Monday, 20 January 2020

HISTORY WALK SCHEDULE FOR FEBRUARY/MARCH 2020


Ghost Walks with Kati Ackermann are back!

In February/March of 2020 I will be offering four History Walks, two which are co-hosted by my ghost whisperer/paranormal investigator friend, Kati Ackermann!

Dates and costs are as follows (See details below):

February 22nd, 10:00am
East End Vancouver/Strathcona HISTORY WALK
(Price $20/person)

February 29th, 10:00am
West End HISTORY WALK
(Price $20/person)

March 7th, 10:00am
GHOST WALK co-hosted by paranormal investigator Kati Ackermann
Through The Working/Wild Side of Vancouver’s East End
(Price $30/person)
MARCH 14th, 10:00am

GHOST WALK co-hosted by paranormal investigator Kati Ackermann
Through East End Vancouver/Strathcona
(Price $30/person)

The routes of the two paranormal-themed History Walks co-hosted by Kati are the same as my regular walks through the East End: Tour #2 and Tour #1, with the fascinating added dimension of Kati’s spirit-attuned eyes and ears. I will share the history of the buildings and blocks in the neighbourhood while Kati will share with us about the spirits she sees and what they tell her. Kati and I have partnered a number of times on previous walks and it is mind boggling—though not unexpected—just how haunted Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhood is.

Please note that the price for these "Ghost Walks" will be $30 per person and that the size will be limited to 30 people, so please book early. Katie’s bio can be found below.

Vancouver's East End in the 1890s photographed from present day Olympic Village site - City of Vancouver Archives

February 22nd
East End Vancouver/Strathcona History Walk
Departs: 696 East Hastings (at Heatley) at 10am. 
Duration: 2.5 to 3 hours depending on the size of the group.
Cost: $20 per person

My East End Vancouver/Strathcona walking tour is by far the most popular of my History Walks. It is no wonder... The East End is Vancouver's oldest and most fascinating neighbourhood. 

The humble East End was the first Vancouver home to thousands of people fresh off the boat or train arriving from all over the world. Street by street, block by block, the East End developed ethnic enclaves. This neighbourhood boasted the first Synagogue and first Jewish neighbourhood, Vancouver's first Little Italy, Japantown, and Vancouver's only Black identified neighbourhood, Hogan's Alley. 

Some blocks were dominated by Scandinavians, others by Yugoslavs, Russians and Ukrainians. Over the years the East End became Chinatown's residential district, home to renowned authors Wayson Choy (The Jade Peony/Paper Shadows) and Paul Yee (Salt Water City/Ghost Train). 

Home to three historic red light districts, an unsettling mix of non-British, mostly working class immigrants, three of Vancouver's four Depression era hobo camps, innumerable bootleg joints, even gangs, Vancouver's East End was often viewed by outsiders as an unsavoury, even dangerous place where "those people" lived. 

But it was also home to Angelo Branca, who went on to become Supreme Court Justice for British Columbia, Canada's "Amelia Earhart" Tosca Trasolini, boxing legends Jimmy McLarnin and Phil Palmer, NDP Premier Dave Barrett, media personality, musician, filmmaker and actress Sook Yin Lee, CBC programmer, poet and author Bill Richardson, Canadian singing legend k. d. lang, and the Montreal Bakery where the "royal buns" were baked for the 1939 visit to Vancouver by King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. And that is just scratching the surface!

Every one of Strathcona's houses has a story to tell. Want to time travel? Come for a History Walk through Vancouver's oldest and most fascinating neighbourhood, the East End.

Parking: There is plenty of free parking along Heatley Avenue, Hastings Street, and Keefer Street further South.
  
E-mail: historywalks@gmail.com to reserve a space on my regularly scheduled tours, or for more information on how to book a private History Walk.


From John Mackie Collection

February 29th
West End History Walk
Departs: SE corner of Bute and Robson Streets at 
Time: 10am
Duration: Approximately two and a half hours and
Finishes: At English Bay near Denman & Davie.
Cost: $20.00 per person

My interest in Vancouver neighbourhood history was born when I moved into my first apartment in the West End. Walking to and from my workplace downtown I would choose a slightly different route each time and I was fascinated by what I saw. 

Back in the 1980s, the West End had many more of its original houses. Sadly, most but not all of the West End’s early buildings have been demolished, but you can still find some unexpected jewels hidden here and there among the high-rises and hidden behind storefronts.

This tour, which lasts usually just over two and a half hours, snakes its way through the West End from Robson Street to English Bay. On the way you will see the site of an unusual roof-top airplane crash, the location of the mansions of two of Vancouver’s mayors, the house in which the first English version of "O Canada" was written, the Gustav Roedde House and the beautifully restored houses of Barclay Heritage Square, the site of North America’s first Fire Hall designed for mechanical fire trucks, the location of X-Files’ Agent Dana Scully’s apartment, the apartment building where actor Errol Flynn died, Sugar magnate Benjamin Tingley Roger’s magnificent stone mansion Gabriola, the home of one of the British Empire’s most renowned sharpshooters, the location of English Bay’s first life guard Joe Fortes’ cabin, and much much more.

