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Lost Souls of Gastown Walking Tour

  • Historic walking tour of Gastown’s dark past
  • Follow the story of the city through one real life tragedy
  • Learn about the days of the Gold Rush
Lost Souls of Gastown Walking Tour
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Lost Souls of Gastown Walking Tour
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Step into Gastown’s wild history on a haunted walking tour exploring a forgotten plague, Vancouver’s great fire, and a gruesome murder that’s unsolved to this day. Leave the navigation to your guide, who uses storytelling and theater to bring real Vancouver history to life. It’s a unique way to engage with Gastown’s landmarks and top sites.
What to Expect
Meet a storytelling guide in the atmospheric Gastown neighborhood, where you’ll discover the unsolved murder of John Bray, who wandered these very streets for two weeks after being shot three times in the head.

Enjoy a colorful mix of theater and history that’s designed for adult audiences, and firmly rooted in real Vancouver history. Visit the city’s oldest hotel, learn the real story behind the Gastown steam clock, and get a glimpse of how the great fire transformed Vancouver.

You’ll cover each of Gastown’s main landmarks, then end the walk with a dramatic finale in Maple Tree Square, close to top Gastown attractions.
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Reviewed today
Fun walking tour

We always take a walking tour when we travel. This one was unique because the tour guide plays a role and the tour builds on the story of this character. We got a good history of Gastown in a very interesting way! Our tour guide...More

Thank Susann C
Reviewed yesterday via mobile
Great experience

Sarah/ Janet did a great job of showing us the roads lesser travelled. Her knowledge of the towns history was amazing and she presented it in a captivating way. Afterwards we really felt we had a good grasp of what life must have been like...More

Thank caroline h
Reviewed yesterday
a theatrical walking experience on the streets of Vancouver

A 'personalized' walk in history with one of the lost souls of Gastown. Through "Sara' we were able to visualize some of the life of the 1890's, the fires, the smallpox, the strength of individuals to live through the beginnings of Vancouver.

Thank rae s
Reviewed 2 days ago
Excellent Tour!

This walking tour is a great way to learn about the history of Gastown. Through the eyes of the character she impersonates, Janet shares the story of life in the late 1800's. She is witty, funny and she will have you hooked from the beginning...More

Thank Chantal B
Will W, Owner at Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thanks for your review Chantal! Glad you enjoyed your time with Janet and the Lost Souls of Gastown! Hope to see you on another of our walking tours before too long.

Reviewed 6 days ago
A Master Storyteller shares the dark underbelly of Vancouver's past - very engaging!

"Sarah" (aka Janet) shares "her story" growing up in Vancouver in the late 1800's, being raise by her older sister, how she and her sister survived the great fire, working as a chamber maid for wealthy families, eventually losing her sister to small pox, and...More

Thank Traci K
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28 April 2018|
Response from Gary W |
There was a light rain when we took our tour on May 7th. It actually added another layer to the amazing stories of the Lost Souls.