The Really Gay History Tour
TOURS BEGIN OPERATING JULY 01
Vancouver, British Columbia
Minimum age for participation - 14 years
It's time for Vancouver's secrets to come out of the closet. The wild, untold history of Vancouver's LGBTQ2+ community comes alive on The Really Gay History Tour through stories of unity, struggle, and celebration on an adventure through the West End and Downtown.
This unique experience gift is the most fun you can have touring Vancouver!
Immerse yourself in the culture and history of Vancouver's LGBTQ2+ community on this half-day guided walking tour. You'll meet a history of outrageous drag queens, bookstore bombings and the unsung heroes who forever changed the social fabric of the city. It will be an adventure you’ll remember forever.
The fun begins when you meet your guide, the man in the pink hat, outside Vancouver City Centre Skytrain Station on West Georgia Street. Throughout the Really Gay History Tour, he’ll regale you with stories about the wild history of Vancouver’s LGBTQ2+ community … the struggle, unity, and oh so much humour.
The first stop on this 3-hour sightseeing adventure is the historic Hotel Vancouver to talk beer parlours and clandestine gay meetups. Across the street from the hotel, at the old courthouse, now the Vancouver Art Gallery, you’ll learn the strange case of Rex vs Singh, a case no jury could agree on.
Next, the tour cuts through Robson Square, a public space often packed with food trucks and live performers, before you make your way into the heart of Vancouver's entertainment scene on Granville Street, once home to the city’s very first gay bars.
You'll weave a path through Imperial Court coronations, drag kings at the Quadra, gay struggle at the United Church, the Grid crisis, Patient Zero, visit urban oasis Nelson Park and find yourself in the gaybourhood on Davie Street.
The tour strolls through the historic West End as you discover protests, Vancouver’s earliest Pride parade, bookstore bombings, Vancouver’s secret gay village, Jim Deva Plaza, a transgender campaigner who blew the whistle on the biggest crime in Vancouver history, and the remarkable story of two-spirited warrior Gone to the Spirits.
Your tour finishes in the heart of the historic Davie Street village with its wonderful array of restaurants and bars. The perfect place to enjoy a post-walking tour cocktail!
- Discover the stories of an LGBTQ2+ community that fought back.
- Visit the sites of bookstore bombings, Imperial Court coronations, police raids, the “Kiss-Ins” of Granville Street, and the gayest beer parlour in town.
- Explore Granville Street, Robson Square, the tree-lined West End, and the historic Davie Street Village.
Duration: approximately 2-hours
When: April – November Sundays at 10:00am
Need to know:
- Suitable for ages 14+. The tour is designed for adult audiences and does contain references to adult themes.
- In the summer please bring a sweater or jacket. It can get chilly in the evenings. In the spring or fall please bring a hat and glove.
- The tour happens rain or shine. We recommend you bring an umbrella.
- This tour is wheelchair accessible.
- The maximum number of participants on this tour is 20 people.
Whether you are looking for a unique Vancouver sightseeing tour or for a great gift experience, you'll enjoy discovering Vancouver from a new perspective.
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