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The Forbidden Downtown and Gastown Walking Tour

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icon1 hour 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Discover Vancouver’s bootlegging, rum-running, prohibition past on a walking tour through Victory Square and Gastown. Visit landmark buildings and historic sites as your guide brings the past to life with stories of the corrupt politicians, mob bosses, and showgirls that ruled the city’s dark side. Hear how the city bloomed from a frontier outpost to a cosmopolitan hotspot, and finish your walk in Gastown, where speakeasies and gambling dens have been given way to chic restaurants and hip bars.
  • Discover Prohibition Vancouver on a fun walking tour
  • Walk through Gastown and downtown Vancouver
  • Hear stories of mobsters, corrupt politicians, and showgirls
  • See key Vancouver landmarks and learn about their history
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Departure Point

305 Water St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1B8, Canada

Meet by the iconic Gastown Steam Clock in historic Gastown at Water and Cambie Streets.

Return Details

Maple Tree Square, Vancouver, BC, Canada

The walking tour ends in Maple Tree Square, Gastown, in the heart of Vancouver's restaurant and bar scene! The start point is just an easy 2 minute walk back, and the guide can provide a map and directions if needed.

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Forbidden Vancouver
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during The Forbidden Downtown and Gastown Walking Tour?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by The Forbidden Downtown and Gastown Walking Tour.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during The Forbidden Downtown and Gastown Walking Tour?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by The Forbidden Downtown and Gastown Walking Tour.

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star-5
Excellent!
Frida_T
, Sep 2021
Tour was great, our guide Will was so friendly and knowledgeable. He gave us lots of historical information about Gastown, and had the answers to all our questions. I super recommend it!
star-5
Glad we did it!
Brent_W
, Aug 2021
Lenard, our guide did an awesome job showing us around Gastown and story telling the "forbidden" past of prohibition days.
star-5
Intéressant
kathleencotemtl
, Sep 2019
Glenn was awesome and distractive! I really enjoyed this tour and to discover an other side of Vancouver.
star-4
Good acclimation tour to Vancouver
Liz_K
, Sep 2019
Leonard our guide was very good. Gave a good history of the areas we walked through. Tour is recommended.
star-5
Fun and informative
Patricia_D
, Aug 2019
Downtown and Chinatown tour. I love walking tours for the perspective and proximity they offer. Highly recommend.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2019
Hi Trish0511, Thanks so much for the great review of our Forbidden Vancouver Tour! We hope that you'll come walk with us again in the future! Lina Fitzner - The Forbidden Vancouver Team
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DIANE_S
, Aug 2018
I would not recommend this tour. The guide was excellent and made Vancouver history come alive but walking thru dirty streets with homeless people, drugged out teenagers and someone urinating 50 feet from out group is not my idea of a good time. Oh, did I mention needles on the side walk where we stopped to listen to our guide. This tour is a bust.
star-5
Guide Glenn Tkach did an excellent job...
Patrick H
, May 2018
Guide Glenn Tkach did an excellent job leading this informative and entertaining tour.
star-5
The most professional guide ever...
Julie M
, Oct 2017
The most professional guide ever. Tour was well organized and very informative. Highly recommend.
star-5
Excellent tour! The pace was perfect...
Jennifer O
, Oct 2017
Excellent tour! The pace was perfect, lots of information and great sights.
star-5
This was a fabulous tour! Our guide...
Tiffany K
, Sep 2017
This was a fabulous tour! Our guide, Glenn, was extremely knowledgeable about the history of the city and presented the material with both stories and historic photographs. I'm a Vancouverite and learned something new! I'm going to look into the other tours that Forbidden Vancouver offers and do those as well. This tour was well worth it and I would recommend it to both visitors and locals!

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