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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. 

Highlights

  • 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

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Customer Reviews

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!

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Very comprehensive and informative. Almon was great.

jamesjmp

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.

Matthew W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Enjoyed the tour and the guide was great and knowledgable. Only downside was the Weather as it was a torrential downpour.

Miss J

4 star rating: Recommended November 2016

Great introduction to some of the details of life way back then in Vancouver. Energetic and interactive with relevant commentary throughout and led by a knowledgeable guide and a steady pace so all could keep up. Meeting point is a little vague and not necessarily somewhere I'd like to hang around by myself for too long. Overall really enjoyable and educational.

Chris S

4 star rating: Recommended September 2016

Growing up in Vancouver I learned much more than I thought I would. The guide was very entertaining and engaging. Definitely recomend for locals and tourists alike.

Mike O

3 star rating: Worth doing August 2016

Generally very informative about the early history of Vancouver. A lively commentary.
Personally I would have preferred not to traverse the less salubrious area area between Chinatown and Gastown. There were many people 'down on their luck' or with various issues that was off putting.

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