Welcome to the self-guided historical walking tours of Vancouver produced by the students of History 486/872 at Simon Fraser University!

Please click the links at the top of this page to find information about each of the three tours: ‘Governance and resistance,’ ‘Gentrification and gathering spaces,’ and ‘Cultural Boundaries and Chinatown.’

These tours were created in collaboration with the CityStudio program, and designed to reflect some of the community-building initiatives laid out in Vancouver’s Healthy City Strategy.  Students were asked to reflect on the ways in which the past is present in the city today, and how the stories we tell about the past shape the urban imaginaries and sense of place of contemporary city dwellers.  Working in pairs, the students developed the themes of the individual walks, conducted research using primary and secondary sources, and crafted the audio-visual materials, available on each of the three pages.

We invite you to download the maps and podcasts, and let them transport you through the streets of the city.  Perhaps you’re visiting Vancouver for the first time, or revisiting some very familiar places.  Either way, we hope you’ll enjoy the tours and that they will be a part of the connection you make with these exciting, often troubled, but always inspiring urban spaces!

And do let us know what you think by visiting the comments page!

Happy walking,

Nicolas Kenny

Department of History, Simon Fraser University