As with all of my history walks, I supplement what we are able to see today with peeks back into time using archival images to help recreate the lost Victorian and Edwardian streetscapes of the West End.  

E-mail: historywalks@gmail.com to reserve a space on my regularly scheduled tours, or for more information on how to book a private History Walk.


Do the ghosts of old East End bootleggers haunt Union Street?

March 7th
GHOST WALK 
Through The Working/Wild Side of Vancouver’s East End
Departs: 10am from the NW corner of Malkin and Raymur Avenue and ends a few blocks away at 1000 Parker Street. 
Duration: More or less 2.5 hours depending on the size and pace of the group.
Cost: $30 per person
Group Size: Limited to 30 people

This tour focusses on the lesser known but equally interesting and photogenic southern and eastern peripheries of Vancouver’s historic Strathcona neighbourhood. Highlights of the tour include a walk by the old Restmore Manufacturing Buildings, known today as the artist studios of 1000 Parker, the Cottonwood and Strathcona Community Gardens (once the sites of Vancouver’s city dump and home during the Great Depression of a sizeable hobo village), the birthplace of Venice Bakery, Malkin Avenue and Prior Street, the birthplace of character actor John Qualin, and a walk down Union Street to see where Michael Bublé's maternal grandparents lived, the home of boxing legend Jimmy McLarnin, the Union Market (which started as a Chinese laundry and was once a bootlegging joint), the birthplace of BC Premier Dave Barrett, Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church, the apartments were music legend k.d. lang lived, the site of a pre-World War I era brothel, and the historic Admiral Seymour School.

Parking: There is plenty of free parking along Raymur and Malkin Avenues.

E-mail: historywalks@gmail.com to reserve a space on my regularly scheduled tours, or for more information on how to book a private History Walk.



A Vancouver toothpick - Lumber from Vancouver's East End went all over the world

MARCH 14th
GHOST WALK
Through East End Vancouver/Strathcona
Departs: 696 East Hastings (at Heatley) at 10am. 
Duration: 2.5 to 3 hours depending on the size of the group.
Cost: $30 per person
Group Size: Limited to 30 people

My East End Vancouver/Strathcona walking tour is by far the most popular of my History Walks. It is no wonder... The East End is Vancouver's oldest and most fascinating, and possibly most haunted neighbourhood. 

The humble East End was the first Vancouver home to thousands of people fresh off the boat or train arriving from all over the world. Street by street, block by block, the East End developed ethnic enclaves. This neighbourhood boasted the first Synagogue and first Jewish neighbourhood, Vancouver's first Little Italy, Japantown, and Vancouver's only Black identified neighbourhood, Hogan's Alley. 

Some blocks were dominated by Scandinavians, others by Yugoslavs, Russians and Ukrainians. Over the years the East End became Chinatown's residential district, home to renowned authors Wayson Choy (The Jade Peony/Paper Shadows) and Paul Yee (Salt Water City/Ghost Train). 

Home to three historic red light districts, an unsettling mix of non-British, mostly working class immigrants, three of Vancouver's four Depression era hobo camps, innumerable bootleg joints, even gangs, Vancouver's East End was often viewed by outsiders as an unsavoury, even dangerous place where "those people" lived. 

But it was also home to Angelo Branca, who went on to become Supreme Court Justice for British Columbia, Canada's "Amelia Earhart" Tosca Trasolini, boxing legends Jimmy McLarnin and Phil Palmer, NDP Premier Dave Barrett, media personality, musician, filmmaker and actress Sook Yin Lee, CBC programmer, poet and author Bill Richardson, Canadian singing legend k. d. lang, and the Montreal Bakery where the "royal buns" were baked for the 1939 visit to Vancouver by King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. And that is just scratching the surface!

Every one of Strathcona's streets, every corner, every house, has a story to tell. If you ever dreamt of time travel, come for a History Walk through Vancouver's oldest and most fascinating neighbourhood, the East End.

Parking: There is plenty of free parking along Heatley Avenue, Hastings Street, and Keefer Street further South.
  
E-mail: historywalks@gmail.com to reserve a space on my regularly scheduled tours, or for more information on how to book a private History Walk.

Kati-s Bio:
Paranormal investigator Kati Ackermann was born in St. Paul's Hospital (West End), raised in Richmond (1960's-1970's), and has lived in the Vancouver area all her life. She is the founder of Vancouver Spooks Paranormal Investigations - VSPI), a sensitive (walks with the dead), performs house/people cleansings and has an Associate's Certificate in Leadership Coaching. She is an amateur historical researcher and genealogist, writer, and taphophile (look it up) who loves licorice ice cream. For more info, contact her directly at: vancouverspooks@gmail.com

HEY!


This CVA photo shows a woman yelling at police during the Battle of Ballantyne Pier. June 19, 1935 Vancouver Sun

While we are at it... Remember, Private History Walks on any of my regular Vancouver routes are available for groups of five people or more (at $20 per person or a minimum of $100 for groups of four or less) are available on these Sunday mornings: 

February 23rd
March 1st
March 8th and
March 15th

To book a Private Tour or for more information, contact me at historywalks@gmail.com.




