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History Walks in Vancouver with James Johnstone

Vancouver, Canada
About History Walks in Vancouver with James Johnstone
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 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 in English, Italian or Japanese.
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Reviewed 2 days ago

What a wonderful way to spend a few hours in Vancouver! We went on James’ history walk of the Working/Wild Side of East Van and heard so many fascinating stories of the people who lived there. James is amazing - his knowledge of the area...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I went on a Photo Walk Experience today in the Grandview/Little Italy area of Vancouver with a group of photographers, led by historian James Johnstone. Informative, interesting, fascinating, well-researched, colourful characters of the past, a full binder of facts, figures and photographs, lots of local...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Met a few ghosts from Vancouver’s past. Well researched. I got some great photos. Beautiful neighbourhood. Thanks!

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I learned a lot on the West End History Walk about existing buildings and homes and also about what was there originally. A great tour for both visitors and those living in Vancouver! Not a dry, rehearsed talk at all, this tour shows James's passion...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed March 24, 2019

I thoroughly enjoyed this walking tour of the Strathcona area of Vancouver! James has researched many of the properties in this original Vancouver neighbourhood and his talent as a historian and storyteller lends a nostalgic and poignant flavour to whole experience. Many 100+ year old...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed March 20, 2019

We did the walking tour of Mount Pleasant with James on a beautiful but cold Saturday morning. The route was easily walkable and although a large group (22) the neighbourhood was reasonably quiet and we were all able to hear the presentation. James also has...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed March 10, 2019

How did I not know this was available in Vancouver! I was out for a 'walk about' in Strathcona with my boyfriend exploring one Sunday and came across this ad for a walking tour. I was intrigued so I called a few friends and we...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Andrea B
Reviewed March 2, 2019

Even though James no longer lives in Strachcona, he is as much a part of the neighbourhood as any of the old houses or buildings - and boy does he know about them. James is am amazing storyteller, has a deep knowledge of the history,...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed February 26, 2019

The short version: If you want a unique, fascinating way to spend a weekend morning, book a tour with James Johnstone. This is, hands-down, one of the best tours we've ever taken. The longer version: Our group of adults and pre-teens booked a private walking...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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James J, Owner at History Walks in Vancouver with James Johnstone, responded to this reviewResponded February 27, 2019

Thank you! It was absolutely my pleasure!

Reviewed February 24, 2019 via mobile

We went on the East Vancouver walking tour with James. The Weather was aweful (cold February rain), and there were only two of us, but he happily gave us the tour anyways! He was very knowledgeable about the area, and he was well spoken. He...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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January 30, 2019|
Response from James J | Property representative |
Hello. Sorry to see this so late. The answer is no as I was not in Canada at the time. I live in Italy most of the year and only got into Vancouver on the 15th of February.