• Location: Vancouver, Canada
  • Duration: 2 hours (approx.)
From USD $ 23.85 View price calendar

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Discover Vancouver’s bootlegging, rum-running, prohibition past on a 90-minute 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.


  • 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

What You Can Expect

The Forbidden Downtown and Chinatown Walking Tour

The Forbidden Tour in Chinatown

Customer Reviews

Julie M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

The most professional guide ever. Tour was well organized and very informative. Highly recommend.

Jennifer O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Excellent tour! The pace was perfect, lots of information and great sights.

Tiffany K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 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!

Wayne K I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Excellent guide Roxanne enthusiastic and knowledgeable!

Pat J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2017

So Much Fun..and Educational, too!! I had a free evening alone in Gastown and wanted to stay in the area until about 10 pm so this
Tour fit the bill. Leonard, our guide, was an excellent speaker and quite knowledgeable about both Vancouver Past and Present. I felt safe in his group, especially when he offered to walk me to my bus stop after the tour. I can't wait to take my whole family on his Tour when we return to Gastown. Thanks, Leonard, for a highly enjoyable evening and wonderful memories of Gastown!

Bridgette K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This was an excellent walking tour! The guide Amon rhymes with Salmon was fascinating to listen to and he had a very humorous way of passing on all the information he had to share. We were taken to some interesting places and buildings and each one had a link and a story relating to the days of prohibition. Great tour, definitely recommend.

Alexis M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

I had Nevada as my tour guide and I loved this tour so much. We started at the Cathedral on Dunsmuir and travelled down to the Dominion Building, Chinatown and ended at GasTown. It was a wonderful and thorough explanation of what went down in the 1910's and 20s during the prohibition era, and taught me a lot about the city's history with immigrants, bootlegging, laws, key persona at the time, and all the major secrets! What really sold the adventure was the real life photos that Nevada showed us. The pictures really took us back to how life was like then so that it wasn't just a fairy tale, it made it real.

Thank you Nevada for the great time!

John B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was amazing!

dsulli101 United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Very comprehensive and informative. Almon was great.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

The guide was great as well as the tour. The guide provided in a really nice way interesting details about both Chinatown and Gastown. I really advise to do this tour.

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