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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
Great historical narrative of 19th century Gastown!
Samia_A
, Jul 2022
The guide was entertaining and informative. Was expecting a ghost tour and got a more historical personal narrative in the 19th century clondike gold rush era, but it was quite interesting! We were brought to many old buildings around Gastown and we learned a lot!
star-5
Sarah’s Soul
Susan_S
, Jul 2022
Our guide Sarah was awesome. Her voice was loud enough for all to hear. She kept us all interested the whole time, even a young boy (12?) interested. And the way she told the stories, the controversial parts were clearly described without the young people necessarily understanding. She even cried a few times.
star-5
Truly Engrossing !
Mark_H
, Jul 2022
Tracy really brought the stories she told to life - she was very engaging and I could not recommend it more.
star-5
Spookily good
Ben_L
, Jul 2022
Really brought the history to life! The drama, the historical research, well worth an hour and a half of your time
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Guide in character
Eugene_C
, Jun 2022
Great walk around Gastown. Our guide, Cole, was in character as a person who had lived in Gastown. Smallpox, fires, gold rush, and more.
star-5
How Vancouver grew up to be a big city.
WilliamTelwak
, Jun 2022
The story teller told a wonderful tail of how the town evolved and grew. Walked us around back alleys which gave believability to all truths and embellishments.
star-5
Like a play through the city
JoelMauricio_R
, Jun 2022
He acts during the whole tour, is really good and people keeping approaching for information about it
star-5
A Night to Remember!
Cinda_R
, Jun 2022
Our tour guide, Emmett, was phenomenal! It was like a night of live theater as he told the weavings of his ghost story!
star-5
It was a wonderful tour,...
Kelsey_F
, Jun 2022
It was a wonderful tour, very fun and interesting!our tour guide Stuart was awesome. I would definitely recommend this tour if you are interested in the history of the area.
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!

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