Scotland Walks Strathcona

Travel through seven sites to experience the highs and lows of Scottish cultural memory in residential Strathcona.

Scotland Walks Strathcona

Vancouver, British Columbia V6Z 2H7, Canada

Created By: SFU

Tour Information

Scotland Walks Strathcona is explores the rich history of Scottish heritage that helped shape the past and present configuration of residential Vancouver. Named after one of Vancouver’s most famous Scottish businessman, Donald Smith, Strathcona is Vancouver’s oldest residential district. This tour will guide you through a number of highs and lows of Scottish cultural memory present in residential Strathcona, and Vancouver proper.

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What You'll See on the Tour

Wongs' Benevolent Association

Wong’s Benevolent Society acts as a marker for the incredibly controversial Janet smith murder case. On 26 July 1924 Janet Smith, a Scottish nursemaid, was found dead with a bullet in her head. All conditions surrounding her murder were s... Read more
Franciscan Sisters of Atonement

On June 13th, 1886, Vancouver was virtually destroyed in a fire along with most of the East End. Following the fire, efforts were made to reconstruct the buildings that were burnt to a crisp. A property at 383 East Cordova, which was former... Read more
Dunn-Miller Block

The Dunn-Miller Block, now known for housing one of Vancouver’s flagship Army & Navy locations, was established in 1889. A sign in front of the store states that the Army and Navy Departmnt Store purchased the building in the 1930s. ... Read more
Lord Strathcona Community School

Named after the incredibly wealthy Scottish businessman and philanthropist, Donald Alexander Smith, 1st lord Baron Strathcona. Born in Forres, Scotland, 1820, Smith’s beginnings were humble compared to the success he would find in Canada.... Read more
Mcnair house

The McNair residence was commissioned and occupied by wealthy Vancouver manufacturer and businessman James Archibad McNair. Born in Jacquet River, New Brunswick in 1865, McNair was the son of two Scottish immigrants. Despite being the young... Read more
Malcom Mcllennan

Captain Malcom MacLennan was one of Vancouvers first chief constables. Now a massive operation with over thousands of employees, when MacLennan started as a chief constable, the force would have consisted of only around thirty men. This sma... Read more
MacLean Park

This park is named after Canada’s first mayor, the Scottish born Malcom Alexander Maclean. Mclean came to Vancouver at the ripe age of forty-two in 1886, three months before the city became Vancouver.  When he arrived there were “but a... Read more


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