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Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours

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Address: Cathedral Sq | Dunsmuir and Richards Streets, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B2Z5, Canada
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+1 604-227-7570
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Mon - Sat 10:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Discover Vancouver's dirty history with Forbidden Vancouver. Now staging...

Discover Vancouver's dirty history with Forbidden Vancouver. Now staging walking tours Lost Souls of Gastown, Prohibition City, and special event Secrets of the Penthouse. If your idea of adventure is following your guide down lamp lit alleyways, back to a world of illegal booze, opium dens, and unsolved murders, then you'll love Forbidden Vancouver.

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Prohibition City Downtown and Chinatown Walking Tour

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Perfect way to spend an evening in Vancouver

We spent an evening in Vancouver before going skiing in Whistler, and this was the perfect way to get to know the city. Since I typically love walking tours when traveling to new... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We spent an evening in Vancouver before going skiing in Whistler, and this was the perfect way to get to know the city. Since I typically love walking tours when traveling to new places, my family actually surprised me by booking the Prohibition City walking tour with Will. We were there in January, so I was originally thinking we wouldn't... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Fun, entertaining & informative! In spite of the rain, it was most enjoyable! Highly recommend it for a fun evening out!

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Will W, Owner at Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours, responded to this review

Thanks for your review Patricia! I had a great time on our walking tour together despite the inclement February weather! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We were enjoying a weekend in Vancouver with relatives and thought this would be an interesting walking tour. We were not disappointed, even with a bit of rain, this was a great tour. The history that enveloped us while walking past all these historic buildings down by the waterfront was tangible. The only negative item was that we didn't enter... More 

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Will W, Owner at Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours, responded to this review

Hi Mary-Ann and thanks for your review. Glad you enjoyed your Prohibition City walking tour despite the rain and the darkness! Appreciate your comment on seeing inside buildings on the tour. This is something we're working on this year in fact. Hope to see you again on one of our walking tours before long. All the best, Will. More 

Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We had a single evening in Vancouver to spend while on our way to Whistler and I'm happy we decided to go on this walking tour. It was outside of their normal season and Will went above and beyond for us. We got to see some amazing sites while learning about the history of the city and the role prohibition... More 

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Will W, Owner at Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours, responded to this review

I had the best time with you and your family on our private Prohibition City walking tour! And I was honoured that you chose Forbidden Vancouver for your only night in the city. You picked a great year to visit Whistler too - so much snow! I hope your stay there was one to remember. All the best, Will. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

SO much fun. Excellent tour - informative and very entertaining. Would definitely recommend this and we will probably do some of the other tours.

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Will W, Owner at Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours, responded to this review

Thanks for your review Annette! I had a great time on our private walking tour adventuring the streets of old Vancouver. Hope your post-tour dinner was also a raging success! More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

This is a tough tour to review because on one hand, the people who work for the company are SO nice and helpful I would never want to poo-poo what they are doing, but for travelers like me I feel like you need to know what you are getting into. This tour is very theatrical and very silly. It would... More 

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Will W, Owner at Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours, responded to this review

Hi Kathryn, I'm sorry to hear you didn't enjoy your walking tour with us. From your description it sounds like you came on the Lost Souls of Gastown? We try to make it clear on our website that the experience is a Gothic Theatre Adventure, and certainly not a conventional walking tour. It sounds like you had a different expectation... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016

We tried this out as something different to do with friends. We did the "Lost Souls of Gastown" tour. We are locals and still enjoyed it although I think it's geared towards tourists somewhat. The actor who hosted us (Nevada) was in character right from the beginning - she did an amazing job the whole way through - even sang... More 

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Will W, Owner at Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours, responded to this review

Thanks for your review Elise. Sounds like you enjoyed the Lost Souls of Gastown, although I wish it had been a 5 star experience for you - that's what we strive for, for all our guests. Regarding the landmarks visited, the experience does visit many of Gastown's most historic buildings and places (Maple Tree Sq, the Steam Clock, Gassy Jack's... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

Forbidden Vancouver is a great way to travel in the past and explore the dark time of Vancouver. Our tour guide was very authentic and knowledgeable. Loved it!

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Will W, Owner at Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours, responded to this review

Thanks for your review Darya! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016 via mobile

Our guide Aman gave us a lively and engaging history lesson on Vancourver's early days. He lead us through the streets weaving his story around the dodgy but ingenious ways some of the seedier, colourful business men and politicians dealt with the Prohibition era. Well done!

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Will W, Manager at Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours, responded to this review

Thanks for your review 1never2late! Glad you enjoyed your romp through Vancouver's past with Aman! Hope to see you again soon. Will. More 

Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

I did the prohibition tour with my colleagues and it was so much fun!! Will was an excellent tour guide; very knowledgable and I learned a lot about my own city! He even took a quick detour to tell us cool stories about my recently booked wedding venue! I would highly recommend this tour to both tourists and Vancouverites! :)

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Will W, Owner at Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours, responded to this review

Thanks for your review Peri! I had a great time with you and your group. Glad I was able to fill in a few deets on the Permanent for you! Hope I'll see you again soon, Will. More 

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