Family · History

We are shaped by those around us…

When I originally wrote this post it was about my father, Peter who died in October 2018. This past week my mum, Donna died, somewhat unexpectedly after suffering a fall. My brother and sister and I were all in Victoria and we able to spend time and say good bye. Both parents were influential in… Continue reading We are shaped by those around us…

Chinatown · History

On the Streets and Up the Stairs in Chinatown

Celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Chinese Canadian Historical Society of BC with a walking tour. Robert Sung and I are presenting a walking tour of Chinatown which looks at the area’s history and society buildings. Be prepared to climb some stairs as we’ve lined up a selection of society buildings for the tour. It’s… Continue reading On the Streets and Up the Stairs in Chinatown

History · urban design · Vancouver

An Ever-changing City

Friends of the Archives Fall Fundraiser: Wednesday, October 22, 2014 7:00 pm-9:00 pm Doors open 6:00 pm H.R. MacMillan Space Centre 1100 Chestnut Street Join Andy Coupland and John Atkin as they explore the changing nature of Vancouver through before-and-after images selected from the blog Changing Vancouver and the Vancouver Archives. Set against the background… Continue reading An Ever-changing City


What’s up with Chinatown?

Chinatown, a complex and fascinating neighbourhood and Vancouver’s oldest community is now one of Canada’s newest National Historic sites. Join John Atkin and Jeannette Hlavach, authors of the application for historic site status, as they explore the history and development of this area and look at what it takes to get a place on the… Continue reading What’s up with Chinatown?

History · Uncategorized · urban design · Vancouver

More Walking Tours

We have some more Sunday Changing City tours ready to go. 10 bucks, 10:00 am in the morning. Join us on these dates: May 27th. Southeast False Creek: A Revisit. Since our last visit, numerous projects are now out of the ground changing the face of this former industrial area. Join us for a look… Continue reading More Walking Tours

History · Uncategorized · urban design · Vancouver

How to Research Your House Workshop

On Feb 23, I’ll be leading the How to Research Your House evening at the Vancouver Archives presented by the Vancouver Heritage Foundation. Here’s your chance to learn the secrets of water permits, building permits and fire insurance maps; and touch really old documents. Archives staff will be on hand too to answer questions and… Continue reading How to Research Your House Workshop


Upcoming walks from The Changing City

February 12th 10:00 am Victory Square Meet at the corner of Hamilton and Pender Streets at the entrance to Victory Square February 19th 10:00 am Downtown South Meet at the corner Richards and Davie in Emery Barnes Park. March 12th 10:00 am Around False Creek and up Main Street Meet at the front of the… Continue reading Upcoming walks from The Changing City