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Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours

Vancouver, Canada
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About Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours
Peek beneath Vancouver’s sparkling surface to uncover a hidden history of dark crime, outrageous intrigue, and filthy scandal. Roam the city with our expert guides in these one-of-a-kind walking tours, and hear the scintillating stories of Vancouver’s secret past. Now staging the Forbidden Vancouver Tour, the Lost Souls of Gastown Tour, the Dark Secrets of Stanley Park Tour, the Art Deco and Chocolate Tasting Tour, and the Really Gay History Tour.
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Discover the scandalous side of Vancouver history on a walking tour that explores the former speakeasies, back alleys, and opium dens of Victory Square and Gastown. See some of the Vancouver’s key landmarks while learning how the Prohibition era brought an underworld of crime and gambling to the frontier city.
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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 could arrange a private tour. They were incredibly accommodating. The tour has been adapted to be fully outside and they are following provincial orders by ensuring that all guests stay distanced and are wearing masks. The staff even helped to organize keeping it a surprise from my partner which was greatly appreciated. Our guide was terrific, adaptable (they were filming a tv show in the area so he had to work around the film crews) and it was so great to hear some interesting tales about the city that we call home. And if you're concerned at all about weather, don't be. You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance. Can't recommend highly enough. Everyone in our group had a great time. Wouldn't hesitate to do it again.
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Date of experience: November 2020
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Response from ForbiddenVan, Operations Manger at Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours
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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Rebecca Lees wrote a review Nov 2020
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Absolutely fantastic tour of the magnificent park we’ve enjoyed living close to all our lives. Not only enjoyed learning the history and hearing the tales but also the time Glenn our guide, took to explain the workings of nature’s systems at play in our beloved magnificent rain forest. We were engaged throughout and couldn’t believe how quickly the two hour experience passed. Can’t recommend this tour enough for visitors and locals alike. Glenn was fantastic, knowledgeable, entertaining and really made the experience a memorable one for my daughter and myself. We’re hoping you consider expanding the tour schedule to perhaps include the other side of the park as we’d very much like to book for “Secrets of Stanley Park Part 2”!
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Date of experience: November 2020
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Response from ForbiddenVan, Operations Manager at Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours
Responded Nov 18, 2020
Hi RMLees, Thanks for the great review of the Dark Secrets of Stanley Park! We're so happy to hear that you and your daughter enjoyed the tour with Glenn so much. Stanley Park has so much to tell if you know where to look :) Love your "part 2" idea ;) See you again on another tour soon! Lina Fitzner - The Forbidden Vancouver Team
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Christine megan wrote a review Nov 2020
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Though I’m a local and interested in history, most of these stories were new to me! They were lively and entertaining but also balanced in such a way that you got a good sense of Vancouver’s origin and growth, with a modern sensibility that didn’t whitewash the sins and biases of the past. Our guide Glenn was knowledgeable, friendly, and a fantastic storyteller. He went out of his way to make everyone comfortable. I’ll definitely be taking more tours from this company.
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Response from ForbiddenVan, Operations Manager at Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours
Responded Nov 18, 2020
Hi christinelilith, Thanks so much for taking the time to write this wonderful review for the Dark Secrets of Stanley Park Tour with Glenn! It means a lot to hear from locals who attend our tours - we absolutely love sharing these stories with visitors and locals alike! Looking forward to seeing you on another tour in the future! Lina Fitzner - The Forbidden Vancouver Team
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Jackelyn M wrote a review Nov 2020
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Glenn was our guide and wow did he ever deliver today! Many times during his storytelling I got goosebumps from the history of this majestic park. I had no idea the injustice and greed that made the park what it is today. As a tourist in my own city, this truly is a must do tour and I hope you have the luxury of having Glenn as your guide for it. !
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Date of experience: November 2020
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Response from ForbiddenVan, Operations Manager at Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours
Responded Nov 18, 2020
Hi 22jackelynm, Thanks for the great review of the Dark Secrets of Stanley Park Tour with Glenn! I couldn't agree with you more - Glenn is an awesome storyteller and Stanley Park has a truly surprising and shocking history! We hope that you will join us on another tour in 2021! Lina Fitzner - The Forbidden Vancouver Team
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Leana B wrote a review Nov 2020
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Glenn is an amazing storyteller and drew us in with his enthusiasm, humour and interesting, colorful stories. He also shared insights and historical facts that I wasn’t aware of and that opened my eyes. It was a an interesting and inspirational tour. Also, everything was done safely in consideration of covid times. Thanks Glenn 😊
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Date of experience: November 2020
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Response from ForbiddenVan, Operations Manager at Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours
Responded Nov 2, 2020
Hi LeanaBirk, Thank you so much for your amazing review of the Really Gay History Tour with Glenn! We are delighted to hear that you had a fun time and felt comfortable on the tour. We couldn't agree more - Glenn is amazing and we are so happy to have him on our team! See you again on another tour! Lina Fitzner - The Forbidden Vancouver Team
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