Walking Tours

Various dates and times
Regular walking tours $16 (incl. tax)

Special event walking tour prices will vary

 

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Notice Regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
VHF is conscious of changing health considerations for individuals attending public events due to COVID-19 (coronavirus) and are closely monitoring the situation and public health advice. We will advise registrants directly if changes become necessary. If you have any questions regarding upcoming events please contact us via email.

Please note that due to public health advice, all spring 2020 walking tours between March 12th and May 31st have been postponed. Registrants have been contacted and we will announce new dates when possible. Thank you for your understanding.


Walking Tours 2020

Walking Tours with Rob Howatson

Select Saturdays and Sundays, 10am – 12pm
Register here, $16

Join lifelong “South Sloper” Rob Howatson for three unique walks where you will hear South Vancouver stories and explore the neighbourhood.

Sunday, June 14 – Fraserview: The Real Story of the War Vets’ Pleasantville
Soldiers returning to Vancouver after WWII were shocked to discover that there was nowhere for them and their young families to live. They occupied the second Hotel Vancouver at Georgia and Granville Streets while Ottawa scrambled to provide affordable housing. One such effort was Fraserview: 1,100 “apple box houses” hastily assembled across the city’s south slope on elegantly curving streets. Saunter through this suburb within the city and explore what went wrong and what went right in Canada’s largest, detached-home, social housing project.
*Please note the April 26th date has been postponed

Saturday, July 18 – Life’s a Ditch: Grappling with the Fraser’s North Arm 
One of South Vancouver’s more prominent features is a narrow branch of the Fraser River that mariners lovingly call The Ditch. Once used as a fish trap by local Indigenous communities, the waterway irrigated the city’s first farms in the 1800s, fed logs to mills in the 1900s and is today prime waterfront property for an increasing number of residential developments. Join Rob for a gentle stroll along the foreshore and sluice its history for glittering story nuggets.
*Please note the May 16th date has been postponed

Fraserview’s Shifting Shores 
*Please note this walking tour has been postponed
Vancouver’s southern edge was once far from city hall’s prying eyes and thus a loosely-run frontier for farmers, mill owners, and squatters. The Fraserview neighbourhood was tolerant of eccentrics who wished to build giant boats in their backyards or convert chicken coops to dance halls. Life by the river was easy, tough, fun and dangerous – sometimes all on the same day. On this walking join Rob to hear South Vancouver stories and explore a foreshore that still offers glimpses of a noisy, smoky, wild past, even as it transitions to a master-planned future.


Walking Tours with John Atkin

Select Saturdays, 10am – 12pm
Register here, $16

A fascinating cross section of the city’s history can be found along Victoria Drive from the harbour of Burrard Inlet to the Fraser River. The street traverses over 100 years of industrial landscapes, neighbourhoods of modest working class houses, and grander homes that hint at developers’ aspirations. Over the ridge towards the river are neighbourhoods born of the post-war economic boom and development, while at the river’s edge industry is gradually giving over to new housing.

June 13 – Interurbans and a Park (South Grandview)

July 11 – Soggy Ground (Trout Lake)

August 8 – A Farm and an Orchard (Kensington-Cedar Cottage)

Postponed – Cedar Cove (North Grandview)

Postponed – Terminus Point (Grandview-Woodland)

*Please note the there will be 5 more walks from August to November that will be open for registration at a later date.


(Postponed) Lower Mount Pleasant: Industry, immigrants and institutions with Christine Hagemoen 
10am – 12pm
$16
*Please note that this walk is currently at capacity. To be added to the wait list please email us.

Mount Pleasant is one of Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhoods and earliest suburbs. Lower Mount Pleasant is the light industrial, mixed use area north of Broadway, bounded by Fraser and Cambie Streets and False Creek. More than just home to several craft breweries, creative industries and nondescript commercial buildings, this distinctive area has long been an integral part of the city’s history and is noted for its unique mix of residential, commercial, industrial, and social heritage. Modern buildings and businesses have long since replaced most of the early houses and industry, but fascinating pockets of the original neighbourhood hang on, including turn-of-the-century houses, brick apartment buildings, and factories. Join Christine on this walk where you will learn about the families, workers, legacy businesses, and social groups who once called this unique part of Mount Pleasant home.

About Christine Hagemoen

Christine Hagemoen is a Mount Pleasant-based historical researcher, writer, photographer and blogger. A self-identified flâneuse, she is constantly looking around her city and discovering things she wants to know more about. Christine loves delving into Vancouver’s history to uncover the untold or long forgotten stories of the people and places of this region.


Completed 2019 Walking Tours

with Michael Schwartz

July 14: Foundations of the Jewish Community in Gastown & Strathcona
August 25: Pioneers of Vancouver’s Jewish Community at Mountain View Cemetery
September 22: Oakridge Community History

with John Belshaw
April 27: Gore: The Avenue That Slashes the East End
June 22: From Cedar Cove To Port Town
September 21: The Narrows

with John Atkin
May 4: The Waterfront
May 25: Railtown
June 8: Vernon Street
July 6: From Creek to Trains
July 20: Shipyards, Salt and the Olympics
August 10: Beer, Boxes and Tents
August 31: Vegetables, Furniture and Flowers
September 7: Lumber and Telephones
October 5: Foundries, Lumber and Baseball
October 19: Take Me to the River

2019 Special Event Walking Tours
June 23 & September 15: Fraserview’s Shifting Shores with Rob Howatson
July 28: Lower Mount Pleasant: industry, immigrants and institutions with Christine Hagemoen

Completed 2018 Walking Tours

with John Atkin
March 18: Gastown Revisited
April 7: China Creek Basin (NE Mount Pleasant)
April 21: China Creek Ravine (SE Mount Pleasant)
June 16: Davey Creek (SE Mount Pleasant)
June 24: A Brewery and A Stump (Kensington-Cedar Cottage)
July 21: The Lake Bottom (Renfrew Heights)
August 11: Bogs, Farms and a Dairy (Killarney)
September 8: Memorial Park (S Kensington)
October 27: Skunk Cabbage and Tudors (W Point Grey)
November 3: A Country Lane and the Mid-Century (Southlands)

with John Belshaw
May 5 & July 7: Gore - The Avenue That Slashes the East End
June 9: From Cedar Cove To Port Town
June 23: The Narrows

with Adrienne Brown
May 12 & August 25: Vancouver’s Waterfront - History Found Near the Seawall
July 28 & September 22: Open Spaces of Vancouver’s Downtown

2018 Special Event Walking Tours
May 13: Revitalizing UBC - Cultural Landscape and Twentieth Century Design Legacies
October 27: Historic Powell Street Walking Tour

Completed 2017 Walking Tours

with John Atkin
"HERE AND THERE: A FEW BITS OF THE CITY"
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)
July 15: Welton Heights (Riley Park)
August 12: Strathcona Place (West Side)
August 19: Selkirk Heights (South Shaughnessy)
September 9: Strathcona Hill (South Cambie)
October 14: On the Edge of Shaughnessy (North Shaughnessy)
October 28: Tatlow Park (Kitsilano)
November 19: Chinatown Walk & Dim Sum Lunch
with Maurice Guibord
April 28 & July 29 - The Viaducts Quandary
May 6 &  June 23 - East Fraser Lands
May 20 & August 18 - Vancouver’s Art Deco
June 9 & Sept 30 - Vancouver's "Francophone Village"
June 24 & Oct 20 - False Creek South