Scotland Walks Vancouver

Walk the streets of Vancouver and explore the rich history of Scottish heritage that has helped shape the city's past and present configuration

Scotland Walks Vancouver

Vancouver, British Columbia V5Y 0A8, Canada

Created By: SFU

Tour Information

Scotland Walks Vancouver is a walking tour that explores the rich history of Scottish heritage that has helped shape the past and present configuration of downtown Vancouver. This walking tour guides you through thirteen sites of Scottish memory, beginning at the location where Scottish constable Robert McBeath was killed by gunshot and ending with the Robert Burns monument in Stanley Park.

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Robert McBeath was born in Kinlochbervie in Sutherlandshire, Scotland. From the early age of nineteen, he was involved in the line infantry regiment of the British army, the Seaforth Highlanders, largely associated with Scotland. He was one... Read more
The Vancouver Law Courts hold traces of a famous Scottish couple. Peter Mackay was an Ontario-born stenographer for the British Supreme Court. He got his start after Business College working for Oxford County as official court reporter in 1... Read more
The resting granodiorite lions located at the north entrance of the Vancouver Art Gallery, which was originally the entrance to the Vancouver Law Courts building, have a Scottish element to them. Modeled after the lions in London’s Trafal... Read more
John Davidson was a famous Scottish-born Vancouver botanist who, just five years after arriving in British Columbia, founded the Vancouver Natural History Society. Davidson got his education through what the University of British Columbia ... Read more
Currently the headquarters for the “the Duke of Connaught’s Own,” an elite British Columbian military regiment, the Beaty Street Drill Hall once shared its headquarters with the Seaforth Highlanders. The Seaforth Highlanders establis... Read more
Born to Irish and Scottish parents in 1856, Sara Anne Maclure is one of only a handful of Scottish female trailblazers to grace the shores of Vancouver. Her father had moved to Vancouver to become a surveyor for a massive telegraph project... Read more
The Century House, also known as the Canada Permanent Building, was designed by Scottish architect John Smith Davidson Taylor in 1911-12 for the Canada Permanent Mortgage Corporation. After completing a five-year apprenticeship in the offic... Read more
This building is named after its owner John Leckie, a Scottish immigrant, who came to Vancouver around 1886. Occasionally Leckie designed commercial buildings, but he worked primarily as a contractor and founded the Leckie Boot and Shoe co... Read more
The Greenshields Building is located on the north side of Water Street in the progressive commercial district of Gastown, and it is constructed in sophisticated Romanesque Revival style. This historic site has left a profound mark in Vancou... Read more
The Sinclair Center, now a high-end shopping mall, is composed of a number of exquisitely designed buildings, each with their own unique history. Both the post office building and the center customs examining house were designed by David Ew... Read more
The Marine Building is one of many reminders around the city of the Scottish Canadian duo who dominated public architecture for over two decades. J.Y. McCarter and George C. Nairne were responsible for over a hundred works in British Colum... Read more
Stanley Park’s seawall is a site of Scottish memory. Jimmy Cunningham, a stonemason who immigrated to Vancouver from Scotland in 1910, served with the WW1 Canadian Expeditionary Force before he began his work on the seawall in 1917. In th... Read more
Overlooking downtown Vancouver and Coal Harbour, the Robert Burns monument was the very first statue installed in the city. The figure of Scotland’s National Bard is the first structure that you will come across upon entering Stanley Park... Read more


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