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Explore the scandalous side of Vancouver’s history on a walking tour delving into former speakeasies, back alleys, and opium dens of Gas Town and Victory Square. You’ll visit some of the Vancouver’s key landmarks while learning how the Prohibition era cultivated an underworld of crime and gambling in the frontier city.Your tour begins in the world of the saloon. You’ll hear tales of enterprising bootleggers, corrupt mayors, and “blind pigs”. Your guide will lead you through the alleyways and lanes of Gastown and Chinatown, where Vancouver’s history is soaked into the cobblestones and brick walls of Prohibition closed saloons, forcing law-abiding citizens into an underground world of illicit activity and bootlegged spirits. You’ll venture down an alleyway once teaming with over 40 bawdy houses and see first-hand evidence of infamous opium dens.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, and the cobblestone streets of Maple Tree Square, where the tour wraps up close to top restaurants and attractions.
Friendly, informative and professional guide.
A fully narrated tour
Where: Cathedral Square, Dunsmuir & Richards streets. VIEW MAP
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Whether you are looking for fun things to do in Vancouver or you’re looking for the perfect gift for Canadian history buffs, this Vancouver sightseeing tour will show you the city from a new perspective.
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