Saunter through Downtown Vancouver of the 1920s and 1930s to discover the riveting stories (Glamour! Intrigue! Deceit!) behind the city’s best Art Deco architecture, all while sampling decadent delicacies from the finest chocolatiers in town.
THIS WALKING TOUR IS CURRENTLY ON HOLD DUE TO THE CHALLENGES IN MAINTAINING SOCIAL DISTANCING IN THE CONFINED SPACES THE TOUR ACCESSES. SHOULD RESTRICTIONS EASE OVER WINTER 2021 THEN WE HOPE TO REOPEN THIS WALKING TOUR. STAY TUNED!
Scandal at the Vogue Theatre
Vaudeville at the old Orpheum
Murder of an Art Gallery architect
The rise of Art Deco in the roarin’ twenties
Vancouver’s most beautiful heritage buildings
(And the bootleggers and chancers who built them)
The secret Art Deco interior of the Hotel Vancouver
The Commodore Ballroom’s prohibition supper club
Decadence and financial strife at the Marine Building
World class chocolate tastings (included)
Prices do not include fees and taxes. Student and senior pricing available on all tours. Contact us to arrange a private tour.
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!
Lina is an awesome guide and brings the history of Vancouver to life through the various buildings and stories. You see some wonderful buildings and elements throughout the tour. It is an awesome way to spend a few hours seeing another side of the city. Highly recommended.
Grew up and still live in Vancouver, but loved learning the stories behind the buildings and some good local history. Also gave me a deeper appreciation for the Art Deco buildings. Our guide, Tim, was fantastic. The 3 hours just flew by!
Lina was amazing. We learned much about Vancouver’s history, and architecture. She is engaging and knowledgeable. Chocolate indulgences were literally, award winning. This tour is a great idea early on when visiting Vancouver, and sets the stage and background for more adventurism. Lina can help with recommendations for the rest of your visit. Well worth it.
My husband and I had a wonderful time on this walking tour. Learned fun stories about the city, buildings, and got to stop for sweet treats. Tim was a great guide, and I would recommend others to take the tour.
My boyfriend and I went on this tour early December and we both absolutely loved it! We had Lina as our tour guide and she made the tour riveting from start to finish! She is a fantastic story teller and very knowledgeable and passionate about the history of our city! I can’t wait to go on another one!
I thoroughly enjoyed a walk through the city's fabulous Art Deco buildings and even more so the chocolate! Tim was a wonderful host and made history come alive!
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
Join us on a walk to 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 2.5 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.
Tours start outside the Vogue Theatre — 918 Granville Street, downtown Vancouver
Tours end by Mink Chocolates Cafe — 863 W Hastings St, downtown Vancouver