Email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange your very own private Lost Souls of Gastown walking tour. Please note our public tour season starts again April 2016.
Venture into our city’s earliest and most gruesome history. A time when Vancouver was the Granville Townsite, a violent frontier town of hustlers and thieves, vagabonds and bawdy girls.
Meet Vancouver’s first madam, who built a glamorous Gastown bawdy house before the city even had a school. Catch the horror-filled tale of a long-forgotten plague that clutched the city in its feverish grasp. And relive the terror of the fire that ate up Gastown in minutes – sending people sprinting for their lives down Water Street.
But that’s not all…
A gruesome murder
The year was 1898. After a night of whiskey and cards at the saloon, gold prospector John Bray staggered out onto the streets of Victorian-era Gastown. He never made it back to his hotel.
Robbed and shot three times in the head, he wandered the streets for two delirious weeks before the bullets finally killed him.
Relive the tale of John Bray and his mysterious death, along with stories of the people and events that shaped early Vancouver. The Lost Souls of Gastown is not a ghost tour. It’s a gothic theatre adventure that pulls you so deep into the swirling lamplight and darkened alleys of Gastown’s murky past, you may have a hard time finding your way back out…
Former sailor, gold miner and ferry captain Gassy Jack founded this city by building a saloon in a day. A plank of wood and two barrels for a bar. We know what happened to him, but what about his wives and his son?
“Klondike Kate” Rockwell
Gold rush damsel who kept the miners happy with her ‘flame dance’. Broke hearts from Oregon to Alaska, until one famous Vancouverite beat her at her own game.
Hopeful Klondike gold prospector who was brutally murdered in Gastown. Took three bullets in the head and managed to last two weeks before dropping dead. They say his ghost still walks Water Street. But who killed him??
What will I see?
Visit the city’s longest running hotel and its first shopping mall. See Vancouver before, and after, the Great Fire. Catch the oldest building on Vancouver’s oldest street. Witness the great folly of Gastown and visit the sites of its first building, first bawdy house and first fire station. No other experience in Vancouver will take you closer to the city’s earliest and darkest history and places.