Thursday, 12 September 2019

THIS SUNDAY'S EAST END VANCOUVER/STRATHCONA "GHOST WALK" IS THE LAST TOUR OF THE 2019 SEASON

Me with my ghost whispering pal Kati Ackermann

Sunday, September 15th
East End Vancouver/Strathcona Ghost Walk 
(LAST TOUR OF THE 2019 SEASON!!!)
Departs: 696 East Hastings (at Heatley) at 10am. 
Duration: 2.5 to 3 hours depending on the size of the group.
Cost: $30 per person

Are you a fan of the show “Ghost Whisperer” or have an interest in spirits or exploring the world of the paranormal? Then this History Walk of Vancouver’s oldest and perhaps most haunted neighbourhood is perfect for you!

In 2018, Vancouver paranormal investigator and ghost whisperer Kati Ackermann (see bio below) came on a number of my History Walks and very kindly shared with me and my walk participants about the various spirits who communicated with her during the tour. Apparently, many of the houses we pass on my walks are still haunted by their former residents and many of these seemed quite interested in our tour. There were even ghosts who followed us for parts of the walk. 

So I decided it would be neat if Kati and I teamed up and offered a different type of History Walk, one with a Supernatural twist. I look after the history aspect of the tour and Kati looks after the paranormal aspects of the neighbourhood. 

So come with us this Sunday and explore Strathcona, Vancouver’s old East End, on a very different “paranormal-focussed” History Walk. Let’s see which houses, old churches and other buildings along the way are haunted.

The route we will take through Strathcona is by far the most popular of my History Walks. It is no wonder... The East End is Vancouver's oldest and most fascinating neighbourhood. The humble East End was the first Vancouver home to thousands of people fresh off the boat or train arriving from all over the world. Street by street, block by block, the East End developed ethnic enclaves. This neighbourhood boasted the first Synagogue and first Jewish neighbourhood, Vancouver's first Little Italy, Japantown, and Vancouver's only Black identified neighbourhood, Hogan's Alley. 

Some blocks were dominated by Scandinavians, others by Yugoslavs, Russians and Ukrainians. Over the years the East End became Chinatown's residential district, home to renowned authors Wayson Choy (The Jade Peony/Paper Shadows) and Paul Yee (Salt Water City/Ghost Train). 

Home to three historic red light districts, an unsettling mix of non-British, mostly working class immigrants, three of Vancouver's four Depression era hobo camps, innumerable bootleg joints, even gangs, Vancouver's East End was often viewed by outsiders as an unsavoury, even dangerous place where "those people" lived. So what type of ghosts haunt this neighbourhood? Come walk with us on Sunday and find out.

SPACE IS LIMITED! 
PRE-REGISTRATION BY E-MAIL IS NECESSARY!

E-mail: historywalks@gmail.com to reserve your space.  

Parking: There is plenty of free parking along Heatley Avenue, Hastings Street, and Keefer Street further South.

Kati's Bio: 

Paranormal investigator Kati Ackermann was born in St. Paul's Hospital (West End), raised in Richmond (1960's-1970's), and has lived in the Vancouver area all her life. She is the founder of Vancouver Spooks Paranormal Investigations - VSPI), a sensitive (walks with the dead), performs house/people cleansings and has an Associate's Certificate in Leadership Coaching. She is an amateur historical researcher and genealogist, writer, and taphophile (look it up) who loves licorice ice cream. For more info, contact her directly at: vancouverspooks@gmail.com
  



Friday, 12 July 2019

HISTORY WALKS ARE BACK IN AUGUST/SEPTEMBER with 2 NEW "GHOST" TOURS


Meet Vancouver's very own paranormal investigator and ghost-whisperer Kati Ackermann! In 2006, Kati founded Vancouver Spooks Paranormal Investigators. Kati and I will be partnering up to host two Ghost-focussed History Walks: one in Mount Pleasant on August 31st and one in Strathcona, Vancouver's old East End, on Sunday, September 15th. The route and content of these two Ghost Walks are the same as my regular Mount Pleasant and East End walks with the added value of Kati's spirit-tuned eyes and ears. Kati, who has been on a number of my tours before as a guest, will share with us about the spirits she sees and what they say to her. 
Please note that the price for these "Ghost Walks" will be $30 per person and the size will be limited to 30 people.

Me and my ghost whisperer pal Kati Ackermann

Kati-s Bio:
Paranormal investigator Kati Ackermann was born in St. Paul's Hospital (West End), raised in Richmond (1960's-1970's), and has lived in the Vancouver area all her life. She is the founder of Vancouver Spooks Paranormal Investigations - VSPI), a sensitive (walks with the dead), performs house/people cleansings and has an Associate's Certificate in Leadership Coaching. She is an amateur historical researcher and genealogist, writer, and taphophile (look it up) who loves licorice ice cream. For more info, contact her directly at: vancouverspooks@gmail.com


HERE IS THE FULL SCHEDULE FOR MY HISTORY WALKS IN AUGUST & SEPTEMBER 2019:

 CVA Photo AM54-S4 - Pol P4

August 10 - This tour repeats August 24th
East End Vancouver/Strathcona History Walk
Departs: 696 East Hastings (at Heatley) at 10am. 
Duration: 2.5 to 3 hours depending on the size of the group.
Cost: $20 per person

My East End Vancouver/Strathcona walking tour is by far the most popular of my History Walks. It is no wonder... The East End is Vancouver's oldest and most fascinating neighbourhood. 

