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The Forbidden Downtown and Gastown Walking Tour

Vancouver, Canada

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icon2 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English


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

Mobi Bike Share, 441-499 Dunsmuir St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1X4, Canada

Return Details

Maple Tree Square, Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • 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
  • OPERATED BY Forbidden Vancouver

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What is the maximum group size during The Forbidden Downtown and Gastown Walking Tour?
This activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers.

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281 Reviews
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, Sep 2019
Glenn was awesome and distractive! I really enjoyed this tour and to discover an other side of Vancouver.
Good acclimation tour to Vancouver
, Sep 2019
Leonard our guide was very good. Gave a good history of the areas we walked through. Tour is recommended.
Fun and informative
, 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
Forbidden Downtown
, 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.
Guide Glenn Tkach did an excellent job...
Patrick H
, May 2018
Guide Glenn Tkach did an excellent job leading this informative and entertaining tour.
The most professional guide ever...
Julie M
, Oct 2017
The most professional guide ever. Tour was well organized and very informative. Highly recommend.
Excellent tour! The pace was perfect...
Jennifer O
, Oct 2017
Excellent tour! The pace was perfect, lots of information and great sights.
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!
The Guide really made this very fun and...
leon b
, Aug 2017
The Guide really made this very fun and informative.
Great tour for what Roxanne had to...
Michelle D
, Aug 2017
Great tour for what Roxanne had to work with. There is some that she could not tell you about as they don't know exactly what happened. Enjoy the tour and Roxanne was very polite and respectful

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