Virtual Strolls: Online Walking Tours

A dynamic way to explore Vancouver's neighbourhoods

Join us to explore local history and heritage from home on a virtual walking tour. While some of our regular events are on hold, we can still experience the streets of Vancouver’s neighbourhoods and discover some of the history and heritage places of diverse communities.

Explore local history and heritage from home with local historian, author and seasoned walking tour guide, John Atkin. Throughout and after a pre-recorded virtual stroll, there will be opportunities to ask John questions live.


Thursday, July 9th - Top of the City: A Virtual Stroll in Mackenzie Heights
1pm - 2pm
Register here, $10

Perched at the edge of the escarpment overlooking the flats to the east, only a few houses were built in the Mackenzie Heights neighbourhood on Vancouver’s west side in the years before the First World War. A subsequent burst of development through the late 1930s and 40s saw the emergence of modest revival-style bungalows followed by more modern homes to infill the remaining lots during the 1950s and 60s. The demolition of homes during the 1980s and 90s introduced a range of interesting designs to these streets. On this virtual stroll, we will explore this hidden neighbourhood and all of its eclectic architectural styles that have popped up over the last century.

Thursday, July 23rd - A Virtual Stroll around Cedar Cove
1pm - 2pm
Register here, $10

The area of Cedar Cove was characterized by very large cedar trees and was long known and used by the Tsleil-Waututh. Non-native settlement began with the extraction of the trees that gave the area its name. Soon, a post office, a brewery and two huge sawmills occupied the cove. Japanese, Chinese, Sikh and other settlers called the area home. On this tour, we’ll explore this diverse neighbourhood and find remnants of the earlier community.


Past Strolls

June 4th - A Virtual Stroll through Historic Strathcona

On this virtual stroll with local historian, author and seasoned walking tour guide, John Atkin, came across converted school houses, a garlic warehouse, lost bakeries, Vancouver’s oldest brick school and some very innovative seismic upgrades. The neighbourhood grew on traditional ancestral lands and became home to many new immigrants seeking work at Hastings Mill and nearby industries from the late 19th century on. Today’s unique neighbourhood owes much to the legacy of community activism and determination.