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Heritage Vancouver Society’s Walking Tours

Heritage Vancouver wishes to thank our experienced tour guides for their generous contribution in creating a greater appreciation for Vancouver's built heritage. Our guides are all unique — their backgrounds, their personalities, and their stories bring Vancouver's historic neighbourhoods to life. Thank you for making these tours possible.

Additional tours will be posted, once confirmed. Watch for them!

July 8:
July 19:
July 26:
July 27:
Aug 17:
Aug 23:
Sept 7:

Bloedel Conservatory & Queen Elizabeth Park
Historic Granville Street’s 800 to 1200 blocks
West Georgia & Granville Streets – 1880s to 1950s
Historic Chinatown
Hippie Kitsilano – the ‘60s & ‘70s
The Cardero Street Heritage Stroll
Planning Tour of Vancouver’s West End

View bios of our amazing tourguides

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$10 Members
$15 Non-members


 

Bloedel Conservatory & Queen Elizabeth Park

Tuesday, July 8, 2014; 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Tourguides: John Coupar and Vicky Earle
$20 includes entrance fee to the Conservatory (all Proceeds benefit Heritage Vancouver Society and the Bloedel Committee, VanDusen Botanical Garden Association)

In 2010 The Bloedel Conservatory, a prominent feature in Queen Elizabeth Park, was on Heritage Vancouver's Top Ten Endangered list. Thanks to the work of many community members and ‘Friends of the Bloedel’, and the VanDusen Botanical Garden Association, the Conservatory is no longer threatened.

As a signal that its future is secure, the City is currently replacing the acrylic panels that make up the iconic domed roof. The roof is expected to be completed by end of summer 2014.

Heritage Vancouver Society and the VanDusen Botanical Garden Association invite you to join Park Board Commissioner, John Coupar and VanDusen Botanical Garden Governor, Vicky Earle for a tour of the Conservatory and Gardens at Queen Elizabeth Park.

Find out about the history of the park and conservatory, the techniques being used to restore the roof and life of the plants and birds that call Bloedel home. Allow time after the tour for a leisurely stroll through the conservatory and the gardens.

Tickets:
Bloedel Conservatory & QE Park for Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Or pay by cheque:

Eventbrite fees do not apply to payments made by cheque.
Made out to Heritage Vancouver Society and mailed to:
Heritage Vancouver Society
1020 Denman St., PO Box 47036 Denman Place, Vancouver, BC V6G 3E1

Please let us know if you've mailed a cheque, at events@heritagevancouver.org

 

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PIBC: 2.0 Organized LUs of CPL activity

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Historic Granville Street’s 800 to 1200 Blocks

Saturday, July 19, 2014; 10am to 12pm
Tourguide: Anthony Norfolk
$10 Heritage Vancouver members; $15 non-members
Meet outside Starbuck’s Coffee at Georgia & Granville (next to London Drugs)

Join Heritage expert Anthony Norfolk on a tour of one of Vancouver’s oldest commercial streets – Granville.

Norfolk was involved in developing the 1991 comprehensive plan for the Downtown South and remains an active advocate for its preservation.

The plan for Granville Street's 800 to 1200 blocks promoted retention of existing scale and Heritage resources as a spur to revitalization of the Street. Development of an entertainment district has come about at the northern section as planned. The southern section has not yet evolved into the Main Street for Downtown South as hoped for. Development pressures constantly threaten the 1991 still current policy protecting the unique scale and character of Granville Street. These pressures have to be continually resisted

During the walk you will explore the 22 buildings currently on the City of Vancouver's Heritage Register and eleven additional buildings recommended for inclusion.

