Walking Tours

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 Downtown and Gastown, where fire, smallpox and unsolved murders left their gruesome mark.


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The Forbidden Vancouver Tour

This scandal-filled history tour traces the city’s shady prohibition past through the city’s oldest streets. You’ll hear tales of rum runners, corrupt mayors, and enterprising bootleggers. Walking the streets and alleyways once governed by notorious 1920s mob boss Joe Celona, you’ll hear stories of riots, beer parlours, and blind pigs. The walking tour weaves its way through historic Gastown before it wraps up near the city’s trendiest bars and restaurants for those who want to keep the fun flowing.

Price: $32 adult, $29 senior/student | Duration: 2 hours
Start Times: Fri 10 a.m., Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 4 p.m. | Start Location: Outside Buro Coffee, 356 Water St, Gastown

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  • Explore Gastown at night
  • Vancouver’s prohibition history
  • Professional Forbidden Vancouver guide
  • Tales of illicit booze, shocking riots, and mob crime
  • Visit must see heritage buildings including the Dominion Building
  • Finish in Gastown near all the city’s best bars and restaurants

What guests say on tripadvisor

Lina was a fantastic tour guide. She was charismatic, witty and passionate about the stories she was telling us. Her genuine interest and humanity kept me interested the entire 2 hours. What an amazing, well researched and informative journey. – 5 Stars | HLG H

The Lost Souls of Gastown Tour

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…

Price: $32 adult, $29 senior/student | Duration: 1 hour, 45 minutes
Start Times: Every night 7 p.m. | Start Location: Outside Buro Coffee, 356 Water St, Gastown

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  • Gothic Theatre Adventure
  • Vancouver’s darkest early history
  • Tales of smallpox, deadly fire and unsolved murder
  • Unique hybrid of walking tour and theatre piece
  • Backstreets and alleyways of Victorian Gastown
  • Finish in Gastown near all the best bars and restaurants

What guests say on tripadvisor

One of the greatest things to do in Vancouver at night. Rowan did an awesome job of taking us back in time. Stories were very interesting and informative. Highly recommend this tour! – 5 Stars | Robyn E



How does it work?

You’ll venture through Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhoods with a Forbidden Vancouver Storyteller as your guide. At each stop you’ll hear the twists and turns of our city’s shadiest history while you soak in the cobblestone streets, Victorian era alleyways and heritage buildings.


Where does it go?

The Forbidden Vancouver Tour visits two of Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhoods: Victory Square and Gastown. The Lost Souls of Gastown Tour takes a walk off the beaten path through Gastown’s backstreets and alleyways. Both tours finish in the heart of the city’s restaurant and bar scene.


Who is my guide?

Our Storytellers are guides, actors, historians, comedians, writers, performers — they’re people who love Vancouver and love to entertain. They’re also some of the nicest, most passionate, and most creative people you’ll ever have the pleasure to meet. We guarantee it!

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