The humble East End was the first Vancouver home to thousands of people fresh off the boat or train arriving from all over the world. Street by street, block by block, the East End developed ethnic enclaves. This neighbourhood boasted the first Synagogue and first Jewish neighbourhood, Vancouver's first Little Italy, Japantown, and Vancouver's only Black identified neighbourhood, Hogan's Alley. 

Some blocks were dominated by Scandinavians, others by Yugoslavs, Russians and Ukrainians. Over the years the East End became Chinatown's residential district, home to renowned authors Wayson Choy (The Jade Peony/Paper Shadows) and Paul Yee (Salt Water City/Ghost Train). 

Home to three historic red light districts, an unsettling mix of non-British, mostly working class immigrants, three of Vancouver's four Depression era hobo camps, innumerable bootleg joints, even gangs. Vancouver's East End was often viewed by outsiders as an unsavoury, even dangerous place where "those people" lived. 

But it was also home to Angelo Branca, who went on to become Supreme Court Justice for British Columbia, Canada's "Amelia Earhart" Tosca Trasolini, boxing legends Jimmy McLarnin and Phil Palmer, NDP Premier Dave Barrett, media personality, musician, filmmaker and actress Sook Yin Lee, CBC programmer, poet and author Bill Richardson, Canadian singing legend k. d. lang, and the Montreal Bakery where the "royal buns" were baked for the 1939 visit to Vancouver by King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. And that is just scratching the surface!

Every one of Strathcona's houses has a story to tell. Want to time travel? Come for a History Walk through Vancouver's oldest and most fascinating neighbourhood, the East End.

Parking: There is plenty of free parking along Heatley Avenue, Hastings Street, and Keefer Street further South.
  
E-mail: historywalks@gmail.com to reserve a space on my regularly scheduled tours, or for more information on how to book a private History Walk.

Remember, Private History Walks are available in English, Japanese and Italian on select dates in August and September for groups of 5 or more at $20 per person or a minimum of $100 for a group of less than 5 people.


CVA Photo M-11-22, Bird's Eye View of the West End in 1912

August 17th
West End History Walk
Departs: SE corner of Bute and Robson Streets at 
Time: 10am
Duration: Approximately two and a half hours and
Finishes: At English Bay near Denman & Davie.
Cost: $20.00 per person

My interest in Vancouver neighbourhood history was born when I moved into my first apartment in the West End. Walking to and from my workplace downtown I would choose a slightly different route each time and I was fascinated by what I saw. 

Back in the 1980s, the West End had many more of its original houses. Sadly, most but not all of the West End’s early buildings have been demolished, but you can still find some unexpected jewels hidden here and there among the high-rises and hidden behind storefronts.

This tour, which lasts usually just over two and a half hours, snakes its way through the West End from Robson Street to English Bay. On the way you will see the site of an unusual roof-top airplane crash, the location of the mansions of two of Vancouver’s mayors, the house in which the first English version of "O Canada" was written, the Gustav Roedde House and the beautifully restored houses of Barclay Heritage Square, the site of North America’s first Fire Hall designed for mechanical fire trucks, the location of X-Files’ Agent Dana Scully’s apartment, the apartment building where actor Errol Flynn died, Sugar magnate Benjamin Tingley Roger’s magnificent stone mansion Gabriola, the home of one of the British Empire’s most renowned sharpshooters, the location of English Bay’s first life guard Joe Fortes’ cabin, and much much more.

As with all of my history walks, I supplement what we are able to see today with peeks back into time using archival images to help recreate the lost Victorian and Edwardian streetscapes of the West End.  

E-mail: historywalks@gmail.com to reserve a space on my regularly scheduled tours, or for more information on how to book a private History Walk.

Remember, Private History Walks are available in English, Japanese and Italian on select dates in August and September for groups of 5 or more at $20 per person or a minimum of $100 for a group of less than 5 people.


CVA 99-3470 - Detectives Donald A. Sinclair and Joseph Ricci in 1924

August 24th
East End Vancouver/Strathcona History Walk
Departs: 696 East Hastings (at Heatley) at 10am. 
Duration: 2.5 to 3 hours depending on the size of the group.
Cost: $20 per person

My East End Vancouver/Strathcona walking tour is by far the most popular of my History Walks. It is no wonder... The East End is Vancouver's oldest and most fascinating neighbourhood. 

The humble East End was the first Vancouver home to thousands of people fresh off the boat or train arriving from all over the world. Street by street, block by block, the East End developed ethnic enclaves. This neighbourhood boasted the first Synagogue and first Jewish neighbourhood, Vancouver's first Little Italy, Japantown, and Vancouver's only Black identified neighbourhood, Hogan's Alley. 

