From the Vancouver Heritage Foundation: 2019 Walking Tours with John Atkin.

Starting in May, John will explore the industrial heritage and history found across Vancouver. John’s walks are extremely popular so we recommend signing up early if you’d like to attend. Both May dates are filling quickly and are close to capacity. A full list of May to October dates and topics is now up on the Walking Tour page.

Select Saturdays from 10am to 12pm

Register for all walks here, $16



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


June 8: Vernon Street

A lost waterfront, duck hunting ground, indigenous portage route and home to the arts and taxis.


July 6: From Creek to Trains

The eastern reaches of False Creek were filled for rail yards, passenger depots and a home for industry in the early years of the 20th Century and change is once again on the horizon.


July 20: Shipyards, Salt and the Olympics

The southeast corner of False Creek has become one of the city’s newest residential neighbourhoods leaving behind its heavy industrial past.


August 10: Beer, Boxes and Tents

Once home to a number of industries including a brewery, Jones Tent and Awning and a host of other firms attracted by the rail access, the district today is an interesting mix of modern construction and heritage buildings.


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.


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.

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