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Lost Souls of Gastown Walking Tour

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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.
  • 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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Reviewed yesterday

The guide stayed in character and delivered an intriguing history of Gas Town. She was quite a gifted actress. The tour ended up being a bit long for the ten and twelve year olds in our group, but, to be fair, the recommended age was...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank 50StatesQuest
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

A group of 8 of us took the tour. We had thought it was going to be more exciting. Our guide was very good. Spoke well and stayed in character. The sights were boring. We were taken to several alleys where we would “gather around”...More

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Roman Jang made an excellent guide taking us round Gas Town. The tour was spot on for information, intrigue and a good dose of humour. The company were also brilliant in allowing me to move dates due to a foot injury. Totally recommended!

Thank Richardm1977
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

From start to finish this was superb. Tracy was our storyteller, dressed in costume and stayed in character throughout. I was fascinated listening to her tale and was in there with her the whole way. I was that engrossed, she almost had me in tears...More

Thank Millymolly77
ForbiddenVan, Operations Manager at Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hello MillyMolly77, Wow, it sounds like you had an amazing time on the Lost Souls of Gastown Tour with Tracy! She will be so happy to read your review :) We hope that you'll join us again on another one of our tours! All the...More

Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Tracie (Sarah) was our actress/guide and did an absolutely marvelous job. Very fun and entertaining. We highly recommend this tour and booked a 2nd tour for Stanley Park based upon this experience.More

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ForbiddenVan, Operations Manager at Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hello UBob94521, Thanks for the great review of The Lost Souls of Gastown Tour with Tracy! We're so happy to hear that you had a such a great time on tour with us and we know you're going to love The Dark Secrets of Stanley...More

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July 16, 2018|
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Response from 436macc | Reviewed this property |
Yep- not too scary but teasing enough. No super adult themes, though talked about a brothel (sp?) and some murders. I would have taken our girls if they were 9
April 28, 2018|
Response from GaryW3784 |
There was a light rain when we took our tour on May 7th. It actually added another layer to the amazing stories of the Lost Souls.
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