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.

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Saturday, October 17th – A Virtual Stroll in Cedar Cottage and Lakeview
10am – 11am
Register here, $12

Join us to explore local history and heritage from home on a virtual walking tour with local historian, author and seasoned walking tour guide, John Atkin. More details to come.


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.

July 9th - Top of the City: A Virtual Stroll in Mackenzie Heights

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 explored this hidden neighbourhood and all of its eclectic architectural styles that have popped up over the last century.

July 23rd - A Virtual Stroll around Cedar Cove

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 explored this diverse neighbourhood and found remnants of the earlier community.

September 16th - A Virtual Stroll in Marpole

Many of us know Marpole as the strip of commercial activity at the southern end of Granville Street or for the blocks of three-storey apartment buildings from the 1950s. But the community is also the site of significant cultural and archaeological resources, and was the location of some of the earliest non-native settlement in what would become Vancouver. Situated on the north shore of the Fraser River which has sustained the Musqueam people for thousands of years, the original small settlement grew into a substantial centre of industry and commerce with canneries and sawmills that employed a multi-cultural workforce including Musqueam, Japanese and Chinese among others. On this virtual walk, we explored the area's fascinating architecture along with its diverse cultural and transportation history.