Walking Tours

Up Next: Vancouver's "Francophone Village" with Maurice Guibord

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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2017 Walking Tours with Maurice Guibord

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All walking tours are Fridays or Saturdays from 10am to 12pm

Vancouver’s Art Deco – Saturday, May 20 & Friday, August 18
Please note that the May 20th walk is capacity. There are still spots available for the August 18th walk.
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" – Friday, June 9 & 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.

East Fraser Lands – Friday, June 23
Twenty years ago, the banks of the Fraser River just northeast of Mitchell Island became the focus of redevelopment by the City, highlighting densification but also the cohabitation of a residential area with its riverfront industrial past. We will explore both of these landscapes and see how the mix has worked many years after the fact.

False Creek South – Saturday, June 24 & 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.

2017 Walking Tours with John Atkin

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


June 10: Pleasant View
Vancouver's other sunny southern slope with views to the 'Olympian mountains'

June 17: Bon Accord Park
'No ravines, bogs or wasteland' in this small subdivision located in the Renfrew-Collingwood neighbourhood

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)

Completed 2017 Walking Tours with Maurice Guibord

April 28 - The Viaducts Quandary

May 6 - East Fraser Lands

Completed 2016 Walking Tours

April 8th & May 12th - Under the Tent at Christ Church Cathedral
The Gothic Revival style Christ Church Cathedral, in downtown Vancouver has always been an “open door” to the city. As Vancouver's oldest surviving church, its continuous use is intrinsic to its importance as a heritage structure. It was also the first of its kind to transfer unused density rights, in this case to the adjacent site to the north now Park Place, in 1984. Christ Church Cathedral has been encased in scaffold for close to a year as it completes a 20-year restoration and renewal project. On this tour we learned about the complexities of restoring a 120-year-old building and adding contemporary art to a heritage structure. The talk and tour was with a Christ Church Cathedral resident historian, who has worked on all stages of the renovation.

October 9th - In the Footsteps of the Past: Retracing South Asian History in Kitsilano

In 1908, the first Sikh Gurdwara in North America opened in Kitsilano. Located at 1866 West 2nd Avenue, this religious, social and political gathering place was situated next to homes owned by the South Asian community and the saw mills where they worked. This walking tour retraced the living legacy of this important space for the South Asian community by pointing out lost - and still existing - buildings that illustrate the intercultural past of Vancouver, the fight against racial discrimination, and the stories that still resonate today.The tour was led by Curator and Community Engagement Specialist Naveen Girn, Filmmaker and Researcher Paneet Singh and Historian Dr. Milan Singh.

Completed 2016 Walking Tours with Maurice Guibord

Saturday April 23 & Friday August 19 - Grandview: Places of Worship

Saturday May 14 & Friday June 17 - Vancouver's Art Deco

Friday May 20 & Saturday June 25 - Hastings Park & the PNE Fairgrounds

Friday June 10 & Saturday August 13 - Mountain View Cemetery

Friday July 8 & Saturday September 10 - The False Creek Flats

Completed 2016 Walking Tours with John Atkin

John's 2016 walking tour series toured the neighbourhoods along the length of the "zero points" of Vancouver, which act as a starting point to the east and west streets: Carrall Street in Gastown and Ontario Street from False Creek to the Fraser River.

Saturday April 30 -  Carrall Street: Between Forest and Mill

Saturday May 7 - The Other Shore (Olympic Village / False Creek)

Saturday May 21 - The Suburbs (Mount Pleasant)

Saturday June 18 - Edge of the City (Mount Pleasant / Little Mountain)

Saturday July 2 - Where’s 24th Avenue? (Little Mountain / Riley Park)

Saturday July 16 - Next to the Mountain (Edge of Queen Elizabeth Park)

Saturday July 30 - Church and School (Sunset / Oakridge)

Saturday August 6 - Sunset and Golf (Sunset)

Saturday October 1 - Specials and More (South Vancouver)

Saturday October 15 - Industry and the River (Fraser River)