Tickets:
Granville Street for Saturday, July 19, 2014

Or pay by cheque:

Eventbrite fees do not apply to payments made by cheque.
Made out to Heritage Vancouver Society and mailed to:
Heritage Vancouver Society
1020 Denman St., PO Box 47036 Denman Place, Vancouver, BC V6G 3E1

Please let us know if you've mailed a cheque, at events@heritagevancouver.org

 

AIBC: 2.0 Core LUs
PIBC: 2.0 Organized LUs of CPL activity

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West Georgia & Granville Streets – 1880s to 1950s

Saturday, July 26, 2014; 11am to 1pm
Tourguide: Michael Gordon
$10 Heritage Vancouver members; $15 non-members
Tour begins at 200 Granville St. Plaza, and ends on the north lawn of the Vancouver Art Gallery

Join historian and Senior Planner for Downtown Vancouver, Michael Gordon in an exploration of two of Vancouver’s most famous streets.

On Wednesday, May 15, 1886, Lauchlan Hamilton, a City of Vancouver Aldermen and the CPR Land Commissioner began to stake out and survey what would become Granville Street and West Georgia Streets. It is still today one of Vancouver’s pre-eminent ‘high streets’ reflecting many elements that define our city.

Our walk will begin at the northern foot of Granville Street, the location of the 1st and 2nd CPR train stations overlooking the CP rail yards and the port. You will find us on the plaza by the entrance to 200 Granville Street that was to become a much larger project that would have demolished Gastown buildings between Abbott Street and Granville Street.

We will then walk south on Granville Street and look and hear about the street’s history. Important historic Granville Street buildings and key events that occurred on the street will be discussed. The past and current roles of the street as a transit hub, a shopping street, an office, hotel and entertainment district and a cultural and neon mecca will also be highlighted.

It will also be noted that a key Council decision in the early 90’s reduced the permitted height from 300 feet to 90’ on the blocks south of Robson Street resulting in the retention of almost all of the historic buildings that existed on these southerly blocks at that time.

We will also observe the historic buildings on West Georgia between Seymour Street and Burrard Street.

Our tour will take in the lobby of the Hotel Vancouver with memories shared about the days when this part of the downtown was an entertainment mecca with a variety of live music venues on Hornby and Burrard Streets.

Tickets:
Georgia & Granville Streets for Saturday, July 26, 2014

Or pay by cheque:

Eventbrite fees do not apply to payments made by cheque.
Made out to Heritage Vancouver Society and mailed to:
Heritage Vancouver Society
1020 Denman St., PO Box 47036 Denman Place, Vancouver, BC V6G 3E1

Please let us know if you've mailed a cheque, at events@heritagevancouver.org

 

AIBC: 2.0 Core LUs
PIBC: 2.0 Organized LUs of CPL activity

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Historic Chinatown

Sunday, July 27, 2014; 10am to 12pm
Tourguide: Larry Wong
$10 Heritage Vancouver members; $15 non-members
Tour begins at the Millennium Gate, junction of Pender & Taylor Street

Join Larry Wong, who was born and raised in Chinatown, as he takes you on an intimate tour of Chinatown. Larry is a public historian for the Chinese Canadian Historical Society of B.C. Find out how the World's Narrowest Building came to be, visit the original site of the CPR Roundhouse before it was moved to Yaletown and find out the history of several heritage buildings such as the Chinese Freemasons and the Yip Sang building built in 1889.

Learn how the Strathcona Property Owners and Tenants Association prevented the demolition of the Strathcona area and a proposed freeway which would have endangered Chinatown as we know it today.

 

Tickets:
Historic Chinatown for Sunday, July 27, 2014

Or pay by cheque:

Eventbrite fees do not apply to payments made by cheque.
Made out to Heritage Vancouver Society and mailed to:
Heritage Vancouver Society
1020 Denman St., PO Box 47036 Denman Place, Vancouver, BC V6G 3E1

Please let us know if you've mailed a cheque, at events@heritagevancouver.org

 

AIBC: 2.0 Core LUs
PIBC: 2.0 Organized LUs of CPL activity

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Hippie Kitsilano – the ‘60s & ‘70s

Sunday, August 17, 2014; 10am to 12pm
Tourguide: Michael Kluckner
$10 Heritage Vancouver members; $15 non-members
Tour begins at Kits House, 7th & Vine; ends near 4th Avenue

Join author, artist and Heritage Vancouver's first President, Michael Kluckner, for a ramble through the Kitsilano of the 1960s and 1970s, recalling Vancouver's hippie community and its legacy of social activism.

