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Vancouver Lost Souls of Gastown Walking Tour

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icon1 hour 30 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

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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Hotel pickup and drop-off
Buro The Espresso Bar , 356 Water St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1B6, Canada

Meet outside Buro Coffee at 356 Water St. in Gastown. Close to Waterfront Skytrain and Seabus Station.

Maple Tree Square , Maple Tree Square, Vancouver, BC, Canada

The 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.

  • 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
  • Our tours are designed for adult audiences and do contain some references to adult themes. Our age recommendation is 14+ but certainly children aged 10+ can attend and enjoy our walking tours if parents are comfortable with their children hearing mature subject matter.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Forbidden Vancouver
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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What is the social distancing policy during Vancouver Lost Souls of Gastown Walking Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

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star-5
100% worth it
Margarita_L
, Jun 2022
Excellent experience. Our guide Sanda was amazing story teller, we had such an interesting and fun time.
star-5
Great experience
Vicki_F
, Jun 2022
Great experience that brought the history to life felt like we were there back in history. Almost shed a tear for the actors wife.
star-5
Fabulous Gastown
Lynda_S
, Jun 2022
Great tour, so much info on the history of gastown. Stuart was amazing in his role, great delivery and extremely knowledgeable.
star-5
A fun adventure
Roxanne_J
, Jun 2022
Had a great time walking around gastown and learning a little history at the same time! Seeing it acted out in front of us really helped us get into the spirit of the story’s.
star-5
Wonderful experience!
Lawrence_L
, Jun 2022
Cole was wonderful, bringing the stories and history to life. Gastown is an interesting area. We learned so much, and really enjoyed it!
star-5
A great way to learn about Gastown
Elizabeth_M
, Jun 2022
Alison was good fun and played her character well as she introduced us to the history of Gastown. The old photos were a bonus!
star-3
Average at best, not worth the 2hrs
Martin_L
, Jun 2022
It's ok, the woman who was taken the tour was nice and tried to make it interesting. However, it's obviously hard to make a 2hr tour out of a very simple story. You walk from location to location to location for a 5 min description of events. That could of been done at the other location. We didn't stay till the end of the tour. It's not a experience I would recommend. This could be done in 45mins and be interesting and more time appropriate.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hi Martin, I'm sorry to hear the Lost Souls of Gastown wasn't what you expected. I will admit to being a bit surprised about a couple of your comments. I've never before heard the feedback that it's a very simple story. The story charts the life of someone who lived through early Gastown history -- from family tragedy to escaping the Great Fire to heading to the Klondike Goldrush to her involvement in one of the city's most notorious unsolved murders, with plenty of gothic tales along the way of strange deaths and intrigue. Usually the feedback about the experience content is really positive. However I respect your opinion and appreciate you sharing your thoughts. And just a comment on the locations the tour visits -- it takes in the Gastown Steam Clock, Water Street, Hudson House, the old Fire Station, the CPR railyards, Maple Tree Square, and Gaoler's Mews -- definitely all the must-see locations in Gastown. But then if you left the tour after 45 minutes then you would have missed most of these sadly. I'd like to suggest you check out another of our walking tours, which are delivered in a more traditional format. They might be more up your street. We have the Forbidden Vancouver Tour that explores prohibition history of the early 20th century, the Dark Secrets of Stanley Park (tales of crime, corruption and colonization) and the Really Gay History Tour, which speaks for itself! All the best and I hope you enjoyed your stay in Vancouver. Will
star-5
Such a fun tour
Leah_M
, Jun 2022
Eric was a fantastic guide who was passionate, entertaining, and knowledgeable. The rainy night couldn't detract from the complete fun that was this tour. A great way to learn about Gastown with an element of live theater. Fun, affordable, and totally worth the experience!
star-4
Great tour by Rachael. ...
Debbie_K
, Jun 2022
Great tour by Rachael. Good storyline and storytelling. Enjoyed learning a bit of history with the partly true, partly fiction story.
star-5
Stewart played the part...
Cathy_H
, Jun 2022
Stewart played the part marvelously. our group of 6 thoroughly enjoyed the evening. The walk was both enjoyable and had historical facts.
star-5
Absolutely enchanting
Raven_C
, Jun 2022
Tracy and her character, Sarah, we’re amazing. I wasn’t sure if my son enjoy the historical tour, but he was completely enchanted!
star-5
Gastown night tour
James_C
, Jun 2022
Eric was in character of George all night and did an awesome job with the presentation. Excellent tour!!
star-4
Great Historical Tour
Jennipher_W
, May 2022
Great historical storytelling about the beginning of Gastown…thought there would be some ghost stories but there were not
star-5
Awesome Walk.
Linda_S
, May 2022
Our guide was very knowledgeable and funny. We learned so much about Vancouver. We would not have knows so much history without her.
star-5
Wonderful City Tour
Nydia_M
, May 2022
We are in Vancouver for our family vacation and decided to take this tour and are SO HAPPY WE DID!! Our guide was a talented theatrical performer and excellent story teller. We enjoyed the tales of the past with colorful details and factual information. Thank you so much! See you again soon!!
star-5
The guide was awesome,...
Valentina_U
, May 2022
The guide was awesome, really good actress impersonating her character, I got the chills! (Although it’s not a “ghost” tour, so you know). It’s a fun and different way to know the history of Gastown, I really liked it!
star-5
Really great tour, definitely worth it.
Daniel_M
, May 2022
I really enjoyed learning about the history of the town. Really fun and informative, thanks. Great actor doing the talk, very well informed.
star-5
Cole was excellent as...
Roberta_J
, May 2022
Cole was excellent as "George". Great stories about Vancouver and entertaining! Highly recommend. Thank you!
star-3
Not what I expected
Virginia_D
, May 2022
Not what I expected. Thought it would be more ghost-like. Did not keep me engaged. Story teller was good
star-5
Very interesting tour well worth the price!
Enda_G
, May 2022
Loved the steam clock and the history of Gastown was very interesting. Emmet our guide was a brilliant entertainer and actor.

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