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Vancouver Lost Souls of Gastown Walking Tour
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great tour and probably the first thing you should do when you get to Vancouver.
Learn about the first settlers and how a little town grew into a major city

Date of experience: June 2024
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ForbiddenVan, Operations Team at Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Paul,

Thanks so much for the lovely five star review - we're so pleased to hear how much you enjoyed your tour with us. We hope you'll come back and join us again the next time you're visting Vancouver :)

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great tour with Rachel. She was so knowledgeable about the history and the scandals of the city. Lots of great treats also.

Date of experience: June 2024
Thank Ann L
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ForbiddenVan, Operations Team at Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Ann,
Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us five stars for your experience on the Hidden History and Sweet Treats Tour. Delighted to hear you had a great time with Rachel! Hope to see you again in the future!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Enjoyable theatrical retelling of the history of Gastown performed by Cole playing a character from the time, guiding to historic sites and landmarks incorporating stories of the town based on true stories from the city archives, including the fire, small pox epidemic and gaolers mews and an unsolved murder. Lovely evening walk and dramatic performance. Highly recommend.

Date of experience: June 2024
Thank McLacey
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ForbiddenVan, Operations Team at Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi McLacey,
Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us not one, but two lovely reviews! I'm delighted you had another great time, this time on the Lost Souls of Gastown with Cole. I'm so happy to see you had two great experiences with us. We so appreciate your five-star reviews. Glad we could be a part of your trip :)

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I would give this more stars if I could. I have done a few tours in my week in Vancouver but this was the best. It was led by Aislynn (pron Ashlynn) who learnt she was of indigenous heritage in her 20s as her great grandmother covered this up to save her children being taken or forced into residential schools (like internment camps). This lived experience resonated with the dark secrets of Stanley park. Aislynn showed the dark secrets of polar bear enclosures and gravestones being used to build the sea wall and incorporated the indigenous history of the area, including the battles and sacrifice of 200 warriors at dead man’s island and the dark history of how 90% of local indigenous people were wiped out by the spread of small pox following first contact with white people, followed by the displacement of the local indigenous tribes from Stanley park, and then gov assimilation programs designed to erase culture and language of indigenous peoples. Unnervingly similar to Australian history with decimation by small pox, displacement, stolen generations, cultural genocide and racism. This was an enlightening history sensitively and dramatically told. Aislynn also made everyone feel included. She chatted to people between stops and happily answered questions. It was a lovely walk through the park too. I would recommend doing this if you can.

Date of experience: June 2024
Thank McLacey
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ForbiddenVan, Operations Team at Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi McLacey,
Wow, thank you so much for leaving such a detailed review. I'm thrilled you had such an enlightening time on the Dark Secrets of Stanley Park with Aislynn. However sometimes horrifying they may be, I am so glad the stories made an impact. It's of course vital to know the past to do better by the present. Thank you so much for leaving us five-stars and we hope to see you again in the future!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was the 2nd tour I've done with Forbidden Vancouver and it was fantastic! Both guides are humourous, knowledgeable (about buildings/stories outside of the tour too!), and do a fantastic job of creating an experience and bringing you back in time.
I recommend this tour for anyone - I'm a local and all the info was totally new to me. The "sweet treat" aspect was a huge bonus and a fun way to try some of Vancouver's best treats.

Date of experience: June 2024
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ForbiddenVan, Operations Team Member at Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi there,
Wow, thanks so much for coming on another one of our tours and leaving such a great review! There's so many great experiences just like this one for locals in the city, and we're delighted to hear you had a fantastic time on the Hidden History and Sweet Treats Tour. Hopefully we can see you again sometime soon :)

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