Forbidden Vancouver

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It's time for Vancouver's secrets to come out of the closet. 
The wild, untold history of Vancouver's LGBTQ2+ community comes alive through stories of struggle, unity, and celebration on an adventure through Downtown and the West End. You'll meet a history of outrageous drag queens, book store bombings and the unsung heroes who forever changed the social fabric of our city.

  • Duration – 2 hours
  • Start Point – Outside Vancouver City Centre Skytrain station, at the intersection of West Georgia and Granville
  • End Point – Davie & Bute streets at Jim Deva Plaza, by the rainbow crosswalk 

On this walking tour you'll discover: 
A historic gay village
The gayest beer parlour in town
Drag queens who made a difference
How a gay church clergy made history
The famous “kiss-in” of Granville Street
The site of an infamous bookstore bombing
The bravest pioneers of the LGBTQ2+ community
How a community defied police brutality….and won
Seriously funny gay humour – and its political bent
And more!

 

Stroll along Stanley Park’s glistening shoreline and walk beneath its towering trees as students hear the inside story of one of the world's most remarkable parks. They’ll discover the famous seawall, dark forested trails, buried treasure, the Lions Gate Bridge, historic totem poles, bizarre public art, notorious crime scenes, and the secret of Deadman’s Island. Students will learn about the First Nations who have lived in what would become Stanley Park for 3,000 years, and how these communities were affected by the creation of the park in 1888.

  • Duration – 2 hours
  • Start and end point – Outside the Vancouver Aquarium entrance by the whale fountain

On this walking tour you'll discover: 
Buried treasure
Dark forested trails
Historic totem poles
Bizarre public art work
Notorious crime scenes
The tale of Portuguese Joe
Secrets of Deadman’s Island
The best views in the entire park
Strangeness beneath the famous seawall
And more!

This ain’t where they take you on the buses! Explore Vancouver’s dirtiest Prohibition-era secrets. From mobsters and rum-runners to corrupt politicians and rioters, this historical walking tour winds through Gastown’s most historic streets and alleyways – and most illicit stories.

  • Duration – 2 hours
  • Start point – The Gastown Steam Clock, Water Street
  • End point – Maple Tree Square, Gastown

On this walking tour you'll discover:
Illicit speakeasies
Back alley “blind pigs”
Prohibition-era saloons
Famous rum running routes
Architecture of early Vancouver
The tale of mob boss Joe Celona
The infamous Gastown “Grass” riot
The shocking true story of “Gassy” Jack Deighton
Urban legends with hidden truths
And more!

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