Whether the night is dark and stormy or clear with an autumn breeze, these three seasonal walking tours will not only educate and entertain, they’re sure to give you goosebumps.
3 Halloween Walking Tours in Vancouver
Host: Stanley Park History
Tour: Stanley Park Noir
Date/Time: Saturday, October 25, 2014 only from 1:00pm to 3:00pm.
Details: “Discover the darker side of Stanley Park’s past. Murders, suicides, tragic accidents, violent crimes, drownings and mysterious incidences are all part of “The Jewel of Vancouver’s” 126 years of history. From the unsolved murder of The Babes in the Woods, to a connection to the Janet Smith murder mystery, this tour covers headline making crimes, as well as the more “secret” ones. It also features stories about: park cemeteries & final resting places, unusual hunting stories, buried treasure, storm damage, memorials to the dead, protests, court cases and much more.”
Participation: $10 cash, drop in only and rain or shine. Meet at the viewing plaza overlooking Lost Lagoon at the foot of Alberni Street.
Host: Stanley Park Ecology Society
Tour: Creatures of the Night
Date/Time: Thursdays through Sundays until November 1st running every half hour from 6:30pm to 8:30pm on Thursdays, and until 9:00pm Fridays to Sundays.
Details: “Running in parallel with the Stanley Park Ghost Train, Stanley Park Ecology Society’s nature program, “Creatures of the Night” is an entertaining adventure for explorers of all ages. From the miniature train plaza, follow your ecology guide through the forest on a 30 minute candle-lit walk to meet some of Stanley Park’s elusive nocturnal animals.”
Participation: Free. Meet at the Stanley Park Children’s Farmyard & Miniature Railway. Lanterns provided. Good for kids and families.
Host: Forbidden Vancouver
Tour: The Lost Souls of Gastown
Date/Time: Nightly from October 17th to November 2nd
Details: “Venture into our city’s earliest and most gruesome history this Halloween season. A time when Vancouver was the Granville Townsite, a violent frontier town of hustlers and thieves, vagabonds and bawdy girls.Meet Vancouver’s first madam, who built a glamorous Gastown bawdy house before the city even had a school. Catch the horror-filled tale of a long-forgotten plague that clutched the city in its feverish grasp. And relive the terror of the fire that ate up Gastown in minutes – sending people sprinting for their lives down Water Street. The Lost Souls of Gastown is not a ghost tour. It’s a gothic theatre adventure that pulls 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…”
Participation: $19 for seniors and students $22 for adults. Meet at Cathedral Square, across from Holy Rosary Cathedral at Dunsmuir & Richards Streets.