• Location: Vancouver, Canada
  • Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)
From USD $ 192.89 View price calendar

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Mobsters! Opium! Booze! Delve into Vancouver's scandalous history during Prohibition on this private 90-minute walking tour of Gastown and Chinatown. Visit the city's well-known heritage buildings, including the Dominion Building and the Sun Tower. Stroll along the cobblestone streets of Maple Tree Square, and see Chinatown’s back streets once lined with opium dens and beer parlors. From stories of mob bosses to rum-runners, enjoy historical and entertaining anecdotes from your personalized guide. This tour, priced per group, accommodates up to nine people.


  • Private 90-minute walking tour of Vancouver’s Chinatown and Gastown
  • See the Dominion Building and the Sun Tower
  • Stroll through Chinatown and learn about its illicit businesses during Prohibition
  • Explore Gastown and Maple Street Square
  • Get to know Vancouver’s Prohibition-era history
  • Experience this tour in the company of just your family and friends
  • Choose from a morning or afternoon departure

What You Can Expect

Vancouver Private Walking Tour of Downtown Chinatown and Gastown

Sharing history

Immerse yourself in Vancouver’s Prohibition-era history during this private 90-minute walking tour of Gastown and Chinatown. Prohibition hit Vancouver in 1917, driving law-abiding citizens into an underground world of bootlegged spirits and illicit activity.

As you walk past the city's most famous heritage buildings, the Sun Tower and the ornate Dominion Building, hear about the mob bosses who set up scores of illegal drinking dens and the cops who were paid to look the other way. When the US passed its own Prohibition several years later, enterprising Vancouver rum-runners made millions smuggling booze on midnight voyages down the coast.

Stroll past the back streets of historic Chinatown, once home to opium dens, beer parlors and bawdy houses. Learn about Vancouver’s longest-running mayor, LD Taylor, who emerged from the chaos and became notorious for his raucous parties and underworld connections.

Wrap up your tour on the cobblestone streets of Maple Tree Square, surrounded by Gastown's trendy bars and restaurants.

Customer Reviews

Janet United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Superb. Guide went beyond and spent almost double the time with us. Charming.

Vicki D

4 star rating: Recommended September 2017

We are locals in Vancouver and decided to go on this tour to find out more about our city. The tour guide was lovely and very knowledgeable. It was a fun way to spend an afternoon. We would recommend the tour.

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