The Forbidden Downtown and Gastown Walking Tour

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

Summary

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.

Tour info

Duration
1 hour 30 minutes
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Why take this tour?

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.

What’s included?

  • Professional guide

  • Gratuities

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Frequently asked questions

Things to know

Before you book

  • Duration: 1h 30m

  • Mobile tickets accepted

  • Instant confirmation

Covid Policy

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience

Cancellation Policy

    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours

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About operator:

Peek beneath Vancouver’s sparkling surface to uncover a hidden history of dark crime, outrageous intrigue, and filthy scandal. Roam the city with our expert guides in these one-of-a-kind walking tours, and hear the scintillating stories of Vancouver’s secret past. Now staging the Forbidden Vancouver Tour, the Lost Souls of Gastown Tour, the Dark Secrets of Stanley Park Tour, and the Really Gay History Tour.

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