Walking Tours

Next Up - Pioneers of Vancouver’s Jewish Community at Mountain View Cemetery

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

Special event walking tour prices will vary


Seasonal walking tours return this spring. Join returning guides John Atkin and John Belshaw for their series of walks, as well as Michael Schwartz, Director of Community Engagement at the Jewish Museum and Archives of BC.

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2019 Walking Tours with Michael Schwartz

Select Sundays from 10am to 12pm

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August 25: Pioneers of Vancouver’s Jewish Community at Mountain View Cemetery
The Jewish section of Mountain View Cemetery is the final resting place of over 450 members of Vancouver’s Jewish community, including many early pioneers. Neglected for many years, the cemetery underwent a major restoration between 2012 and 2015. A new plaza was added, headstones were restored and stabilized, and a new landscaping plan was implemented by Landscape Architect Cornelia Hahn Oberlander. Through this process, much information was learned about the people buried at Mountain View Cemetery, and their roles in building the local Jewish community. Join Michael Schwartz, Director of Community Engagement at the Jewish Museum and Archives of BC for a tour of this city landmark.

September 22: Oakridge Community History

Join Michael Schwartz for a tour of Oakridge, a neighbourhood on the brink of significant redevelopment. In the post-war period, this area was the hub of Vancouver’s Jewish community, home to many families and community organizations. Visit architectural landmarks including the Jewish Community Centre, King David High School, modernist homes, and Temple Sholom Synagogue to learn how these spaces provided the foundations for a vibrant community.

Special Event Walking Tour

Fraserview’s Shifting Shores
Sunday September 15, 10am to 12pm
Please note that this walk is at capacity. If you would like to be added to the waiting lists please email or phone 604-264-9642.

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 tour join “South Sloper” Rob Howatson 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.

This walk earns 2 non-core LUs from AIBC.

About Rob Howatson

Rob Howatson is freelance writer and South Vancouver historian. His explorations of the city’s forgotten corner have taken him inside the walls of the old Sunset Community Centre where he helped recover a ”lost” time capsule and into an overgrown backyard where he helped pinpoint the spot where country music star Loretta Lynn was discovered. This location was subsequently recognized as a VHF Places That Matter site.

2019 Walking Tours with John Atkin

Please note all of John Atkin’s walks are at capacity. If you would like to be added to the waiting lists please email or phone 604-264-9642.

Select Saturdays from 10am to 12pm

In 2019 join John Atkin to explore Vancouver’s industrial heritage and history.

August 31: Vegetables, Furniture and Flowers
Chinese vegetable wholesalers and retailers rubbed shoulders with other small scale industry on the edge of Mount Pleasant and the fertile valley between Main St and Fraser St.

September 7: Lumber and Telephones
Commercial Street, once the main business section of Cedar Cottage, is an eclectic streetscape of industry, restaurants and new residential development.

October 5: Foundries, Lumber and Baseball
Before the construction of the Granville Street Bridge, the area was home to the Capilano Stadium and the local baseball team. Foundries and lumber yards were mixed in with a collection of houses and churches in the surrounding neighbourhood.

October 19: Take Me to the River
For thousands of years the Fraser River and its shoreline has been an important food source and transportation corridor. It has long been a major industrial artery and is now an emerging residential area.

2019 Walking Tours with John Belshaw

The Narrows
Saturday, September 21
Please note that this walk is at capacity. If you would like to be added to the waiting lists please email or phone 604-264-9642.
Once upon a time, False Creek was much bigger. The first bridge to cross it did so at what is now Main Street, stretching from one thin peninsula to another. This was the Narrows. The saltmarshes and mudflats of False Creek are long gone, but their imprint remains on the built environment. This walk will explore how the Narrows shaped the businesses and industries of a neighbourhood marked by dive bars, flea trap hotels, scrap merchants, and the city’s morgue.

This walk earns 2 non-core LUs from AIBC.

About John Belshaw

John Douglas Belshaw is a second generation Vancouverite who lives in the East End. He is a graduate of Douglas College, UBC, SFU and the London School of Economics. John is a history professor with Thompson Rivers University and currently teaches courses online. He is the author and co-author of several histories of BC and Vancouver, including Vancouver Confidential (2014), Vancouver Noir: 1930-1960 (2011) and Becoming British Columbia: A Population History (2009). He is also the author of two truly mammoth histories of Canada, both of which are used in university classrooms across the country.

Completed 2019 Michael Schwartz Walks

July 14: Foundations of the Jewish Community in Gastown & Strathcona

Completed 2019 John Belshaw Walks

April 27: Gore: The Avenue That Slashes the East End

June 22: From Cedar Cove To Port Town

Completed 2019 John Atkin Walks

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

Completed 2019 Special Event Walks

June 23: 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 (Click to View)

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)

Completed 2018 Walking Tours with John Belshaw (Click to View)

May 5 & July 7: Gore - The Avenue That Slashes the East End

June 9: From Cedar Cove To Port Town

June 23: The Narrows

Completed 2018 Walking Tours with Adrienne Brown (Click to View)

May 12 & August 25: Vancouver’s Waterfront - History Found Near the Seawall

July 28 & September 22: Open Spaces of Vancouver’s Downtown

Completed 2018 Special Event Walking Tours (Click to View)

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 (Click to View)


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

Completed 2017 Walking Tours with Maurice Guibord (Click to View)

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