Meet The Team: Will Woods

Will Woods


Founder & General Manager at Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours

I founded Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours in 2012. Back then, it was just me, in a fedora, sharing tales of prohibition on Vancouver’s streets. Now, I manage a team of 18 incredible guides.

What gets me going? Seeing that look in people’s eyes when they’re totally lost in one of our stories. Plus, I take real pride in bringing in guest speakers who’ve lived through Vancouver’s history. We’ve had everyone from retired cops to former gang members to legendary musicians sharing their tales at special events over the years.

My driving force is a relentless curiosity for history and people, and I’m always striving for improvement in every area of our company’s work. I’m blessed to lead an organization of so many talented, smart, and kind human beings, who share my passion for bringing the city’s past into focus.

Will’s Post Tour Recommendations

Will’s Vancouver Recommendations

  • Massy Books on East Georgia
  • The Paper Hound books on West Pender
  • Bamboo Village in Chinatown (a souvenir store like no other!)
  • If you’re in Gastown during the day then definitely check out Cappelleria Bertacchi on Water Street. Their owner Adi Bertacchi is a fourth generation Italian hatmaker and the store has some incredible creations. Full disclosure: they supply all our guides’ hats! 

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