John Atkin is a civic historian and author who conducts walking tours in Vancouver. He points to key moments in Vancouver’s history and leads us to significant locations around the city to better understand the Vancouver’s shoreline.

We have been pumping sand from English Bay since the 1890’s to create these sandy beaches. Same thing with Kitsilano Beach we filled a marsh, brought the sand in, bulldozed it around to make it into a nice sandy beach. So this is the nice natural shoreline around Vancouver.