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  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Updated 10/27/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 10/27/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Overview
Step into Gastown’s wild history on a haunted walking tour exploring a forgotten plague, Vancouver’s great fire, and a gruesome murder that’s unsolved to this day. Leave the navigation to your guide, who uses storytelling and theater to bring real Vancouver history to life. It’s a unique way to engage with Gastown’s landmarks and top sites.
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    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.
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    356 Water St
    Stop: 10 minutes
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  • 2
    Victorian Hotel
    Stop: 10 minutes
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  • 3
    Gastown
    Stop: 60 minutes
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  • 4
    Gastown Steam Clock
    Stop: 10 minutes
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  • 5
    Gassy Jack
    Stop: 10 minutes
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  • 6
    Gaoler's Mews
    Stop: 10 minutes
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  • 7
    Maple Tree Square
    Stop: 10 minutes
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  • You'll end at
    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.
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Highlights
  • 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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Important Information
Departure Point
Buro The Espresso Bar, 356 Water St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1B6, Canada
Duration
1h 30m
Return Details
Maple Tree Square, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Inclusions
  • Local guide
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • 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
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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CantW8t2GetThere wrote a review Nov 2020
Vancouver, Canada6 contributions
It was my partner's birthday and I was struggling to find something we could do that would bring his friends together but in a way that was social distanced and safe. Forbidden Walking Tours to the rescue! They don't normally operate on Monday's but I emailed the to see if I
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Date of experience: November 2020
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Response from ForbiddenVan, Operations Manger at Vancouver Lost Souls of Gastown Walking Tour
Responded Nov 18, 2020
Hi CantW8t2GetThere, Thank you so much for writing a review of your experience booking your private Lost Souls of Gastown Tour. It was especially fun knowing that it was going to be a surprise party for your partner :) Eric (aka George Turle) is an amazing actor and storyteller and we're so happy to hear that you thought so too! We hope to see you on another tour in the new year! All the best, Lina Fitzner - the Forbidden Vancouver Team
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alisamarkley wrote a review Oct 2020
Surrey, Canada3 contributions7 helpful votes
Our group had a great time celebrating a birthday with this spooky Gastown Walking Tour! Eric, our guide, couldn't have been better at bringing the stories to life and as people that grew up here, we learned a lot of facts that we didn't know. I highly recommend this walking
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Response from ForbiddenVan, Operations Manager at Vancouver Lost Souls of Gastown Walking Tour
Responded Nov 2, 2020
Hi alisamarkley, What a fun birthday celebration! Thanks so much for thinking of us for your birthday party and for taking the time to write us this great review! We're so happy to hear that you had fun and that you felt safe during the tour with Eric! We hope to see you again in the future, Lina Fitzner - The Forbidden Vancouver Team
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WRMom wrote a review Oct 2020
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Janet was an excellent storyteller, and our group felt safe throughout. Three out of four grew up here and didn’t know half of the facts told - in an interesting and entertaining way. I highly recommend for an evening of safe and social distancing entertainment (and you get to
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Response from ForbiddenVan, Operations Manager at Vancouver Lost Souls of Gastown Walking Tour
Responded Oct 26, 2020
Hi WRMum, Thank you for the great review of the Lost Souls of Gastown Tour with Janet! We have been enjoying hosting so many locals these past few months, it's so special to learn more about your own hometown! We do hope to see you again soon :) Best, Lina Fitzner - The Forbidden Vancouver Team
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Diderot_Effect wrote a review Oct 2020
Vancouver, Canada49 contributions12 helpful votes
my sis and me took this tour today with Janet as our guide. It was very informative, told as a story. it was fascinating to hear about things like the bricks! or the first fire truck. and many other things, but i dont want to spoil it for you by posting details. recommended.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Response from ForbiddenVan, Operations Manager at Vancouver Lost Souls of Gastown Walking Tour
Responded Oct 20, 2020
Hi Diderot_Effect, What a lovely review! Thanks so much for taking a moment to write about your Lost Souls of Gastown Tour with Janet, she will definitely get a smile on her face when she sees this! All the best, Lina Fitzner - The Forbidden Vancouver Team
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Alex A wrote a review Oct 2020
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Very spooky and interesting. I learned a lot! Our guide was engaging, funny, and charming. Felt like a live theatre performance that we got to be a part of.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Response from ForbiddenVan, Operations Manager at Vancouver Lost Souls of Gastown Walking Tour
Responded Oct 20, 2020
Hi AlexLAntrobus, Thanks so much for the great 5 star review of the Lost Souls of Gastown Tour! We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed the experience with us! Happy Halloween! Lina Fitzner - The Forbidden Vancouver Team
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RMLees
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A Fantastic Experience for Locals and Visitors Alike!
Absolutely fantastic tour of the magnificent park we’ve enjoyed living close to all our lives. Not only enjoyed lea
christinelilith
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Perfect staycation Saturday activity
Though I’m a local and interested in history, most of these stories were new to me! They were lively and entertain
22jackelynm
22jackelynm
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Expertly Delivered!
Glenn was our guide and wow did he ever deliver today! Many times during his storytelling I got goosebumps from the
LeanaBirk
LeanaBirk
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Awesome 👏 tour
Glenn is an amazing storyteller and drew us in with his enthusiasm, humour and interesting, colorful stories. He al
Estereicherr
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A Great Reason to Get Outside!
I attended this tour with my co-workers and it was a really good time! Even though it was a bit chilly and raining,
Sunflower1985
Sunflower1985
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Amazing and Enchanting!
Glenn was just incredible and was so engaging as a storyteller and guide. He was patient with all our group's quest
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shannontJ8619XW
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Rain or Shine, a fantastic activity!
An amazing way to learn more about this beautiful city we live in! Glenn is a gifted story teller. The customer
mrserincarter
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Wonderful Walking Tour
Loved this tour! Glenn was an excellent guide and storyteller. We really enjoyed ourselves and would highly recom
pvonhahn
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The Roots of Stanley Park
Glenn is a born storyteller who is enthusiastic, informed and personable. He brings this tour alive with newspaper
benjS4984AW
benjS4984AW
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A Very Pleasant and Informative Tour
My partner and I took my parents on this tour as a gift. Given that they are both very well-versed in local history
bjf-vancouver1
bjf-vancouver1
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Highly recommended, even (especially?) for locals
Great experience! Lots of interesting info and the pace and length were just right! As multi-generational locals we
murraydave
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Forbidden Vancouver Lost Souls of Gastown
Wonderful evening. “George” (aka Eric) was brilliant in bringing Vancouver’s history alive. Even though a local..
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Scandalous
A lovely walk in the park, while learning some great history facts of Stanley Park. The guide was very knowledgeabl
Kira K
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Fabulous!
This is was my 5th tour with this group. Once again they do not disappoint. Glenn, was our guide and he was FABUL
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Really Gay Vancouver
This tour was so fun and informative! I highly recommend it! Glenn was a wonderful guide with sparkling humour. Suc
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