Some blocks were dominated by Scandinavians, others by Yugoslavs, Russians and Ukrainians. Over the years the East End became Chinatown's residential district, home to renowned authors Wayson Choy (The Jade Peony/Paper Shadows) and Paul Yee (Salt Water City/Ghost Train). 

Home to three historic red light districts, an unsettling mix of non-British, mostly working class immigrants, three of Vancouver's four Depression era hobo camps, innumerable bootleg joints, even gangs, Vancouver's East End was often viewed by outsiders as an unsavoury, even dangerous place where "those people" lived. 

But it was also home to Angelo Branca, who went on to become Supreme Court Justice for British Columbia, Canada's "Amelia Earhart" Tosca Trasolini, boxing legends Jimmy McLarnin and Phil Palmer, NDP Premier Dave Barrett, media personality, musician, filmmaker and actress Sook Yin Lee, CBC programmer, poet and author Bill Richardson, Canadian singing legend k. d. lang, and the Montreal Bakery where the "royal buns" were baked for the 1939 visit to Vancouver by King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. And that is just scratching the surface!

Every one of Strathcona's houses has a story to tell. Want to time travel? Come for a History Walk through Vancouver's oldest and most fascinating neighbourhood, the East End.

Parking: There is plenty of free parking along Heatley Avenue, Hastings Street, and Keefer Street further South.
  
E-mail: historywalks@gmail.com to reserve a space on my regularly scheduled tours, or for more information on how to book a private History Walk.

Remember, Private History Walks are available in English, Japanese and Italian on select dates in August and September for groups of 5 or more at $20 per person or a minimum of $100 for a group of less than 5 people.


VAN SC P47 - Looking north from Vancouver City Hall in 1938

August 31st
Mount Pleasant “Ghostly” History Walk 
(As of August 28th 
THIS WALK IS NOW FULL!!!)
Departs: 10am from SW corner of Yukon and 12th Avenue and ends at 7th Avenue and Main Street.
Duration: More or less 2.5 hours depending on the size of the group.
Cost: $30 per person

Are you a fan of the show “Ghost Whisperer” or have an interest in spirits or exploring the world of the paranormal? Then this History Walk perfect for you!

In 2018, Vancouver paranormal investigator and ghost whisperer Kati Ackermann came on a number of my History Walks and very kindly shared with me and my walk participants about the various spirits who communicated with her during the tour. Apparently, many of the houses we pass on my walks are still haunted by their former residents and many of these seemed quite interested in our tour. There were even ghosts who followed us for parts of the walk. 

So come and explore Mount Pleasant, Vancouver’s First Suburb, on a very different “paranormal-focussed” History Walk. Let’s see which houses, old churches and other buildings along the way are haunted.

Beginning at the crest of the hill beside Vancouver’s iconic City Hall, this history walk crisscrosses Mount Pleasant travelling back in time from the Edwardian Era back to the late 1880s when this area was being developed as Vancouver’s first commuter suburb.

Mount Pleasant is an astonishing mix of Edwardian stately homes, Victorian cottages, elegant brick-faced apartments, historic breweries and churches, This fast changing neighbourhood is also home to Vancouver’s “Most Beautiful Block” on the 100 block of West 10th.

Parking: There is plenty of free parking along the streets south of 12th Avenue.

E-mail: historywalks@gmail.com to reserve a space on my regularly scheduled tours, or for more information on how to book a private History Walk.

Remember, Private History Walks are available in English, Japanese and Italian on select dates in August and September for groups of 5 or more at $20 per person or a minimum of $100 for a group of less than 5 people.


CVA 1376-238 - Admiral Seymour School class with Firehall and Vernon Drive houses in background

September 7th
HISTORY WALK OF THE WORKING/WILD SIDE of VANCOUVER’S EAST END
Departs: 10am from the NW corner of Malkin and Raymur Avenue and ends a few blocks away at 1000 Parker Street. 
Duration: More or less 2.5 hours depending on the size of the group.
Cost: $20 per person

This tour focusses on the lesser known but equally interesting and photogenic southern and eastern peripheries of Vancouver’s historic Strathcona neighbourhood. Highlights of the tour include a walk by the old Restmore Manufacturing Buildings, known today as the artist studios of 1000 Parker, the Cottonwood and Strathcona Community Gardens (once the sites of Vancouver’s city dump and home during the Great Depression of a sizeable hobo village), the birthplace of Venice Bakery, Malkin Avenue and Prior Street, the birthplace of character actor John Qualin, and a walk down Union Street to see where Michael Bublé's maternal grandparents lived, the home of boxing legend Jimmy mcLarnin, the Union Market (which started as a Chinese laundry and was once a bootlegging joint), the birthplace of BC Premier Dave Barrett, Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church, the apartments were music legend k.d. lang lived, the site of a pre-World War I era brothel, and the historic Admiral Seymour School.

Parking: There is plenty of free parking along Raymur and Malkin Avenues.

E-mail: historywalks@gmail.com to reserve a space on my regularly scheduled tours, or for more information on how to book a private History Walk.

Remember, Private History Walks are available in English, Japanese and Italian on select dates in August and September for groups of 5 or more at $20 per person or a minimum of $100 for a group of less than 5 people.


