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The Forbidden Downtown and Chinatown Walking Tour

From US$23.40
Highlights
  • Walking tour of Vancouver’s historic secrets
  • Visit two fascinating historic neighborhoods
  • Get a glimpse of the city’s Prohibition-era mayhem
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The Forbidden Downtown and Chinatown Walking Tour
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The Forbidden Downtown and Chinatown Walking Tour
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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 5 days ago
Excellent Tour!!

Having been born and raised in Vancouver we thought we knew lots about our fair city, however apparently not. Our guide, Aman, was excellent -- energetic, entertaining, interesting, passionate and informative; a great storyteller who engaged us from beginning to end. The small group size...More

Thank SunSt
Reviewed 5 days ago
Excellent historical walking tour!

Recently took this tour with the fabulous Lena Lena Ballerina. She was entertaining and knowledgeable about this era and area of Vancouver. I thoroughly enjoyed it and even learned lots about my town. A definite must see for any one visiting from away or residents...More

Thank terrionly
Roxanne K, Communications & Operations Manager at Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hi Terrionly, Thank you for your review of your tour with "the fabulous Lena Lena Ballerina!" We love getting feedback from locals and I hope you will join us again to learn more about our city's fabulous history. All the best, Roxanne Kalenborn

Reviewed 6 days ago
Great Guide

Glenn Tkach provided fascinating commentary on the history of Gastown and Chinatown throughout the tour. forbiddenvancouver.ca

Thank PATRICK H
Roxanne K, Communications & Operations Manager at Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hi Patrick, Thank you for your review, Glenn certainly is a talented guide and is sounds like you had a lovely time. Hope to see you again soon! All the best, Roxanne

Reviewed 1 week ago
Aman was amazing!!!

What a wonderful way to learn a little Vancouver/BC history. Aman was entertaining, funny and informative! What a great way to spend a couple hours, walking the streets of Vancouver and learning a whole lot of history!! Highly recommend this tour!More

Thank karrielee89
Roxanne K, Communications & Operations Manager at Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hi Karrilee89, Thank you for your review - I am so glad to hear that you enjoyed your time with Aman, we agree that he is "entertaining, funny and informative!" We are so pleased that you would recommend our tour highly, thank you! All the...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Learning is fun!

Such a great experience! Lenard is both knowledgeable and clever so this tour wasn’t just a history lesson but also a theatrical display! I would highly recommend tour and Lenard!

Thank Megan M
Roxanne K, Communications & Operations Manager at Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Megan, Thanks for your review of Lenard's tour! It sounds like you had a great time learning and laughing while learning about Vancouver's history, hope to see you again soon! Best, Roxanne Kalenborn

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Response from air_miser | Reviewed this property |
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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