2017 Summer Walking Tours

Saturday, July 22, 2017
2pm (approximately 90 minutes)
Powell Street Walking Tour
with Carolyn Nakagawa

powell street walking tour by nikkeimuseOn this historical tour of Powell Street, we will take you back in time to the pre-war, bustling community of Japanese Canadians who lived and worked in this area. The area grew and thrived over a fifty-year period from the 1890s to its abrupt end with the internment of Japanese Canadians during World War II in 1942.

Meet in front of the Vancouver Buddhist Temple, 220 Jackson Avenue @ Powell Street, Vancouver. Map


Saturday, July 29, 2017
2pm (approximately 90 minutes)
Ki-Chi-Ra-No Walking Tour
with Raymond Nakamura

Kimura family outside kimura Fruits store at 1649 West 2nd Avenue 1930.  NNM Yakura family collection.

Kimura family outside kimura Fruits store at 1649 West 2nd Avenue 1930. NNM Yakura family collection.

Kitsilano, or “Ki-Chi-Ra-No” to the locals, was home to the second largest Japanese Canadian community in Vancouver. From 1904-1942 over one thousand people settled here and built housing: kyabins (cabins), storefronts, a church, a Japanese Language School and a public bath. Families ran businesses, worked in the local industry and children attended Henry Hudson Elementary.

With the forcible removal or all persons of Japanese descent from the BC Coast in 1942-1949, the community was uprooted and the buildings sold by the federal government. Since there are no structures remaining today to remind us of the Ki-Chi-Ra-No neighbourhood, this walking tour has been created to ensure the stories of the pioneer kunimoto, people from the same prefecture in Japan, are preserved for the future.

Meet in the parking lot of Livingspace Interiors, 1706 W 1st Ave, Vancouver (between Burrard & Pine). Map

About Parking in the area
If you are driving, please allow plenty of time to find parking. It is a busy business area.


Saturday, August 12, 2017
2pm (approximately 90 minutes)
Mountain View Cemetery Walking Tour
with Linda Kawamoto Reid

In 1916, Japanese Canadian soldiers enlisting in Alberta to serve their adopted country in the First World War. Many of these soldiers were buried in Mountain View Cemetery, along with other pioneers of the Japanese Canadian community in Vancouver. This historical walking tour will feature the graves of prominent community members, including veterans, and highlight their achievements and contributions to society.

Enter off 33rd Avenue and meet near the Chinese and Jewish cemetery. 


Cost for each tour is $8 (members) | $10 (general) + GST

Purchase Tickets Online, or call 604.777.7000 ext.113 to make a reservation.

Minimum 5 people or tour will be cancelled. 

Mountain View map