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:

  • Saturday October 25 Halloween – note new date -  Stanley Park Noir
  • Sunday November 9  – Military History of Stanley Park
  • Sunday November 16 – Old Money: West of Denman tour, and more… .

Tour # 20 Saturday October 25, 2014
Stanley Park Noir, a Historical Walking Tour
1:00pm – 3:00pm
$10 cash, drop in only and rain or shine.
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. Meet at the viewing plaza overlooking Lost Lagoon at the foot of Alberni Street.

gravemarker found in the Park

A gravemarker found in Stanley Park

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, 1899. Photo: Vancouver Archives Wat P89

abandoned bear cage in old bear pits

Abandoned bear cage in old bear pits

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

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

Wreck of S.S. “Beaver”, ca 1888. Photo: Vancouver Archives Bo P150

S.S. “Chehalis” disaster monument, 1938. Photo: Vancouver Archives Mon P8



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