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Vancouver Lost Souls of Gastown Walking Tour

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icon1 hour 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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Get a glimpse into Vancouver’s rough and rowdy past on a walking tour of the historic Gastown neighborhood. Hear haunting tales of the city’s darkest days, when fires, smallpox and gold dust fever swept through the frontier outpost. Visit the neighborhood’s landmarks and historic sites as your guide evokes the thieves, hustlers and vagabonds that made the west so wild.
  • Gothic theater adventure in Vancouver
  • Recount the Great Fire of 1886, smallpox outbreaks, and Vancouver’s most shocking unsolved murder
  • Visit Gastown’s most famous sites, the Steam Clock, Gassy Jack statue, Byrne’s Block, Hotel Europe and Maple Tree Square
  • Weave through the back streets, alleyways and secret spaces of Gastown
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356 Water St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1B6, Canada

Departure Time

7:00 PM

Departure Time

7:00 PM

Return Details

Maple Tree Square, Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • 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
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Forbidden Vancouver

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Vancouver Lost Souls of Gastown Walking Tour?
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Vancouver Lost Souls of Gastown Walking Tour?
The policy on sanitization is:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
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What is the social distancing policy during Vancouver Lost Souls of Gastown Walking Tour?
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What is the maximum group size during Vancouver Lost Souls of Gastown Walking Tour?
This activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers.

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  • "I would highly recommend this one to anyone looking for a late evening activity!" See review


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Great evening
, Nov 2020
It was a great evening. Great effort. Good character who braved the cold weather. Interesting history.
Masterful storytelling of lost souls
, Aug 2020
A very entertaining tour that shares memorable and chilling stories of Gastown, and weaves in a story of a young woman who grew up in Gastown. From the bawdy ladies to the death of a sister by smallpox, we were enthralled by our tour guide Allison who was a masterful storyteller.
We had a fantastic time!
, Nov 2019
I'm visiting Vancouver with my family and we have been on similar walking tours in other cities, so we thought this would be a great night time activity. This walking tour did not disappoint! Our tour guide was Erikka and she is absolutely amazing! It's like a walking theatre as she uses her character to tell the history of old downtown Vancouver. It was a top-quality performance and Erikka is such a lovely person. It's not a walk with scary ghost stories and haunted buildings, but some of the stories definitely are terrifying. You will not regret this tour. Thanks Erikka!
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
Hello jessm99176, Thanks for the great review of the Lost Souls of Gastown Tour with Erikka! We're so happy to hear that you enjoyed the experience so much. The stories hidden in Gastown are truly incredible. :) Until next time! Lina Fitzner - The Forbidden Vancouver Team
Awesome walking tour!!
Enrique G
, Oct 2019
This tour is a must do when in Vancouver. We found it quite interesting, entertaining and informative. Janet, our tour guide is quite knowledgeable and a wonderful story teller.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
Hi Enrique G, Thanks so much for taking a moment to write your review! Janet is such a great storyteller and performer, we have an incredible team :) Thanks again and we look forward to having you join another tour soon! Lina Fitzner - The Forbidden Vancouver Team
Brilliant tour of historic Gastown
, Sep 2019
Really interesting, fun way to get an overview of Gastown and some of its history. Erikka was fantastic and really brought the story to life. Highly recommend!
Stellar All Round
, Aug 2019
Our tour guide, Tracy, did an amazing job portraying her 1800's character throughout the tour. She was super informative and engaging. All in all a wonderful evening well spent. Highly recommend 😊
Amazing immersion into one of Vancouver's most interesting neighbourhoods
Jill S
, Jun 2019
My partner and I loved every minute. Our guide, Tracy Jennissen, was incredible - she brought us into the past, with passion, knowledge, and cheeky good humour. Would absolute do another tour with this group again. Thank you!
LOVED this Walking Tour !
, May 2019
This was absolutely amazing! We were 100% invested in the story that was being told as well as learning about the history of Vancouver and Gastown. It brought in a lot of the culture and early times that people faced such as smallpox or finding work. Janet was our tour guide, and she really got into character that at some points had me in tears. She had funny stories, scary stories, and lots of in between! I would highly recommend this one to anyone looking for a late evening activity!
, Sep 2018
Janet was our tour guide and she played the part beautifully. Costume, hair and make up in the period of the late 1800’s. She was informative and interesting of things that happened during that time frame. It was a lot of walking in and in dark alleys I guess there was safety in numbers as were about 30 in our group. Description did not let us know the tour ended so far away from the starting point. We needed a taxi to get back.
Thank you Rowan for a pleasurable...
Michael Z
, Oct 2017
Thank you Rowan for a pleasurable evening! The tour guide is completely in character the whole time and is quite a surreal experience - even down to carrying the lamp through the old streets of Gastown. Incredibly interesting stories, and well choreographed. We had a local intervene and try to disrupt us, but Rowan handled it professionally and should be commended on his efforts. Is quite a fascinating way to experience the history that Vancouver has to offer!

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