Forbidden Vancouver’s New Monumental Scandals Tourby
Peek beneath Vancouver’s sparkling surface to uncover a hidden history of dark crime, outrageous intrigue, and scandal. Discover the outrageous histories of our city’s most famous and iconic heritage buildings on a morning stroll around downtown with Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours new experience The Monumental Scandals Tour.
Monumental Scandals Tour with Vancouver Walking Tours
- When: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, & Sundays at 10:00am starting May 4, 2023
- Where: Starting in front of Old Navy on the corner of Robson and Granville Street and ending at the Marine Building on Burrard Street
- Tickets: Adults $32 and $29 for seniors and youth per person. Book online.
Roam the city with expert guides in these one-of-a-kind walking tours, and hear the scintillating stories of Vancouver’s secret past.
Guests will enjoy a private viewing inside Art Deco masterpiece the Marine Building, as they uncover a tale of greed, rum-running, and back-room real estate deals. They’ll hear the story of crooked 1950s Police Chief Walter Mulligan and the paper bags he received from local crime overlords, stuffed full of dirty gambling cash.
At the Vancouver Art Gallery – once the city’s courthouse – guests will discover the tale of Francis Rattenbury and his cosmopolitan second wife, Alma. He was the building’s architect, brutally murdered by Alma’s young lover in a frenzy of jealous rage.
At the Hotel Vancouver guests will hear about its earlier incarnation, lost to the wrecking ball in a crime against heritage preservation. A hotel that once hosted Winston Churchill and Babe Ruth and glistened on West Georgia as one of North America’s great hotels.
Other stops on the tour include tales of explosions, corrupt mayors, outrageous vaudeville dancer Marie Lloyd and her deal with the White House, the violent police assault on Vancouver’s “Bloody Sunday” and the local showgirl who became a Hollywood legend.
The Monumental Scandals walking tour is led by one of the company’s cast of professional guides: historical interpreter Aman Johal, comedian and actor Rachel Ruecker, storyteller Glenn Tkach, magician Robert Teszka, or company founder and tour creator Will Woods.
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