Walking Tours

Up Next: FREE West Hastings Walk with John Atkin

Various dates and times
Regular walking tours $15 (incl. tax)

Special event walking tour prices will vary


Join one of our experienced guides for a walk through Vancouver’s neighbourhoods and architecture.

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Walking Tours with John Atkin
July 7, 14 & 28 and August 4 & 25
12:15pm – 1pm

Join a free 45-minute lunchtime tour of West Hastings Street with guide and historian, John Atkin. The West Hastings corridor has long been an important one in Vancouver. With a diverse history of “temple” banks and private clubs, a once thriving fashion district and remarkable architecture ranging from the early 1900s to the Modern movement in the 1960s and 70s, West Hastings Street offers intriguing stories at every corner.

All tours are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration will be at Lot 19, at the foot of Hornby St. at W. Hastings St, starting at 12pm each tour date.

NEW! Architectural Photography Workshop
Thursday, July 20
5pm – 5:45pm

Capturing the significance and beauty of historic buildings can be a challenge, but a rewarding one. With over 15 years of experience with architectural photography, professional photographer Martin Knowles leads a free tour to view several historic buildings along the West Hastings Street corridor and offers his experience in how to balance scale, find the best light and work with contrast to create stunning images of classic architecture. Learn the tips and tricks that will take your images from holiday snaps to works of art. This workshop is open to all skill levels. Please bring your own camera or device and any other equipment you would like to use.

The workshop will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration will be at Lot 19, at the foot of Hornby Street at West Hastings Street, starting at 4:45pm.

2017 Walking Tours with Maurice Guibord

Register for all walks here
All walking tours are Fridays or Saturdays from 10am to 12pm

False Creek South – Friday, October 20
Since the 2010 Olympics, development in False Creek South has never stopped. From West 2nd to West 6th Avenue, the terrain is now unrecognizable. Condos reign supreme, with the odd precious heritage building now preserved in a transformed community role. We'll find these gems and also pay homage to some of our lost ones along the way.

The Viaducts Quandary – Saturday, July 29
The Dunsmuir and Georgia viaducts remain a polarizing site. On this walk, we will learn why they were built and what will be going on there in the post-viaduct era. We'll explore the area and learn the history, check out the impacts and the dramatic changes that continue to happen in their shadow due to various urban pressures and developments.

Vancouver’s Art Deco – Friday, August 18
The Art Deco style exploded worldwide after the First World War, as a lively and joyful counter to the previous years of constraint and conflict. Influencing fashion, marketing and publishing, its most vivacious implementation was in the world of architecture and design, and Vancouver jumped right into the fray. Come enjoy some of the fine examples of this impressive style in the downtown core. Don’t forget to wear your Bakelite baubles!

Vancouver's "Francophone Village" – Saturday, September 30
Until the late 1970s, French-Canadians found homes and jobs in a French quarter centered around Saint-Sacrement Church on Heather St. near W 16th Ave. On this walk, we will cover this area to retrace its formative period and the political and religious forces that propelled its establishment, as well as its disappearance.

2017 Walking Tours with John Atkin

Register for all walks here
All walking tours are Saturdays from 10am to 12pm


July 15: Welton Heights
Named after James Welton Horne, a politician and land developer, who owned huge tracts of land near Mountain View Cemetery

August 12: Strathcona Place
Now located in the Arbutus-Ridge neighbourhood, the area's slogan was 'Get away from the burden of rent in the bungalow district of Point Grey'

August 19: Selkirk Heights
Explore the left over piece of the 3rd Shaughnessy subdivision

September 9: Strathcona Hill
Find out about the area south of Strathcona Park, which was a popular neighbourhood of fine homes

October 14: On the Edge of Shaughnessy
Below the first subdivision of Shaughnessy lies a neighbourhood of more modest homes

October 28: Tatlow Park
Explore this Kitsilano neighbourhood of Craftsman homes

Completed 2017 Walking Tours with John Atkin

April 15: The Southern Sunny Slope (Kerrisdale)

May 13: Royal Nurseries (South Kerrisdale)

June 10: Pleasant View (Fraserview)

June 17: Bon Accord Park (Renfrew-Collingwood)

Completed 2017 Walking Tours with Maurice Guibord

April 28 - The Viaducts Quandary

May 6 - East Fraser Lands

May 20 - Vancouver’s Art Deco

June 9 - Vancouver's "Francophone Village"

June 23 - East Fraser Lands