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Vancouver Talks Audio Tour

Audio Tracks

1. How to use this audio tour (1:25)

2. Introduction (0:47)

3. Introduction to Gastown (1:57)

4. The Great Fire (2:08)

5. The Steam Clock (1:55)

  • interview with Raymond Saunders, Horologist

6. Cambie Street and the Dominion Building (1:47)

7. Maple Tree Square (2:03)

8. Hotel Europe (1:06)

9. Gaolers Mews (1:45)

10. Introduction to Chinatown (3:27)

  • interview with Joe Wai, Architect

11. The Millenium Gate (2:15)

12. Sam Kee Building (1:00)

13. Chinese Freemasons Building (1:12)

14. Chinese Times Building (0:44)

15. Dr. Sun Yat-sen Park (1:53)

16. Yip Sang Building (1:17)

17. Introduction to Stanley Park (2:47)

  • interview with Terri Clark and Jim Lowden, Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation

18. The Japanese Monument (1:40)

19. Nature Walk (2:33)

20. Lost Lagoon (2:01)

21. Siwash Rock (1:54)

22. Introduction to the West End (3:49)

  • interview with Jim Deva, co-owner of Little Sister's Book and Art Emporium

23. English Bay (2:13)

24. Sources (0:32)


Produced by Nimi Langer

Script by Monica Muller and Danny Laufer

Narrated by John Payne

Mastered by Andrew Amy

Music of David Sinclair from their CD Farewell: A Collection of Celtic Watzes and Slow Airs

Music of the Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble from their CD Transplanted Purple Bamboo

Dramatizations by Gemma Forsyth, Joe Heckenast, Paula Mohammed, Jim Preston and David Robens

Photography by Ron Laufer

Special Thanks: To Adam Steele and The Magistrate for Web Design and Development.

© City Talks Audio Tours, 2004


Bannerman, Gary. Gastown: The 107 Years. Vancouver: [n.p.], 1974.

Con, Harry, et al. From China to Canada: A History of the Chinese Communities in Canada. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1982.

Grant, Paul, and Laurie Dickson. The Stanley Park Companion. Vancouver: Bluefield Books, 2003.

Macdonald, Bruce. Vancouver: A Visual History. Vancouver: Talon Books, 1992.

Nicol, Eric. Vancouver: The Romance of Canadian Cities Series. Toronto: Doubleday, 1970.

Steele, Richard M. The Stanley Park Explorer. Vancouver: Whitecap Books, 1985.

Vardeman, Lynn, and Freda Carr. A Guide to Stanley Park. Vancouver: Seaside Publications, 1973.


" Chop, chop, chop..." Ethyl Wilson, The Innocent Traveller, (Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1990), p. 110.

" One huge flame..." J.S. Matthews, Early Vancouver, Vol. 2 (Vancouver:[n.p.], 1932), 185. Unfinished narrative by William F. Findlay completed by Matthews.

" It was a Sunday afternoon..." Matthews, Early Vancouver, Vol. 2, 262 (Mrs. Duncan Reid).

" I waded out into the harbour..." Matthews, Early Vancouver, Vol. 1, 141 (Mr. W.H. Gallagher).

" The day after the fire I saw..." Matthews, Early Vancouver, Vol. 2, 176 (Mr. George H. Keefer).

" Jack arrived at Burrard Inlet..." and " Saws and hammers..." Matthews, Early Vancouver, Vol. 3, 115. Quoting Joseph Mannion, "Vancouver in the Days of Yore."

" My uncle told me how..." Matthews, Early Vancouver, Vol. 5, 58 (Mr. William Mackie).

" When Mr. Alexander, who was..." Matthews, Early Vancouver, Vol. 3, 99 (Mr. Calvert Simson).

" One time, Miller put a drunken..." Matthews, Early Vancouver, Vol. 3, 76-77 (Mr. Harold E. Ridley).

" A monster parade marched..." Anne Kloppenborg, et al., eds. Vancouver, a city album. Quoting Albert Foote, "Vancouver Revolt Cost City $16,000," Vancouver Sun Magazine, Sept. 6, 1947.

" O! Lure of the Lost Lagoon..." E. Pauline Johnson-Tekahionwake, Legends of Vancouver, (Kingston: Quarry Press, 1991), pp. 90-91.

" When some of the New West..." Matthews, Early Vancouver, Vol. 2, 77-79 (Mr. Joseph Morton).

" The biggest scandal English..." Matthews, Early Vancouver, Vol. 7, 154.

" A big rock was on the shore..." and " He was a bartender at the..." Matthews, Early Vancouver, Vol. 2, 276-277 (Mrs. Nye).