Guided tour

Vancouver: Forbidden Vancouver Guided Tour

4.9 / 5

32 reviews

Activity provider: Forbidden Vancouver

Vancouver: Forbidden Vancouver Guided Tour

Activity provider: Forbidden Vancouver

From US$ 28.38 per person

Delve into Vancouver's darkest history on a walking tour packed with the city’s most scandalous prohibition era stories. You'll see a side of Vancouver you never knew existed.

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Duration 2 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Wheelchair accessible

Experience

Highlights
  • Learn about Vancouver's infamous Prohibition-era history
  • Visit city landmarks that are featured in the sordid tales shared by your guide
  • Hear tales of bootlegging, mobsters, rum-running, corruption, vice and riots
  • Explore Vancouver's famous Gastown district
Full description
Begin the story at the famous Gastown Steam Clock. Your guide will share the tales of the villains, crooked politicians, and mobsters that ruled the city in the roaring twenties when the saloon doors swung closed and Vancouver became a den of illicit booze, crime, and vice. As you walk past ornate heritage buildings, down narrow alleyways unchanged in over a hundred years, and along historic streets once teeming with bawdy houses, opium dens, and blind pigs, you’ll discover a unique perspective on Vancouver’s history.  Finish the walking tour on the cobblestone streets of Maple Tree Square, surrounded by Gastown's most talked about bars and restaurants. It's the perfect place to share a post-tour dinner or drinks after learning why former mayor LD Taylor once said, “this is a port city, we ain’t no Sunday School town!”
Includes
  • Who you’ll be with
    • Live tour guide: English

  • Transport
    • Not included: transport

  • Food & drink
    • Not included: food & drink

Not suitable for
  • Children under 10 years

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Participants

Date

Meeting point

• Meet outside 356 Water St, at the intersection of Water and Cordova St at the entrance to Gastown • Please arrive 10-15 minutes before the tour start time

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Weather-appropriate clothing

Not allowed

  • Pets

Know before you go

  •  This tour operates rain or shine so please dress appropriately
  • The tour is designed for adult audiences and contains some references to adult themes. The local partner's age recommendation is 14+, but children aged 10+ can attend and enjoy the walking tour if their parents are comfortable with them hearing mature subject matter
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 32 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.8/5
  • Value for money
    4.8/5
  • Service
    5/5
  • Organization
    5/5

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The tour has been very interesting and the excellent guide! The theme is very different from the usual tours and we found it super fun to do, the guide explained very well (if you speak English) and in a very entertaining and fun way, he knows a lot about local history! 100% recommendable

June 8, 2022

Really well-done tour with plenty of information that you won't get from "official" sources. Lenard is a great tour guide with tons of enthusiasm and knowledge. Lenard is a true local and you can feel that. The only improvement (but still giving 5 stars) would be that we would have liked to walk more and stand less ;-) it got hard after an 11 hour flight and 9 hours of jetlag!

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September 7, 2019

One of the most fun and engaging tours I've ever been on

This tour was excellent and exceeded my expectations. Our tour guide Glenn (with 2 N's haha) was awesome!!! It was so unique of an idea, our guide knew so many facts and so much history, he was funny, engaging, took us to so many places I never would've been to, he had pictures and it was just awesome!

May 30, 2019

Product ID: 217680