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Vancouver: Lost Souls of Gastown Tour

1. Vancouver: Lost Souls of Gastown Tour

Venture into Vancouver's earliest and most gruesome history on this 90-minute walking tour. Designed for adult audiences, the experience is both a walking tour and a theatre piece. Every story is grounded in documented Vancouver history, taken from the city archives. The plotline is woven together as the tragic tale of one person's life, ending in a dramatic finale in the heart of Gastown's Maple Tree Square.  Do not expect a ghost tour or conventional walking tour – this is an experience that will pull you so deep into the swirling lamplight and darkened alleys of Gastown’s murky past you may have a hard time finding your way back out… As you travel along cobblestone streets you'll visit our city's oldest hotel - the Victorian, learn the truth about the historic Gastown Steam Clock, see how Vancouver looked before and after the Great Fire, explore notorious Gaoler's Mews, and walk down the back alleys of Water Street to famous Maple Tree Square. Every one of Gastown's must-see sites and landmarks is visited on the walk.

Vancouver: Private Tour with a Local

2. Vancouver: Private Tour with a Local

Explore the city with a friendly local who is passionate about their city and eager to share all the tips and tricks that will help you make the most of your trip. Meet them at your accommodation to get familiar with the neighborhood, find out about the best places to eat and buy groceries, the easiest ways to get around, and the top things to see and do. By the end of the tour, feel more comfortable in navigating the city and confident that you have all the information you need to make the most of your stay. During the walking tour, have the option of taking public transportation or taxi to get around the city. 

VIP Access Granville Island Market Tour

3. VIP Access Granville Island Market Tour

Noisy and chaotic, yet irresistibly atmospheric, Granville Island is one of Canada’s most-visited sites and Vancouver's destination for lovers of food, art and culture. Offering seasonal local produce, alongside a slice of local life, the market is the place to rub elbows with local chefs shopping for the day's menu. During the 2-hour tour, sample a range of fine foods from independent farmers and food artisans from Vancouver and beyond. The variety on offer includes smoked salmon and local cheeses to charcuterie, melt-in-your-mouth donuts and chocolates. Visiting the Granville Island Public Market is an authentic way to experience Vancouver and see its merchants in action!

Vancouver: Forbidden Vancouver Guided Tour

4. Vancouver: Forbidden Vancouver Guided Tour

Your guide will share the tales of the villains, crooked politicians, and mobsters that ruled the city in the roaring twenties when the saloon doors swung closed and Vancouver became a den of illicit booze, crime, and vice. As you walk past ornate heritage buildings, down narrow alleyways unchanged in over a hundred years, and along historic streets once teeming with bawdy houses, opium dens, and blind pigs, you’ll discover a unique perspective on Vancouver’s history.  Finish the walking tour on the cobblestone streets of Maple Tree Square, surrounded by Gastown's most talked about bars and restaurants. It's the perfect place to share a post-tour dinner or drinks after learning why former mayor LD Taylor once said, “this is a port city, we ain’t no Sunday School town!”

Vancouver: Guided Food and City History Tour

5. Vancouver: Guided Food and City History Tour

To start, your local guide will teach you about the North Shore of Vancouver, where you will see the beautiful waterfront and mountains. First stop is a local maple store. Hear stories about Canada's favorite food item, maple syrup! You can also pick up souvenirs. Next, stop at a local sushi restaurant. Learn about the big sushi culture in Vancouver and taste fresh local sushi. Afterwards, walk along the historic streets of Gastown and learn about the past and present of this beautiful area. Visit the popular steam clock. Try poutine, Canada's famous dish with fries, cheese curds and gravy. Your guide will share some trends and tales of the city before stopping in for a surprise: a delicious vegetable based dish. Enter the most beautiful square in the city and learn about the founder of Gastown. This spot is a great opportunity for photos. Finish the tour with some refreshing ice cream. Your guide will show you a great bar for local beers. There is another amazing secret dish as well!

