Guided tour

Vancouver: City Secrets Guided Tour

4.9 / 5

18 reviews

Vancouver: City Secrets Guided Tour

From US$ 27.86 per person

See a side of Vancouver you never knew existed. Delve into Vancouver's darkest history on a walking tour packed with the city’s most scandalous prohibition era stories.

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Free cancellation
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Duration 2 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Wheelchair accessible

Experience

Highlights
  • Learn about Vancouver's infamous Prohibition-era history
  • Visit city landmarks that are featured in the sordid tales shared by your guide
  • End the tour in the famous Gastown district and discover why Vancouver is "no Sunday School town"
Full description
Begin the story at the famous Gastown Steam Clock. Your guide will share the tales of the villains, crooked politicians, and mobsters that ruled the city in the roaring twenties when the saloon doors swung closed and Vancouver became a den of illicit booze, crime, and vice. As you walk past ornate heritage buildings, down narrow alleyways unchanged in over a hundred years, and along historic streets once teeming with bawdy houses, opium dens, and blind pigs, you’ll discover a unique perspective on Vancouver’s history.  Finish the walking tour on the cobblestone streets of Maple Tree Square, surrounded by Gastown's most talked about bars and restaurants. It's the perfect place to share a post-tour dinner or drinks after learning why former mayor LD Taylor once said, “this is a port city, we ain’t no Sunday School town!”
Includes
  • Live tour guide
    Not suitable for
    • Children under 10 years
    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
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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    Meeting point

    • Meet at the Gastown Steam Clock, across the street from the Starbucks • Please arrive 10-15 minutes before the tour start time

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    What to bring

    • Comfortable shoes
    • Weather-appropriate clothing

    Not allowed

    • Pets

    Know before you go

    •  This tour operates rain or shine so please dress appropriately
    • 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

    4.9 /5

    based on 18 reviews

    Review summary

    • Guide
      5/5
    • Value for money
      4.9/5
    • Service
      5/5
    • Organization
      5/5

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    Really well-done tour with plenty of information that you won't get from "official" sources. Lenard is a great tour guide with tons of enthusiasm and knowledge. Lenard is a true local and you can feel that. The only improvement (but still giving 5 stars) would be that we would have liked to walk more and stand less ;-) it got hard after an 11 hour flight and 9 hours of jetlag!

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    September 7, 2019

    One of the most fun and engaging tours I've ever been on

    This tour was excellent and exceeded my expectations. Our tour guide Glenn (with 2 N's haha) was awesome!!! It was so unique of an idea, our guide knew so many facts and so much history, he was funny, engaging, took us to so many places I never would've been to, he had pictures and it was just awesome!

    May 30, 2019

    Nice tour, guide was great and entertaining!

    October 9, 2019

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