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The Dark Secrets of Stanley Park Tour

Activity provider: Forbidden Vancouver

The Dark Secrets of Stanley Park Tour

Activity provider: Forbidden Vancouver
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From US$ 27.43 per person

Likely to sell out

Stroll along Stanley Park’s glistening shoreline and walk beneath its towering trees as you hear the inside story of one of the world's most remarkable parks.

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Duration 2 hours
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Live tour guide
English

Experience

Highlights
  • Explore the seawall, hidden corners, and wild forested trails
  • Hear the untold stories of famous Stanley Park and Deadman's Island
  • See the world famous Stanley Park totem poles
  • Discover the park's history of forced evictions, crime and corruption
Full description
Uncover the secrets of Stanley Park on a 2-hour insider walking tour with an expert guide. Explore the famous seawall, dark forested trails, historic totem poles, bizarre public art, and notorious crime scenes. See Vancouver landmarks Coal Harbour, the Lions Gate Bridge and Deadman's Island. As you stroll along the glistening shoreline and beneath towering trees, you'll hear the inside story of one of the world's most remarkable parks. Meet your guide at the fountain directly outside the Vancouver Aquarium entrance and then set off to explore Stanley Park. You'll quickly leave the tourist trail behind and take a little used path through the forest. You'll hear the tale of Captain George Vancouver before you emerge on the Stanley Park seawall for the perfect vista of the glittering downtown skyline and Coal Harbour. Following the seawall, you'll hear the tragic history of Deadman's Island as you approach the park's world-famous totem poles. A short rest stop at the totem poles gives you time to visit the bathroom, take photos, or buy a snack or water at the concession stand. A short walk later finds you admiring views of the North Shore Mountains, Burrard Inlet, and the Lions Gate Bridge. You'll take in some of the city's most loved public art, and cross a long lost cemetery hidden beneath your feet. Next, it's time to leave the seawall and head onto dark forested trails. Your guide will lead you through towering groves of giant Cedar, Hemlock and Douglas Fir, some hundreds of years old. These are trails few tourists ever step foot on - a genuine Pacific Northwest forest experience. You'll see the location of a long lost indigenous village known as Whoi Whoi. A short walk later you'll be In the heart of Stanley Park where you'll hear the story of one of Vancouver's most shocking crimes. You can catch your breath on the short stroll back to the start point. Your guide will be on-hand to answer your questions, help you plan the rest of your day, and take photos. After the tour, you can continue your adventure with a visit to the Vancouver Aquarium, or travel back to downtown to relax and remember your visit to incredible Stanley Park.
Includes
  • Access to Stanley Park
  • Live tour guide
    Not suitable for
    • Children under 10 years
    • Wheelchair users
    Covid-19 precautions

    You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

    Safety measures in place
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    Traveler requirements
    • Masks are optional for this activity

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    Meeting point

    The Whale sculpture outside the entrance to the Vancouver Aquarium.

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    What to bring

    • Comfortable shoes
    • Drinks
    • Sunscreen
    • Water
    • Comfortable clothes
    • Cash
    • Weather-appropriate clothing

    Not allowed

    • Pets

    Know before you go

    • Due to the ongoing COVID-19 virus preventative measures, please do not attend if you are feeling ill, or have been in contact with anyone ill in the previous two weeks
    • The tour is designed for adult audiences and contains some references to adult themes. The local partner's age recommendation is 14+, but children aged 10+ can attend and enjoy the walking tour if their parents are comfortable with them hearing mature subject matter
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    5 /5

    based on 9 reviews

    Review summary

    • Guide
      5/5
    • Value for money
      4.8/5
    • Service
      5/5
    • Organization
      5/5

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    Excellent!

    Glenn was a truly exceptional tour guide! On our first Saturday in Vancouver, a cold and rainy day, there is absolutely nowhere else we would rather have been. Glenn was engaging and knowledgeable, humorous and friendly! We learned so much and had a fabulous time doing it. We would definitely tour with him again!! Thank you!

    September 15, 2019

    Loved the stories and how Glenn told them. Was a weather perfect day and a story perfect time. Each story was unforgettable. Think I might how up with a shovel next time I go to the park! And, may have nightmares about how many bodies may be resurrected from the isle.

    September 4, 2019

    Excellent trip!! Their service is great and the information received was useful for locals and tourists

    April 18, 2022

    Product ID: 217695