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Vancouver Private Walking Tour of Downtown Chinatown and Gastown

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    Immerse yourself in Vancouver’s Prohibition-era history during this private walking tour of Gastown and Chinatown. Prohibition hit Vancouver in 1917, driving law-abiding citizens into an underground world of bootlegged spirits and illicit activity.

    As you walk past the city's most famous heritage buildings, the Sun Tower and the ornate Dominion Building, hear about the mob bosses who set up scores of illegal drinking dens and the cops who were paid to look the other way. When the US passed its own Prohibition several years later, enterprising Vancouver rum-runners made millions smuggling booze on midnight voyages down the coast.

    Stroll past the back streets of historic Chinatown, once home to opium dens, beer parlors and bawdy houses. Learn about Vancouver’s longest-running mayor, LD Taylor, who emerged from the chaos and became notorious for his raucous parties and underworld connections.

    Wrap up your tour on the cobblestone streets of Maple Tree Square, surrounded by Gastown's trendy bars and restaurants.
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    Reviewed May 13, 2019 via mobile

    Nice tours!Rowan is really pationate in the explaining, it seems like we actually were there, back in the 1898!thanks for these two lovely evenings!

    Thank L108NZlaural
    ForbiddenVan, Operations manager at Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours, responded to this reviewResponded May 13, 2019

    Hello L108NZlaural, Thanks for the great review of our Forbidden Vancouver Tour with Rowan! He'll be so happy to read your review. Best, Lina Fitzner

    Reviewed November 26, 2018 via mobile

    Our host, Aman (hope I spelled it right, rhymes with Salmon), last name “5 stars” knocked it out of the park!!! We learned so much about the city and it’s seedy, historical underbelly. Highly recommended to locals and all new friends to the city. What...More

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    ForbiddenVan, Communications & Operations Manager at Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours, responded to this reviewResponded December 2, 2018

    Hi Leroythefish, Thank you for your 5 star review of your tour with Aman (you did indeed spell it right!) I'm delighted you enjoyed your tour of the hidden side of Vancouver's history and I hope you'll come back again soon to check out The...More

    Reviewed May 19, 2018

    Lenard Stand was entertaining with his animated education story telling. He engage our imagination of the passed history of Vancouver. My friend really enjoyed her self too. I will in the future will attend other "Forbidden Tour". A must do to attend this companies tour.

    Date of experience: May 2018
    Thank Rowena C
    Roxanne K, Communications & Operations Manager at Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours, responded to this reviewResponded May 19, 2018

    Hi Rowena, Thank you for your review! We agree, Lenard certainly is very talented at "animated education story telling" and I certainly hope you will visit us again soon for another tour of Vancouver's hidden history. Best, Roxanne

    Reviewed April 16, 2018

    We took a large group of young ladies on this tour. We had two fabulous guides who were fabulous story tellers. We found the guides to be engaging, animated, and knowledgeable. We will do this again for sure!!

    Date of experience: April 2018
    Thank jaimiemwebster
    Roxanne K, Communications & Operations Manager at Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours, responded to this reviewResponded April 17, 2018

    Hi Jaime, Wow! Thanks for the review, Lina and I had a great time with your group, what an engaging and fun bunch of smart young ladies. We hope to see you and the students again soon! Best, Roxanne Kalenborn

    Reviewed January 5, 2018 via mobile

    Nevada managed to keep 7 boys (age 12-19) interested throughout the whole tour. Impressing! Her knowledge and her perfomance kept us all engaged. Thank you!

    Thank Fredrik19692014
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