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'People wanted to learn more about Mount Pleasant': Historic tours return to Vancouver neighbourhood

"I think people appreciate that I try to include the stories of everyday people"
Mount Pleasant in 1907. The neighbourhood, which was Vancouver's first suburb, is the focus of some historic tours this spring. Reference code: AM54-S4-: Dist P142

Those interested in the history of Vancouver's first suburb will have the chance to tour Mount Pleasant this spring with a local historian.

Christine Hagemoen, a local writer and researcher, is bringing back the series of tours thanks to the positive feedback she got last year, noting she's had lots of repeat business and word of mouth referrals for her niche historic walks..

"I guess I filled a need and people wanted to learn more about Mount Pleasant's past," she tells V.I.A.

Hagemoen, who runs the local site vanalogue, has added a new tour to the series, which explores the "Secrets of South East Mount Pleasant." Her two original tours are returning, too: "In the Path of Brewery Creek," and "Lower Mount Pleasant."

"I think people appreciate that I try to include the stories of everyday people and groups that have traditionally been underrepresented on my walks," she explains.

She also makes sure to point out landscapes and streetscapes that may not be well known.

"Walking a neighbourhood (and occasionally taking "secret" shortcuts) allows them to see things they might miss travelling through at a faster pace (driving or biking)," she points out.

Tours are kept small, with just eight people per walk and will be held Saturday and Sundays at 10 a.m., lasting for about 2 or 2.5 hours. They'll be held throughout April and May, rain or shine. Tickets are $22, or $35 with a copy of Hagemoen's book, Mount Pleasant Stories: Historical Walking Tours.

More information and tickets are available on her website.