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 business mogul Chang Toy. 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 Sun Tower before you pass through the Millennium Gate into Chinatown. Traipse down the best-preserved alleyway in the city to really feel like you've travelled back in time, and see first-hand evidence of "bawdy houses" and opium dens before you finish up the tour in Gastown's Maple Tree Square.
On the Explore Forbidden Vancouver Experience your guide will be Aman, Glenn, Rowan, Tim, Lenard, Eric 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
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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.
Keep these in mind
Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase.
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Up to 10 guests ages 14 and up can attend.
Explore Forbidden Vancouver