One of the best ways to learn about a new area or neighbourhood is on foot. Get up close to the city’s heritage buildings and distinctive neighbourhoods with one of our popular walking tours!

Thank you to everyone who joined us this summer to tour Vancouver’s historic neighbourhoods with our beloved walking tour guides on select Saturdays. Historian John Atkin explored the neighbourhoods along the Broadway corridor, and Rob Howatson focused on South Vancouver with points of interest along Fraser Street, Fraserview and the River District.

Tours require 10 participants to run and have a maximum capacity of 20. Tickets will be available for purchase until 5pm the day before each tour.

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Walk the Plan: Mount Pleasant (Scotia St at 6th Ave)

Saturday, October 7th, 10 am - 12pm and 1pm - 3pm
Mount Pleasant

SOLD OUT! The City of Vancouver’s Broadway Plan encompasses a huge chunk of the city with an incredibly diverse built form. On this set of walks, we will be exploring the history and heritage of various neighborhoods within the plan’s extensive boundary. This walk will focus on the area around Scotia and 6th Ave.

Location: Tour will start and end in the Mount Pleasant area. Paid participants will receive the exact starting location after registering, approximately 2 weeks prior to the tour.

Please note:

  • The 10 AM and 1 PM tours are SOLD OUT!
  • For in-person events, we are unable to provide refunds or credits for cancellations received less than four (4) weeks prior to the event. For additional information on VHF’s policies, please visit our Policies page.
  • Registration is required for all walking tours, and ID must match. If you are not able to attend the day of your tour, a replacement showing up in your place will not be accepted.
  • This tour is a 2 hour +/- outdoor activity that will require participants to navigate  a variety of terrain!
  • There is a maximum capacity of 20 people per tour. We ask that you please do not seek out the group on tour day in hopes of joining, as this will disrupt the tour.
  • Out of consideration for all walking tour participants, we ask that you please leave all canine companions at home, apart from certified service dogs.


About Your Guide

John Atkin is a civic historian, author and heritage consultant. He offers an interesting and offbeat insight into the city’s architecture, history and neighbourhoods through a series of unique and popular walking tours. These combine his interests in urban planning and development, a love of architecture and a fascination for the curious.

Can’t join us in person?

Join us to explore local history and heritage from home on a virtual walking tour. While we are transitioning back to offering in-person programming, we can still experience the streets of Vancouver’s neighbourhoods and discover some of the history and heritage places of diverse communities from the comfort of your home.

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Past Walking Tours

Walk the Plan with John Atkin
May 20: Glen Dr & 10th Ave
June 17: Manitoba St at 13th Ave
July 8: Hemlock St at 13th Ave
July 29: Maple St at 14th Ave
August 19: Yew St at 6th Ave
September 2: Hemlock St at 6th Ave
September 16: Columbia St at 4th Ave
October 7th: Scotia St at 6th Ave

with Rob Howatson
June 24: The River District: From Carbolineum to Condominum
July 22: Fraser Street: South Van’s Original Heartline
August 12: Fraserview: The Real Story of the War Vets’ Pleasantville

Where Have I Been Walking with John Atkin
June 25: Glen Park
July 16: Knight and 49th Avenue
August 13: Below 45th Avenue
August 20: Above the Grandview Cut
August 27: Revival Styles, Bogs and Post Modernism

with Christine Hagemoen
June 18: Lower Mount Pleasant: Industry, Immigrants and Institutions
July 9: Secrets of Mount Pleasant

with Rob Howatson
July 23: Fraserview: The Real Story of the War Vets’ Pleasantville
August 6: Life’s a Ditch: Grappling with the Fraser’s North Arm
September 10: Fraserview’s Shifting Shores

‘An Industrial City’ with John Atkin
May 4: The Waterfront
May 25: Railtown
June 8: Vernon Street
July 6: From Creeks 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

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 Rob Howatson
June 23 & September 15: Fraserview’s Shifting Shores

with Christine Hagemoen
July 28: Lower Mount Pleasant: industry, immigrants and institutions

‘Following the Creeks’ 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

‘Here and There: A Few Bits of the City’ 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)
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 & September 30: Vancouver’s “Francophone Village”
June 24 & October 20: False Creek South

with John Atkin
April 30: Carrall Street – Between Forest & Mill (Gastown)
May 7: The Other Shore (Olympic Village/False Creek)
May 21: The Suburbs (Mount Pleasant)
June 18: Edge of the City (Mount Pleasant/Little Mountain)
July 2: Where’s 24th Avenue? (Little Mountain/Riley Park)
July 16: Next to the Mountain (Queen Elizabeth Park)
July 30: Church and School (Sunset/Oakridge)
August 6: Sunset and Golf (Sunset)
October 1: Specials and More (South Vancouver)
October 15: Industry and River (Fraser River)

