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Walking Tours

Up Next: Baseball, The Olympics and an Arboretum in Riley Park

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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. Learn about the cultural history that shaped neighbourhoods like Japantown and Chinatown, or hear how arts movements, zoning and city planning shaped how our city looks. Each tour has limited space so it is recommended to sign up early.

Early Immigrant History Walking Tours

Strathcona, Vancouver’s historic east end, has been home to generations of immigrants from around the world. In the 1930s the local elementary school was called “the Little League of Nations” acknowledging the 33 nationalities that attended classes there. In the surrounding neighbourhood, local churches reflected the diversity and the evolving nature of immigration; a Lutheran church established by the Swedes had in a few short years a Norwegian and then German congregation before becoming the American Methodist Episcopal Fountain Chapel, home to the city’s growing black population.The streets and grocery stores were alive with Croatian, Russian, Jewish, Italian, Portuguese, Japanese and Chinese neighbours. A legacy that survives today includes grocery stores such as the Union Food Market and Benny’s Market, the pioneer Italian market. The Ukrainian and Russian community halls and a former synagogue, which was the city’s first, are also important sites in the development of Strathcona.

Join John Atkin or Maurice Guibord as we walk the streets and explore the rich diversity of this neighbourhood. The tour ends at Union Food Market which has been a traditional Portuguese grocery and bakery since 1962. Please note the October 16th tour will be given in French.

With John Atkin
Tuesday October 14th 2-4pm
Friday October 17th 4-6pm

With Maurice Guibord
Wednesday October 15th 2-4pm
Thursday October 16th 4-6pm (offered in French)

These tours are free of charge, however registration is required
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Thank you to Citizenship and Immigration Canada

Special Event Walking Tours

These tours are only offered once and are not guaranteed to repeat. Sign up early to secure your space.

Baseball, the Olympics and an Arboretum

Come take a look at the Riley Park neighbourhood. From the former rock quarry that is now Queen Elizabeth Park to 62 years of baseball at Nat Bailey, it’s an eclectic look at this neighbourhood. Plus, we get a peak inside Nat Bailey.

Friday, October 10th
10am - noon
Click here for tickets $15


Kerrisdale Walk: How Zoning & Local History Shaped Kerrisdale

Kerrisdale's leafy streets, boulevards and lovely gardens are a product of North America’s first residential zoning and development bylaw passed in 1922. In 1927 further amendments created the apartment district north of 41st Avenue. Further tweaks helped create the neighbourhood we have today. Led by Civic Historian John Atkin, this walk will explore the local history and regulations that shaped one of Vancouver's most desirable neighbourhoods.

The walk will start promptly at 9:30 am at Vine Street and W 41st Avenue.

Saturday October 11th
9:30am - noon
Click here for tickets $30


Chinatown Walk & Dim Sum

Our popular Chinatown Walk and Dim Sum is back! Learn about this diverse and popular neighbourhood with historian John Atkin. We will discuss stories, myths and what makes some of the buildings so special. We will end the walk by grabbing some Dim Sum at a local restaurant!

Sunday, November 2nd
Currently at capacity. Call 604-264-9642 to be waitlisted.

Walking Tours with John Atkin

Off Broadway - Broadway is one of Vancouver's longest streets and in this series of walks we’ll be exploring some of the interesting and quirky neighbourhoods along its route across the city.

All Saturday walking tours are 10am - 12pm (click titles for more info)

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A Craftsman Neighbourhood - Saturday October 4th - To be added to the wait list call 604-264-9642

Explore Collingwood and West 7th Avenue.

The End of the Road - Saturday October 18th

Explore West Broadway, Wallace Crescent and West 8th Avenue.


Free Walking Tours of West Hastings

VHF partnered with the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association in the summer of 2014 to bring free walking tours to the downtown core! Samuel led 6 walking tours and gave insight to the evolving history of one of Vancouver's earliest streets. From business district to fashion centre, from temple banks to early skyscrapers.

Click HERE to read our self-guided West Hastings Map Guide (PDF)


Walking Tours with Maurice Guibord

Explore Vancouver's neighbourhoods and architectural styles.

Thanks to everyone who joined Maurice in 2014, this selection of walking tours have ended for 2014. Check back in early 2015 for Maurice's next line-up or check out other upcoming walking tours.

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

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