Upcoming Walking Tours & Events


TOUR #3    Sunday June 25, 2017   Stanley Park Zoo Historical Walking Tour
1:00pm – 2:30pm  (may run a bit over, depending on the group size)
If you grew up in Vancouver before the mid 1990’s like I did, you will most likely have vivid memories of the Stanley Park Zoo. On this tour, hear decades of Zoo stories and see rare historical Zoo photos, some dating back to the 1800’s.

Join Jolene Castillou Cumming for a historical walk which covers 100 years of the Zoo’s past, from buffalos to flamingos, from penguins to the smelly old reptile house and the Seal Pool and Otter Slide. We visit the site of the very first zoo, where Lord Stanley’s statue is today, to hear who the original zookeeper was (it wasn’t Henry Avison). The tour then crosses the old stone bridge over the Duck Ponds to visit the concrete Bear Pits where Tuk the polar bear lived and zoo relics still exist. We then stop at the previous Lower and Upper zoo sites, and on to the Lumbermen’s Arch animal paddocks at Whoi Whoi. The tour then travels to the west, where the rustic Children’s Zoo building still stands. This is the area where Pete, the last peacock, roamed freely. Next, hear about Canada’s most famous monkey, when we visit the location where Emily Carr’s Woo, spent her last days in the old Stanley Park Monkey House.

Learn about “headline making escapes” (bears, monkeys, Russell the goat, and wolves) and find out what happened to the remaining 3 swans from Lost Lagoon. I will share a few of my own zoo stories, as well as some of my family Zoo photos from the 1950’s & 60’s
$10 cash. Drop-in only. Meet at the Lost Lagoon viewing plaza overlooking the lagoon, at the foot of Alberni St, at Chilco St. Rain or shine

Canadian Youth Hostel bike hike in front of the grizzly bear cage at the zoo, 1943. Photo: Vancouver Archives CVA 586-1337

Penguins in Stanley Park

Looking north from near Georgia Street, toward the Stanley Park Zoo & Avison house, ca. 1893. Photo: Vancouver Archives St Pk P131.2

Abandoned bear cage in old bear pits, 2016. Photo by Jolene Castillou Cumming

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

Stanley Park Map 1911. Photo: Vancouver Archives

Part of the lower Duck Ponds. Photo taken from the stone bridge we cross on the tour, ca. 1910. Photo: Vancouver Archives CVA 1376-80.21

“Monkey Island” and the Seal Pool in front.

Viewing deer in paddock near Lumberman’s Arch, Stanley Park, ca 1916. Photo: Vancouver Archives SGN 1594

The cougar shot in Stanley Park and it’s hunters, 1911. Photo: Vancouver Archives St Pk P271.2



Tours depart from various locations & have various starting times.
All tickets are $10 cash (exact change is helpful). Many tours have a sliding scale, so check individual announcements. 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 Castillou Cumming. 2017 marks Jolene’s 14th anniversary of presenting Stanley Park historical walking tours and events.
*Tours may be subject to change. Please check this site regularly.
Here’s a link to a Stanley Park Map