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PRIVATE WALKING TOURS

Team Building | Field Trips | Birthday Parties | Family Reunions | Clubs

LET US MAKE YOUR DAY!

Want to get together with your crew for an outdoor experience in Vancouver that’s original, active, fascinating, and completely engaging from start to finish? You’ll discover history you won’t believe happened, on the streets where it all went down. Plus our guides are some of the friendliest, funniest and most charming people you could meet!

CHOOSE YOUR START TIME
TOURS RUN ~2HRS
AVAILABLE YEAR-ROUND
FROM $30 PER PERSON
9 person minimum, or equivalent cost
MEET IN DOWNTOWN VANCOUVER

EMAIL US TO GET STARTED

Email us: [email protected]

Include your group size, preferred tour, date, and time. We’ll respond within one business day. And you can cancel your experience for a full refund up to 24 hours before your tour start time. No questions asked!

Email us: [email protected]

Include your group size, preferred tour, date, and time. We’ll respond within one business day. And you can cancel your experience for a full refund up to 24 hours before your tour start time. No questions asked!

WHO WE’VE WORKED WITH

CHOOSE YOUR PRIVATE WALKING TOUR

THE FORBIDDEN VANCOUVER WALKING TOUR

PROHIBITION | RUM-RUNNING | RIOTS | GASTOWN

On the Forbidden Vancouver Tour you’ll explore prohibition-era Gastown, a time of bootlegging, rum-running, and speakeasies.

Stroll the city’s oldest cobblestone streets and hear the stories of legendary Vancouver mob kingpin Joe Celona, crooked prohibition commissioners, infamous riots, dry squad raids, and our city’s greatest smugglers.

THE DARK SECRETS OF STANLEY PARK WALKING TOUR

HISTORIC TOTEM POLES | NOTORIOUS CRIMES | DEADMAN’S ISLAND

On the Dark Secrets of Stanley Park Tour you’ll discover the park you thought you knew has a remarkable – and oftentimes shocking – history. 

Travel back in time through murky real estate deals, forced evictions, smallpox cemeteries, bizarre public artwork, and true crime scenes. You’ll never see the park the same way again.

THE REALLY GAY HISTORY WALKING TOUR

LGBTQ2+ PIONEERS | DRAG QUEENS & KINGS | BOOKSTORE BOMBS

On the Really Gay History Tour you’ll walk the city’s bustling West End with storyteller and tour creator Glenn Tkach as your guide.

Hear tales of gay struggle at the United Church, the myth of Patient Zero, our city’s very first PRIDE parade, Jim Deva Plaza, Vancouver’s secret gay village, and the transgender activist who blew the whistle on the biggest crime in Vancouver history. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and walk away inspired!

THE HIDDEN HISTORY & SWEET TREATS TOUR

ICONIC BUILDINGS | CORRUPTION | GOURMET DELICACIES

On the Hidden History & Sweet Treats Tour, you’ll discover the sensational stories behind our city’s most iconic places including Granville Street’s Theatre Row, Hotel Vancouver, Marine Building, and more. You’ll dig into the dirty foundations of our city’s most famous buildings – and their stories of murder, fame, jealous lovers, fortunes built and lost, corruption… and alluring glamour, all while enjoying delectable treats from local bakeries and chocolatiers.

FORBIDDEN VANCOUVER PRIVATE TOUR REVIEWS

WE HAD AN AMAZING EXPERIENCE AS A PRIVATE TOUR!

“I cannot recommend this tour enough! We booked as a private group tour, they were quick to respond and were friendly and helpful… It was fascinating learning about Vancouver’s seedy past.”

-libbys525, Tripadvisor

GREAT CORPORATE EVENT!

“Held a corporate event with Forbidden Vancouver that from all accounts was fantastic! Recommend it to groups big or small. They were very accommodating.”

-Gwchristie306, Tripadvisor

A WONDERFUL WAY TO SPEND A DAY

“One thing that really stood out to me was his awareness and cultural humility around indigenous people, history of two spirit people, and the land thru which he guided us… would recommend.”

-M J, Tripadvisor

TERRIFIC, ENLIGHTENING TOUR

“The Forbidden Vancouver History Tour was really entertaining, full of information I did not yet know about the prohibition in Vancouver.”

-msapplesass, Tripadvisor

WHAT TO EXPECT ON A FORBIDDEN VANCOUVER PRIVATE TOUR

This shared experience will ignite conversation and create stronger bonds!

This isn’t a history lesson, it’s storytelling. Expect to laugh, learn, and be entertained.

Engage your team’s empathy & teamwork with real stories of Vancouver’s past heroes and villains.

Our tours are a low-barrier activity for those who may be shy to participate, and those more engaged can ask questions.

*Tours are accessible (with the exception of the Dark Secrets of Stanley Park) and are held at your group’s pace.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What do we need to bring?

For the summer months we recommend a sun-hat, sunscreen, sun-glasses, and a bottle of water. For the cooler months, we recommend a rain jacket and sturdy footwear.

And do remember you to bring your smart phones fully charged, so you can capture photos of the amazing sites you’ll see and memories of your group’s experience!

How long is the walking tour?

That depends on which walking tour you choose, but generally speaking between 1.5 and 2.5 hours. We can stage a custom 1 hour version of our Monumental Scandals Tour if you’re under a time crunch!

Can we add or remove guests last minute?

You can add guests up to the time of your tour by emailing us at [email protected]. As long as we can fit them in then it’s no problem!

If your guests numbers fall, we can offer a refund up to 24 hours before your scheduled start time. Bear in mind we need a minimum of 9 guests, or the equivalent cost, to run a private tour.

Are your walking tours wheelchair accessible?

Every one of our walking tours is wheelchair accessible except for the Dark Secrets of Stanley Park Tour. That experience includes trails and steps, so can’t accommodate wheelchairs unfortunately.

Can we take the Lost Souls of Gastown Tour as a private tour?

We typically recommend one of our other walking tours for private groups. We’ve found one of the features of private tours is that since in most cases the group all know each other, you can get into some really interesting conversation with your guide about Vancouver and its history. On the Lost Souls of Gastown Tour – which is a roving one-person play with your guide in character – it’s not possible to get to know your guide in the same way.

Does my group need to tip the guide?

We charge an automatic 18% gratuity on top of the cost of your walking tour. Your group doesn’t need to tip your guide on the day.

Can we finish at a bar or restaurant?

Our walking tours finish near to some of the city’s most loved entertainment districts, like Gastown, the Davie Street Village, or Granville Street. These neighbourhoods are packed with places to wine and dine after your tour. If you’re looking for recommendations, please drop us an email at [email protected].

Our Dark Secrets of Stanley Park Tour finishes near the Vancouver Aquarium, but your group can certainly drive, cab, or Uber from there to the West End or the Downtown Core for post-tour refreshments.

How much walking is involved?

Each of our walking tours is between around 1.5 km and 2 km in length. They stay largely on flat, even ground and your guide will walk at an easy pace. However, each member of your group does need to be comfortable on their feet or wheelchair for up to around 2 hours.

ARRANGE YOUR PRIVATE TOUR

Email us: [email protected]

Be sure to include:

Your group size

The tour you’re interested in

Your preferred date and time

The reason for your private tour

We’ll respond to your request within one business day. We look forward to hosting a private walking tour with your group!

ARRANGE YOUR PRIVATE TOUR

Email us: [email protected]

Be sure to include:

Your group size

The tour you’re interested in

Your preferred date and time

The reason for your private tour

We’ll respond to your request within one business day. We look forward to hosting a private walking tour with your group!