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The Forbidden Downtown and Chinatown Walking Tour

Highlights
  • Visit two fascinating historic neighborhoods
  • Get a glimpse of the city’s Prohibition-era mayhem
  • Hear stories of corrupt politicians and cops
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The Forbidden Downtown and Chinatown Walking Tour
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The Forbidden Downtown and Chinatown Walking Tour
US$22.73
Overview
Discover the scandalous side of Vancouver history on a walking tour that explores the former speakeasies, back alleys, and opium dens of Victory Square and Gastown. You’ll see some of the Vancouver’s key landmarks while learning how the Prohibition era brought an underworld of crime and gambling to the frontier city.
What to Expect
Meet a guide in Cathedral Square, then set out on foot through some of Vancouver’s most shocking history. You’ll find out how Prohibition closed Vancouver saloons and created an underground world of bootleggers, mob bosses, and shady power brokers. Hear the story of Vancouver mayor L.D. Taylor, known for his wild parties, and how Vancouver rum-runners learned to keep American bars stocked with illegal booze.

In Chinatown, find out the real meaning of a back alley “blind pig” while walking through a neighborhood whose opium dens once thrived. As you walk, you’ll see key Vancouver landmarks as well, including Sun Tower, the ornate Dominion Building, and the cobblestone streets of Maple Tree Square, where you’ll finish the tour close to top attractions and restaurants.
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Reviewed 2 days ago
Fantastic Forbidden Tour

What a fantastic time we had on the Forbidden tour. Rowan, our guide, was so engaging and informative and it was wonderful that he had such a personal connection to the city. We had passed all the buildings and areas that we stopped at on...More

Thank Rachel G
ForbiddenVan, Communications and Operations Team at Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hello Rachel G, Thank you for your wonderful review of the Forbidden Tour and Rowan! Rowan is a true Vancouverite and it is such a treat to walk through the city with him. He has a special ability to give the streets of Vancouver a...More

Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile
A great walk with stories

Glenn gave us a fun evening walking around a bit of the city. A good mix of interesting history and colorful stories about corrupt politicians and vice through the years. Interesting to note how not much has changed! The starting point is in a park...More

Thank Steve W
ForbiddenVan, Communications and Operations Team at Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hello Steve W, I'm very happy to hear you enjoyed your Forbidden tour with "Glenn with 2 N's". The history in Vancouver is absolutely fascinating and Glenn brings these stories to life. He'll be thrilled to read your review! We hope to see you again...More

Reviewed 3 days ago
OUTSTANDING TOUR AND GUIDE

My family and I greatly enjoyed the "Forbidden Tour" portraying Vancover's "sins" in the past. Glenn, the tour guide, was very prepared with his extensive research regarding prohibition, the origin of many buildings, the architectural styles and some of the "not so secret" engaging stories...More

Thank Larry D
ForbiddenVan, Communications and Operations Team at Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hello Larry D, I'm so happy to hear that you had an outstanding time on your Forbidden Tour with Glenn! He is a wonderful storyteller, and cares deeply about sharing our City's past with our guests. His "Newsie" look does make you feel like you've...More

Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile
Excellent tour guide and fun tour—with one major problem

This tour was quite fun and informative, with lots of prohibition era history inclusive of old photos which were really cool. We had thought that we would be entering old speak easy type locations, but the whole tour was outside. Even with this disappointment though,...More

Thank Sara N
ForbiddenVan, Communications and Operations Team at Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hi Sara, I am so sorry you had that negative experience while on one of our tours, it sounds like it soured the rest of your evening. I was surprised to read your review as in the vast majority of cases are interactions with locals...More

Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile
Great way to experience the city

Love walking tours -learn about the significance vs just seeing the views. Vancouver’s colorful past was brought to life by the descriptions of our wonderful guide Lina. I’d been through Chinatown in the past but through this tour, got an feel for how things were...More

Thank Ann M
ForbiddenVan, Communications and Operations Team at Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hello Ann M, Thank you for the lovely review and I'm so glad to hear that you had a great time on the Forbidden Tour! As a storyteller, I absolutely love to share the stories of the streets of Vancouver with curious minds like yourself....More

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When we did it, it was just over 90 minutes. We didn't tour by the the Steam Clock but the tour ends literally one block away from it, so it's easy to find.
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