Man standing in front of Georgia Confectionery at 708 Hawks - Courtesy Lucille Mars

Sunday, September 15th
East End Vancouver/Strathcona Ghost Walk 
(NEW THIS SEASON!!!)
Departs: 696 East Hastings (at Heatley) at 10am. 
Duration: 2.5 to 3 hours depending on the size of the group.
Cost: $30 per person

Are you a fan of the show “Ghost Whisperer” or have an interest in spirits or exploring the world of the paranormal? Then this History Walk of Vancouver’s oldest and perhaps most haunted neighbourhood is perfect for you!

In 2018, Vancouver paranormal investigator and ghost whisperer Kati Ackermann came on a number of my History Walks and very kindly shared with me and my walk participants about the various spirits who communicated with her during the tour. Apparently, many of the houses we pass on my walks are still haunted by their former residents and many of these seemed quite interested in our tour. There were even ghosts who followed us for parts of the walk. 

So come and explore Strathcona, Vancouver’s old East End, on a very different “paranormal-focussed” History Walk. Let’s see which houses, old churches and other buildings along the way are haunted.

My regular East End Vancouver/Strathcona tour is by far the most popular of my History Walks. It is no wonder... The East End is Vancouver's oldest and most fascinating neighbourhood. 

The humble East End was the first Vancouver home to thousands of people fresh off the boat or train arriving from all over the world. Street by street, block by block, the East End developed ethnic enclaves. This neighbourhood boasted the first Synagogue and first Jewish neighbourhood, Vancouver's first Little Italy, Japantown, and Vancouver's only Black identified neighbourhood, Hogan's Alley. 

Some blocks were dominated by Scandinavians, others by Yugoslavs, Russians and Ukrainians. Over the years the East End became Chinatown's residential district, home to renowned authors Wayson Choy (The Jade Peony/Paper Shadows) and Paul Yee (Salt Water City/Ghost Train). 

Home to three historic red light districts, an unsettling mix of non-British, mostly working class immigrants, three of Vancouver's four Depression era hobo camps, innumerable bootleg joints, even gangs, Vancouver's East End was often viewed by outsiders as an unsavoury, even dangerous place where "those people" lived. 

But it was also home to Angelo Branca, who went on to become Supreme Court Justice for British Columbia, Canada's "Amelia Earhart" Tosca Trasolini, boxing legends Jimmy McLarnin and Phil Palmer, NDP Premier Dave Barrett, media personality, musician, filmmaker and actress Sook Yin Lee, CBC programmer, poet and author Bill Richardson, Canadian singing legend k. d. lang, and the Montreal Bakery where the "royal buns" were baked for the 1939 visit to Vancouver by King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. And that is just scratching the surface!

Parking: There is plenty of free parking along Heatley Avenue, Hastings Street, and Keefer Street further South.
  
E-mail: historywalks@gmail.com to reserve a space on my regularly scheduled tours, or for more information on how to book a private History Walk. 

Remember, Private History Walks are available in English, Japanese and Italian on select dates in August and September for groups of 5 or more at $20 per person or a minimum of $100 for a group of less than 5 people.


Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Thank you for a great Spring 2019 History Walk Season. See you in August/September for the next round.

Mount Pleasant History Walk - Photo courtesy of Joan Lovell

It has been a wonderful and very interesting Spring 2019 season. Vancouver's own "ghost whisperer" Kati Ackermann Webb, from Vancouver Spooks Paranormal Investigators #VSPI came on my West End walk and my Mount Pleasant walk and shared with me and other participants on those tours some fascinating stories about who she was seeing, hearing and what she was sensing along the way. Kati and I will be collaborating on a number of tour plans during the upcoming August/September 2019 History Walk season. Stay tuned!

The tentative schedule for the late Summer 2019 History Walk Season is as follows:

Saturday - August 10 

Saturday - August 17

Saturday - August 24 

Saturday - August 31st
Tour 5 - A HISTORY WALK THROUGH MOUNT PLEASANT

Saturday - September 7

Saturday - September 14

This schedule will be tweaked and confirmed by late July of this year.

This Spring I was pleased to be able to do two private tours for people. I escorted both a Grandview and East End Private History Walk. The Sunday mornings of my late summer season have been reserved for private tours. All five of my History Walks are available as private tour for groups of five or more, (or for a minimum of $100) and are available in English, Japanese and Italian.

To find our more about or book space on my regular tours or to talk to me about booking private tours, contact me at historywalks@gmail.com

East End Vancouver/Strathcona History Walk - Photo courtesy of Linda Schulz

Monday, 12 November 2018

HISTORY WALK SCHEDULE for FEBRUARY/MARCH 2019


February 23rd - This tour repeats March 9th and March 23rd
East End Vancouver/Strathcona History Walk

CVA 790-0711 - 627, 621 Union Street
Departs: 696 East Hastings (at Heatley) at 10am. 
Duration: 2.5 to 3 hours depending on the size of the group.
Cost: $20 per person

My East End Vancouver/Strathcona walking tour is by far the most popular of my History Walks. It is no wonder... The East End is Vancouver's oldest and most fascinating neighbourhood. 

