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The Forbidden Downtown and Gastown Walking Tour provided by Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours

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Overview
Discover the scandalous side of Vancouver history on a walking tour that explores the former speakeasies, back alleys, and opium dens of Victory Square and Gastown. See some of the Vancouver’s key landmarks while learning how the Prohibition era brought an underworld of crime and gambling to the frontier city.
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Mobi Bike Share
    441-499 Dunsmuir St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1X4, Canada
    Meet by the circular benches in the public square across the street from the Holy Rosary Cathedral at Dunsmuir and Richards Streets.
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    Cathedral of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary
    Stop: 10 minutes
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    Victory Square
    Stop: 10 minutes
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    Gastown
    Stop: 30 minutes
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    The Dominion Building
    Stop: 10 minutes
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  • You'll end at
    Maple Tree Square
    Maple Tree Square, Vancouver, BC, Canada
    The walking tour ends in Maple Tree Square, Gastown, in the heart of Vancouver's restaurant and bar scene. The perfect place to grab a post tour bite to eat or drink and share memories of an incredible evening! The start point is just an easy 10 minute walk back, and the guide can provide a map and directions if needed.
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Highlights
  • Visit two fascinating historic neighborhoods
  • Get a glimpse of the city’s Prohibition-era mayhem
  • Hear stories of corrupt politicians and cops
  • Fun alternative to traditional history tours
What to Expect
Meet a guide in Cathedral Square, then set out on foot through some of Vancouver’s most shocking history. Find out how Prohibition closed Vancouver saloons and created an underground world of bootleggers, mob bosses, and shady power brokers. Hear the story of Vancouver mayor L.D. Taylor, known for his wild parties, and how Vancouver rum-runners learned to keep American bars stocked with illegal booze. In Chinatown, find out the real meaning of a back alley “blind pig” while walking through a neighborhood whose opium dens once thrived. As you walk, see key Vancouver landmarks as well, including Sun Tower, the ornate Dominion Building, and the cobblestone streets of Maple Tree Square, where you finish the tour close to top attractions and restaurants.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Mobi Bike Share, 441-499 Dunsmuir St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1X4, Canada
Duration
2h
Return Details
Maple Tree Square, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Inclusions
  • Professional guide
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Kirsten M wrote a review Apr 2020
Newcastle, Australia395 contributions80 helpful votes
The forbidden Vancouver tour was enjoyable enough, however, I really wish we chose the lost souls of Gastown tour instead. The historical points were interesting and the guide was enthusiastic, however, be prepared to witness a dark side of modern Vancouver on your walk. We felt
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Response from Will W, Owner at The Forbidden Downtown and Gastown Walking Tour
Responded 27 Apr 2020
Hi 857Kirst and thanks for your review. It sounds like you were keen to take the Lost Souls of Gastown tour rather than the Forbidden Vancouver Tour. Certainly both tours go off the usual beaten path for tourists! I'm glad there will still things you enjoyed about the Forbidden Vancouver Tour and we hope to see you again on your review to Vancouver one day. All the best and stay well.
