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Vancouver Lost Souls of Gastown Walking Tour

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icon1 hour 30 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Get a glimpse into Vancouver’s rough and rowdy past on a walking tour of the historic Gastown neighborhood. Hear haunting tales of the city’s darkest days, when fires, smallpox and gold dust fever swept through the frontier outpost. Visit the neighborhood’s landmarks and historic sites as your guide evokes the thieves, hustlers and vagabonds that made the west so wild.
  • Gothic theater adventure in Vancouver
  • Recount the Great Fire of 1886, smallpox outbreaks, and Vancouver’s most shocking unsolved murder
  • Visit Gastown’s most famous sites, the Steam Clock, Gassy Jack statue, Byrne’s Block, Hotel Europe and Maple Tree Square
  • Weave through the back streets, alleyways and secret spaces of Gastown
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Hotel pickup and drop-off
Buro The Espresso Bar , 356 Water St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1B6, Canada

Meet outside Buro Coffee at 356 Water St. in Gastown. Close to Waterfront Skytrain and Seabus Station.

Maple Tree Square , Maple Tree Square, Vancouver, BC, Canada

The walking tour ends in Maple Tree Square, Gastown, in the heart of Vancouver's restaurant and bar scene. The start point is just an easy 10 minute walk back, and the guide can provide a map and directions if needed.

  • 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
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Please arrive at least 10 minutes before the scheduled start time
  • Our tours are designed for adult audiences and do contain some references to adult themes. Our age recommendation is 14+ but certainly children aged 10+ can attend and enjoy our walking tours if parents are comfortable with their children hearing mature subject matter.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Forbidden Vancouver
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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What is the social distancing policy during Vancouver Lost Souls of Gastown Walking Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

