Explore Downtown Vancouver’s Art Deco beauties — from the streamlined sophistication of the Vogue Theatre, to the minarets and mosaics of the Commodore Ballroom, to the ornate decadence of the Marine Building, and much more in between! It’s your chance to unlock the history of these remarkable buildings.
On your Art Deco architecture walking tour you’ll hear how Art Deco swept out of Paris in the 1920s and took North America by storm. It’s the story of how war, technology, immigration, fashion, social upheaval, and archeology succeeded in tearing up the rule book on architecture.
How do you improve on two and a half hours exploring Vancouver’s remarkable Art Deco history and architecture with a professional Forbidden Vancouver storyteller as your guide? Add chocolate!
On the tour you’ll visit two legendary Vancouver chocolatiers who serve up locally-made hand-crafted chocolate at its finest. And you’ll hear first hand why Vancouver is making a name for itself in the international chocolate scene. Chocolate tastings are included in your ticket price.
Discover how war, technology, immigration, fashion, social upheaval, and archeology combined to create the Art Deco movement.
Enjoy the Mermaid’s Choice chocolate bar at Mink Chocolate — the bar that won gold in the world chocolate salon!
Step back in time to the roaring twenties and see Vancouver’s earliest skyscrapers, including the one and only Marine Building.
This is a Forbidden Vancouver walking tour after all! Prepare yourself for tales of rum-running, bootlegging, fire, scandal, and murder.
Our guides are storytellers who love to entertain, inform, and delight their guests! Join them on a walk into our city’s Art Deco history.
Taste the samplings of a chef Gordon Ramsey called “one of the finest pastry chefs in the world” — tastings included in your ticket price!
“We booked the tour in the last minute. It was a very insightful tour, uncovering beautiful hidden gems of art–deco architecture in the city. Tim, the guide, led the tour in a professional and entertaining manner. His knowledge and love of Vancouver’s history is remarkable. We regret the tour had lasted only 2.5 hours, we could be touring with Tim way longer. And the chocolate was awesome. We highly recommend this tour to all art–deco lovers…”
— Belo F., via Trip Advisor
“My wife and I were visiting Vancouver and we knew from a previous visit that there was some very interesting architecture particularly from the Art Deco area. Will Woods, founder and Chief Storyteller, was our guide and we spent the next 2 hours walking throughout downtown looking at a variety of Art Deco buildings, the stories behind them, and all sorts of other cool and fun bits of history that have shaped Vancouver over the years.”
— Velomedic, via Trip Advisor
“I live in Vancouver and have been here for almost 30 years – and there were so many cool details of many of the city’s iconic buildings that I didn’t know about and never really took the time to stop and examine before. This tour was a lot of fun and our excellent storyteller, Tim Everett really stepped up to the plate in delivering the stories – along with some pictures to help and a wee bit of acting. Well done, Forbidden Vancouver!”
— Doug A., via Trip Advisor