Upcoming Historical Walking Tours & Events

CALENDAR -  2014 Summer Historical Walking Tours
Private tours also available

Tour # 13   SATURDAY July 26, 2014 * NEW!!   Stanley Park Noir, a Historical Walking Tour
Tour #14   Sunday July 27, 2014  Shakespeare and the Rose Garden: a Stanley Park Historical Walking Tour
Tour # 15   MONDAY August 4, 2014BC DAY holiday  Old Money, a West of Denman Historical Walking Tour
Tour # 16   Sunday August 10, 2014  Stanley Park Noir, a Historical Walking Tour
Tour # 17   Sunday August 17, 2014   NEW!!  The Women of English Bay Historical Walking Tour. (English Bay neighbourhood)
Tour # 18   Sunday August 24, 2014   Stanley Park’s Secrets Historical Walking Tour
More tour info, historical photos & general tour information below….

Tour # 13 SATURDAY July 26, 2014
* NEW!!   Stanley Park Noir, a Historical Walking Tour
1:00pm-3:00pm
Discover the darker side of Stanley Park’s past. Murders, suicides, tragic accidents, violent crimes, drownings and mysterious incidences are all part of “The Jewel of Vancouver’s” 126 years of history. From the unsolved murder of The Babes in the Woods, to a connection to the Janet Smith murder mystery, this tour covers headline making crimes, as well as the more “secret” ones. It also features stories about: park cemeteries & final resting places, unusual hunting stories, buried treasure, storm damage, memorials to the dead, protests, court cases and much more. See rare historical photographs on this tour.
$10 cash. Drop-in only. Meet at the Lost Lagoon viewing plaza overlooking the lagoon, at the foot of Alberni Street (Photos relating to the tour are shown below)

The Slain Cougar Shot in Stanley Park and his Hunters, 1911. Photo: City of Vancouver Archives St Pk P271.2

gravemarker found in the Park

Grave marker of a child found in the Park. Museum of Vancouver collection.

 

abandoned bear cage in old bear pits

Abandoned cage in old bear pits

1923. Brockton Point family lots involved in the “Squatters eviction trials.”. Photo: Vancouver Archives MAP 649

S.S. Beaver shipwrecked in 1888 at Prospect Point, 190? Photo: Vancouver Archives S-3-18

Grave pedastal found in bushes among concrete blocks, possibly used for repairs

Grave marker base found in bushes among concrete blocks, possibly used for repairs

Boy's flying helmet from the Vancouver Police Museum's "Babe's in the Woods" exhibit

Boy’s flying helmet from the Vancouver Police Museum’s “Babe’s in the Woods” exhibit

Deadman’s Island, ca 1900. Photo: City of Vancouver Archives CVA 677-135

The only marked gravesite in Stanley Park, the Pauline Johnson memorial, 1940. Photo: Vancouver Archives CVA 586-219

Grave totems from the Interior found stored in Stanley Park, ca. 1925. Photo: Vancouver Archives In P115.1

WW1, The Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve at the gun emplacement near Ferguson Point. Photo: Vancouver Archives St Pk P228.1

Brockton Point road over top of the Pioneer Cemetery, ca 1890, covered in clam shells from Whoi Whoi midden. Photo: Vancouver Archives St Pk P25.1

Tour # 14  Sunday July 27, 2014
Shakespeare and the Rose Gardens: a Stanley Park Historical Walking Tour
1:00pm – 2:30pm
Stroll the through the gardens and explore the monuments, commemorative trees, historic plaques, the Rose Garden Cottage, the Comedy & Tragedy Trees, the old nursery greenhouse sites, the horse stables, the beautiful garden beds in full bloom, and other features found in this iconic section of Stanley Park. This tour also marks the 450th anniversary year of the birth of William Shakespeare. The tour includes rare historical photographs.
$10 cash. Drop-in only. Meet at the Lost Lagoon viewing plaza overlooking the lagoon, at the foot of Alberni Street, at Chilco St.
(see 8 tour related photos below)

One of several labeled trees in Shakespeare`s Garden. Photo by Jolene Cumming

 

The Rose Garden Cottage. Photo by Jolene Cumming

The Rose Garden Cottage, is it really haunted? Photo by Jolene Cumming

Greenhouses at Stanley Park in Shakespeare’s Garden, installation of gas lights, 1965. Photo: City of Vancouver Archives CVA 1435-636

Hear why this marker has disappeard

On this tour hear why this marker has disappeared.

