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History Walks in Vancouver with James Johnstone

History Walks in Vancouver with James Johnstone
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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, West End, Mount Pleasant, and Grandview, are a...more
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
703 Hawks Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia V6A 3J2, Canada
East Vancouver
+1 604-360-9195
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Reviewed 4 days ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 Dreah73
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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
Thank Cindy S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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
Thank ExpatDS
James J, Owner at History Walks in Vancouver with James Johnstone, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you! It was absolutely my pleasure!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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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Reviewed January 21, 2019

I highly recommend James Johnstone's walking tour of Vancouver's East End/Strathcona neighbourhood to both visitors and long-time residents. James was a great tour guide: friendly, knowledgeable, and an excellent storyteller. Despite really unpleasant weather (cold and rainy), I enjoyed myself enormously and learned a great...More

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed September 18, 2018

The history and the stories that James relates are fascinating, fun and sometimes spooky. He had photos of former residents so we could put faces and stories to the homes we viewed. I love local history and it was a thrill to learn about Strathcona...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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James J, Owner at History Walks in Vancouver with James Johnstone, responded to this reviewResponded September 18, 2018

Thank you so much. I love my old neighbourhood and I love when visitors who come on my walks to our very giving historic neighbourhood "get" it. Alla prossima!

Reviewed September 17, 2018

I grew up in Vancouver and enjoy learning about it's history. Joining the Strathcona walk was more than just a history lesson. James shared stories from those who live/lived in the houses of the neighbourhood & their families, which were unique and fascinating. His knowledge...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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James J, Owner at History Walks in Vancouver with James Johnstone, responded to this reviewResponded September 17, 2018

Thank you, Kati. It was so great to have you along to see the neighbourhood and its old houses with a different type of sight. It feels like the spirits of our East End Vancouver old timers look after the neighbourhood and even set the...More

Reviewed August 30, 2018

This was a fabulous historical tour of Vancouver's West End looking at all of the old houses and interesting history. I have lived in Vancouver for about 45 years, and had no idea of the history, nor did I realize that there were so many...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 27, 2018

I've done a few walking tours around Vancouver recently, but I found James' Strathcona tour to be the most interesting. Not only is his knowledge of the area's history impressive, he conveys a genuine affection for the area and backs it up with interesting stories....More

Date of experience: August 2018
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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.