Experience Vancouver's history, culture and communities in a whole new way. Listen to stories told by locals and see photos of Vancouver’s past as you travel the city and learn about the people and places that have made us what we are today.

Explore This Vancouver is part of VPL's effort to promote history and culture at a local and individual level. It offers a fun new way to explore our city. We've tapped in to local resources like the VPL Historical Photo collection and This Vancouver (, the library's growing digital repository, for local community content.

Offline access to the tours and maps saves your data and takes you anywhere in Vancouver - and as we add tours to the app, that really can be anywhere!

Tours currently available:
Chinatown Stories: A Narrative Exploration
West End Stories: A Narrative Exploration

Need help? Have a question or an idea for a tour?

Note: Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life. We advise you to quit the app when finished.

What's New

Version 3.8.1

New tour added.

Ratings and Reviews

Interesting content


The app focuses on the history of two neighbourhoods - Chinatown and West End. The third focus is a series of locations which inspired the book Invisible Dead.

The content is pieced together by interviews and historical photos, and storytelling narratives. I like the content, but it is somewhat brief.

The app description claims it is available in 14 languages; however when Spanish is chosen the only content that changes are menu and setting options; the narratives and recordings do not.


Vancouver Public Library Board
53 MB
Requires iOS 9.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
English, Arabic, Dutch, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese
Age Rating
Rated 4+
This app may use your location even when it isn't open, which can decrease battery life.
© Vancouver Public Library


  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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