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Mandy Chahal wrote a review Nov 2019
3 contributions1 helpful vote
Glenn was an excellent tour guide. Entertaining story teller. Interesting historical content. Will definitely be booking one of the other tours with him in the spring. Tour recommended.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Response from ForbiddenVan, Operations Manager at The Forbidden Downtown and Gastown Walking Tour
Responded 2 Dec 2019
Hi msmandychahal, Thanks for the great five star review of the Forbidden Vancouver Tour with Glenn! We look forward to hosting you on another tour in 2020! Lina Fitzner - The Forbidden Vancouver Team
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Austrav2565 wrote a review Nov 2019
Sydney, Australia42 contributions17 helpful votes
We met our guide or rather fountain of knowledge, Aman on a wet Saturday night. He was interesting and told his facts like stories that were always interesting. A great way to spend an evening and still leaves time for a meal or drink after it ends in Gastown.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Response from ForbiddenVan, Operations Manager at The Forbidden Downtown and Gastown Walking Tour
Responded 18 Nov 2019
Hi Austrav2565, Thanks for the review of the Forbidden Vancouver Tour with Aman! We always strive to give our guests a 5-star experience, so if there is any feedback you have on how we can improve our experience, please write to us at info@forbiddenvancouver.ca. All the best, Lina Fitzner - The Forbidden Vancouver Team
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Erin S wrote a review Nov 2019
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Excellent tour! Glenn took us around the more interesting historical locations in downtown Vancouver and told us about some of Vancouver's gritty history. The guide was passionate about telling stories and provided knowledgeable insights in response to any questions we asked. If
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Response from ForbiddenVan, Operations Manager at The Forbidden Downtown and Gastown Walking Tour
Responded 13 Nov 2019
Hello Erin S, Thanks for the great review of the Forbidden Vancouver Tour with Glenn! We're so pleased to hear how much you enjoyed the experience, learning more about Vancouver as a city over the years. Thanks for joining us and we hope you'll visit us again in the future! Lina Fitzner - The Forbidden Vancouver Team
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Dana-L-bee wrote a review Nov 2019
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Glenn was an excellent insightful tour guide. I learned a lot about my own city’s history and found Glenn to be so knowledgeable and easy going. I am from Vancouver, but think this would have been an even more insightful experience for those visiting the city. He really gave an
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Response from ForbiddenVan, Operations Manager at The Forbidden Downtown and Gastown Walking Tour
Responded 4 Nov 2019
Hi Dana-L-Bee, Thanks for the great review of the Forbidden Vancouver Tour with Glenn! We love having locals on our tours, we can learn so much from each other! We hope you'll join us on another tour soon! Lina Fitzner - The Forbidden Vancouver Team
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CantW8t2GetThere
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Fun and very accommodating staff
It was my partner's birthday and I was struggling to find something we could do that would bring his friends togeth
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RMLees
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A Fantastic Experience for Locals and Visitors Alike!
Absolutely fantastic tour of the magnificent park we’ve enjoyed living close to all our lives. Not only enjoyed lea
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christinelilith
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Perfect staycation Saturday activity
Though I’m a local and interested in history, most of these stories were new to me! They were lively and entertain
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22jackelynm
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Expertly Delivered!
Glenn was our guide and wow did he ever deliver today! Many times during his storytelling I got goosebumps from the
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LeanaBirk
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Awesome 👏 tour
Glenn is an amazing storyteller and drew us in with his enthusiasm, humour and interesting, colorful stories. He al
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alisamarkley
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Highly Recommend
Our group had a great time celebrating a birthday with this spooky Gastown Walking Tour! Eric, our guide, couldn't
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Estereicherr
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A Great Reason to Get Outside!
I attended this tour with my co-workers and it was a really good time! Even though it was a bit chilly and raining,
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Sunflower1985
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Amazing and Enchanting!
Glenn was just incredible and was so engaging as a storyteller and guide. He was patient with all our group's quest
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shannontJ8619XW
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Rain or Shine, a fantastic activity!
An amazing way to learn more about this beautiful city we live in! Glenn is a gifted story teller. The customer
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WRMum
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Socially Distance Fun
Janet was an excellent storyteller, and our group felt safe throughout. Three out of four grew up here and didn’t k
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Diderot_Effect
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fun storytelling
my sis and me took this tour today with Janet as our guide. It was very informative, told as a story. it was fa
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mrserincarter
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Wonderful Walking Tour
Loved this tour! Glenn was an excellent guide and storyteller. We really enjoyed ourselves and would highly recom
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pvonhahn
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The Roots of Stanley Park
Glenn is a born storyteller who is enthusiastic, informed and personable. He brings this tour alive with newspaper
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AlexLAntrobus
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Fantastic!
Very spooky and interesting. I learned a lot! Our guide was engaging, funny, and charming. Felt like a live theatre
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benjS4984AW
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A Very Pleasant and Informative Tour
My partner and I took my parents on this tour as a gift. Given that they are both very well-versed in local history
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  • Duration: 2h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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