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History Walks in Vancouver with James Johnstone


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Vancouver’s old houses and the stories of the people who built and lived in them are my passion. My History Walks through Vancouver’s four oldest heritage neighbourhoods: the East End/Strathcona, West End, Mount Pleasant, and Grandview, are a...more
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
703 Hawks Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia V6A 3J2, Canada
+1 604-360-9195
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The history and the stories that James relates are fascinating, fun and sometimes spooky. He had photos of former residents so we could put faces and stories to the homes we viewed. I love local history and it was a thrill to learn about Strathcona...More

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James J, Owner at History Walks in Vancouver with James Johnstone, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you so much. I love my old neighbourhood and I love when visitors who come on my walks to our very giving historic neighbourhood "get" it. Alla prossima!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I grew up in Vancouver and enjoy learning about it's history. Joining the Strathcona walk was more than just a history lesson. James shared stories from those who live/lived in the houses of the neighbourhood & their families, which were unique and fascinating. His knowledge...More

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James J, Owner at History Walks in Vancouver with James Johnstone, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you, Kati. It was so great to have you along to see the neighbourhood and its old houses with a different type of sight. It feels like the spirits of our East End Vancouver old timers look after the neighbourhood and even set the...More

Reviewed August 30, 2018

This was a fabulous historical tour of Vancouver's West End looking at all of the old houses and interesting history. I have lived in Vancouver for about 45 years, and had no idea of the history, nor did I realize that there were so many...More

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Reviewed August 27, 2018

I've done a few walking tours around Vancouver recently, but I found James' Strathcona tour to be the most interesting. Not only is his knowledge of the area's history impressive, he conveys a genuine affection for the area and backs it up with interesting stories....More

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Reviewed August 18, 2018

We moved to Vancouver nearly 3 years ago and have been reluctant to walk the streets east of Main Street. James made the introduction to the Strathcona neighbourhood warm, friendly, and at times, jaw-dropping, with his stories and insights to the how and who have...More

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James J, Owner at History Walks in Vancouver with James Johnstone, responded to this reviewResponded August 19, 2018

Thanks so much for your feedback John. I am passionate about the East End and its history and the role it played in the development of Vancouver and I absolutely love it when people "get it"! Thanks again for coming along.

Reviewed May 3, 2018

This tour is AMAZING! So interesting as well as very reasonable! I highly recommend James' tour and can hardly wait to do one of Vancouver's West End in August!

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Reviewed March 26, 2018 via mobile

We did the Strathcona tour in the pouring rain. Regardless, the tour was so informative that we felt absolutely worth it. The stories of these heritage houses told by James were fascinating. He must have done a lot of research on the neighborhood. What was...More

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Reviewed March 20, 2018 via mobile

Booked a private tour of Strathcona for my Fiancée and myself. Had a wonderful time listening to James speak of the endless history of the East end. So many stories that made us fall in love with the neighbourhood even more. Thank you so very...More

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James J, Owner at History Walks in Vancouver with James Johnstone, responded to this reviewResponded March 21, 2018

Thank you! You were obviously meant to move to Strathcona and be included in this fascinating neighbourhood's ongoing stories.

Reviewed March 15, 2018

Our walking group took the tour of Mount Pleasant with James and what a wonderful morning it was despite the occasional light rain!! James had so much information for us about the historical homes in the area. He also had pictures of the streets of...More

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James J, Owner at History Walks in Vancouver with James Johnstone, responded to this reviewResponded March 21, 2018

Brenda, thanks for time travelling with me through all of these fascinating Vancouver neighbourhoods. It is amazing to think just how many fantastic stories our city neighbourhoods have to tell, even though Vancouver's history as a "city" is not that old.

Reviewed March 11, 2018 via mobile

As someone who has had family living in the Strathcona Neighbourhood for over 100 years James surprised me! His walking tour was filled with tales of who lives where, and the origins of he homes. His knowledge is deep and his love for the area...More

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James J, Owner at History Walks in Vancouver with James Johnstone, responded to this reviewResponded March 21, 2018

Thanks Francesca. One of the things I love most about this tour is when people who have roots in the neighbourhood, like yourself, come along. It enriches the experience for everyone and I learn so much, We are so lucky to live in Strathcona.

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