Walking Tours of Vancouver

John Atkin is a civic historian and author who organizes and conduct tours for groups and individuals.  John has explored Vancouver like few others have and offers an  interesting and offbeat insight to the city's architecture, history and neighbourhoods. He has created, and conducts, a number of unique and popular walking tours throughout the City of Vancouver.

John brings an insight of urban planning and development, a love of architecture, and the fascination of the curious to all his tours. the walks take approximately 2 hours - depending on the group size and route - and are organized year round. Tours cost 10 dollars per person. Custom tours can also be organized for groups or individuals, contact John for information. Please note for groups smaller than ten, there's a 100 dollar minimum charge.

Walks | Talks | Events


Heritage Foundation Walks

For Heritage Week we have two walks coming up.

Before the City: Eburne, Marpole and the River
Saturday, February 18th. 1:00pm

Before the settlement of Burrard Inlet there was Eburne situated on the banks of the Fraser River. Connected to the larger world by crude trails, passing river boats, and eventually the interurban trains Eburne grew into a substantial centre of industry and commerce known as Marpole. On this walk we’ll explore Eburne's fascinating history.

New Liverpool: Before the West End
Sunday, February 19th. 2:00pm

Purchased because of the sandy beach at English Bay, the area now known as the West End was once marketed as New Liverpool. The early survey and building patterns still shape the neighbourhood today and on this walk we’ll explore the layers of development that give this area its character.

Further details and tickets are on the Heritage Foundation's website.

Other Walks...

Chinatown: history, zoning and the future
Sunday, April 2nd, 10:00am

Chinatown is a fascinating with a history that encompasses the full period of non-native settlement of Vancouver. With pressure from development, changing demographics and new residents we'll take a look at how this irreplaceable district has survived and is evolving.



Seven Wonders of Vancouver...
Thursday, April 13th. 7:30pm

In the Planetarium. Stay tuned for further information


Vancouver Heritage Foundation Hycroft Talks
A Few Myths About Vancouver: The Real Stories

Tuesday, April 25th.

Was there ever any blood in Blood Alley? There are many aspects of Vancouver’s history that are taken for granted, but are they true? Did it happen or was it made up? In this talk we'll look at the origins of some of the well-worn myths in our city’s history.

Tickets from the VHF


Historic Clan & Association Buildings of Chinatown
Vancouver Historical Society, Thursday, April 27th.  7:30pm at the Museum of Vancouver

I'll be speaking along with City Planning staff involved in Chinatown on the history of the clan association buildings and what the future holds for these important cultural spaces. Check the VHS web site for more information.



How to Research Your House: April 5th.
It's a chance to learn some secrets about how to find information on the previous life of your house. Presented by the Vancouver Heritage Foundation and the Vancouver Archives. Check the Heritage Foundation's website for dates and ticket information

UBC Continuing Studies

February 25th to March 25th - The Heights: Hills, Bumps and Real Estate: Real estate promotion in the early city tried all manner of gimmicks to attract buyers. With the announcement of the Shaughnessy Heights subdivision by the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1907, promoters were quick to attach a ‘Heights' to their property. We’ll explore some of the areas promoted in this manner and look at how they have developed since they were advertised and pitch to prospective purchasers.

Check UBC's Continuing Studies site for information on upcoming courses and registration information.


And the best little museum in Vancouver is the Hastings Mill Museum


Interested in London?

September is when we go to London for a week of walks. Drop us a line if you are interested in being on the list.

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Heritage Consulting

I provide Statements of Significance, Conservation Plans, Heritage Assessments and more for heritage properties.

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