The humble East End was the first Vancouver home to thousands of people fresh off the boat or train arriving from all over the world. Street by street, block by block, the East End developed ethnic enclaves. This neighbourhood boasted the first Synagogue and first Jewish neighbourhood, Vancouver's first Little Italy, Japantown, and Vancouver's only Black identified neighbourhood, Hogan's Alley. 

Some blocks were dominated by Scandinavians, others by Yugoslavs, Russians and Ukrainians. Over the years the East End became Chinatown's residential district, home to renowned authors Wayson Choy (The Jade Peony/Paper Shadows) and Paul Yee (Salt Water City/Ghost Train). 

Home to three historic red light districts, an unsettling mix of non-British, mostly working class immigrants, three of Vancouver's four Depression era hobo camps, innumerable bootleg joints, even gangs, Vancouver's East End was often viewed by outsiders as an unsavoury, even dangerous place where "those people" lived. 

But it was also home to Angelo Branca, who went on to become Supreme Court Justice for British Columbia, Canada's "Amelia Earhart" Tosca Trasolini, boxing legends Jimmy McLarnin and Phil Palmer, NDP Premier Dave Barrett, media personality, musician, filmmaker and actress Sook Yin Lee, CBC programmer, poet and author Bill Richardson, Canadian singing legend k. d. lang, and the Montreal Bakery where the "royal buns" were baked for the 1939 visit to Vancouver by King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. And that is just scratching the surface!

Every one of Strathcona's houses has a story to tell. Want to time travel? Come for a History Walk through Vancouver's oldest and most fascinating neighbourhood, the East End.

Parking: There is plenty of free parking along Heatley Avenue, Hastings Street, and Keefer Street further South.
  
E-mail: historywalks@gmail.com to reserve a space on my regularly scheduled tours, or for more information on how to book a private History Walk.


March 2nd
West End History Walk


CVA Photo M-11-22 Bird's Eye View of the West End in 1912
Departs: SE corner of Bute and Robson Streets at 
Time: 10am
Duration: Approximately two and a half hours and
Finishes: At English Bay near Denman & Davie.
Cost: $20.00 per person

My interest in Vancouver neighbourhood history was born when I moved into my first apartment in the West End. Walking to and from my workplace downtown I would choose a slightly different route each time and I was fascinated by what I saw. 

Back in the 1980s, the West End had many more of its original houses. Sadly, most but not all of the West End’s early buildings have been demolished, but you can still find some unexpected jewels hidden here and there among the high-rises and hidden behind storefronts.

This tour, which lasts usually just over two and a half hours, snakes its way through the West End from Robson Street to English Bay. On the way you will see the site of an unusual roof-top airplane crash, the location of the mansions of two of Vancouver’s mayors, the house in which the first English version of "O Canada" was written, the Gustav Roedde House and the beautifully restored houses of Barclay Heritage Square, the site of North America’s first Fire Hall designed for mechanical fire trucks, the location of X-Files’ Agent Dana Scully’s apartment, the apartment building where actor Errol Flynn died, Sugar magnate Benjamin Tingley Roger’s magnificent stone mansion Gabriola, the home of one of the British Empire’s most renowned sharpshooters, the location of English Bay’s first life guard Joe Fortes’ cabin, and much much more.

As with all of my history walks, I supplement what we are able to see today with peeks back into time using archival images to help recreate the lost Victorian and Edwardian streetscapes of the West End.  

E-mail: historywalks@gmail.com to reserve a space on my regularly scheduled tours, or for more information on how to book a private History Walk.


March 9th - This tour repeats March 23rd
East End Vancouver/Strathcona History Walk


CVA 99-3470 Vancouver Detectives on a murder case
Departs: 696 East Hastings (at Heatley) at 10am. 
Duration: 2.5 to 3 hours depending on the size of the group.
Cost: $20 per person

My East End Vancouver/Strathcona walking tour is by far the most popular of my History Walks. It is no wonder... The East End is Vancouver's oldest and most fascinating neighbourhood. 

The humble East End was the first Vancouver home to thousands of people fresh off the boat or train arriving from all over the world. Street by street, block by block, the East End developed ethnic enclaves. This neighbourhood boasted the first Synagogue and first Jewish neighbourhood, Vancouver's first Little Italy, Japantown, and Vancouver's only Black identified neighbourhood, Hogan's Alley. 

Some blocks were dominated by Scandinavians, others by Yugoslavs, Russians and Ukrainians. Over the years the East End became Chinatown's residential district, home to renowned authors Wayson Choy (The Jade Peony/Paper Shadows) and Paul Yee (Salt Water City/Ghost Train). 

Home to three historic red light districts, an unsettling mix of non-British, mostly working class immigrants, three of Vancouver's four Depression era hobo camps, innumerable bootleg joints, even gangs, Vancouver's East End was often viewed by outsiders as an unsavoury, even dangerous place where "those people" lived. 

But it was also home to Angelo Branca, who went on to become Supreme Court Justice for British Columbia, Canada's "Amelia Earhart" Tosca Trasolini, boxing legends Jimmy McLarnin and Phil Palmer, NDP Premier Dave Barrett, media personality, musician, filmmaker and actress Sook Yin Lee, CBC programmer, poet and author Bill Richardson, Canadian singing legend k. d. lang, and the Montreal Bakery where the "royal buns" were baked for the 1939 visit to Vancouver by King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. And that is just scratching the surface!

