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The Lost Souls of Vancouver's Gastown Walking Tour

Step inside a world of revenge, murder, and true grit in a dramatic history tour of Vancouver’s Gastown. Discover a time when Vancouver was the Granville Townsite, a wild frontier town.
Where:Vancouver, British Columbia
Price for:1 Participant
Prepare yourself for a colorful mix of history and theater firmly rooted in real, documented Vancouver history.

Designed for adult audiences, the Lost Souls of Gastown Tour is both a theatre piece and a walking tour. Audiences are guided by a storyteller in-character as a resident of Vancouver’s past. As you navigate the city’s oldest spaces, enjoy an immersive theatre performance featuring Vancouver’s oldest stories played out on Vancouver's oldest streets.

You'll be pulled so deep into the darkened alleys and swirling lamplight of Gastown’s seedy past you may have a hard time finding your way back out. Tales of deadly fire and smallpox emerge from the shadows as you venture through cobblestone streets to the shocking finale in the heart of Gastown’s Maple Tree Square.

Tour highlights:

  • Venture into Vancouver's earliest and most gruesome history.
  • 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 held the city in its feverish grasp.
  • Relive the terror of the fire that consumed Gastown in minutes.
  • Relive the tale of John Bray and his mysterious death.

Duration: approximately 1 hour 30 minutes

When:  Tours nightly year-round at 7pm.

Where: Outside Buro Coffee at 356 Water St. in Gastown   VIEW MAP

Need to know:

  • This unique Vancouver sight-seeing tour is designed for adult audiences as the tour does contain references to adult themes. The tour is not recommended for young children. However, teenagers have come on tours and thoroughly enjoy the experience.  If you are comfortable with your teenager watching CSI, then you should be comfortable with them coming on the tour.
  • Walking distance is approximately 1 km.
  • This tour is wheelchair accessible.
  • In the summer please bring a sweater or jacket, since it can get chilly in the evenings. In the fall or spring please bring gloves and a hat.
  • The tour happens rain or shine. Vancouver can be a little wet at times. We recommend you bring an umbrella. The tour has been crafted with routes that have scenes under cover wherever possible – using roofs, archways, awnings or even indoors.

Whether you are looking for fun things to do in Vancouver or for a unique adventure experience gift, The Lost Souls of Gastown Walking Tour will show you the city from a new perspective.


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