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…
We are Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours. On the Explore The Lost Souls of Gastown, your guide will be Janet, Eric, Tracy, 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 check out on your visit to Vancouver! Explore Forbidden Vancouver - http://www.airbnb.com/forbiddenvancouver Explore Vancouver LGBTQ2+ History - http://www.airbnb.com/vancouverLGBTQhistory Explore Dark Secrets of Stanley Park - http://www.airbnb.com/darksecretsstanleypark Explore Art Deco +Taste Chocolate - http://www.airbnb.com/artdecoandchocolate
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.
Please be sure to dress for the weather and bring an umbrella if it is raining!
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.