About Forbidden Vancouver

[By Will Woods – Forbidden Vancouver Founder & Chief Storyteller]

Forbidden Vancouver stages walking tours and special events that celebrate Vancouver history. We tell the stories that don’t make it onto the tour buses, tales of crime, corruption, and sin. As notorious former mayor L.D. Taylor once said…”We’re a port city. This ain’t no Sunday School town!”

Forbidden Vancouver started as a daydream. Rewind to 2011 and I’d been working a corporate job downtown, dreaming of ways to combine my twin passions of history and theatre into a viable business. I was really inspired by two other companies: Underground Seattle and the Edinburgh Ghost Tours – both of whom do a fantastic job of bringing their city’s histories to life. I figured Vancouver needed something similar!

So with the encouragement of my incredible (and very understanding!) wife I enrolled in acting school, immersed myself morning, noon, and night at the Vancouver Archives, and set about building a walking tour company. The first tour was for a group of whiskey enthusiasts in February 2012, and I knew my path was set!

Today I love showing people Vancouver and the city’s unique history just as much as I did on that first day (albeit with a few less nerves these days!). I feel very lucky and honoured to have found a career that allows me to indulge my own interests, and to have met so many interesting people along the way.

Fast-forward to today and Forbidden Vancouver has a team of twelve guides – some of the nicest, most passionate, and most creative people I’ve ever had the pleasure to know. Together, we’ve run well over a thousand walking tours, held special events in some of the city’s most famous venues like the Penthouse and the Commodore Ballroom, staged a sold-out Christmas play written by our very own Tiffany Anderson, and launched sister company Vancouver Mysteries – jointly run by co-producer Tanya Bennett and myself.

We’ve got big plans for the future and more ideas on the hopper than you can shake a stick at. So if you enjoy a dose of theatre with your history, stay tuned and I promise we’ll continue to deliver!


Talented people doing their very best work

Will Woods
Chief Storyteller
Nevada Yates Robart
The Forbidden Tour
Aman Johal
The Forbidden Tour
Janet Glassford
Lost Souls of Gastown
Glenn Tkach
The Forbidden Tour
Roxanne Kalenborn
The Forbidden Tour
Lina Fitzner
The Forbidden Tour
Lenard Stanga
The Forbidden Tour
Rowan Jang
The Forbidden Tour
Mark Turpin
Lost Souls of Gastown
Corwin Ferguson
Lost Souls of Gastown
Stephanie Liatopoulos
Lost Souls of Gastown
Laurie Brazzill
Lost Souls of Gastown

Hall of Fame 

Talented people who did incredible work at Forbidden Vancouver!

Tanya Bennett
The Forbidden Tour
Gisele da Silva
The Forbidden Tour
Tiffany Anderson
Lost Souls of Gastown
Rob Poelvoorde
RIP - Gone But Not Forgotten

Behind the Scenes

Talented people doing their very best work behind the scenes

Lani Russwurm
In House Historian
Ranae Miller
Service Co-ordinator

We have a team of passionate storytellers here at Forbidden Vancouver.

They’re engaging, knowledgeable and kind people who are experts in Vancouver’s history. Our storytellers each go through an intense training program before going live with their first tour. We cover principles of storytelling, cadence, voice projection, body language, character development and guiding. We believe every single guest deserves to be absolutely enthralled on a Forbidden Vancouver walking tour. It’s our job to make sure that happens.