What better way to learn some local history, and get your blood pumping, than by taking an entertaining walking tour? If you’re looking for stories from yesteryear on a night time tour in some of the most historic places in the region, here are 3 suggestions:
Halloween Walking Tours in Metro Vancouver
Host: Ghostly Gastown Tours
Dates: Various dates until November 14th, and throughout Halloween weekend
Times: 7:30pm, rain or shine
Details: “Step back into Vancouver’s past to learn the haunted history of the Gastown area. On this 90 minute walking tour you will learn about a town renown for its wild west legacy of drinking, gambling, smuggling, and harsh justice in the form of hangings. Guides will share with you the stories of the infamous Gassy Jack, the Great Fire, Blood Alley And Gaoler’s Mews.”
Host: Forbidden Vancouver: Lost Souls of Gastown Tour
Dates: Every night during Halloween season and through to November 14th
Times: 7:00pm and 8:00pm
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.”
Host: Fort Langley National Historic Site Grave Tales
Dates: Through to October 30th at 7:00pm, 8:00pm or 9:00pm (three hour program). Family friendly tours until October 30th at 6:00pm.
Details: “Tales of love in the after-life, mysterious burials, and hair-raising amputations will chill visitors during Fort Langley National Historic Site’s annual Grave Tales Historic Walking Tours. Costumed interpreters will share tales of misfortune in Fort Langley’s cemeteries, streets, and inside the spooky 1850s fort. Learn about some long dead, but still lingering spirits, including Louisa Emptage who searches for her Hudson’s Bay Company-employed husband William at the Fort Langley cemetery. Maybe you’ll see the ghostly young boy who still wants to play in the Big House. Finish the tour with a hot drink around the bonfire.”
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