Vancouver Heritage Foundation Weekly: History on Two Wheels!


Vancouver Heritage Foundation is a registered charity supporting the conservation of heritage buildings and structures in recognition of their contribution to the city’s economy, sustainability and culture.
Vancouver Cycle Club in 1914 at the Old Courthouse (now Vancouver Art Gallery) in front of the King George VII Fountain on Georgia St. (now on Hornby)

Introducing our Inaugural Season of VHF Guided Bike Tours!

Brand new for 2013, Vancouver Heritage Foundation is offering guided bike tours. Take a ride through our bike-friendly city and learn some history while you’re at it! Our inaugural season includes two different tours both with experienced and enthusiastic guides to inspire a range of cycling enthusiasts. Reserve your spot here for VHF’s Bike Tours, visit or call 604 264 9642.

First up is the Places That Matter bike tour. Join historian and avid cyclist  John Atkin on a tour via Vancouver’s bike lanes  of Vancouver Heritage Foundation’s Places That Matter plaque sites Saturday, May 25th from 1-3pm.  Learn why these hidden (and not so hidden) places were chosen as part of 125 sites (plotted on Google Maps) to receive our lovely blue “Places That Matter” plaques. On the tour, you will hear the stories and see the plaques that have been installed around the city, and then make a special stop midway to take in the Nellie Yip Quong House plaque presentation live! The tour starts at Canada Place and will travel along bike lanes to get to Strathcona, False Creek, and Fairview Slopes, over the Burrard Street Bridge, and back to Robson Square (very close to the location of the archival photo pictured above).

  • Saturday, May 25, 2013
  • Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm
  • Starting Point: 999 Canada Place (at the information kiosk)  and ending at Robson Square. Please arrive prepared with a bicycle, safety equipment, water bottle, and anything else you may need to enjoy your ride.
  • $20/person + tax.  Get your tickets here.
  • Spokes Bicycle Rentals is generously offering a 30% discount on bike and equipment rentals to anyone attending one of our Bike Tours. Rental includes a bike, helmet and lock. Please note BC laws require all riders to wear bike helmets.
  • This bike tour is recommended for intermediate cyclists (those comfortable with city cycling and mild inclines)
Never cycled across the Burrard Bridge bike lanes? Now's your chance! Photo credit: July 8, 2010