Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours, Vancouver

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The Forbidden Vancouver Tour

Explore Vancouver’s dirtiest Prohibition-era secrets. From mobsters and rum runners to corrupt politicians and opium dens, this historical walking tour winds through Gastown and Chinatown’s most historic streets and alleyways – and most illicit stories.

The Lost Souls of Gastown Tour

Step inside a world of murder, revenge, and true grit in a dramatic history of Victorian Gastown. Stories of deadly fire and smallpox emerge from the shadows as you venture through cobblestone streets to the shocking finale in this unique performance-theatre experience.

The Art Deco & Chocolate Tasting Tour

Saunter through Downtown Vancouver of the 1920s and 1930s to discover the riveting stories (Glamour! Intrigue! Deceit!) behind the city’s best Art Deco architecture, all while sampling decadent delicacies from the finest chocolatiers in town.

The Dark Secrets of Stanley Park Tour

Discover the jaw-dropping beauty – and sinister stories – of Stanley Park. Behind those majestic forests, picturesque gardens and stunning beaches lies a history of hidden graveyards, shocking crime scenes, and the ghostly lore of Deadman’s Island.

The Really Gay History Tour

The wild history of Vancouver’s LGBTQ2+ community comes alive with stories of struggle, unity, and oh so much humour. From Downtown Vancouver to the Davie Village “Gaybourhood,” meet a history of outrageous drag queens, bookstore bombings, and brave citizens who fought for acceptance.

A Forbidden Vancouver Special Event: Secrets of the Penthouse

A night of intrigue, scandal and humour behind the scenes at the infamous Penthouse Nightclub. Hosted by club owner Danny Filippone – with guest appearances, including retired Vancouver Police officers who once raided the club – and topped off with a hearty Italian dinner and cabaret show.


- Tours are 90 minutes - 3 hrs in length

- Meet at various easy to find locations in Downtown Vancouver

- Rates starting at $28.00 per person

- Private tours available


As featured on the BBC, CBC, Vancouver Sun, The Province, Westender, Vancouver Courier, Miss604, Vancity Buzz, Global TV and Shaw TV. Forbidden Vancouver has been awarded the Top Choice distinction by Lonely Planet and is rated 5 stars on TripAdvisor.
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  • Wonderful evening. “George” (aka Eric) was brilliant in bringing Vancouver’s history alive. Even though a local...still many new facts of my home city shared.... have been on similar walks around...  more »
  • Really enjoyed Glen’s Storytelling about the Secrets of Stanley Park - lovely walk beautiful evening and Glen spoke a great deal about the indigenous history of the park - highlight was a seal joined....  more »
  • Glenn was a wonderful guide who told us many hidden stories of Gastown with a lot of passion and enthousiasme. Highly recommended tour if you want to know more about Vancouver’s growth as a city and.....  more »
  • Great time learning about the history of Gastown, while being intrigued by the performer/guide. Definitely a must do.
  • My husband and I went on The Lost Souls of Gastown tour. We had the best time!!! Truly a night we will forever cherish. Only thing is that we wished they would have provided a pamphlet on the information. There is so much to learn and explore.
  • Sarah Bray (Nevada) was captivating! 😀Excellent story telling mixed with historical facts and she even brought pictures to show us during the walk. A great way to explore Gastown's nooks and crannies.
  • I absolutely loved it! Being born here, I was fascinated to learn more about the history of Vancouver in the Lost Souls Tour. I would definitely recommend it!! Our storyteller, Janet, was very convincing and made it as immersive as possible.
  • Our tour guide Rowan was very informative and was very knowledgeable about Gastown. He was highly entertaining and played his character to a tee. He was able to create images in your mind and make you picture everything that he was telling. And even though there were younger children there, Rowan was able to keep them engaged the entire time, and was even able to play off the jokes from the children. I would highly recommend his guided tour to anyone who is either a local resident or a visitor to our city.

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