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Vancouver Private Walking Tour of Downtown Chinatown and Gastown

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    What to Expect
    Immerse yourself in Vancouver’s Prohibition-era history during this private walking tour of Gastown and Chinatown. Prohibition hit Vancouver in 1917, driving law-abiding citizens into an underground world of bootlegged spirits and illicit activity.

    As you walk past the city's most famous heritage buildings, the Sun Tower and the ornate Dominion Building, hear about the mob bosses who set up scores of illegal drinking dens and the cops who were paid to look the other way. When the US passed its own Prohibition several years later, enterprising Vancouver rum-runners made millions smuggling booze on midnight voyages down the coast.

    Stroll past the back streets of historic Chinatown, once home to opium dens, beer parlors and bawdy houses. Learn about Vancouver’s longest-running mayor, LD Taylor, who emerged from the chaos and became notorious for his raucous parties and underworld connections.

    Wrap up your tour on the cobblestone streets of Maple Tree Square, surrounded by Gastown's trendy bars 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
    45 Water St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1A1, Canada
    Inclusions
    • Local guide
    • Professional guide
    • Private tour
    • GST (Goods and Services Tax)
    • All taxes, fees, and handling charges
    Exclusions
    • Food and drinks, unless specified
    • Lunch
    • Drinks
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Transportation to/from attractions
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not recommended for children aged 14 and under
    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
    • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
    • Most travelers can participate
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    We all had the BEST time on the tour, it was so fun and interesting! Aman, our tour guide was fantastic, he told the stories as though we were the first people he was telling them to and we were all captivated. Loved the visuals he used too, it’s amazing how much Vancouver has
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    Response from ForbiddenVan, Operations Manager at Vancouver Private Walking Tour of Downtown Chinatown and Gastown
    Responded 2 Sep 2019
    Hi fwally88, Thanks so much for writing your five star review for the Forbidden Vancouver Tour with Aman! He's one of our longest standing guides and he is amazing indeed! Thanks for joining us and we'll be seeing you again soon on another tour! Lina Fitzner - The Forbidden Vancouver Team
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    Nice tours!Rowan is really pationate in the explaining, it seems like we actually were there, back in the 1898!thanks for these two lovely evenings!
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    Response from ForbiddenVan, Operations manager at Vancouver Private Walking Tour of Downtown Chinatown and Gastown
    Responded 12 May 2019
    Hello L108NZlaural, Thanks for the great review of our Forbidden Vancouver Tour with Rowan! He'll be so happy to read your review. Best, Lina Fitzner
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    Our host, Aman (hope I spelled it right, rhymes with Salmon), last name “5 stars” knocked it out of the park!!! We learned so much about the city and it’s seedy, historical underbelly. Highly recommended to locals and all new friends to the city. What a great way to spend an
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    Response from ForbiddenVan, Communications & Operations Manager at Vancouver Private Walking Tour of Downtown Chinatown and Gastown
    Responded 1 Dec 2018
    Hi Leroythefish, Thank you for your 5 star review of your tour with Aman (you did indeed spell it right!) I'm delighted you enjoyed your tour of the hidden side of Vancouver's history and I hope you'll come back again soon to check out The Secrets of Stanley Park, The Really Gay History Tour, or our Art Deco & Chocolate Tasting Tour. See you soon! Roxanne Kalenborn
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    Lenard Stand was entertaining with his animated education story telling. He engage our imagination of the passed history of Vancouver. My friend really enjoyed her self too. I will in the future will attend other "Forbidden Tour". A must do to attend this companies tour.
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    Response from Roxanne K, Communications & Operations Manager at Vancouver Private Walking Tour of Downtown Chinatown and Gastown
    Responded 18 May 2018
    Hi Rowena, Thank you for your review! We agree, Lenard certainly is very talented at "animated education story telling" and I certainly hope you will visit us again soon for another tour of Vancouver's hidden history. Best, Roxanne
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    We took a large group of young ladies on this tour. We had two fabulous guides who were fabulous story tellers. We found the guides to be engaging, animated, and knowledgeable. We will do this again for sure!!
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    Response from Roxanne K, Communications & Operations Manager at Vancouver Private Walking Tour of Downtown Chinatown and Gastown
    Responded 16 Apr 2018
    Hi Jaime, Wow! Thanks for the review, Lina and I had a great time with your group, what an engaging and fun bunch of smart young ladies. We hope to see you and the students again soon! Best, Roxanne Kalenborn
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