The Forbidden Downtown And Gastown Walking Tour - Vancouver

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  • Duration: 2 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    7:00 PM
  • Departure Details :
    356 Water St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1B6, Canada
  • Return Details :
    Maple Tree Square, Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Explore Vancouvers dirtiest Prohibition-era secrets. From mobsters and rum runners to corrupt politicians and opium dens, this historical walking tour winds through Gastowns and Chinatowns most historic streets and alleyways and most illicit stories.


  • Comprehensive tour of the city
  • Great overview and orientation of the city
  • Fully narrated tour
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Led by a local guide

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This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Cathedral of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, Vancouver, British Columbia

The walking tour begins at the Holy rosary cathedral, downtown.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Victory Square, Vancouver, British Columbia

Victory Square is home to some of Vancouver's finest heritage buildings, including the Dominion Building and the Sun Tower. It's also a perfect place to discover some of Vancouver's juiciest history!

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Vancouver Chinatown Millennium Gate

We enter Chinatown to discover tales of rioting, opium and vice.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Vancouver Chinatown, Vancouver, British Columbia

We explore Shanghai and Canton Alleys, discover heritage tenement buildings, former opium dens, the world's narrowest building, the site of Canada's first ever drugs bust, and a street once packed with over 40 "bawdy houses."

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Gastown, Vancouver, British Columbia

The tour wraps up on the cobblestone streets of Gastown, the historic centre of Vancouver.

Duration: 30 minutes


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Additional Info

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

Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately

Please arrive at least 10 minutes before the scheduled start time

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers

Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons

COVID-19 vaccination required for guides

We adhere to health guidelines set by the Provincial Government of British Columbia.

Traveler Reviews

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  • 30-Oct-2022

    Fascinating look in to a period in Vancouver's history that even most locals know little about. Our tour guide Glenn (double n) was knowledgeable, witty and professional with lots of time for questions. Thank you! I will come back.

  • 29-Oct-2022

    Excellent & humorous guide who gave us the most interesting evening.I would highly recommend this tour.

  • 29-Oct-2022

    What a great tour. Glenn was knowledgeable and kind. I loved learning about Canadian prohibition. The last stop had a great view for photos. I'll definitely do another tour when I come back.

  • 27-Oct-2022

    I booked the Forbidden Vancouver Tour for the organization I work for, Sparx Publishing Group, and I cannot recommend this tour enough! We booked as a private group tour, and Tracy and Lina were quick to respond and were friendly and helpful. The tour itself is well organized and thought-out -- I could tell we were getting the "inside scoop," as they've clearly done their research and found information from archives you can't find online. It was fascinating learning about Vancouver's seedy past. Our tour guide, Rob, was amazing! An excellent storyteller, passionate, and engaging. He definitely made our night! From the Sparx team, thank you for the amazing tour!

  • 24-Oct-2022

    As we were guided through historical gastown we enjoyed learning about the early families of Vancouver, secrets of rum running and blind pigs. We love a good walking tour and this one was fantastic and knowledgeable even for us locals. Our Vancouver autumn evening was dry and beautiful but dress for the forecast, our teen was a little cold by the end but they never take clothing recommendations well anyway.

  • 24-Oct-2022

    Wonderful. Excellent storytelling. A good balance of humor, drama, and education. Kept everyone engaged, and created a window into forgotten history.

  • 22-Oct-2022

    Lennart gave us a great view into the darker history of Vancouver. Having lived in Vancouver for 12 years, I learned so many things about the city that I had never heard before. Very interesting!

  • 17-Oct-2022

    This was my third tour with Forbidden Vancouver and definitely not the last. The tours are rich in content delivered by entertaining guides (shout out to Teala) who bring the past to life. We covered a lot of ground in Gastown, walked down alleys and streets I’d never seen before and enjoyed beautiful views of the city. It was an entertaining Saturday night.

  • 15-Oct-2022

    Jannette and Glenn were wonderful! If you don't do The Forbbiden Tours you did not visit Vancuver!!!

  • 03-Oct-2022

    While in the city, my friends and I decided to check out the Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tour. I highly recommend, especially with Rob. The enthusiasm and the knowledge from him was spectacular!

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