Upcoming Talks and Tours
Sunday, August 21st, 2022
Sunday, July 31st | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm | By Donation
Alasdair Butcher leads an updated version of our walking tour from summer 2021, exploring the effects of COVID-19 on the city.
The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically impacted how we live our everyday lives, how we connect with the people and places we care about, and how we think about and experience the city. What is the heritage of an event that has impacted our lives so profoundly? We follow up on last year’s pandemic tour with some updates to reflect the changing situation from a year ago. On this 2 hour tour around downtown Vancouver, we will be exploring the multilayered effects of the ongoing pandemic in the city and reflecting on some key questions: How will the ‘new normal’ be configured in the post-pandemic city? Will there be enduring changes to the way we work, travel, shop, gather, protest, celebrate, and memorialize? What will the changes to our streetscapes and built forms look like? Come take both a retrospective and look forward through these ‘Covidian times’ as we unpack various themes and spaces in the central city.
Alasdair is the founder of Vancouver DeTours, a walking tour organization that celebrates the ‘pedagogy of the pedestrian’, and has been leading walks and giving guest lectures on the more obscure aspects of the city’s history to anyone who will listen since 2008. He recently completed his Masters in Urban Studies at SFU, sits on the Vancouver City Planning Commission, and is a Director at the Heritage Vancouver Society.