This year’s Vancouver Heritage Foundation tour places an emphasis on gardening and urban density

The Vancouver Heritage Foundation's one-day, self-guided walking tour features 12 historical properties located from Arbutus Street to just off Commercial Drive

This year’s tour places an emphasis on gardening and urban density. Master gardeners from VanDusen Botanical Gardens and Peter Ladner, author of The Urban Food Revolution: Changing the Way We Feed Cities, will be on hand to discuss gardening and urban farming.

Tour Highlights

  • A Spanish Colonial located in the heart of Shaughnessy by modernist architecture firm C.B.K. Van Norman and Associates includes a front vegetable garden overseen by the Vancouver Urban Farming Network. The group harvests and distributes produce to markets and food banks across the city.Heritage-Tour-2.jpg
  • A 1906 tenement building built by early Japanese settlers located on Alexander Street in Japan Town. The building has been restored and now operates as a privately owned single room accommodation. The original fir floors and tongue and groove panelling are still in place.
  • A cluster of five Grandview area homes ranging from a traditional Edwardian home to vernacular cottages. This is also the site of the Heritage Info Fair, an exhibition of conservation experts with knowledge in everything from stained glass to lath and plaster.

Over the past 11 years, the tour has showcased 115 homes to about 16,000 visitors. The event has raised $600,000 to date to support educational programs and public awareness on the history and heritage of Vancouver.

Heritage House Tour Details

Vancouver Heritage Foundation’s 2013 Heritage House Tour takes place Sunday, June 2 from 
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tickets: $40

To purchase tickets for VHF’s Heritage House Tour visit: vancouverheritagefoundation.org or call 604-264-9642.