|These houses still stand on the east side of Denman 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.
Departs: 10am - Corner of Raymur & Malkin (opposite the Cottonwood Community Gardens) and ends at 1000 Parker. Duration: 2-2.5 hours
Vancouver's East End in the 1890s. The bottom of the map is North and the top is South
and the old False Creek Flats. 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),
|CVA Photo Re N8.2 Three unemployed men in the hobo jungles at the City Dump, September 1931|
the birthplace of Venice Bakery, Malkin Avenue and Prior Street, the birthplace of character actor John Qualen,
|John Qualen from the Grapes of Wrath|
and a walk down Union Street to see the home of Michael Bublé's maternal grandparents, 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 short-lived pre-World War I era brothel, the site of the railway blockade by the Militant Mothers of Raymur, and the historic Admiral Seymour School.
|CVA 1376-238 - Admiral Seymour School class early 1900s|
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Parking: There is plenty of free parking along Raymur Avenue and Malkin.
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