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.