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

New Spring and Summer Walks for 2018 will be listed shortly.
Further details and tickets are on the Heritage Foundation's website.



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A Night at the Vancouver Archives

Wednesday 7th February  6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Every older building has a unique story to tell, and the online and physical resources available can help uncover a myriad of mysteries. In this course you’ll learn essential tips and tricks for discovering the important and fascinating history of your home or building, whether you’re an interested homeowner, or gathering information for restoration projects and maintenance plans. Historian and Author, John Atkin guides you through his best practices for finding the most useful and interesting information utilizing resources found at the City of Vancouver Archives. Afterwards, tour the other available resources and view intriguing holdings with an Archivist.

Check the
Heritage Foundation's website for ticket information


UBC Extended Learning

Our next course: A Field Guide to Vancouver House Styles
March 3 -31, 2018

What are Queen Anne, storybook and contractor modern houses? Explore the variety of house styles found in the city, look at what defines their style, and discover the origin of style names.

The first class will be an introductory lecture held at UBC Robson Square, with the class heading out on walks for the remaining 4 classes. 

Check UBC's Extended Learning site for information on upcoming courses and registration information.


And the best little museum in Vancouver is the Hastings Mill Store Museum
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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Did You Know?

A few fun facts and other bits of information about Vancouver.

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