Discover the jaw-dropping beauty – and sinister stories – of Stanley Park. Behind those majestic forests, picturesque gardens and stunning beaches lies a history of forced evictions, buried treasure, shocking crime scenes, and the macabre tale of Deadman’s Island.
Dark forested trails
Historic totem poles
Bizarre public art work
Notorious crime scenes
The tale of Portuguese Joe
Secrets of Deadman’s Island
The best views in the entire park
The tale of a community that fought back
Strangeness beneath the famous seawall
You can cancel your experience for a full refund up to 24 hours before your tour start time. Less than 24 hours before the start of your tour, you can receive a full credit for future use. No questions asked! Prices exclude fees and taxes. Student and senior pricing available on all tours. Contact us to arrange a private tour.
Our guide Glenn was engaging and knowledgeable. We are life long residents of Vancouver but still learned a thing or two about Stanley Park. This tour was the perfect length of time and overall we really enjoyed. Giving this 5 stars.
It is no exaggeration to say that I learned more about Vancouver's history in these tours than I did from two years living in the city. Rowan Jang was an absolute pleasure to be with, capturing the attention of our group ages 15 to 40+. Of particular note, was his careful pace that everyone could enjoy, and selecting shady stops on a sunny afternoon.
Excellent tour! Our guide was Aman, and he did an amazing job telling us all about the facts and secrets of Stanley Park. Super interesting! Aman is a wonderful storyteller and would highly recommend him!
Lina, our tour guide, was sincere and funny, a great storyteller. Her tone and approach to the tour made each stop feel like part of the same unified story, despite covering a huge range of topics. All in all, a great experience.
Absolutely fantastic tour of the magnificent park we’ve enjoyed living close to all our lives. Not only enjoyed learning the history and hearing the tales but also the time Glenn our guide, took to explain the workings of nature’s systems at play in our beloved magnificent rain forest. We were engaged throughout and couldn’t believe how quickly the two hour experience passed. Can’t recommend this tour enough for visitors and locals alike. Glenn was fantastic, knowledgeable, entertaining and really made the experience a memorable one for my daughter and myself.
Tour staff were kind, knowledgeable, and engaging. Our students felt heard, and learned so much. Definitely worthwhile. Can we leave six stars?
WINNER TRIP ADVISOR CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE 2012 – 2021
WINNER LONELY PLANET “TOP CHOICE” 2021
WINNER CITY OF VANCOUVER HERITAGE MEDAL OF HONOUR 2019
WINNER MUST DO CANADA FEATURED EXPERIENCES 2021
Stanley Park. It’s almost 1,000 acres of pristine wilderness. Half a million trees including giants hundreds of years old. Eagles soar overhead while salmon, seals and even the occasional whale swim in the surrounding waters. It’s the city of Vancouver’s greatest treasure.
But there’s more to this park than incredible scenery. It’s also been home to crime, riots, persecution, political intrigue, class warfare, logging, hunting, disease, military installations, remarkable public art, ecological catastrophes, secret construction mega-projects, poetry, scandal, and murder.
So take the Dark Secrets of Stanley Park Tour with Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours — you’ll roam the trails, seawall, sights, and sounds of one of the world’s great urban retreats.
The story of Stanley Park extends back deep into the past. The park was created in the 1880s thanks to a backroom deal between the Canadian Pacific Railway and the federal government. Thwarted in their plan to build a railway line through the city’s western peninsula, the CPR figured the next best thing was to request the government make the land into a park. That way no one could build homes on the land that would rival the railway company’s great land holdings nearby in the West End.
But caught in the crossfire of one of Vancouver’s biggest and most secretive real estate deals were the residents who made the land their home. The village of X̱wáýx̱way had been home to Salish people for thousands of years. Other residents lived at Brockton Point and dotted elsewhere along the shoreline. Their plight and the courageous battle many residents fought to stay in their homes is not acknowledged by any memorial or plaque today. We’re honoured to share the real story of Stanley Park’s history on the Dark Secrets of Stanley Park Tour.
Tours start and end beside the whale fountain outside the entrance to the Vancouver Aquarium – 845 Avison Way.
When you buy a ticket for this walking tour, two percent of the ticket cost goes to support the Indian Residential School Survivors Society. The IRSSS was established in 1994 and its mission is to provide physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual growth, development, and healing through culturally-based values and guiding principles for the survivors, families, and communities of Canada’s residential school system.