Upcoming Historical Walking Tours & Events

CALENDAR -  2014 Summer Historical Walking Tours
Private tours also available

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 Remarkable 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 # 15   MONDAY August 4, 2014BC DAY holiday
Old Money, a West of Denman Historical Walking Tour
1:00pm – 2:30pm
Before Vancouver’s upper class elite moved to Shaughnessy Heights, “West of Denman” by Stanley Park, was where many of the “Who’s Who” lived until the First World War. Discover who they were, where and how they lived and what lured them out. This tour also explores the lives of the domestic workers, sellers and nursemaids like Janet Smith. Stroll the streets of the West End to hear fascinating stories about this early Vancouver neighbourhood. The tour includes rare historical photographs.
$10 cash. Drop-in only. Meet beside the Buchan Hotel at 1906 Haro St. (at Gilford Street)

Mansions on Nelson Street, ca. 1915. Photo: City of Vancouver Str P181.2

Mr. & Mrs. S.L. Howe and Mr. Irvine in a horse-drawn carriage in front of Stanley Park’s Hollow Tree, 1908. Photo: City of Vancouver Archives Trans P49

A picnic in Stanley Park featuring some “West of Denman” residents in 1888. Group portrait showing Mrs. Benwell, J.C. Keith, John Williams, Bob Spinks, Elizabeth Alexander (Mrs. J.G.L. Abbott, Mrs. Blaiklock, Beatrice Abbott, Miss Crease, Helen Cambie, Mable Tatlow, R.G. Tatlow, Elizabeth Cambie, Mrs. Sewell (nee Freer), Miss Pooley (Lady Stanley), W.F. Salbury, Mrs. John Williams, Mrs. W.F. Salsbury, Miss Leaycroft, Hamilton Abbott, Dick Spinks, Arthur Salsbury, Mrs. A.O. Leask, Rose Townley (Mrs. Grange Holt), Mrs. A.J. Dana, Mr. Geddes, Dick Harvey, Mrs. Spinks, Miss Wales, Mr. Bevan, Mr. Spinks, Allen Cameron, Mrs. Wilgress, Mrs. J.C. Keith, Miss Laycroft, R.G. Tatlow, H.O. Alexander and others. Photo: Vancouver Archives Port P475

Sir Charles Hibbert Tupper inspecting Girl Guides during WW1. Photo: Vancouver Archives Port P163.1

A tournament in progress at the Vancouver Lawn Tennis Club at 940 Denman Street, ca 1905. Photo: City of Vancouver Sp P77.1

Tour # 16  Sunday August 10, 2014
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

grave marker found in the Park

abandoned bear cage in old bear pits

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

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

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

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

Tour # 17  Sunday August 17, 2014
NEW!!  The Remarkable Women of English Bay Historical Walking Tour (English Bay neighbourhood). Hear stories about the famous and the forgotten women who lived in and visited this historic section of Vancouver.
1:00pm – 2:30pm
$10 cash. Drop-in only. Meeting place tba .

Four women gathered on porch of James Stark’s summer cottage at English Bay, 1897. Photo: Vancouver Archives SGN 1074.2

Lifeguard Joe Fortes teaching a young woman to swim at English Bay, ca 1905. Photo: Vancouver Archives CVA 677-421

Yvonne De Carlo with Bob Willett of CKMO Radio, 1945. Photo: VPL 80459

On this tour hear who the real “Sylvia” was. An August day at English Bay, 1914. Photo: Vancouver Archives Be P144.2

Group portrait showing Susannah Florence (Mrs. P. Nye), Horace and Maud Mackey, 1888. Photo: Vancouver Archives Port P.1540

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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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