Guns and gold, mobsters and murders – Vancouver has an intriguing past. Our actors and historians take you on small group walking tours to explore the city’s oldest neighbourhoods of Gastown and Chinatown, where fire, smallpox and unsolved murders left their gruesome mark.
The Forbidden Tour
This scandal-filled history tour traces the city’s shady prohibition past through streets and alleyways once teeming with bawdy houses and opium dens. You’ll hear tales of blind pigs, corrupt mayors and enterprising bootleggers, before you move on to Vancouver’s greatest heritage architecture. You’ll visit the magnificent Sun Tower and ornate Dominion Building, once the tallest building in the British Empire. The walking tour then ventures through Chinatown before it wraps up in historic Gastown, filled with trendy bars and restaurants for those who want to keep the fun flowing.
Explore Victorian Gastown at night on this gothic theatre adventure. You’ll follow the lamplight of your guide as you discover the Great Fire, smallpox outbreaks, and the unsolved murder of John Bray. Designed for adult audiences, the experience is both a walking tour and a theatre piece. The plot line is woven together as the tragic tale of one person’s life, ending in a dramatic finale in the heart of Gastown’s Maple Tree Square. On the way you’ll visit the city’s oldest hotel, its first bawdy house, and walk its oldest street. Do not expect a ghost tour or conventional walking tour – this is a gothic experience that will pull you in so deep, you might have a hard time finding your way back out…