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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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History Tour of Strathcona

This tour is AMAZING! So interesting as well as very reasonable! I highly recommend James' tour... read more

Reviewed May 3, 2018
louisefromhmb2018
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Vancouver, Canada
Very informative historical walking tour

We did the Strathcona tour in the pouring rain. Regardless, the tour was so informative that we... read more

Reviewed March 26, 2018
Leona Z
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Vancouver, Canada
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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, the West End, Mount Pleasant, and Grandview, are a culmination of over two decades working as a house genealogist. During that time I produced in-depth histories of over 800 Vancouver houses. People call me the House Whisperer. My blog, “When An Old House Whispers” is followed by people in over 70 countries world wide. If you like walking through and photographing historic neighbourhoods, if you ever wanted to time travel, if you are curious to uncover the mysteries hidden behind the doors of old houses, if you have an ear for old-timers’ stories, my History Walks are for you! Each tour lasts 2.5 to 3 hours. Check my website for the content, cost, departure times and locations of my scheduled tours. E-mail me if you would like more info or to book a private tour English, Italian or Japanese.
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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703 Hawks Ave, Vancouver, British Columbia V6A 3J2, Canada
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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 - Private Tour, 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.

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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 - Private Tour, 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.

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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 - Private Tour, 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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Reviewed March 5, 2018

It was cold and damp and the tour lasted nearly three and a half hours, but James's tour was worth the small discomfort experienced by a 67-year-old body as our tour leader possesses not only a rich knowledge of the history, architecture, and culture of...More

1  Thank Ross L
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James J, Owner at History Walks in Vancouver with James Johnstone - Private Tour, responded to this reviewResponded March 5, 2018

Thank you Ross. I am always pleased when people "get" my neighbourhood and why I love it.

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Reviewed March 4, 2018 via mobile

Absolutely outstanding tour of the Strathcona neighbourhood. Second time going and still enthralled with the stories the guide, James Johnstone, told us. Tour conducted by a gem of a man in a gem of a city. Highly recommend a group of friends treat themselves to...More

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James J, Owner at History Walks in Vancouver with James Johnstone - Private Tour, responded to this reviewResponded March 5, 2018

Thank you! It is always a pleasure to travel back in time with people interested in Vancouver's most interesting neighbourhood.

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Reviewed March 4, 2018

A very delightful and fun time was had by all today with James Johnstone on his walking tour of Strathcona. James is extremely knowledgeable on the history of this neighbourhood, and regaled us with many stories of the rich interesting history of the beginnings of...More

1  Thank Joan L
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James J, Owner at History Walks in Vancouver with James Johnstone - Private Tour, responded to this reviewResponded March 5, 2018

Thank you Joan. I love my neighbourhood and nothing pleases me more than to see people take an interest in its history and contributions to Vancouver.

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Reviewed March 3, 2018

We took James Johnstone's Vancouver-West End history tour this morning and enjoyed it very much. James took us through much of this neighbourhood - one of Vancouver's oldest, pointing out both the remaining historic houses and where points of interest USED to be. James was...More

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James J, Owner at History Walks in Vancouver with James Johnstone - Private Tour, responded to this reviewResponded March 4, 2018

Thank you Alan, It was great to have you, Linda and your friends along on my West End History Walk. Poor Errol Flynn indeed!

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Reviewed February 25, 2018

James mesmerized us from the get go. His passion for history, languages, breadth and depth of knowlege coupled with gifted storytelling made for an informative delightful tour. Gleaning architectural details as well as tales, sometimes harrowing, about the local, diverse multi-faceted members of this community...More

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James J, Owner at History Walks in Vancouver with James Johnstone - Private Tour, responded to this reviewResponded March 5, 2018

Wow! Thank you!

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