with Maurice Guibord
April 23 & August 19: Grandview – Places of Worship
May 14 & 27: Vancouver’s Art Deco
May 20 & June 25: Hastings Park & The PNE Fairgrounds
June 10 & August 13: Mountainview Cemetery
July 8 & September 10: The False Creek Flats

with John Atkin
May 2: At the Edge of the City (Renfrew-Collingwood)
May 16: A Stream and a Ravine (Kensington-Cedar Cottage)
May 23: Former Farms and the Interurban (Kensington-Cedar Cottage)
June 14: The Wonky Grid (Kensington-Cedar Cottage)
June 20: Markets and Market Gardens (Little Mountain)
July 4: Hobbit and Other Houses (South Cambie)
July 18: The Edge of Shaughnessy
August 8: Asthma Flats (Arbutus Ridge)
October 3: On the Ridge (Dunbar-Southlands)
October 10: The City Ends (Dunbar-Southlands near Pacific Spirit Park)

with Maurice Guibord
May 8 & July 25: Post-War Architecture (Burrard St)
May 22 & August 29: East Hastings
June 12 & August 15: Sunrise – At the Water’s Edge
June 27 & July 10: Commercial Drive – Little Italy
October 9 & 17: Vancouver’s Art Deco

2015 Special Event Walking Tours
May 19-24: Asian Heritage Walks
September 20: In the Footsteps of the Past – Retracing South Asian History in Kitsilano

‘Off Broadway’ with John Atkin
May 3: On the Edge of the City
May 24: A Garden Oasis
June 7: A Little Bit of Mount Pleasant
June 14: The Lost Neighbourhood
July 12: An Eclectic Apartment District
August 2: Interurbans and Garden Plots
August 16: A Brewery and Cricket
September 6: A Little Bit of Everything
October 4: A Craftsman Neighbourhood
October 18: The End of the Road

with Maurice Guibord
March 29 & April 20: Grandview – Commercial to Clark
April 5 & June 20: Japantown
May 2 & 17: Granville Island
July 4 & August 9: Art Deco Downtown
August 8 & 30: International Style

2014 Special Event Walking Tours
October 14-17: Early Immigrant History Walks

‘Architects and Their Neighbourhoods’ with John Atkin
April 27: The West End
May 18: 1890s Mount Pleasant
June 1: Kitsilano
June 15: Old Roads #1 – Alexander St.
July 6: Kerrisdale
July 13: Triangle West
August 3: Arthur Erickson
August 17: Old Roads #2 – Chinatown
September 7: The Lighthearts
October 5: Old Roads #3 – False Creek

with Maurice Guibord
April 12, June 7 & August 23: West Hastings
April 26, June 21 & September 6: Railtown
July 12, August 9 & September 20: Yaletown
May 24, July 26 & October 11: West End

2013 Special Event Walking Tours
June 15, July 20 & August 17: Stanley Park Bike Tours with Maurice Guibord
May 25: Places that Matter Bike Tour with John Atkin

with John Atkin
May 5: Clark & E 6th Avenue
May 19: Pender & Victoria
June 16: Commercial & Franklin – The Other Chinatown
July 7: Nanaimo & Oxford, Beacon Hill
August 4: 54th & Vivian – Diaperville
August 11: Park Dr & Fremlin – Timber Lease & Old Estates South
August 25: Killarney & 45th – Farmland to Suburbia
October 13: Nelson & Thurlow – West End Apartments
October 27: Nelson & Thurlow – West End Houses

with Maurice Guibord
April 13, May 11 & June 8: Gastown
April 27, May 27 & June 22: Chinatown
July 13, August 10 & September 14: Art Deco
July 27, August 31 & September 28: Burrard St

2012 Special Event Walking Tours
September 8: Public Art Walking Tour (Downtown)

with John Atkin
July 16: Market Alley – Opium, Laundry and Pawnshops
July 23: Blood Alley, the Early City – A Real History
August 13: Laneway Housing: Been There, Done That
August 20: Trails, Creeks and Lanes – A Westside Ramble
August 28: Eveleigh Street – An architect, the CPR and nothing

with Maurice Guibord
October 14 & November 25: Historic Hastings Street West
October 28 & November 25: Historic Hastings Street East

2011 Special Event Walking Tours
August 20: Mole Hill Art & Heritage Walk

with John Atkin
July 10: Marpole
July 17: Italian Strathcona
July 24: Jewish Strathcona
August 14: Sunset
August 21: Oakridge

with John Atkin
July 11: Chinatown
July 25: Carrall St
August 8: Japantown
August 22: Mid-Century Modern
August 29: Strathcona

East End with John Atkin
July 5: Strathcona – Part 1
July 12: Strathcona – Part 2
August 2: Japantown
August 23: Downtown Eastside
August 30: Chinatown

West End with John Atkin
June 30
July 28
August 25
September 29