Upcoming Stanley Park History Group’s Historical Walking Tours & Events

CALENDAR –  2014 Winter Historical Walking Tours – (2015 tours posted soon)
Private tours also available

Tour # 23  Sunday December 28, 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. There are countless mysteries, myths & misconceptions about the history of Stanley Park. Whose park is it? Why is Lost Lagoon lost? Where was the forgotten Fisherman’s Cove settlement? Walk through the “Lost Rock Garden”. Was there a Pioneer Cemetery and a Pest House in the park? Who really started the first zoo? Where were the WWII artillery guns in the park? Where did the first grey squirrels come from? Find the answers to these questions, and dozens of others, on this historical tour. $10 cash and droop in only. Includes rare historical photographs. Meet at the Lost Lagoon viewing plaza overlooking the lagoon, at the foot of Alberni Street (at Chilco St).

Lumbermen’s Arch at old site of Whoi Whoi village, 1913. Photo: Vancouver Archives Arch P40


Chehalis disaster monument, 1938. Photo: Vancouver Archives Mon 8.

buffalos in Stanley Park. Photo: Vancouver Archives St Pk N46


The Lost Rock Garden of Stanley Park, 1930’s. Photo: Vancouver Archives CVA 371-2849.


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

Hundred year old mystery notches in Stanley Park trees. Photo by Jolene Cumming

Hear the hidden story behind many of the park plaques. Photo by Jolene Cumming

The Pavilion at Stanley Park, 1920’s. Photo: Vancouver Archives St Pk N60



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