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

Chinatown  August 6th. 1:00pm

Bob Sung and I are doing a walk in Chinatown for the Friends of the Vancouver Archives.


A wait list is available on Eventbrite

Heritage Foundation Walks

Our Spring and Summer Walks are here.

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

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



Vancouver Heritage Foundation Hycroft Talks

Tuesday October 24th: What a Mess: False Creek the industrial waterway

It’s hard to imagine from today’s perspective that False Creek was once the centre of industrial activity for the city. From the beginning of non-native settlement the waterway became the home to sawmills, shipyards and other heavy industry. This emerging industry destroyed the fishery and displaced the seasonal and permanent settlements along the shoreline that had sustained local First Nations for centuries. This talk
will explore that history of industrial development and the Creek’s more recent transformation.

Tickets and information



How to Research Your House
Check the Heritage Foundation's website for the next dates and ticket information

UBC Continuing Studies

Stay tuned for info.

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 Store Museum

At the Hastings Mill Store Museum:

"All That Jazz"
Join us on the evening of July 28th for a concert with Gabriel Dubrieul and William Ross.  Gabriel is a classical, jazz and folk violinist from North Vancouver.  He holds a Bachelor of Music from Berklee College of Music in Boston, specializing in jazz violin performance and American roots music.  Gabriel regularly tours in Canada and the US with bands including his Celtic-swing group the "Gabriel Dubrieul Trio", the folk rock band "Early Spirit" and the Boston-based "Loose Roots Band".  Gabriel has worked as a session musician in Vancouver and Boston for the last five years.  William Ross is a bassist from New Westminster.  A five-time award winner at the Envision Jazz Festival, Ross entered the Vancouver jazz scene in 2010 and released his first album, Nomads, in 2015.  He is currently a private educator working for the North Shore Celtic Ensemble.  Gabriel and William together reveal the melting pot that is "jazz", from traditional to gypsy, Brazilian chorus and various stylistic fusions.They honour the spontaneity of jazz while keeping the intimacy of chamber music.

Doors open at 6:30, show begins at 7 pm. Tickets $15, reserve by calling 604-734-1212 or online via our website, www.hastings-mill-museum.ca. Refreshments will be served, this event is fully wheelchair accessible.

Christos Dikeakos Photo Exhibit
We are pleased to announce the temporary installation of a new photographic work by nationally-known photographic artist Christos Dikeakos, featuring some of the volunteers and artifacts of the museum.  Titled The Hastings Mill Store Museum, this large new work depicts volunteers of the museum posing at the historic early Vancouver City Council table as though for a meeting over tea, with some of them holding and examining examples of the museum's First Nation basketry. Christos Dikeakos has worked and exhibited in Vancouver for decades.  He currently has work included in the Vancouver Art Gallery's group photography exhibition, Pictures From Here, which runs from May 19 to September 4, 2017.  His new photograph, The Hastings Mill Store Museum, will be on display from July 15 to mid-fall, 2017.

Summer hours continue at the museum, 1 - 4 pm daily except Monday.  Do come down for a visit!


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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