Explore the Lost Souls of Gastown

Vancouver, Canada

Experience hosted by Will

90 mins, Hosted in English
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Up to 10 people

What you'll do

Immerse yourself in the chilling dramas of historic Gastown as you venture into Vancouver's earliest and most gruesome history on this 90-minute walking tour. Follow the lamplight of your guide as you discover the terror of a Great Fire that ate up Gastown in minutes, the long forgotten plague of smallpox, and the unsolved murder of John Bray.

Designed for adult audiences, the experience is both a walking tour and a theatre piece. Your guide is a professional actor, performing in character throughout. Every story is grounded in documented Vancouver history, taken from the city archives. The plot line is woven together as the tragic tale of one person's life, ending in a dramatic finale in Gastown's Maple Tree Square.

Every one of Gastown's must-see sites and landmarks is visited on the walk, the oldest hotel, the Gastown Steam Clock, you’ll see how Vancouver looked before and after the Great Fire, explore notorious Gaoler's Mews, and walk down the back alleys of Water Street to famous Maple Tree Square.

Do not expect a ghost tour or conventional walking tour – this is a performance experience that will pull you so deep into the swirling lamplight and darkened alleys of Gastown’s murky past, you may have a hard time finding your way back out…
Other things to note
We run the tours rain or shine, if it is raining, be sure to pack an umbrella and wear your rain boots! There are no bathroom breaks on the tour.
Immerse yourself in the chilling dramas of historic Gastown as you venture into Vancouver's earliest and most gruesome history on this 90-minute walking tour. Follow the lamplight of your guide as you discover the terror of a Great Fire that ate up Gastown in minutes, the long forgotten plague of smallpox, and the unsolved murder of John Bray.

Designed for adult audiences, the experience is both a walking tour and a theatre piece. Your…

Meet your host, Will

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We are Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours. On the Explore The Lost Souls of Gastown, your guide will be Janet, Eric, Alison, or Will. Each of us is in love with Vancouver and our work is to share it's remarkable history! Our interests lie in the dark corners of Vancouver's history: the scandals, the secrets, the crimes, the great escapes and the near misses. We dress to look the part and we promise we'll give you an unforgettable experience!

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We are Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours. On the Explore The Lost Souls of Gastown, your guide will be Janet, Eric, Alison, or Will. Each of us is in love with Vancouver and our work is to share it's remarkable history! Our interests lie in the dark corners of Vancouver's history: the scandals, the secrets, the crimes, the great escapes and the near misses. We dress to look the part and we promise we'll give you an unforgettable experience!

We have four more amazing experiences to che…
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Wed, Jul 28
€22 per person
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
€22 per person
Thu, Jul 29
€22 per person
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Join 2 other guests
€22 per person
Fri, Jul 30
€22 per person
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Join 4 other guests
€22 per person

Where you'll be

We'll meet in front of Buro Coffee and I'll invite you to follow me as I relive the Klondike Gold Rush at the Hotel Victorian. As we step deeper into Gastown, we'll visit Water Street, the Gastown Steam Clock, Gaoler's Mews and famous Maple Tree square.

Rated 4.83 out of 5 from 104 reviews.

Michele
July 2021
Janet did an excellent job as Sarah Bryers keeping us engaged in the unfolding story, and amused with her quick wit. It was a really fun way for a couple of locals to spend a balmy summer evening and learn more about the history of our city. Will definitely consider going on another of the Forbidden Vancouver tours!
Janet did an excellent job as Sarah Bryers keeping us engaged in the unfolding story, and amused with her quick wit. It was a really fun way for a couple of locals to spend a balmy…
Keri
July 2021
mom and I had so much fun. our guide (Tracey) was a great host and brought my mom to tears with her storyline and emotions. I look forward to another tour soon
Riyad
July 2021
Nooce
Mariela
June 2021
Increíble experiencia! Si te gusta conocer sobre la historia del tu mugar de hospedaje este tour es para ti. Muy buena caracterización y ambiente que te hace sentir un viajero en el tiempo.
Hillary
June 2021
The tour was great. Janet did a phenomenal job with her character and story telling. I was expecting it to be more “haunted” kind of history but this was still a great tour with some awesome information.
Salman
June 2021
the narrative was good and so was the setting. we liked the overall theme but feel that the group may be was too large. the actress who played sarah was wonderful and made it a unique experience.

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    7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
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  • Thu, Jul 29
    7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    Join 2 other guests
    €22 per person
  • Fri, Jul 30
    7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    Join 4 other guests
    €22 per person
  • Sat, Jul 31
    7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    €22 per person
  • Mon, Aug 2
    7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    €22 per person
  • Tue, Aug 3
    7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    €22 per person
  • Wed, Aug 4
    7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    €22 per person
  • Thu, Aug 5
    7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    €22 per person

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 14 and up can attend.

What to bring

Please be sure to dress for the weather and bring an umbrella if it is raining!

Wear comfortable shoes