Every one of Strathcona's houses has a story to tell. Want to time travel? Come for a History Walk through Vancouver's oldest and most fascinating neighbourhood, the East End.

Parking: There is plenty of free parking along Heatley Avenue, Hastings Street, and Keefer Street further South.
  
E-mail: historywalks@gmail.com to reserve a space on my regularly scheduled tours, or for more information on how to book a private History Walk.


March 16th
Mount Pleasant History Walk


Van Sc P47 - Looking North from City Hall in 1938
Departs: 10am from SW corner of Yukon and 12th Avenue and ends at 7th Avenue and Main Street.
Duration: More or less 2.5 hours depending on the size of the group.
Cost: $20 per person

Come travel back in time on a History Walk through Mount Pleasant, Vancouver’s first Suburb.  

Beginning at the crest of the hill beside Vancouver’s iconic City Hall, this history walk crisscrosses Mount Pleasant travelling back in time from the Edwardian Era back to the late 1880s when this area was being developed as Vancouver’s first commuter suburb.

Mount Pleasant is an astonishing mix of Edwardian stately homes, Victorian cottages, elegant brick-faced apartments, historic breweries and churches, This fast changing neighbourhood is also home to Vancouver’s “Most Beautiful Block” on the 100 block of West 10th.

Parking: There is plenty of free parking along the streets south of 12th Avenue.

E-mail: historywalks@gmail.com to reserve a space on my regularly scheduled tours, or for more information on how to book a private History Walk.


March 23rd
East End Vancouver/Strathcona History Walk


CVA 786-47.25 - 418 & 478 Union St in 1978
Departs: 696 East Hastings (at Heatley) at 10am. 
Duration: 2.5 to 3 hours depending on the size of the group.
Cost: $20 per person

My East End Vancouver/Strathcona walking tour is by far the most popular of my History Walks. It is no wonder... The East End is Vancouver's oldest and most fascinating neighbourhood. 

The humble East End was the first Vancouver home to thousands of people fresh off the boat or train arriving from all over the world. Street by street, block by block, the East End developed ethnic enclaves. This neighbourhood boasted the first Synagogue and first Jewish neighbourhood, Vancouver's first Little Italy, Japantown, and Vancouver's only Black identified neighbourhood, Hogan's Alley. 

Some blocks were dominated by Scandinavians, others by Yugoslavs, Russians and Ukrainians. Over the years the East End became Chinatown's residential district, home to renowned authors Wayson Choy (The Jade Peony/Paper Shadows) and Paul Yee (Salt Water City/Ghost Train). 

Home to three historic red light districts, an unsettling mix of non-British, mostly working class immigrants, three of Vancouver's four Depression era hobo camps, innumerable bootleg joints, even gangs, Vancouver's East End was often viewed by outsiders as an unsavoury, even dangerous place where "those people" lived. 

But it was also home to Angelo Branca, who went on to become Supreme Court Justice for British Columbia, Canada's "Amelia Earhart" Tosca Trasolini, boxing legends Jimmy McLarnin and Phil Palmer, NDP Premier Dave Barrett, media personality, musician, filmmaker and actress Sook Yin Lee, CBC programmer, poet and author Bill Richardson, Canadian singing legend k. d. lang, and the Montreal Bakery where the "royal buns" were baked for the 1939 visit to Vancouver by King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. And that is just scratching the surface!

Every one of Strathcona's houses has a story to tell. Want to time travel? Come for a History Walk through Vancouver's oldest and most fascinating neighbourhood, the East End.

Parking: There is plenty of free parking along Heatley Avenue, Hastings Street, and Keefer Street further South.
  
E-mail: historywalks@gmail.com to reserve a space on my regularly scheduled tours, or for more information on how to book a private History Walk.

PRIVATE TOURS / I TOUR PRIVATI / プライベートツアー

PRIVATE HISTORY WALKS for groups of 5 or more people, or a minimum cost of $100 for smaller groups, are available on Sunday mornings and afternoons on February 24th, March 3rd, March 10th, March 17th and March 24th. These tours are available in English, Japanese and Italian. For more information or to book your private tour, please contact me at:  historywalks@gmail.com.

I TOUR PRIVATI per gruppi di 5 o più persone, o un costo minimo di $ 100 per gruppi più piccoli, sono disponibili la domenica 24 febbraio, 3 marzo, 10 marzo, 17 marzo e 24 marzo. Questi tour sono disponibili in inglese, giapponese e italiano. Per maggiori informazioni o per prenotare il tuo tour privato per favore mandami una e-mail a historywalks@gmail.com.

日本語でのプライベートツアー2月24日、3月3日、3月10日、3月17日、3月24日の日曜日に手配することが可能です。プライベットツアーを手配する為には5人以上のグループが必要です。5人未満の場合には最低$100のグループ料金を払う必要になります。詳しくは historywalks@gmail.com へどうぞ。