Walking tours are a fantastic way for visitors to learn about our city and for locals, they help us understand more about our own backyard — while often being highly entertaining. Tour Guys, Vancouver’s largest walking tour company, has re-launched their overwhelmingly popular “Murders, Mystery and Mayhem” tour for a third straight year.
“Murders, Mysteries and Mayhem” is the brainchild of two East Van natives, Jessica O’Neill and Alasdair Butcher, passionate local historians who grew up on Commercial Drive and in Strathcona. Jessica explains how the tour came about. “I’d been guiding with Tour Guys for 2 years, and when (owner) Steve Woodall asked me to write a Halloween tour, I was excited. But that quickly turned to disappointment when I realized how flimsy and fake most of Vancouver’s ghost stories are!” The solution? A tour comprised of the really scary stuff – the true stories of crime, killings and terror.
This tour explores a Vancouver “that is more than natural beauty, tall glass towers and high property values — a Vancouver that has changed less than you’d think since its days as a rough and dirty mill town in the 1860s.” Departing from the Vancouver Art Gallery, guests make their way to Gastown, taking an unexpected route that includes going down dark alleys, through eerily lit squares and even indoors to see a larger than life riot.
“Murders, Mysteries and Mayhem” runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings at 6:00pm and 8:00pm (more dates/times added as needed) until the first weekend of November. It is recommended for those over the age of 12.
50% Promo Code & Contest
The Tour Guys have graciously setup a promo code of “MISS604” for my readers to receive 50% off their ticket purchase for tours this week and next. Use this link to receive the discount when booking.
I also have a pair of tickets to give away for one of next week’s walking tours. Here’s how you can enter to win:
- Leave a comment here naming a creepy/scary place in Vancouver (1 entry)
- Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Sunday, October 27, 2013. The winner will be able to attend the tour on either October 28th, 29th, 30th, 31st or November 1st (their choice). Follow Tour Guys (Vancouver and Toronto) on Facebook for more information about their seasonal and year-round tours.
Update The winner is Shirley!