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history walk

Explore Forbidden Vancouver

history walk

Explore Forbidden Vancouver

90 reviews
Duration
2 hours
Group size
Up to 10 people
Hosted in
English
history walk

Explore Forbidden Vancouver

history walk

Explore Forbidden Vancouver

90 reviews
Duration
2 hours
Group size
Up to 10 people
Hosted in
English

What you'll do

Hit the mean streets of Vancouver with a professional guide as you learn about rum-runners, mobsters, and dirty cops on a walk through Downtown and Gastown. Meet up with your guide and set out on foot, listening to tales of illicit activity in this coastal city at the turn of century. Learn about real historical figures like feared mob boss Joe Celona, Prohibition Commissioner Walter Findlay, and “King of the Gamblers” Shue Moy. Hear how the mob set up illegal drinking dens around the city and bribed dirty cops to look the other way. Listen to tales of longtime mayor L.D. Taylor and his infamously raucous parties, and discover how enterprising Vancouver rum-runners made their fortunes smuggling booze down the coast once the US adopted Prohibition as well. Make your way through Victory Square and scope out fabled buildings like the Dominion Building and the Sun Tower. Stroll down the best-preserved alleyway in the city to really feel like you've traveled back in time. And finish up the tour in Gastown's historic Maple Tree Square, the heart of the city’s finest restaurant and bar scene. The perfect place to grab a post-tour cocktail and reminisce over your evening of adventure!

Your hosts

On the Explore Forbidden Vancouver Experience your guide will be Aman, Glenn, Tim, Lenard, Eric, Theo, Joe, Erin, or Will. Each of us is in love with Vancouver and our work is to share the city's remarkable history! Our interests lie in the dark corners of Vancouver's history: the scandals, the secrets, the crimes, the great escapes and the near misses. We dress to look the part and we promise we'll give you an experience to remember. We have four more amazing experiences to check out on your visit to Vancouver! Explore Lost Souls of Gastown - http://www.airbnb.com/lostsoulsgastown Explore Vancouver LGBTQ2+ History - http://www.airbnb.com/vancouverLGBTQhistory Explore Dark Secrets of Stanley Park - http://www.airbnb.com/darksecretsstanleypark Explore Art Deco + Taste Chocolate - http://www.airbnb.com/artdecoandchocolate
Will
Will
Glenn
Glenn

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Where you'll be

We'll meet at Cathedral Square, right across from the beautiful Holy Rosary Cathedral in Downtown Vancouver. From there we head further into historic Vancouver with stops at the Hotel Victorian, Victory Square, Market Alley, Woodward's and end our walk in the heart of Gastown at Maple Tree Square.

Things to keep in mind

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Communication policy

Always communicate through Airbnb. To protect your payment, never transfer money or communicate outside of the Airbnb website or app.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 14 and up can attend.

More tips

There are no bathroom breaks on this tour.

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Airbnb Experiences are vetted for quality

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    Led by locals who love where they’re from and what they do.

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Explore Forbidden Vancouver
90 reviews
From ﺩ.ﺇ92/person
90 reviews
From ﺩ.ﺇ92/person