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The Forbidden Downtown and Gastown Walking Tour

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Overview
Explore Vancouver’s dirtiest Prohibition-era secrets. From mobsters and rum runners to corrupt politicians and opium dens, this historical walking tour winds through Gastown’s and downtown Vancouver’s most historic streets and alleyways – and most illicit stories.
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. You’ll 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, you’ll see key Vancouver landmarks as well, including Sun Tower, the ornate Dominion Building, and the cobblestone streets of Maple Tree Square, where you’ll finish the tour close to top attractions and restaurants.
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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
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Rowan was a great tour guide! He told us about some of his own history and also some of the seedier history of Vancouver. It was fascinating to learn more about how Prohibition came about in Canada and why it was voted in, and Rowan put a lot of energy and charm into the tour.
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Response from ForbiddenVan, Operations Manager at The Forbidden Downtown and Gastown Walking Tour
Responded 5 days ago
Hello kerryr2016, Thank you so much for the amazing review of the Forbidden Vancouver Tour with Rowan! He is an awesome guide and we are so happy that he is on our team of storytellers. Thanks for joining us and we hope you'll join us on another tour soon! Lina Fitzner - The Forbidden Vancouver Team
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I was amazed how much I learned about the city I lived in the last 22 years. Glenn was our host and I found him really enthusiastic and passionate. There was some parts of the tour where Glenn emphasized the history of town and how its lead to its vulnerability at the modern
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Response from ForbiddenVan, Operations Manager at The Forbidden Downtown and Gastown Walking Tour
Responded 6 days ago
Hi XCheenaa, It's so lovely to hear from locals who have joined in any of our tours! I'm happy to hear that you enjoyed the Forbidden Vancouver Tour with Glenn so much. Thanks for writing your 5 star review. We hope to see you on another one of our tours soon! Lina Fitzner - The Forbidden Vancouver Team
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He was great tour guide! Very friendly and knowledgeable! We had really wonderful time with him. Thank you!🙂🙂🙂
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Response from ForbiddenVan, Operations Manager at The Forbidden Downtown and Gastown Walking Tour
Responded 6 days ago
Hi hyeri07, Thanks for the lovely 5 star review for Glenn and the Forbidden Vancouver Tour! We're happy to hear you enjoyed it so much :) Lina Fitzner - The Forbidden Vancouver Team
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October 9th-2019 Glenn (with a double 'n') captivated his audience making the Forbidden tour an absolute must do. He was very engaging and knowledgeable on the subject and gave us a fascinating insight into Vancouver's less celubrious past. He dealt with one of the more
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Response from ForbiddenVan, Operations Manager at The Forbidden Downtown and Gastown Walking Tour
Responded 1 week ago
Hi Anne H, We are so pleased to hear how much you enjoyed the Forbidden Vancouver Tour with Glenn! He is a captivating storyteller indeed and we are so happy to have him on our team of storytellers. we hope that you enjoyed your time in Vancouver and please do look us up again on your next visit to Vancouver! Lina Fitzner - The Forbidden Vancouver Team
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Our tour guide, Glenn, was super energetic and kind. He approached the subjects with enthusiasm and drama, but also lots of respect for the historical truths of the city that can be harder to stomach. I live in Vancouver and didn't know most of the information that he shared, so
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Response from ForbiddenVan, Operations Manager at The Forbidden Downtown and Gastown Walking Tour
Responded 2 weeks ago
Hi LucieB1012, Thanks for taking a moment to write your lovely review for the Forbidden Vancouver Tour with Glenn! We love hearing the response from locals who join in on our tours! Great idea about the tea :) See you again on another tour soon! Lina Fitzner - The Forbidden Vancouver Team
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