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

CALENDAR –  2014 Fall Historical Walking Tours
Private tours also available
*** check back for more Fall tours, like:

  • Sunday November 9, 2014  – Military History of Stanley Park
  • Sunday November 16, 2014 – Old Money: West of Denman tour
  • Sunday December 28, 2014 – Stanley Park Secrets, and more… .

TOUR # 21   Sunday November 9, 2014
The Military History of Stanley Park Historical Walking Tour
A Remembrance Day Weekend event
1:00pm – 2:30pm
In the mid 1800’s Stanley Park was declared a British Military Reserve…or was it?  On this tour discover over 150 years of military related stories, ranging from; secret defence sites, monuments, memorial gardens, sites of protests and peace gatherings, Deadman’s Island’s Royal Canadian Naval Reserve HMSC Discovery, soldier stories, and the war effort activities that took place in the park.
Includes rare historical photographs. Meet at the viewing plaza overlooking Lost Lagoon, at the foot of Alberni St. (at Chilco St.). $10 and drop-in only. Rain or Shine.


The Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve at the gun emplacement near Ferguson Point, 1914-1918. Photo: Vancouver Archives St Pk P288.2

Japanese-Canadian Memorial in Stanley Park, ca. 1920. Photo: Vancouver Archives CVA 99-2418

Canadian Women’s Army Corps members returning from a walk on the park trails. CWAC’s were trained and stationed in the park during WW11, June 1945. Photo: Vancouver Archives Mil P219.

Captain J.S. Matthews (Vancouver’s first Archivist) fires Maxim machine gun at practice at Second Beach, 1909. Photo: Vancouver Archives Mil P169

An unveiling ceremony at the Garden of Remembrance by the Women’s Auxiliary of the Air Force, 1949. Photo: Vancouver Archives CVA 371-2608.

Fiji Islanders on their way to the front pay a visit to the Hollow Tree, 1914-1918. Photo: Vancouver Archives Mil P56.

Loading 9 o’clock gun, 1943. Photo: Vancouver City Archives CVA 586-1188

Lumbermen’s Arch, ca 1930. Also called “The Bowie Arch” after Captain George P. Bowie, killed in action First World War . Photo: Vancouver Archives CVA 447-236.



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