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The Forbidden Downtown and Gastown Walking Tour

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  • 1 hour 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered 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

What's Included

  • Professional guide
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 356 Water St
    356 Water St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1B6, Canada

    Meet outside 356 Water street at the entrance to historic Gastown at Water and Cordova Streets.

End point

  • Maple Tree Square
    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.

What To Expect

Cambie Bar & Grill

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

The Dominion Building

2 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

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

Cancellation Policy

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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393 reviews
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Excellent & humorous ...
lynn_b, Oct 2022
Excellent & humorous guide who gave us the most interesting evening.I would highly recommend this tour.
History tour
Douglas_B, Oct 2022
History of the area. The guide was excellent. Rob was very entertaining No more. No more Xxxxxxxxxxxx
Gastown Low Down
Karen_C, Aug 2022
Glenn was a great guide, bringing the stories of prohibition and old Gastown to life. The 2 hour tour flew by, can highly recommend.
Definitely worth it
John_M, Jul 2022
The tour guide was witty, knowledgeable and very friendly. We got a great deep dive into Vancouver during prohibition and beyond, and it really brought Gastown to life. We loved it, and next time we visit we will be signing up for the ghost tour!
History comes alive
Anja_S, Jun 2022
Wonderful tour, great stories by a knowledgable and very nice tour guide. Would recommend this tour and try to visit others with him!
Informative and fun
Natalia_L, Jun 2022
Interesting stories told in a captivating manner, this was fun. Some local interactions made this tour very educational.
Very interesting stories...
Jody_P, Jun 2022
Very interesting stories and a informative and funny tour guide. The walk was a good length of time. Easy to do. Not too long
Fantastic tour!
Amanda_E, Apr 2022
This was a terrific tour of a fascinating area - we loved it! Our guide Glenn was incredibly knowledgeable and engaging and really held our interest throughout with great stories, lots of interaction, and photos- highly recommend!!!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Glenn brought history to life
Kathy_P, Apr 2022
Great, informative tour. Glenn is excellent guide, entertaining as well. Loved hearing the stories of individuals from the early 20th century and background of BC’s prohibition. Highly recommended.
Glenn was great!!
Katie_W, Apr 2022
Learned a lot of interesting history of the city, Glenn was the perfect host! The tour was good for all ages, we were hoping to book another tour he hosts but they were all sold out.
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!
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.
kathleencotemtl, 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
Liz_K, Sep 2019
Leonard our guide was very good. Gave a good history of the areas we walked through. Tour is recommended.
Fun and informative
Patricia_D, Aug 2019
Downtown and Chinatown tour. I love walking tours for the perspective and proximity they offer. Highly recommend.
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
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.
Guide Glenn Tkach did an excellent job...
Patrick H, May 2018
Guide Glenn Tkach did an excellent job leading this informative and entertaining tour.
1 traveler found this review helpful
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.
1 traveler found this review helpful
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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