Guibord

Explore Vancouver's neighbourhoods and architectural styles.

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

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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.

East Hastings

Friday May 22nd and 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.

Sunrise: At the Water's Edge

Friday June 12th and 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!

Commercial Drive: Little Italy

Saturday June 27th and Friday July 10th

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.

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!

*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.

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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)

Ki-Chi-Ra-No: A Pre-War Japanese Canadian Community

in partnership with the Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre

Saturday May 30th, 10am-12pm

At capacity - call the office to be put on the wait list


In honour of Asian Heritage Month, recognized across Canada throughout May, we invite you to join us for a walking tour of Historic Kitsilano’s pre-war Japanese Canadian community with Research Archivist, Linda Kawamoto Reid, of the Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre. Click here for more information.

Asian Heritage Month Walking Tours

Early Vancouver was deeply influenced by immigrants from around the world. Two of the largest groups that left their mark on the city were the Japanese and Chinese communities. In celebration of Asian Heritage Month, we’ve partnered with Citizenship and Immigration Canada to present a free walking tour of Powell St. and Chinatown. We'll explore Vancouver’s historic Japanese district before making our way over to the edge of early Strathcona and into contemporary Chinatown. Along the route are the remnants of early Vancouver and the harbour industries. We’ll talk about the rooming houses serving Japanese-Canadian men working at the local mills and on the docks, Oppenheimer Park, home to the championship Asahi baseball team, and the once thriving Powell Street.

From Powell Street to Chinatown, we’ll examine how the two communities were connected through business and food. On Pender Street, the unique architecture of the Society and Association Buildings give Chinatown its character and as we walk we’ll look at some of the dramatic changes underway with recent development projects. We’ll poke into bustling grocery and herb stores, bakeries and a great restaurant scene.

Join John Atkin, Maurice Guibord and Bob Sung for one of four free walking tours that will explore the rich histories of the Powell Street community and Chinatown in Vancouver. The two hour walks are free but registration is required. Please note this is the same walk offered on four dates, we request that you register to attend only once.

With John Atkin and Bob Sung:

Friday May 22nd 2-4pm

Sunday May 24th 2-4pm

With Maurice Guibord

Tuesday May 19th 4-6pm (offered in French only)

Thursday May 21st 4-6pm with Bob Sung

These tours are free of charge, however registration is required

All walks are at capacity - call the office for wait list

Thank you to project partner Citizenship and Immigration Canada

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Semaine des Visites à Pied Guidées du Patrimoine Asiatique

À l’époque, l’immigration de partout dans le monde a eu une influence importante sur Vancouver. Les deux groupes ethniques qui ont le plus laissé leur marque sur la ville sont les Chinois et les Japonais. Dans le cadre des célébrations du Mois du patrimoine asiatique, nous nous sommes associés à Citoyenneté et Immigration Canada afin d’offrir une visite à pied guidée de la rue Powell et du quartier chinois. Cette visite vous mènera dans le quartier historique japonais, puis aux abords du quartier historique Strathcona et dans le quartier chinois contemporain. Tout au long du parcours, vous pourrez observer des vestiges de l’époque et d’anciennes usines situées dans le port. Vous découvrirez l’histoire des maisons de chambres qu’occupaient les Nippo-Canadiens qui travaillaient dans les usines et sur les quais; l’histoire du parc Oppenheimer, le domicile des Asahi, une équipe de baseball professionnelle; et celle de la rue Powell, autrefois un lieu prospère.

De la rue Powell jusqu’au quartier chinois, nous examinerons ce qui unissait les deux communautés sur le plan des affaires et de la nourriture. L’architecture unique des bâtiments appartenant aux sociétés et associations chinoises sur la rue Pender contribue à la spécificité du quartier chinois et, pendant la visite, nous allons observer quelques changements considérables entraînés par les récents projets de développement. Nous ferons un saut dans des épiceries animées et des magasins d’herbes médicinales, des boulangeries et des restaurants exceptionnels.

Joignez-vous à John Atkin, Maurice Guibord et Bob Sung pour l’une des quatre visites à pied guidées gratuites qui vous permettront de découvrir la richesse historique du quartier abritant la rue Powell et du quartier chinois de Vancouver. Ces visites guidées de deux heures débuteront aux alentours du parc Oppenheimer et se termineront au centre culturel chinois. Les visites sont gratuites, mais l’inscription est obligatoire. Vous allez recevoir les informations sur l’endroit de départ lors de votre inscription. Les visites sont gratuites, mais l’inscription est obligatoire. Veuillez noter que les visites guidées présentent le même parcours, mais à des dates différentes. Nous vous demandons de vous inscrire à une seule visite guidée.

Guides : John Atkin et Bob Sung

Vendredi 22 mai – de 14 h à 16 h

Dimanche 24 mai – de 14 h à 16 h

Guide Maurice Guibord

Mardi 19 mai – de 16 h à 18 h (en français seulement)

Jeudi 21 mai – de 16 h à 18 h (avec Bob Sung)

Ces visites sont gratuites, mais l’inscription est obligatoire. Appelez pour vous inscribe: 604 264 9642

Merci à Citoyenneté et Immigration Canada, notre partenaire dans ce projet.

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