Guided tour

Vancouver: Lost Souls of Gastown Tour

4.7 / 5

83 reviews

Activity provider: Forbidden Vancouver

Vancouver: Lost Souls of Gastown Tour

Activity provider: Forbidden Vancouver

From US$ 28.18 per person

Follow the lamplight of your guide into Vancouver's earliest and most gruesome history on this Gothic theatrical adventure. You will discover the Great Fire, smallpox outbreaks, and unsolved murders.

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Duration 1.5 hours
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Live tour guide
Wheelchair accessible


  • Enjoy a theatrical roving adventure into Vancouver's gruesome frontier-town past
  • Step back into history with a professional actor in character
  • Explore the backstreets and alleyways of Victorian Gastown
Full description
Venture into Vancouver's earliest and most gruesome history on this 90-minute walking tour. Designed for adult audiences, the experience is both a walking tour and a theatre piece. Every story is grounded in documented Vancouver history, taken from the city archives. The plotline is woven together as the tragic tale of one person's life, ending in a dramatic finale in the heart of Gastown's Maple Tree Square.  Do not expect a ghost tour or conventional walking tour – this is an experience that will pull you so deep into the swirling lamplight and darkened alleys of Gastown’s murky past you may have a hard time finding your way back out… As you travel along cobblestone streets you'll visit our city's oldest hotel - the Victorian, learn the truth about the historic Gastown Steam Clock, see how Vancouver looked before and after the Great Fire, explore notorious Gaoler's Mews, and walk down the back alleys of Water Street to famous Maple Tree Square. Every one of Gastown's must-see sites and landmarks is visited on the walk.
  • A riviting Gothic theatre experience performed by a professional actor
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Tips ( 10-15% is appreciated, if you like the performance)
Not suitable for
  • Children under 10 years

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Meeting point

Meet your guide outside of Buro Coffee to begin your tour.

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Warm clothing
  • Weather-appropriate clothing

Not allowed

  • Pets

Know before you go

  • The tour is designed for adult audiences and contains some references to adult themes. The age recommendation is 14+, but children aged 10+ can attend and enjoy the walking tour if their parents are comfortable with them hearing the mature subject matter
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Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 83 reviews

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Amazing! I am not from Vancouver but I am “Local” enough and this tour blew me away. I had chills, tears, and grief in my heart for souls I’ve never met. Some were real, some fictional, all stories were incredible. Our guide was a FANTASTIC actress and I loved every second of this tour. I will be looking at more next time I’m in town!

August 8, 2022

Our guide Gregory was absolutely amazing! He was so authentic in character, from his clothes to the way he kicked the dirt from underneath his foot. He lived his days with such endearment and finesse,he brought you back to his time in the world. I'll come back for another tour and with a bunch of my friends!

October 31, 2021

This was definitely a highlight for us in Vancouver!! Tracy was our guide and she was AWESOME. I thought about this tour for the rest of our trip. She really was amazing. She put feeling into every stop and story, and made the history of this city come alive! Good job Tracy! My only regret was not having cash to tip her at the end! Don’t make that mistake!!

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October 19, 2019

Product ID: 217692