Historic Walking Tours of Jewish Strathcona & Gastown

Last updated on
Thursday, February 24th, 2011
Program Description

Discover the fascinating tales of life in the heart of the early Jewish community in Vancouver.

In the 1880s and 1890s, the town of Granville quickly became the city of Vancouver following the arrival of the transcontinental railway. Jews participated in the city’s economic growth, political incorporation and cultural development. Jewish businesses opened in Gastown and a wave of Eastern European immigration from the 1890s to the 1920s made Strathcona the new centre of British Columbia’s Jewish population. In Strathcona, the Eastern European Jewish immigrants shared the Yiddish language, a religion, and concerns common to new immigrants in a foreign land. They soon established a synagogue, a mikvah (ritual bath), and cheder (Hebrew school) to meet their religious needs.

A tour guide from the Jewish Museum and Archives of BC will provide insight into the landmarks, architecture, events and evolution of Gastown and Strathcona districts, while sharing anecdotes of Jewish daily life in the area. The tour lasts 90 minutes and is approximately 2 kilometers in distance.

Fee Details
Fee Notes: 

$75 Group fee - for groups of 8 or more. Maximum 25 people.

Additional Notes

Participants recieve the guidebook "In the Footsteps of Jewish Vancouver, 1886-2006."