2014 Walks Finished

Walking Tours

The 2014 Walking Tour Season is complete!

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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.

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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.

John Atkin and Maurice Guibord led these walks through the streets of Strathcona to explore the rich diversity of this neighbourhood. The tour ended at Union Food Market which has been a traditional Portuguese grocery and bakery since 1962. The October 16th tour was given in French.

Thank you to Citizenship and Immigration Canada for making this walk series available to the public for free!

Walking Tours with John Atkin

Thank you to everyone who joined John Off Broadway! As one of Vancouver's longest streets, Broadway is the link to many interesting and quirky neighbourhoods along its route across the city. John led a series of eleven walks from Windermere to Alma with many diversions along the way. We look forward to John's 2015 series starting in May 2015!

Saturday walking tours are 10am - 12pm

Check in early next year for the 2015 series.


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.

*All walking tours are AIBC designated 2.0 Non-core professional development units, pending current approval process.

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