TOUR CALENDAR – 2016 FALL Stanley Park Historical Walking Tours
Tour # 9 Sunday October 23, 2016 Woo`s Zoo: Stanley Park Zoo Historical Walking Tour (details below)
Early March 2017: The Annual Pauline Johnson/Tekahionwake Historical Walking Tour in Stanley Park
Spring 2017: Women & The Arts: A Stanley Park Historical Walking Tour
Tour #9 Sunday October 23, 2016
Woo`s Zoo – A Stanley Park Zoo Historical Walking Tour
1:00pm – 2:30pm
This zoo history tour is named “Woo’s Zoo” in honour of Emily Carr’s famous monkey, Woo, who spent her last days in the Stanley Park Monkey House.
If you grew up in Vancouver before the mid 1990’s, you will most likely have vivid memories of the Stanley Park Zoo. Join us to hear over 100 years of the Zoo’s history, from buffalos to flamingos, from penguins to the old reptile house and the Seal Pool and Otter slide. Visit the site of the first zoo, where Lord Stanley’s statue is today, and 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 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 travels to the west, where the rustic Children’s Zoo building still stands. This is the area where Pete, the last peacock, roamed freely. 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. Decades of Zoo stories and rare historical photos. Rain or shine.
$10 cash. Drop-in only. Meet at the Lost Lagoon viewing plaza overlooking the lagoon, at the foot of Alberni St, at Chilco St.
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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 Castillou Cumming. 2016 marks Jolene’s 13th 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