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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!

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Sept 14:
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Sept 27:

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
A Soldier's Journey - From Home Front to Front Line
Historic Chinatown
Bloedel Conservatory & Queen Elizabeth Park

View bios of our amazing tourguides

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$10 Members
$15 Non-members


 

The Cardero Street 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 Street 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

AIBC PIBC BCLA

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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 Non-Core LUs
PIBC CPD: 2.0 Organized LUs

AIBC PIBC BCLA

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A Soldier’s Journey - From Home Front to Front Line

Sunday, September 14, 2014; 10:00am to 12:00pm
Tourguide: Isaac Vanderhorst
$15; Heritage Vancouver Society Members $10
Tour begins at 847 Hamilton Street and ends at 755 West Hastings (the Sinclair Centre)

Join tour guide, Isaac Vanderhorst, and follow in the footsteps of a World War 1 soldier from the time he leaves home to sign up, to the train station, where his journey to the Western Front begins.

As you walk by the Beatty Street Drill hall, the parade grounds where he prepared for war and the war memorial where he and all soldiers who lost their lives are commemorated you will relive the experiences of a young soldier going to the Western Front.

This tour and the tales Isaac tells gives you a flavour of what downtown Vancouver was like 100 years ago as Vancouver went to war. Be prepared to meet soldiers linked to landmark heritage buildings and other surprises along the route.

 

Tickets:
A Soldier’s Journey for Sunday, Sept. 14, 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: (to be confirmed)
PIBC: 2.0 Organized LUs

AIBC PIBC BCLA

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Historic Chinatown

Sunday, September 21, 2014; 10:00am to 12:30pm
Tourguide: Larry Wong
$15; Heritage Vancouver Society Members $10
Tour starts at the Millennium Gate in Chinatown, junction of Pender St. & Taylor St.

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, Sept. 21, 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

AIBC PIBC BCLA

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Bloedel Conservatory & Queen Elizabeth Park

Saturday, September 27, 2014; 10:00am to 1:00pm
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 has recently completed the replacement of all 1490 plexiglass panels that make up the iconic domed roof.

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 Saturday, Sept. 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: 1.0 Non-Core LUs
PIBC: 2.0 Organized LUs of CPL activity

AIBC PIBC BCLA

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