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
Nevada Yates Robart
Aman Johal
Janet Glassford
Glenn Tkach
Roxanne Kalenborn
Lina Fitzner
Lenard Stanga
Rowan Jang
Corwin Ferguson
Tracy Jennissen
Erikka Griffiths-Keam
Tim Everett

Hall of Fame

Talented people who did incredible work at Forbidden Vancouver!

Tanya Bennett
Gisele da Silva
Tiffany Anderson
Laurie Brazzill
Mark Turpin
Stephanie Liatopoulos

In Loving Memory

Rest in Peace Rob – we miss you!

Robert Poelvoorde