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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
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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.
Reviews (100)
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Reviewed December 12, 2018
Great Class Field Trip

This is my 4th time taking my gr. 12's on this trip and as always it was fantastic. The guides are always top notch and do a great job of engaging my sometimes shy students. It is so great that a company is promoting the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank Suzanne U
ForbiddenVan, Communications and Operations Team at Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours, responded to this reviewResponded December 14, 2018

Hello Suzanne, Thank you so much for your lovely review and continued support of our Walking Tours! We love to share the history of our with the next generation of Vancouverites, it is such fun revealing the secrets that lie in the streets they know...More

Reviewed December 11, 2018
WOW-so much to learn

learned alot of the surprising past of the region and how it still carries on today-a colorful past for sure-well worth the detailsMore

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank bstreamw
ForbiddenVan, Communications and Operations Team at Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours, responded to this reviewResponded December 14, 2018

Hello bstreamw, Thank you for your review of the Forbidden Tour! There is definitely a colourful past here in Vancouver. We always strive to give our guests a 5-star experience, so if there is any feedback you have on how we can improve our experience,...More

Reviewed November 27, 2018
All the naughty bits of a very polite city

We were highly entertained by Lenard (without an "o") for our 2 hour trip. He really knew his stuff. The tour was great and we would recommend it to everyone. It does say something that the bit we remember the most is seeing an empty...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Stacey G
ForbiddenVan, Communications & Operations Manager at Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours, responded to this reviewResponded November 29, 2018

Hi Stacey, Thank you for your review of Lenard's tours, he certainly is a very talented storyteller! There certainly is rich history in unexpected places along our tour route, as tour guides we strive to help guests to see the story hidden in seemingly ordinary...More

Reviewed November 27, 2018
Just when you thought you knew Vancouver....

Really interesting information, coupled with our guide Hamon whose delivery was on-point. We walked at a leisure pace, roughly a block (or less) between each stop, where we then gathered to listen, laugh and learn. I look forward to trying one of their other tours.More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank MonLyKa
ForbiddenVan, Communications & Operations Manager at Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours, responded to this reviewResponded December 2, 2018

Hi MonLyKa, Thank you for your review of your Forbidden Tour! Our tour routes are designed to pack the most hidden history onto each walk at a leisurely pace. I do hope that we'll see you again soon to check out one of our other...More

Reviewed October 22, 2018
Brilliant and simple Tours

We did both this tour and the Lost Souls of Gas Town tours. They were both fun and interesting. We checked before ordering the tickets that the two tours didn't cover too much of the same subject matter, they didn't (only one or two facts)....More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Tomas S
ForbiddenVan, Communications and Operations team at Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours, responded to this reviewResponded October 22, 2018

Hello Tomas S, Thank you for the wonderful review of our two signature walking tours! The Forbidden Tour and the Lost Souls of Gastown. I'm so pleased to hear that you enjoyed both of the experiences. Our guides are wonderful actors and storytellers that rehearse...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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