The tour will pass by old coffee houses and meeting places, note some of the legendary communal houses, and put that era of Kitsilano into the context of Vancouver's growth and development in the postwar years.

Michael Kluckner lived in Kitsilano back in the day, and wrote and drew cartoons for various alternative newspapers including Around Kitsilano, Terminal City Express and the Mount Pleasant Mouthpiece.

For more info about Michael Kluckner: www.michaelkluckner.com

Tickets:
Hippie Kits for Sunday, August 17, 2014

Or pay by cheque:

Eventbrite fees do not apply to payments made by cheque.
Made out to Heritage Vancouver Society and mailed to:
Heritage Vancouver Society
1020 Denman St., PO Box 47036 Denman Place, Vancouver, BC V6G 3E1

Please let us know if you've mailed a cheque, at events@heritagevancouver.org

 

AIBC: 2.0 Non-Core LUs
PIBC: 2.0 Organized LUs of CPL activity

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The Cardero Heritage Stroll

Saturday, August 23, 2014; 10am to 12pm
Tourguide: Holly Sovdi & Anthony Norfolk
$10 Heritage Vancouver members; $15 non-members
Meet at Robson Market in Vancouver’s West End

The West End contains a mixture of distinctive building styles representing successive eras of growth and change. One of the directions from the West End Community Plan calls for the creation of a ‘heritage stroll’.

In support of this direction, Heritage Vancouver is conducting a walking tour along Cardero Street in the West End. Join Holly Sovdi, City Planner for the West End and Heritage expert Anthony Norfolk to explore the dynamic mix of heritage styles in this area.

The tour will explore opportunities to realize Cardero Street between Robson and Davie Streets as the West End “heritage stroll”, recognizing the area’s architectural and historically significant mix of buildings and mature street trees. A number of issues concerning retention of significant buildings of all eras will be raised for discussion. The discussion will also be focused on possible improvements to the sidewalk space that could make the ‘stroll’ more enjoyable, comfortable, and accessible.

The walk will begin at 10am at Robson Market and finish about two hours later at Cardero and Davie.

Please join us after the tour to continue the discussions over lunch at the historic Sylvia Hotel (not included in ticket price, but please let us know at info@heritagevancouver.org if you plan to go for lunch so we can make reservations).

Tickets:
Cardero Heritage Stroll, August 23, 2014

Or pay by cheque:

Eventbrite fees do not apply to payments made by cheque.
Made out to Heritage Vancouver Society and mailed to:
Heritage Vancouver Society
1020 Denman St., PO Box 47036 Denman Place, Vancouver, BC V6G 3E1

Please let us know if you've mailed a cheque, at events@heritagevancouver.org

 

AIBC: 2.0 Core LUs
PIBC: 2.0 Organized LUs of CPL activity

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A Planning Tour of Vancouver’s West End

Sunday, September 7, 2014; 10am to 12pm
Tourguide: Gordon Price
$10 Heritage Vancouver members; $15 non-members
Meet at Barclay Heritage Square

Join Gordon Price, Director of the SFU City Program and long-time resident, for a planning tour of Vancouver's West End. The West End reveals about eight different architectural stages, from fine wooden mansions to functional wooden walk-ups, not to mention all those highrise towers, in which can be found the origins of Vancouverism.

But how did it all come about – and why?

Gordon Price explains some of the planning theory and trends that shaped the West End – and some of the forces likely to shape its future.

Tickets:
West End Planning Tour for Sunday, September 7, 2014

Or pay by cheque:

Eventbrite fees do not apply to payments made by cheque.
Made out to Heritage Vancouver Society and mailed to:
Heritage Vancouver Society
1020 Denman St., PO Box 47036 Denman Place, Vancouver, BC V6G 3E1

Please let us know if you've mailed a cheque, at events@heritagevancouver.org

 

AIBC: 2.0 Core LUs
PIBC CPD: 2.0 Organized LUs

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