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Lost Souls of Gastown Walking Tour provided by Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours

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Lost Souls of Gastown Walking Tour

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Updated 19/06/20 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.
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You'll start at
Buro The Espresso Bar
356 Water St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1B6, CanadaMeet 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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    Victorian Hotel
    Stop: 10 minutes -
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  • 3
    Gastown
    Stop: 60 minutes -
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    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, CanadaThe 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
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Howard W wrote a review 6 Aug
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Excellent and recommended to people wanting to visit Gastown. It gave us an understanding of life in Vancouver in the great old days
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Response from ForbiddenVan, Operations Manager at Lost Souls of Gastown Walking Tour
Responded 2 days ago
Hello 156howardw, Thanks for the review of the Lost Souls of Gastown Tour. We always strive to give our guests a 5-star experience, so if there is any feedback you have on how we can improve our experience, please write to us at info@forbiddenvancouver.ca. We hope to see you again, Lina Fitzner - The Forbidden Vancouver Team
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Jsmiglicki wrote a review 1 Aug
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This tour is always great and was my third time taking it in five years. Alison was our guide and did an amazing job, you can tell Alison is a natural performer. Through Alison's terrific storytelling, you get a glimpse of what life was like in Vancouver during the late 1800-
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Response from ForbiddenVan, Operations Manager at Lost Souls of Gastown Walking Tour
Responded 1 week ago
Hi JSmiglicki, Thank you so much for taking a moment to write about your most recent experience with our newest team member, Alison! We are so happy to have her on our Lost Souls of Gastown team and we completely agree - she is captivating! Thanks for all of your support over the years and we hope to see you again soon! Lina Fitzner - The Forbidden Vancouver Team
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Jonathan L wrote a review Mar 2020
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Our Forbidden Vancouver guide, Tracey, was a wonderful actor and storyteller, making the past really come alive in a fascinating evening walk. Don't miss this!
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from ForbiddenVan, Operations Manager at Lost Souls of Gastown Walking Tour
Responded 18 Mar 2020
Hi Jonathan L, Thanks for the great review of the Lost Souls of Gastown Tour with Tracy! We love her too :) We hope to see you again soon. All the best, Lina Fitzner - The Forbidden Vancouver Team
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Carol F wrote a review Mar 2020
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This tour was a lot of fun. The lady that lead the tour was great. The night we went it was cold and raining and at every stop we made she got us either inside of a building or under an awning. She was an actor that told a story and was very good at it. I recommend doing this
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from ForbiddenVan, Operations Manager at Lost Souls of Gastown Walking Tour
Responded 18 Mar 2020
Hi Nini215, Thanks so much for taking a moment to write your wonderful review of our Lost Souls of Gastown Tour. It means so much to us to hear from our guests :) We hope to see you soon! Lina Fitzner - The Forbidden Vancouver Team
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Matthew Edmondston wrote a review Mar 2020
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Amazing tour. Our guild Tracey was fantastic. She took us on a tour around Gastown and shared some history and told a great story about that it would have been like living in those times. Well worth it. If your in to history and great storytelling this is the tour. Tracey was
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from ForbiddenVan, Operations Manager at Lost Souls of Gastown Walking Tour
Responded 18 Mar 2020
Hello Mattvnz27, Thanks for the great review of the Lost Souls of Gastown Tour! We're delighted to hear how much you enjoyed the tour and Tracy's performance. She's quite the actor and we're so happy to have her on our team. Until next time, Lina Fitzner - The Forbidden Vancouver Team
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jomontenegro
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A must to truly understand this city!
This was definitely one of the best walking tours I have ever been to. Glenn was an amazing storyteller and shared
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C5454QPsarahd
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Awesome Experience for Locals & Visitors
This was our second walking tour with Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours and it was a wonderful experience!! We have
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105maureenr
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Secrets Revealed
The whole experience! Was absolutely blown away by the history that came forth! As a young teen I spent a lot of
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isa_mrodrigues
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Amazing Tour, Very Gay, 10/10
My partner had been on this tour with Glenn a few times and surprised me by taking me on one this morning. It was s
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K1774KWkellyl
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A Pride Week Staple!
We visited Vancouver for the first time during Pride Week. Our tour took place on Pride Sunday so we really felt li
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V3684KYdavidb
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Nostalgic and fun: Vancouver’s Gay Past
Informative and fun! Glenn was amazing. Really enjoyed learning about Vancouver’s important part in shaping so much
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Roseinvancouver
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Great way to celebrate pride!
My employer sponsored a Really Gay History Tour for Pride month, and it was a blast! Our tour guide was Glenn, and
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kjewers1999
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A wonderful trip down memory lane!
Glenn was Amazing! Knowledgeable, Attentive, Caring, Sensitive and an Amazing Story Teller. I would highly recommen
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jonathanreimer1
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Excellent tour for locals and visitors.
Outstanding walking tour for locals or visitors. I have known Stanley Park my whole life, but this tour provided me
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grocer69
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A Really Gay Tour..... Excellent!!!
Myself, my wife and our 2 friends joined us in the walk with Glenn. From the warm greeting to the end of our tour
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CladsBC
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Great time
Glenn with 2ns. Our tour guide was funny knowledgeable and a great story teller. Learned alot even I have lived her
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cheers_shauna
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An amazing, information packed tour!
Glenn is a lovely human and storyteller! My partner and I booked this tour as part of our 2020 Pride festivities an
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eoyanga3
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A meaningful tour with a passionate storyteller
The tour was incredible! Glenn is such a passionate and engaging story teller and the history of LGBTQ++ movement i
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Carol S
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A fabulous tour!!
We loved Glenn! He is a fabulous guide! We didn’t expect there to be just 4 of us but it meant for great conversati
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WhiteRock_Gal
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Highly Recommend!
We took this tour on a beautiful sunny Sunday in July and it was a wonderful experience. Our guide Glenn was very k
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