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Overview
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. Follow the lamplight of your guide as you discover the Great Fire, smallpox outbreaks, and the unsolved murder of John Bray.
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You'll start at
Mobi Bike Share
441-499 Dunsmuir St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1X4, CanadaMeet by the circular benches in the public square across the street from the Holy Rosary Cathedral at Dunsmuir and Richards Streets. It's right by a Mobi Bike Share station.
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    Cathedral of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary
    Stop: 10 minutes - Admission excluded
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  • 2
    Victorian Hotel
    Stop: 10 minutes -
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  • 3
    Gastown
    Stop: 60 minutes -
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  • 4
    Gastown Steam Clock
    Stop: 10 minutes -
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  • 5
    Gassy Jack
    Stop: 10 minutes -
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  • 6
    Gaoler's Mews
    Stop: 10 minutes -
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  • 7
    Maple Tree Square
    Stop: 10 minutes -
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You'll end at
Maple Tree Square
Maple Tree Square, Vancouver, BC, CanadaThe walking tour ends in Maple Tree Square, Gastown, in the heart of Vancouver's restaurant and bar scene. The perfect place to grab a post tour bite to eat or drink and share memories of an incredible evening! The start point is just an easy 10 minute walk back, and the guide can provide a map and directions if needed.
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Highlights
  • Historic walking tour of Gastown’s dark past
  • Follow the story of the city through one real life tragedy
  • Learn about the days of the Gold Rush
  • Get a unique perspective on Vancouver history
What to Expect
Meet a storytelling guide in the atmospheric Gastown neighborhood, where you’ll discover the unsolved murder of John Bray, who wandered these very streets for two weeks after being shot three times in the head. Enjoy a colorful mix of theater and history that’s designed for adult audiences, and firmly rooted in real Vancouver history. Visit the city’s oldest hotel, learn the real story behind the Gastown steam clock, and get a glimpse of how the great fire transformed Vancouver. You’ll cover each of Gastown’s main landmarks, then end the walk with a dramatic finale in Maple Tree Square, close to top Gastown attractions.
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Departure Point
Mobi Bike Share, 441-499 Dunsmuir St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1X4, Canada
Departure Time
8:00 PM
Duration
1h 30m
Return Details
Maple Tree Square, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Inclusions
  • Local guide
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Entry/Admission - Cathedral of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Loved this tour. Myself and my wife did it when we were there in September (sorry for the late review!). Our tour guide Janet was amazing in portraying her character, really absorbed us into the poor girls life, great job. She was so knowledgeable and fun, really entertained and
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Response from ForbiddenVan, Operations Manager at Lost Souls of Gastown Walking Tour
Responded 1 week ago
Hello markjmolloy, Thank you so much for the stellar review of the Lost Souls of Gastown Tour with Janet! We are so pleased to hear how much you enjoyed the experience with us! We hope to see you again on your next visit to Vancouver. Lina Fitzner - The Forbidden Vancouver Team
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My husband and I took this tour on a very rainy night. Tracy pulled us into the history of Gastown and we completely forgot about the rain. Tracy has us laughing, crying and everything in between. This tour was phenomenal!
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Response from ForbiddenVan, Operations Manager at Lost Souls of Gastown Walking Tour
Responded 11 Dec 2019
Hi Eminemily, Thanks for the great review of the Lost Souls of Gastown Tour with Tracy! She is a brilliant performer and storyteller, we're so happy to have her on the team :) See you again on another tour soon! Lina Fitzner - The Forbidden Vancouver Team
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This is fascinating , history and stories . Interactive tour to learn about history Dont forget if you are not willing to walk , then this is not for you
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Response from ForbiddenVan, Operations Manager at Lost Souls of Gastown Walking Tour
Responded 8 Dec 2019
Hello nimnim9, Thanks so much for the five star review of the Lost Souls of Gastown Tour! We're looking forward to hitting the streets of Vancouver in 2020! All the best, Lina Fitzner
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Nice overview of the history. Engaging storyteller. My one recommendation: end on a happier note and/or feature more happy stories. As it is, (because the archives only have bad news and doom/gloom since that's what the press prints,) the stories on the tour are all kinda
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Response from ForbiddenVan, Operations Manager at Lost Souls of Gastown Walking Tour
Responded 2 Dec 2019
Hello irinadZ1809JG, Thanks for taking a moment to share about your experience on the Lost Souls of Gastown Tour. It sounds like you found the storyteller engaging but that the content wasn't exactly right for you. The Lost Souls of Gastown was designed to be a dark Gothic theatre experience. If you're looking for something a little bit more uplifting, our Art Deco and Chocolate Tasting Tour might be right up your alley! It's a wonderful tour! All the best, Lina Fitzner - The Forbidden Vancouver Team
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Tracy kept us riveted and feeling spooky for 90m. This was an entertaining way to learn about the history of the city - we had a great time!
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Response from ForbiddenVan, Operations Manager at Lost Souls of Gastown Walking Tour
Responded 1 Dec 2019
Thanks for the great review 484malindam. We're so happy to hear that you enjoyed your Lost Souls of Gastown Tour with Tracy! Lina Fitzner - The Forbidden Vancouver Team
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By: Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours
1,654 reviews
Certificate of Excellence
bestcoast15
London, United Kingdom
20
Best Walking Tour I've Ever Done!
As someone who grew up in Vancouver, I was blown away by how much I learned on this tour. The amount of history
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Beth M
Seattle, Washington
31
Wonderful tour!
I thoroughly enjoyed this tour and Tim is an awesome guide. It is a great combination of deco architecture,
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markjmolloy
42
Fascinating and fun history of Vancouver's macabre past
Loved this tour. Myself and my wife did it when we were there in September (sorry for the late review!). Our tour
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terrab157
10
Amazing Tour!
My boyfriend and I went on this tour early December and we both absolutely loved it! We had Lina as our tour guide
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EmilyinVan
Vancouver, Canada
20
Amazing story telling by Tracy!
My husband and I took this tour on a very rainy night. Tracy pulled us into the history of Gastown and we
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nimnim9
41
History and theater
This is fascinating , history and stories . Interactive tour to learn about history Dont forget if you are not
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irinadZ1809JG
10
Great tour - Informative
Nice overview of the history. Engaging storyteller. My one recommendation: end on a happier note and/or feature
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484malindam
10
Lost souls of gastown
Tracy kept us riveted and feeling spooky for 90m. This was an entertaining way to learn about the history of the
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JustGeorge
Palm Springs, California
53
Excellent few hours
Glenn is really passionate about these stories. I learned more gay history about Vancouver than I thought
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travellingal10
7131
Art Deco tour
We really enjoyed our Art Deco walking tour around Vancouver and listening to the interesting stories about the
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jackp0tin
Vancouver, Canada
10
The Forbidden Vancouver Tour
Glenn was a wonderful guide who told us many hidden stories of Gastown with a lot of passion and enthousiasme.
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Dhap123
10
Fun and informative!
We had a great time! We live in Vancouver but we learned alot. Janet Glassford was fantastic! I highly recommend
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msmandychahal
31
Excellent
Rowan was an excellent tour guide. Energetic, theatrical, funny, engaging. You will learn about interesting
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msmandychahal
31
Interesting!
Glenn was an excellent tour guide. Entertaining story teller. Interesting historical content. Will definitely be
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claytont767
10
Guide Glenn is amazing!!
This is a must do tour for any locals or visitors alike. Glenn is a very sweet and passionate tour guide who
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