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Giveaway: Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017 — 10:20am PDT
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I love digging into Vancouver’s history (as evidenced by my 1,000 plus posts about local history on this site) so when Will Woods first came along with his Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours about five years ago, I was very excited to see that it would be shared with locals and visits alike, in a creative way.

Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours

On the website Woods writes: “We tell the stories that don’t make it onto the tour buses – tales of crime, corruption, and sin. As former mayor and all-round rogue L.D. Taylor once said: ‘We’re a port city. This ain’t no Sunday School town!'”

Today, Forbidden Vancouver has grown, with 12 guides who have hosted over a thousand walking tours and held special events at famous venues like the Penthouse and the Commodore. The two main tours they operate are The Lost Souls of Gastown and Prohibition City, which start up again in March.

If your idea of adventure is following your guide down lamplit alleyways, back to a world of illegal booze, opium dens, and unsolved murders, then you’ve come to the right place.

Tour: Lost Souls of Gastown
Running: Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays (starting March 3, 2017)
Details: Venture into Vancouver’s earliest and most gruesome history on the Lost Souls a Gastown. A time when Vancouver was the Granville Townsite – wild frontier town that suffered a devastating fire, smallpox outbreaks, and unsolved murders.

Designed for adult audiences, the Lost Souls of Gastown is both a walking tour and a theatre piece. Created by Forbidden Vancouver’s Chief Storyteller Will Woods – and based on documented Vancouver history – the plot weaves through back streets and alleyways to a dramatic finale in the heart of Gastown’s Maple Tree Square.

Tour: Prohibition City
Running: Every day (starting April 1, 2017)
Details: Delve into Vancouver’s dirtiest secrets on this scandal fuelled walking tour. Starting in the world of the saloon, you trace the story of prohibition in Vancouver while winding along the city’s most storied streets. You’ll hear tales of blind pigs, corrupt mayors, and enterprising bootleggers. Plus you’ll see first hand evidence of opium dens and walk down an alleyway once teeming with over 40 “bawdy houses.”

Along the way you’ll see some of the city’s greatest heritage buildings like the Sun Tower and the Dominion Building, which once battled to become the tallest building in the British Empire. The tour finishes in Gastown, steps from the city’s most talked about bars and restaurants.

I was honoured to review & endorse Forbidden Vancouver’s Secrets of the Streets.

Enter to Win

I have a gift certificate for two tickets to give away for the Prohibition City or Lost Souls of Gastown tours (winner’s choice).

Here’s how you can enter to win:

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I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Wednesday, March 1, 2017. Follow Forbidden Vancouver on Facebook, and Twitter for more info.

Update The winner is Shelley!

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  1. Christie M says:

    This looks so fun!

  2. Mark donnery says:

    What a fun date night that would be

  3. Britt says:

    This would be amazing to win!

  4. Katy Waldegrave says:

    This sounds fascinating. It would make a great date night.

  5. Ann-Marie Vaughan says:

    That would be so interesting to go.

  6. Alan says:

    We were only saying the other day that we need to do these walking tours.

  7. Christine Byzitter says:

    done , that looks like fun … i love these kinda tours

  8. Milynne says:

    This looks like a fun thing to do! Always interested in Vancouver’s history

  9. Julie Clement says:

    This would be so interesting, lived here 9 years but never done this tour…

  10. Jen says:

    Sounds interesting

  11. Jamie says:

    Would love to check this out!!

  12. Stella Panagiotidis says:

    Fun! Would love to experience this!!!

  13. lor says:

    These tours look wonderful!

  14. Dale says:

    I’d love to go.

  15. Jennifer says:

    I did the Prohibition City tour on a girls’ weekend last year…and it was AMAZING! I would love to do the Lost Souls tour this time around!

  16. Lisa G says:

    Thanks for the chance to win a glimpse into the darker history of our fine city:) ๐Ÿท

  17. narceli says:

    Yes,please!thank you!

  18. Mydhili S Furtado says:

    Well, I created a hiking club and we hike late spring to late fall, weather permitting. This would be a good start and get to see history.