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star-2
Meh
Ken_Z
, Aug 2022
I've done a lot of these kinds of tours in various cities, this one was, Meh! The stories didn't really build together to give you a feel for the local history and each location had no real tie to the next. The tour guide didn't seem to be enjoying her job and never offered the group access to a bathroom break or intermission of any kind.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Hi Ken and thanks for your review. Sorry to hear you didn't enjoy the Lost Souls of Gastown. Your comment about your guide not seeming to enjoy her work really jumped off the page at me, as we pride ourselves here on every guide throwing themselves into their work and giving 100% every tour - so I'm concerned by your comment. I'm going to follow up with the guide on your tour and find out more. Regarding the flow of the piece and the tie ins between locations, we usually get really positive feedback about how the piece weaves together local history, important historical locations, and a dramatic fictional plotline -- sorry to hear it wasn't for you. Not sure if you were looking for a more traditional format walking tour? And finally on bathroom breaks, you're right there isn't a bathroom break during the show. It's a 90 minute experience and we include in our email confirmation that a bathroom break isn't included. Gastown does have many restaurants and bars and guests are free to leave the tour for a few moments and visit one. We recommend just letting your guide know so they can wait for you. I hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in Vancouver and thanks again for sharing your feedback. All the best Will
star-5
Awesome tour guide
Vanessa_C
, Aug 2022
Your guide was awesome & friendly! Thank so much for the fun time! Really appreciate the history and fun tips on Vancouver!
star-5
The person who led our...
Sharon_H
, Aug 2022
The person who led our group was very captivating by her ability to bring the tour alive. It was a lot of fun and I highly recommend it to other people
star-5
Excellent tour
Sarah_C
, Aug 2022
Really excellent tour. The guide was knowledgable and very engaging. She told a great story while showing the most interesting sites.
star-5
Excellent
Fernando_O
, Aug 2022
Nice and very entertaining Totally recommended. Good for adults and adolescents. Great histories of Vancouver.
star-1
Never Again
peter_r
, Aug 2022
The guide was a bit boring and repetitive. I bought 13 tickets and there were only 2 remained. Should have done a private tour for our group as the group was mixed with people drinking and vaping. I had an older crowd who did not appreciate that plus the area felt very unsafe to them.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Hi Peter. I'm sorry that your experience on the Lost Souls of Gastown Tour wasn't what you hoped for. I did follow up with your guide after your review came in. They weren't aware that anyone in the group was drinking or vaping. I will say, in future if there's any other audience members making you feel uncomfortable on one of our experiences I would recommend letting the guide know so they can deal with it promptly. We want all our guests to feel safe and included at all times! Certainly Gastown on Saturday night is a lively, colourful place, which most of our guests enjoy walking through. Sounds like it wasn't the right fit for your group though, sadly. If you're back in Vancouver I'd love to host you all on our Dark Secrets of Stanley Park Tour -- I suspect you'd enjoy that walk immensely. I hope the rest of your stay in Vancouver was a great success. All the best.
star-5
Awesome walking tour
Mike_V
, Aug 2022
We loved the whole tour. It is well worth the walking as all the history is coming alive!we had the last tour of the night and it was awesome in the twilight in Gastown and we discovered a part of Gastown that we didn’t know was there!
star-3
Was a nice lady guide ...
Oksana_S
, Aug 2022
Was a nice lady guide Some interesting stories but too dark Wanted to hear some fun stories in vacation Maybe more history
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Hi Oksana, Thanks for taking the time to leave your review. We are happy to hear that you found your guide to be nice, we love our team, they are kind, generous, and talented actors and performers! We are sorry to hear that this tour wasn't exactly what you were expecting. We do try and make it clear for guests who are booking that this is meant to be a Gothic theatre experience and not your traditional city tour. We have designed a tour that covers major historical events from the late 1800s in the city. The Great Fire, Smallpox outbreaks, the Klondike Gold Rush, and an unsolved murder. While much of the history is haunting, we try our best to pepper it with lighter stories and keep the mood light during the tour. But it's not for everyone :) We hope that you had a nice trip to Vancouver, All the best, The Forbidden Vancouver Team
star-5
Great tour
Walter_H
, Aug 2022
Fun & informative tour, our host did a wonderful job of giving us a history of Vancouver. She really brought her character to life.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Hi Walter, Thanks for your great five star review! We're delighted to hear that you enjoyed your time with us :) All the best, Lina Fitzner - The Forbidden Vancouver Team
star-5
Historical Fun
Susan_I
, Aug 2022
We had so much fun learning about the Gastown area. Great stories were enjoyed by all. Our guide did an amazing job! Loved her voice. I highly recommend this tour for a fun night out!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Hi Susan, We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed the Lost Souls of Gastown Tour with us! Thanks so much for the great review and recommendation :) Lina Fitzner - The Forbidden Vancouver Team
star-5
Gotta do this tour.
Jacquie_R
, Aug 2022
This was a wonderful tour and our guide, Sarah was amazing. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Families would enjoy this, couples, single visitors…anyone.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Hi Jacquie, We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed the Lost Souls of Gastown Tour with us! Thanks for the great review :) See you again in the future! Lina Fitzner - The Forbidden Vancouver Team
star-5
History made real
Matt_M
, Jul 2022
Such a fantastic tour! Cannot recommend it enough. Our storyteller really took us on a whole journey through the history of Gastown and Vancouver. Made us feel like we were really back in time.
star-2
failed to engage the group
Jacinta_C
, Jul 2022
One person guide and monologue was boring and needed another person to bounce off, to engage the group,
star-5
Gastown tour was a gas!
Theressa_D
, Jul 2022
Our narrator/actor did a very good job. Every time a siren went by, he would duck down and act like they were looking for him LOL. Very dramatic story telling about a terrible time in Vancouver.
star-4
Way to go Rebecca
Nadia_T
, Jul 2022
Lots of interesting stories. Great tour guide. She stayed in character the intire time. Rebecca was a good storyteller.
star-5
The story of her travels...
Barbara_T
, Jul 2022
The story of her travels to the Yukon, what life was like, how she endured many struggles and made a life for herself.
star-5
Talented and kind
Alison_I
, Jul 2022
Janet was an excellent guide and stellar performer. She was very safety conscious and managed the group expertly. She kept my interest the whole time and was able to convey humor, suspense and pathos as needed. And she kindly walked me in the right direction to my train station at the end.
star-5
Great stories by George!
Shayne_N
, Jul 2022
George was a wonderful storyteller. Hus stories were packed with interesting details & anecdotes. He was also polite & professional.
star-5
A great experience
Jason_M
, Jul 2022
The stories and how the guide engaged all of us and how he was able to take the distractions of noise and other people walking by and make it seem like it was part of the tour. 10/10 would come back for another tour!
star-5
Great tour. We had a lot of fun
Craig_C
, Jul 2022
History and humor and spooky stories . It was a lot of fun to have a walking ghost tour of old Vancouver

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