The Lost Souls of Gastown Tour

Hear stories of smallpox, fire, and murder

Tues | Thurs | Fri | Sat — 8 p.m.

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A Gothic Adventure

Venture into Vancouver’s earliest and most gruesome history on the Lost Souls of Gastown Tour. You’ll discover a time when Vancouver was the Granville Townsite – the wild frontier town that suffered a devastating fire, smallpox outbreaks, and unsolved murders.

Designed for adult audiences, the Lost Souls of Gastown Tour is both a walking tour and a theatre piece. Created by Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tour’s Chief Storyteller Will Woods – and based on documented Vancouver history – the plot weaves through back streets and alleyways to a dramatic finale in the heart of Gastown’s Maple Tree Square.



  • Led by a professional actor.
  • Designed for adult audiences.
  • Gothic stories of the city’s dark early history.
  • Meet at Cathedral Square beneath the bells of the Holy Rosary Cathedral.
  • Finishes in Maple Tree Square, surrounded by the city’s best bars and restaurants.

Quick Facts

  • Tues, Thurs, Fri, Sat — 8 p.m.
  • Price: $28 adult | $25 senior/student.
  • Click here to check ticket availability and book now.
  • Duration & length: 1 hour 30 minutes | 1 km distance.
  • Meeting point: Cathedral Square, Dunsmuir & Richards streets.
  • End point: Maple Tree Square, Gastown – a short walk from the start point.

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The Gruesome Murder of John Bray

The year was 1898. After a night of whiskey and cards at the saloon, gold prospector John Bray staggered out onto the streets of Gastown. He never made it back to his hotel. Robbed and shot three times in the head, he spent two delirious weeks roaming the streets 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 Tour is not a ghost tour. It’s an interactive gothic theatre experience 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…

Gassy Jack

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.

“Klondike Kate” Rockwell

Gold rush damsel who kept the miners happy with her “flame dance.” Broke hearts from Oregon to Alaska…until she got beat her at her own game.

John Bray

Gold miner who took three bullets in the head – lasted two weeks before he dropped dead. They say his ghost still walks Gastown. But who killed him?

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Places You’ll Visit

  • Gaoler’s Mews
  • Maple Tree Square
  • Holy Rosary Cathedral
  • The Gassy Jack statue
  • The iconic Gastown Steamclock
  • Hudson’s Bay Company warehouse
  • Hotel Europe – world famous flatiron building
  • The CPR railyards – once 10 feet underwater
  • The Hotel Victorian – Vancouver’s oldest hotel
  • Sites of the city’s first jailhouse, first bawdy house and first saloon