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You'll start at
Vancouver City Centre
Granville St, Vancouver, BC V7Y 1K8, Canada
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    Meet your guide – the man in pink! – outside Vancouver City Centre Skytrain Station on West Georgia Street. You'll soon embark on a 2.5 hour long adventure into the LGBTQ2+ history and culture of this West Coast metropolis. First stop is the majestic Hotel Vancouver, once legendary for secret gay meetups. Across the street lies the Vancouver Art Gallery and former courthouse, where you'll learn the strange tale of Rex vs. Singh – a case no jury could agree on. You'll continue on to Robson Square, a public space often packed with live performers and food trucks, before you make your way into the heart of Vancouver's entertainment scene on Granville Street, where you'll discover Vancouver's very earliest gay bars. You'll weave a path through Imperial Court coronations, drag kings at the Quadra, gay ministers at the United Church, Patient Zero, the GRID crisis, and visit urban oasis Nelson Park, until you find yourself in the gaybourhood on Davie Street. The walking tour strolls the historic tree-lined West End as you discover the city's earliest Pride parade, Jim Deva Plaza, bookstore bombings, a transgender campaigner who blew the whistle on the biggest crime in Vancouver history, Vancouver’s secret gay village, and the remarkable story of two-spirited warrior Gone to the Spirits. You’ll finish right in the middle of the action in the Davie Street village with its fantastic variety of bars and restaurants. The perfect place to enjoy a post-walking tour cocktail as you reflect on your afternoon's adventure!
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You'll end at
Jim Deva Plaza
1N3, 1200 Bute St, Vancouver, BC V6E 1N3, Canada
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Departure Point
Vancouver City Centre, Granville St, Vancouver, BC V7Y 1K8, Canada
Duration
2h
Return Details
Jim Deva Plaza, 1N3, 1200 Bute St, Vancouver, BC V6E 1N3, Canada
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  • Professional guide
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  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Wear sensible shoes.
  • Bring sunscreen if it's warm out.
  • This walking tour contains explicit language.
  • The walking tour happens rain or shine, but many of the stops are under cover.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Not recommended for guests under the age of 14.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 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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TSD wrote a review Mar 2020
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This was a great tour! I learned so much history about a city I have lived in for nearly ten years. It was very powerful and moving to learn about the LGBTQ2 community and even though it rained on us, Glen kept us engaged and wanting more the whole time. I would encourage
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Responded 10 Mar 2020
Hi tdA3264TB, Thanks you very much for taking a moment to write your thoughtful review for the Really Gay History Tour with Glenn! We are always so pleased to hear the responses on this tour from our guests, we're so happy to hear that you found the experience so enjoyable! See you on another tour soon! Lina Fitzner - The Forbidden Vancouver Team
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Angelica P wrote a review Mar 2020
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Everybody should do this tour! I learnt so much about Vancouver's gay and lesbian history, thanks to our amazing guide Glenn who walked us through this tour in such an engaging way! I think I'll actually be doing this tour again :) 5 starts to Glenn!!!!
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from ForbiddenVan, Operations Manager at The Really Gay History Tour
Responded 6 Mar 2020
Hi Angyxx90, Thanks for taking a moment to write your fabulous review of the Really Gay History Tour with Glenn! We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed the experience so much and that you'd like to attend the tour a second time. We look forward to hosting you again, Lina Fitzner - The Forbidden Vancouver Team
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elisa wrote a review Mar 2020
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This was a very interesting tour to participate. Glenn is a wonderful host, talented story teller, who takes us into LGBTQ2+ powerful history in Vancouver. So much that we don’t know and that it is not widely shared! So much struggle and so much fight to reach where the
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from ForbiddenVan, Operations Manager at The Really Gay History Tour
Responded 3 Mar 2020
Hi elisarruda, We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed the really Gay History Tour with Glenn this past week! I couldn't agree with you more, this tour shares so much that's been untold and it's so important these stories be told. Hope to see you again on another tour soon! Lina Fitzner - Operations Manager
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jorgentdh wrote a review Feb 2020
Vancouver, Canada2 contributions
This tour far exceeded my expectations. As a gay man who has lived in Vancouver for 10 years, I thought I knew everything about the gay community here, however I had never heard any of the stories that Glenn told us. I didn't know that our LGBTQ2S+ history was so impactful and
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Responded 3 Mar 2020
Hi jorgentdh, What a lovely review! We are thrilled to hear that you felt amazed, inspired and blown away by our city's surprising and hidden stories. I'll be sure to pass you review on to Glenn, he'll be so happy to read your review. We hope you'll join us again in the future on another tour! All the best, Lina Fitzner - The Forbidden Vancouver Team
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tanyabee wrote a review Feb 2020
Vancouver, Canada3 contributions
I attended Glenn's tour after living in Vancouver for 20 years and learnt an incredible amount of Vancouver's history on this informative, insightful tour. Glenn was very engaging and an excellent story teller. I was impressed by the depth and breadth of the tour and the
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from ForbiddenVan, Operations Manager at The Really Gay History Tour
Responded 3 Mar 2020
Hi tanyabee, Thanks for taking a moment to write a review for the Really Gay History Tour with Glenn! Vancouver is such a surprising place and Glenn has certainly researched and developed a comprehensive tour that covers the years in our lovely city! Thanks again and we hope to see you on another tour in the future! Lina Fitzner - The Forbidden Vancouver Team
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By: Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours
Michelmo_11
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Amazing way to learn about our hometown on Canada Day! 🇨🇦
What a perfect summer to take a local walking tour - when there are no crowds of tourists to navigate around. And a
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Forbidden Vancouver tour
The forbidden Vancouver tour was enjoyable enough, however, I really wish we chose the lost souls of Gastown tour i
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Jonathan L
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Fantastic tales from Vancouver past!
Our Forbidden Vancouver guide, Tracey, was a wonderful actor and storyteller, making the past really come alive in
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Nini215
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Great Walking Tour
This tour was a lot of fun. The lady that lead the tour was great. The night we went it was cold and raining and at
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Mattynz27
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Lost souls of Gastown
Amazing tour. Our guild Tracey was fantastic. She took us on a tour around Gastown and shared some history and told
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marieke1972
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Absolutely amazing tour - great guide
We had a great walk through downtown looking at all the Art Deco buildings and inside some. Our local guide Lena wa
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ericahN5088DQ
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Hidden gems...
I thoroughly enjoyed a walk through the city's fabulous Art Deco buildings and even more so the chocolate! Tim was
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justineh829
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Fantastic
Tracy was an amazing storyteller! Thank you so much for a wonderful historical overview of the area.
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Forbidden2020
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Would do another
We enjoyed the group leader going into character and acting as if she were in the era. She portrayed and explained
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andreakE1828PH
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Lost souls of Gastown walking tour
Tracy was a great walking tour guide. Travelled with two teens ages 15 and 13 and they enjoyed the tour as well. H
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TravellingJennifer
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Would Recommend
Great walking tour, it was a lot of fun! Eric (or George—his character name) was our guide, he is an excellent stor
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Summer-sfield
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Very in-depth, immersive experience
I was apart of Eric Regimbald's walking tour. What an incredible evening, Eric's proformance was really impressive,
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Beth M
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Wonderful tour!
I thoroughly enjoyed this tour and Tim is an awesome guide. It is a great combination of deco architecture, Vancou
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markjmolloy
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Fascinating and fun history of Vancouver's macabre past
Loved this tour. Myself and my wife did it when we were there in September (sorry for the late review!). Our tour g
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terrab157
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Amazing Tour!
My boyfriend and I went on this tour early December and we both absolutely loved it! We had Lina as our tour guide
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