Vancouver: Lost Souls of Gastown Tour

4.7 / 5

29 reviews

Vancouver: Lost Souls of Gastown Tour

From $25.80 per person

Venture into Vancouver's earliest and most gruesome history on this Gothic theatre adventure. Follow the lamplight of your guide as you discover the Great Fire, smallpox outbreaks, and the unsolved murder of John Bray.

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Duration 1.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Wheelchair accessible

Experience

Highlights
  • Experience a dark tour of Vancouver's gruesome, frontier-town past
  • Step back into history with a professional actor in character
  • Explore the backstreets of Victorian Gastown and hear tales of smallpox, fire and murder
Full description
Venture into Vancouver's earliest and most gruesome history on this 90-minute walking tour. Designed for adult audiences, the experience is both a walking tour and a theatre piece. Every story is grounded in documented Vancouver history, taken from the city archives. The plotline is woven together as the tragic tale of one person's life, ending in a dramatic finale in the heart of Gastown's Maple Tree Square.  Do not expect a ghost tour or conventional walking tour – this is an experience that will pull you so deep into the swirling lamplight and darkened alleys of Gastown’s murky past you may have a hard time finding your way back out… As you travel along cobblestone streets you'll visit our city's oldest hotel - the Victorian, learn the truth about the historic Gastown Steam Clock, see how Vancouver looked before and after the Great Fire, explore notorious Gaoler's Mews, and walk down the back alleys of Water Street to famous Maple Tree Square. Every one of Gastown's must-see sites and landmarks is visited on the walk.
Includes
  • A riviting Gothic theatre experience performed by a professional actor
    Covid-19 precautions

    You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

    Safety measures in place
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    Traveler requirements
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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      Meet your guide outside of Buro Coffee to begin your tour.

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      • Comfortable shoes
      • Warm clothing

      Not allowed

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      •  Please dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes
      Customer reviews

      Overall rating

      4.7 /5

      based on 29 reviews

      Review summary

      • Guide
        5/5
      • Value for money
        4.5/5
      • Service
        4.4/5
      • Organization
        4.5/5
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      This was definitely a highlight for us in Vancouver!! Tracy was our guide and she was AWESOME. I thought about this tour for the rest of our trip. She really was amazing. She put feeling into every stop and story, and made the history of this city come alive! Good job Tracy! My only regret was not having cash to tip her at the end! Don’t make that mistake!!

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      October 19, 2019

      Was interesting lil 1 woman show with a few pins thrown in! All true events if not all characters but that's what makes an interesting story. Wished the local old building businesses would get on board and let us go inside some of buildings. Especially the Victorian Hotel. Would extend tour but better the experience, exposure and they would definitely benefit from it as well. Have family in Van that didn't know such tours existed! Would recommend this tour to conclude your night in Gastown :) Lil shopping, lil suppa and a lil tour ........ a Tourists perfect day.

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      August 21, 2019

      Vivid storytelling brings old Vancouver alive

      Super cool, in-character storyteller provides tour around old town Gastown, Vancouver. Our storyteller we friendly, funny, and flexible when plans needed to be adjusted. The only heads up is that the tour starts up the hill at Cathedral Square, but ends down the hill on Water Street (about 4 blocks away). If you are going to drive and park, park near the main drag of Gastown to avoid a nightime uphill walk through some sketchy neighborhoods.

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      August 17, 2019

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