  19. sCOTT says:

    Fun Prize

  20. Shannon says:


  21. Linda says:

    I’ve heard good things about these tours!

  22. Jodi Perri says:

    Always wanted to go on one of those walks.

  23. Don McQueen says:

    As a native of Vancouver, I am always interested in information about the history of the City. That would be great.

  24. Lisa says:

    I’ve always wanted to do one of these…

  25. Karen Swaffield says:

    I am always interested to learn more about the history of my city. Would love to take this tour!

  26. karen says:


  27. Kelly says:

    Would be a great win and a lot of fun!๐Ÿ˜Š

  28. Rebecca says:

    Love learning more about Vancouver!

  29. Ali says:

    What a fun date night!

  30. Sonya Mann says:

    Would love to do this with my husband. We’re always looking for fun stuff to do when we actually have time to go out on a date!

  31. Kyle Riaz says:

    These would be fun

  32. Rachel says:

    Sounds like an interesting date night! Sign me up!

  33. Would love to go on a walking tour and learn more about Vancouver history.

  34. Jocelyn says:

    These tours both look so interesting. What fun!! Thanks for the contest!

  35. Jamie says:

    Sounds like a fun night out!

  36. Kristy Hayter says:

    Fun date night idea!

  37. Travelbuds says:

    This would be a lot of fun. I love learning about the history of this wonderful city.

  38. Meg M. says:

    Always wanted to do one of these tours ๐Ÿ™‚

  39. Katyann DAVIDSON says:

    Looking forward to the unusual and interesting experience.

  40. Katyann D says:

    What a great concept….looking forward to it.

  41. Shelbi McIver says:

    Cant wait for March 3rd to get started on these tours !!

  42. Kathleen says:

    This would be great!

  43. Stephanie says:

    OMG i need to try this!

  44. Jason B says:

    Gastown tour cool.

  45. Mousemouse604 says:

    This sounds like fun!

  46. Michelle says:

    Oh my god I would totally love to win! This is right up my alley ๐Ÿ™‚

  47. Maria Smirnov says:

    always excited to learn about our history!

  48. Jeff says:

    Sounds like fun!

  49. Ariel C says:


  50. adam says:

    great prize

  51. Karm says:

    I’ve always heard about this tour but never got around to it. Would love the opportunity, thanks for the contest!

  52. Tammy says:

    Fantastic tour!

  53. Marlene F. says:

    Sounds like such an interesting tour. Thanks for the chance to win!

  54. Maria says:

    How fun

  55. Victor says:

    omg, looks great. Pick me thanks!

  56. Beth says:


  57. valerie says:

    I am a walking tours nerd, absolutely!!

  58. Emily H says:

    Very cool! This would be fun!

  59. Holly says:

    Fun and educational.

  60. Veronique says:

    This looks like fun

  61. JP says:

    Great prize!

  62. Maya says:

    Would love to check this out!

  63. Donald says:

    A good opportunity to take some photos.

  64. Tiffany says:

    this looks so fun! would love to go

  65. Eileen says:

    I’ve never been to either tour! Would love to experience this!

  66. Jason says:

    Sounds amazing!

  67. Tammy says:

    great tour to take my partner on.

  68. Clare Tea (@mnnsuga) says:

    always wanted to try this!

  69. tannis says:

    ooo never been but looks so fun

  70. Cheuk Lau says:

    Love Vancouver

  71. Linda D says:

    This would be an amazing experience. Thanks for the contest.

  72. Christine Campbell says:

    I love this kind of thing, can’t wait to book a tour!

  73. Amanda Tran says:

    These tours sound amazing!

  74. Gary says:

    Looks fun!

  75. Shelley Butcher says:

    Really enjoyed the tour of underground Seattle. This tour sounds really interesting.

  76. Graham Woloski says:

    Would love to learn some interesting facts about the city I live in!

  77. Stotes says:

    This sounds great!

  78. Jeanette says:

    Wow, this sounds great. I’d love to go!

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