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East Van History Walks With James Johnstone Back This Summer

9 Jul

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James Johnstone is back with his popular historical walking tours this August and September. On Saturday, August 18th, James will take you on a tour of one of Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhoods, Strathcona. The tour kicks off at 10:00 am starting from 696 East Hastings Street at Heatley. This historical walking tour is a culmination of years of researching over 250 homes in the East End. Although you will find architecture is a theme on this tour, James will also focus on social history and how waves of immigrants established themselves in this area before moving on to other parts of the city. The tour will also touch on the impact of portside industries like BC Sugar, the prohibition and the proliferation of bootlegging as well as the City of Vancouver’s attempts to wipe out “urban blight”. If you can’t make this date, he will be doing this tour again on Saturday, September 1st and 15th.  James is also offering another tour on September 8th, which focuses on the Working/Wild Side of Vancouver’s East End. This tour has some interesting local history points including the birthplace of Venice Bakery, home of actor John Qualin (Grapes of Wrath), home of maternal grandparents of Michael Buble, home of boxing legend Jimmy McLarnin, birthplace of former Premier Dave Barrett as well as some interesting history on Union Market which was once a Chinese laundry and bottlegging operation. James has much more history for you.  Each tour runs for approximately 2 to 2.5 hours the cost is $20 for each tour. If you would like more information or to reserve your spot, email James directly at historywalks@gmail.com.

East Vancouver History Walk With James Johnstone

26 Feb

EastEndWalkingTourJamesJames Johnstone is back with his popular historical walking tours this February and March. On Saturday, March 10th, James will take you on a tour of one of Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhoods, Strathcona. The tour kicks off at 10:00 a.m. starting from 696 East Hastings at Heatley. This historical walking tour is a culmination of years of researching over 250 homes in the East End. Although you will find architecture is a theme on this tour, James will also focus on social history and how waves of immigrants established themselves in this area before moving on to other parts of the city. The tour will also touch on the impact of portside industries like BC Sugar, the prohibition and the proliferation of bootlegging as well as the City of Vancouver’s attempts to wipe out “urban blight”.   If you can’t make March 10th, he will be doing this tour again on March 24th.  On March 17th, James will host a history walk  of the Working/Wild Side of Vancouver’s East End. Each tour runs for approximately 2 to 2.5 hours and last we heard the cost was $20 for each tour. If you would like more information or to reserve your spot, email James directly at historywalks@gmail.com.

East Vancouver History Walks With James Johnstone February 27 & March 5

17 Feb

EastEndWalkingTourJamesJames Johnstone is back with his popular historical walking tours. On Saturday, February 27th,  James will take you on a tour of one of Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhoods, Strathcona. The tour kicks off at 10:00 a.m. starting from 696 East Hastings at Heatley. This historical walking tour is a culmination of years of researching over 250 homes in the East End. Although you will find architecture is a theme on this tour, James will also focus on social history and how waves of immigrants established themselves in this area before moving on to other parts of the city. The tour will also touch on the impact of portside industries like BC Sugar, the prohibition and the proliferation of bootlegging as well as the City of Vancouver’s attempts to wipe out “urban blight”.  Or if you prefer to take in the history of the Grandview Woodlands area, on March 5th James will host a history walk “Grandview: The Hood That Drives”. Each tour runs for approximately 2 to 2.5 hours and the cost is $20 for each tour. If you would like more information or to reserve your spot, email James directly at historywalks@gmail.com.

James Johnstone Historical Walking Tour Strathcona February 21st

19 Feb

EastEndWalkingTourJamesJames Johnstone is back with his historical walking tours and will be kicking off his first tour this Saturday, February 21st.  James will take you on a tour of one of Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhoods, Strathcona. The tour kicks off at 10:00 a.m. starting from 696 East Hastings at Heatley. This historical walking tour is a culmination of years of researching over 250 homes in the East End. Although you will find architecture is a theme on this tour, James will also focus on social history and how waves of immigrants established themselves in this area before moving on to other parts of the city. The tour will also touch on the impact of portside industries like BC Sugar, the prohibition and the proliferation of bootlegging as well as the City of Vancouver’s attempts to wipe out “urban blight”. Join James this Saturday and he will tell you why Vancouver’s first neighbourhood is also its most fascinating. The cost of the tour is $20 per person.  If you are unable to attend this weekend’s tour, James will be repeating this tour on February 28th, March 7th, March 14th and March 21st.  If you would like more information or to reserve your spot, email James directly at historywalks@gmail.com.

History Walk With James Johnstone Saturday, August 3rd

1 Aug

JamesJohnstoneEast End from Dufferin Street 1890s

Join James Johnstone this Saturday at 10:00 a.m. for a historical walking tour of Vancouver’s Milltown – Strathcona North of Hastings. The largely industrialized area of the Strathcona North of Hastings is the oldest part of the city of Vancouver. The point of land on the north foot of Dunlevy where Captain Edward Stamp established Vancouver’s first industry, the Hastings Mill (originally the Vancouver Island Spar, Lumber & Sawmill Co.) in 1865, was known as Kumkumalay (“big leaf maple trees”).

You will learn many interesting facts on this tour such as Vancouver’s first Mayor, Malcolm A. MacLean, as well as world-renowned theoretical physicist Shuichi Kusaka (a protégé of Albert Einstein) both lived on the 300-block of East Cordova Street. One of the oldest houses still standing in Vancouver, the Thomas Dunn house, is on the north side of the same block. James promises this is a tour like no other and will bring along a binder filled with old archival images of houses, buildings and people from days gone by.

The walk departs from 611 Alexander Street at the north foot of Princess Avenue and runs for 2 hours. The cost is $20 per person. To reserve your spot, email James directly at historywalks@gmail.com. If you can’t make it this Saturday, this walk is being offered again on September 21st. 

JamesJohnstoneThis is Strathcona map cropped JamesJohnstoneStr p223 1887 cropped to 385 Cordova

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