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Prohibition City: Special Edition – featuring Dan Francis

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[by Kendall Walters] Celebrated historian and author Daniel Francis is joining Forbidden Vancouver – for one night only.

Francis will join Forbidden Vancouver founder and chief storyteller Will Woods for a special edition of our Prohibition City tour on Wednesday, October 8.

But what’s an evening filled with the scandal of prohibition-era Vancouver, without a little indulgence? The tour will wrap-up with a complimentary beer at a Gastown watering hole and the chance to mingle with your guides and fellow guests alike.

Dan Francis

Francis has penned more than two dozen books on the little-known history of Vancouver, B.C. and Canada, such as LD: Mayor Louis Taylor and the Rise of Vancouver and Red Light Neon: A History of Vancouver’s Sex Trade. Several of his volumes have topped the BC Bestsellers list.

His latest work, Closing Time: Prohibition, Rum Runners, and Border Wars, fits perfectly with the topics covered in Prohibition City.

Closing Time looks at prohibition in North America from a Canadian perspective, focusing on the smugglers, gangsters and bootleggers who made the ban their industry.

“It’s a really unique opportunity to hear what it was like at that time and ask questions of someone who’s really dug deep into that era,” says Woods, who consulted with Francis when he originally created Forbidden Vancouver.

The tour will run longer than usual, about two hours, rather than 90 minutes, to allow time for unique insight from the man who literally wrote the book on Vancouver’s prohibition history.

Closing Time Book Cover

For those who’ve taken Forbidden Vancouver’s Prohibition City before, Francis will shed new light on favourite characters and stories from Vancouver’s scandalous past.

Attendees will be given the chance to pick up a signed copy of Closing Time, straight from the author himself.

The tour will begin at the regular time – 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are $25, including a complimentary brew at a Gastown bar.

So don’t miss this unique opportunity, book online today!*

* Be sure to select the option titled, “Prohibition City – with special guest appearance by historian Dan Francis,” rather than the classic “Prohibition City” option.