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History Walks in Vancouver with James Johnstone - Private Tour

703 Hawks Ave, Vancouver, British Columbia V6A 3J2, Canada
+1 604-360-9195
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Well worth it!

As a local resident I can say that this tour truly brought the neighborhood to life. That so many... read more

Reviewed 29 September 2017
Auckland Central, New Zealand
via mobile
Best Historian in Vancouver

I've been on two of James' tours, one in Strathcona and recently one in Mount Pleasant. He knows... read more

Reviewed 11 September 2017
Richmond, Canada
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I host 2 and a half to 3 hour guided history walks in four of Vancouver's historic neighbourhoods: the East End/Strathcona, the West End, Grandview, and Mount Pleasant. Most of the stories shared on my tours come from my work as a house history researcher. I have researched the history of 900 Vancouver homes and share their stories and my passion for Vancouver history on my tours and in a popular blog called "When An Old House Whispers". The dates and times and rendezvous information for my regularly scheduled history walks can be found at historywalksinvancouver blog. Private walking tours in English, Japanese or Italian can be arranged for groups of five or more depending on my availability.
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
703 Hawks Ave, Vancouver, British Columbia V6A 3J2, Canada
+1 604-360-9195

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Reviewed 29 September 2017 via mobile

As a local resident I can say that this tour truly brought the neighborhood to life. That so many stories and interesting things can exist in such a small collection of streets is incredible. If you like colourful stories pretty period houses and history in...More

Thank KiwiCanuck82
Reviewed 11 September 2017

I've been on two of James' tours, one in Strathcona and recently one in Mount Pleasant. He knows Vancouver history and in particular specific house histories, which can be quite fascinating. Strathcona being the more rough and tumble side of early Vancouver to me had...More

1  Thank orbitalous
Reviewed 2 September 2017

James tour is perfect for tourists and locals. I live in Vancouver but James' knowledge and enthusiasm for heritage and history makes this tour a one of a kind. We not only walked around the Strathcona area but were invited in to see two private...More

1  Thank 58JudyDVancouver
Reviewed 12 August 2017 via mobile

This was a great way to spend a couple of hours in the East End/Strathcona learning the history of early Vancouver, of connections to well-known (and not so well-known!) local figures, and appreciating the passion James has for the neighborhood. I highly recommend this Tour...More

1  Thank Maryanne1204
Reviewed 27 March 2017

James Johnstone's enthusiasm and passion for history and the Strathcona neighbourhood is infectious. We were lucky with a dry, sunny day for the tour. We saw areas we have not been to before. I'm embarrassed as I grew up in Vancouver... The tour was just...More

Thank Avg_40ish_woman
Reviewed 11 March 2017

Outstanding! I have lived in Vancouver for 40 years and have done a number of architecture tours, but James' tour of Strathcona was by far the most interesting. As what was historically the first stop for many immigrant groups, the area has had quite a...More

1  Thank rick b
Reviewed 6 March 2017

I thoroughly enjoyed the tour of Strathcona. James is extremely knowledgeable and obviously enjoys doing research and giving tours. I used to live in the neighbourhood but now I know so much more history of the houses and the inhabitants, from the beginnings of Strathcona...More

1  Thank keito8o
Reviewed 1 March 2017

Our walking club enjoyed a personalized tour with James Johnstone last week. we were impressed with his knowledge of the history of the area and with his anecdotes and colorful stories about the houses and alleys that we passed. We have already arranged for another...More

1  Thank JuneSparkles
Reviewed 28 February 2017

What an informative morning! James is so familiar with the Strathcona neighbourhood that not only did he offer us general knowledge of the area, he shared personal stories and made each home and family 'come to life' for us. From bootleggers to stories about the...More

1  Thank Miranda D
Reviewed 28 February 2017 via mobile

" I owe it to the Ghosts " says superb tour guide James Johnstone. We just completed his Saturday morning tour of the East End/ Strathcona neighbourhood lead by the historian himself . Absolutely top notch walk with James' in depth knowledge of the architecture,...More

1  Thank Skyekean
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