Upcoming Historical Walking Tours & Events

CALENDAR –  2014 Summer Historical Walking Tours
Private tours also available

*** check back for more Fall & Winter tours, like: The Remarkable Women of English Bay (Oct tba – for Women’s History Month), Stanley Park Noir (Oct 26 Halloween), The Military History of Stanley Park (November 9), and more… .

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

Henry Avison and his son Henry Stanley Avison outside the Park Ranger’s cottage at the entrance of Stanley Park, 1896. Photo: Vancouver Archives S-5-4

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

Buffalo at Stanley Park, 1939. Photo: Vancouver Archives St Pk N46

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

People seated outside the Stanley Park Pavilion, ca 1917. Photo: Vancouver Archives SGN 1592.

People and dog in car in front of Lumbermen’s Arch (also known as the “Bowie Arch”) at Stanley Park, 1913. Photo: Vancouver Archives LGN 726.

Skaters on Lost Lagoon with the mansions in the background, 1930’s. Photo: Vancouver Archives CVA 260-269

Men playing giant checkers at one of 3 large boards in the park, 1937. Photo: Vancouver Archives CVA 260-645

Japanese monument in background and ornamental lake, Stanley Park, ca 1925. Photo: Vancouver Archives CVA 1477-653

An unveiling ceremony at the Garden of Remembrance, 1949. Photo: Vancouver Archives CVA 371-2609

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



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