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Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours

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Address: Cathedral Sq | Dunsmuir and Richards Streets, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B2Z5, Canada
Phone Number: +1 604-227-7570
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Discover Vancouver's dirty history with Forbidden Vancouver. Now staging...

Discover Vancouver's dirty history with Forbidden Vancouver. Now staging walking tours Lost Souls of Gastown, Prohibition City, and special event Secrets of the Penthouse. If your idea of adventure is following your guide down lamp lit alleyways, back to a world of illegal booze, opium dens, and unsolved murders, then you'll love Forbidden Vancouver.

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It was pleasant as a historical look at Vancouver but not very scary at all if that's what your looking for

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 22 October 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

It was pleasant as a historical look at Vancouver but not very scary at all if that's what your looking for

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Will W, Owner at Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours, responded to this review

Thanks for your review Sir T. You're right we don't do any "jumping out" or other scare tactics. We share the city's darkest history with a major dash of theatre thrown in for good measure! All the best, Will. More 

Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

This was a fun way to learn more about about a beautiful part of Vancouver - Gastown. We did the Lost Souls of Gastown tour - kind of like a 'ghost tour' of Gastown - but not scary. It is a fun way to spend an evening. We did it in the rain and it was fine. I've done a... More 

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Will W, Owner at Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours, responded to this review

Hi Pippa and thank you for your review. It sounds like there was much you enjoyed about your Lost Souls of Gastown walking tour. Though I must admit I always feel a tinge of regret when we didn't deliver a full 5-star experience for our guests. I'm interested to hear your comparison to the Jack the Ripper tour in London... More 

Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

A great evening, touring through Gastown, exploring different nooks and crannies of Vancouver. We got to go through Victorian hotel, one of the oldest in the city. A very entertaining evening, with excellent story telling by our guide Laurie.

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Will W, Owner at Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours, responded to this review

Thanks for your review Craig! So glad to hear you enjoyed your adventure through Victorian Gastown with Laurie. Hope to see you again one of these days. All the best, Will. More 

Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

Our guide/start teller was Nevada and she did a wonderful job. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and would recommend the tour to anyone.

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Will W, Owner at Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours, responded to this review

Thank you for your review Walk Traveler - Nevada will be pleased! Glad you enjoyed yourselves. All the best, Will. More 

Ashburn, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

Interesting, entertaining Vancouver history told by a character born in the 1850s. Highly recommended.

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Will W, Owner at Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours, responded to this review

Thanks for your review Laura! Glad you enjoyed your time on the Lost Souls of Gastown. Hope to see you one of these days on Prohibition City! Cheers, Will. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

The tour was very informative and entertaining at the same time. Will has a flair for drama and I felt connected the entire tour. He made you visualise what it was like back in the early days of Vancouver and showed you how Gastown evolved as it is now. Great entertainement backed by historical facts and demonstrated with archival photos.... More 

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Will W, Owner at Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours, responded to this review

Thanks for the review Gus! Glad you enjoyed your walk with me on the Lost Souls of Gastown. And I appreciate your comments on a "flair for drama!" All the best, Will. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

Will was super fun and very informative. His friendly personality and interesting stories made this a truly enjoyable experience. A highlight was definitely getting to go inside the Dominion building.

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Will W, Owner at Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours, responded to this review

Thanks for your review 'yesterday' (that's a mysterious profile name you have!). I had a great time with your group on Saturday night - what a lovely group of people. Glad you had as much fun as I did! All the best, Will. More 

Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

On our last night in Vancouver we booked the Prohibition City Tour. It was really excellent. Our guide Ammon was fabulous. Would recommend this as an excellent way to find out about the history of Vancouver. Even our 14 year old loved it. Great stories and great story telling.

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Will W, Owner at Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours, responded to this review

Thanks for your review Helen and John! Sounds like you had a fantastic time with Aman. And we'll take the approval of your 14 year old as a major vote of confidence in our work! Hope to see you again one of these days. Will. More 

Wesport, CT
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016 via mobile

Excellent, excellent, excellent. Amman was so knowledgeable and forthright. What a pleasurable way to pass the evening

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Will W, Owner at Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours, responded to this review

"Excellent, excellent, excellent" - doesn't get better than that! Thank you for your review Alicia. Hope to see you on the Lost Souls of Gastown before too long! Will. More 

Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

We've visited Vancouver several times but this was our first touristy outing. Laurie did a great job as "Sarah" transporting us back 100+ years through her dramatic story telling, to the rough and tumble days of Gas Town. We learned some new things and had fun doing it!

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Will W, Owner at Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours, responded to this review

Delighted to hear you enjoyed your time on the Lost Souls of Gastown with Laurie, eecarlson! And we're honoured to hear that you chose Forbidden Vancouver as your first tourist experience in the city. All the best, Will. More 

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