Walking Tours

with Randy Clark
Saturday October 28, 10:30am (approx. 60 minutes)
Meet at NW corner of Union & Main
$10; pay what you can for local residents
Join a walking tour of the historical Hogan’s Alley, led by Randy Clark who grew up in the neighbourhood. Prior to the 1970s, Hogan’s Alley was an ethnically diverse community, home to a number of black families and businesses. Hogan’s Alley was mostly destroyed to make room for the Georgia Viaduct, the first phase of the planned freeway through to Burrard Inlet that was stopped by active members of the community. Randy Clark and the Hogan’s Alley Working Group will provide a brief history of the cultural impact of some of the people and places of the area. Presented with the support of the Carnegie Community Action Project.  

Walking Tour
WISDOM OF PLANTS with Lori Snyder
Saturday October 28, 11am – 12:30pm
Meet at Hastings Folk Garden, 117 E. Hastings
$10; pay what you can for local residents
Lori Snyder is an indigenous herbalist and educator with a deep knowledge of medicinal and edible plants that grow in common, everyday spaces. Like the Hastings Folk Garden right in the heart of the Downtown Eastside. Lori offers an opportunity to reconnect and tap into the wisdom of ancestral relations who were nourished by this land and cared deeply for its fate. Lori is a descendant from the T’suu tina (Sarcee), Nakota (Assiboine), Cree, Nipissing and Anishinaabe (Ojibwa) people. Since 2013 she has been bringing forth her knowledge of wild, native, edible and medicinal plants to help people reconnect to the wisdom of the Earth. 


Women at Work in the Home and the Neighbourhood: Chinatown/Strathcona 1917-1960
Sunday Oct 29, 11am. Meet at Ovaltine Cafe, 251 E. Hastings. $10, pay what you can for local residents
The Festival is pleased to present a new walking tour with Marcia Toms to shed light on the vital work of women in the home and the Chinatown and Strathcona neighbourhoods. Marcia draws stories of women from many different cultures and marginalized backgrounds who most often worked outside of the realm of organized labour. Born and raised in Vancouver, Marcia is a retired educator, advocate for public education and has a passion for local social history.

Walking Tour
Sunday October 29, 3pm – 4:30pm
Meet at NE corner of Milross & Quebec
$10; pay what you can for local residents
On this walk we’ll explore how seemingly unrelated decisions and actions can have far reaching, interweaving and unintended consequences for the future. From industrial zoning, coffee and donuts, to an unbuilt cemetery, they have all had an impact on the city we live in. John Atkin is a civic historian and author who has explored Vancouver like few others. With his deep knowledge of urban planning and his love of architecture, John leads a fascinating tour that is layered with offbeat insights into the city's architecture, history and neighbourhoods. 

Sneak Peek into Chinatown
Saturday Nov 4, 11am. Meet at Sai Woo, 158 E. Pender. $10, pay what you can for local residents
Join hosts Judy Lam Maxwell and Steven Wong for a glimpse of Chinatown. The tour begins at a heritage restaurant space, climbs flights of stairs to a heritage clan association, explores a Chinese herbal medicine store and ends the walk at Modernize Tailors, the last Chinatown tailor shop celebrating 104 years. Both Judy and Steven have active ties to the people and businesses in Chinatown; Judy leads Historical Chinatown Tours and Steven is third generation ‘man about town’ in Vancouver’s Chinatown.