Shakespeare`s Monument in Shakespeare`s Garden

Shakespeare`s Monument in Shakespeare`s Garden.

Elisabeth Rogers plants an oak to commemorate William Shakespeare’s Tercentary near pipeline road, 1916. Photograph shows George Eldon, C.E. Mahon, A. Dunbar Taylor, G.W. Hutchings, Jonathan Rogers, W.R. Dunlop, Francis Bursill, W.S. Rawlings, St. John Mildmay, A.C. Cummings, H.P. McCraney, Alfred Buckley, A.E. Lees, M.S. Logan and others. Photo: City of Vancouver Archives Tr P24.

Comedy Tree in Shakespeare’s Garden. Photo by Jolene Cumming

Signs of early Burrard Inlet’s lumber industry, a lumberjack’s notch for a springboard.

**below are more upcoming tours….. more info & photos coming soon.

Tour # 15   MONDAY August 4, 2014BC DAY holiday
Old Money, a West of Denman Historical Walking Tour
1:00pm – 2:30pm
$10 cash. Drop-in only. Meet beside the Buchan Hotel at 1906 Haro St.

Tour # 16  Sunday August 10, 2014
Stanley Park Noir, a Historical Walking Tour
1:00pm – 3:00pm
$10 cash. Drop-in only. Meet at the Lost Lagoon viewing plaza overlooking the lagoon, at the foot of Alberni Street

The Slain Cougar Shot in Stanley Park and his Hunters, 1911. Photo: City of Vancouver Archives St Pk P271.2

Tour # 17  Sunday August 17, 2014
NEW!!  The Women of English Bay Historical Walking Tour (English Bay neighbourhood)
1:00pm – 2:30pm
$10 cash. Drop-in only. Meeting place tba .

TOUR # 18   Sunday August 24, 2014
Stanley Park’s Secrets Historical Walking Tour
1:00pm – 2:30pm
Explore the park and discover the many fascinating stories about its hidden past. The tour includes rare historical photographs. $10 cash. Drop-in only. Meet at the Lost Lagoon viewing plaza overlooking the lagoon, at the foot of Alberni Street

Entrance to Stanley Park, 1894. Photo: City of Vancouver Archives CVA 677-987

Engine #374 being transported on a truck, 1945. The miniature train in Stanley Park is a replica of Canadian Pacific Railway Engine #374. It was opened by the Park Board in 1964 after a clearing was created by fallen trees as a result of Typhoon Frieda. Photo: City of Vancouver Archives CVA 1184-3405

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An other event around town (not a tour)
Thursday, July 24, 2014
A Surprising Amount of Nudity: The social history of English Bay beach in the 1890s and early 20th century
6:00 pm
Vancouver Maritime Museum, 1905 Ogden Ave, Kits Point
An illustrated talk by Neil Whaley, in conjunction with the museum’s summer exhibit Babes & Bathers. Vancouver in its early years was a rowdy frontier town, where not everyone had regard for Victorian morals. The beach was one place where the attitudes of local men and women were laid bare. Neil Whaley will present his original research — an informative peek at a part of Vancouver not well known. The talk is included with admission to the museum, which is by donation from 5 to 8 pm on Thursdays.

English Bay, between 1890 and 1895. Photo: City of Vancouver Archives CVA 1376-188

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GENERAL TOUR INFORMATION

HISTORICAL WALKING TOURS
Tours depart from various locations & have various starting times.
All tickets are $10 cash (exact change is helpful). Part proceeds go to the Stanley Park Ecology Society.  Allow extra time for tour registration, traffic, parking and the bus. Tours run rain or shine. Please wear appropriate clothing & footwear as we may be walking on grass, trails and some uneven ground at times. All tours feature rare historical photographs.
Tours are presented by historical interpreter Jolene Cumming. 2014 marks Jolene’s 11th anniversary of presenting Stanley Park historical walking tours and events.
*Tours may be subject to change. Please check this site regularly.
Stanley Park Map

Plan showing land occupied in Stanley Park near Brockton Point, ca. 1923. City of Vancouver Archives, CVA Map 6