Vancouver: Street Art & Craft Beer Walking Tour with Tasting

6. Vancouver: Street Art & Craft Beer Walking Tour with Tasting

Our tour begins at Olympic Village Square (by the birds). We’ll make introductions and connect with the history of the area to get started. You're probably thirsty, so it’s time to make our way to our first stop to sample a craft beer, and on the way, we’ll get our first glimpse of the amazing street that fills the streets. Our first stop is The Beaumont Studios, it's a hidden artist studio with an average of 30 artists creating top quality art in a unique and powerful space. There, we'll enjoy one of the first craft brews in Vancouver, Parallel 49's Craft Lager. You’ll finish your first beverage and head back outside for an easy walk winding our way through the backroads and alleyways of Mount Pleasant to enjoy the spectacular street art murals that sprawl throughout the neighborhood. Each mural has a story, and we’ll do our best to connect you with the artist, story, and any other relevant information you might be interested in. You’ll leave with a sense of connection to the art, their artists and the area. After a significant creativity dump, you'll be ready to sample another brew, and there's just the spot nearby. Electric Bicycle Brewing is an eclectic spot with some seriously good beer. You'll taste two of their top brews and take in the exciting atmosphere, while resting your feet with a new group of friends. The wobbly pops will energize you for another trek through the art filled streets and we'll see some significant, maybe even Banksy-like art along your next walk. The art gets seriously impressive by the end which leads us to our last brewery where we'll sample another two epic brews. Book now and prepare for great company and good vibes.

Vancouver: Supernatural TV Show Walking Tour

7. Vancouver: Supernatural TV Show Walking Tour

Experience the hit TV show Supernatural, in person where it was filmed! Visit locations where the show was filmed at night and get your own Supernatural experience. Re-enact a scene of Sam and Dean. View media on a tablet at the locations where various seasons of the show was filmed at and learn about the movie magic that took place from 15 seasons of the hit series filming in Vancouver and surrounding areas. Walk through the historic neighbourhood and original settlement of Vancouver-Gaston and surrounding areas.Explore and learn about the booming local film industry with a fellow fan of Supernatural and Vancouver local who works in film. Hear stories from the series and personal accounts of the show and how it grew our film industry to what it is today, giving Vancouver the name: Hollywood North.

Vancouver: Highlights & Hidden Gems Private Tour

8. Vancouver: Highlights & Hidden Gems Private Tour

Take a peek behind Vancouver's big tourist attractions and feast your eyes on a few of the city's hidden gems as revealed by true locals. Enjoy a private and personalized experience with a local host matched to your interests. In the heart of downtown Vancouver, your local insider will lead you from the Rainbow Crosswalk to explore the hip neighborhood of the West End, where you might be lucky to spot some little hidden gnomes. Hang out with the locals along Sunset Beach Park and take a walk along the Seawall, the world's longest uninterrupted waterfront path. Discover a hidden, brightly colored alleyway downtown, perfect for any Instagram lover. Explore the lesser-known hotspots near Engine 347 and if shopping is your thing, Granville Market offers a delectable menu of arts, crafts, and delicious food. Forego the well-trodden tourist routes of trendy downtown and instead take a turn into 10th Avenue to discover beautifully painted heritage homes. The local partner's handpicked hosts are culinary connoisseurs and history buffs, bakers and bankers, students and seniors. Like the people who travel with them, they have different backgrounds and interests — but they're all so passionate about the place they call home, they choose to spend their free time sharing it with like-minded travelers matched to them.

Vancouver: Private Food Tour Tailored to You by a Local

9. Vancouver: Private Food Tour Tailored to You by a Local

Chow down in Chinatown, sip on local brews and savor seafood heaven - Vancouver is full of dining delights. With your local host ready to personalize this experience to you, you’ll soon learn why Vancouver is Canada’s dine-out capital. Starting on an empty stomach at the iconic Steam Clock, you’ll be led down the cobblestone streets of Gastown to discover the city’s diverse and distinctive mini districts. You’ll have the chance to try everything from seafood tasters to bao buns in Chinatown. Wash it all down with some of the city’s incredible craft beers when you visit one of your local hosts' favorite brewing companies. Experience why Vancouver has emerged as a global player in the craft brewing scene, first-hand.

Authentic Asian Eats Walking Tour

10. Authentic Asian Eats Walking Tour

Home to dumpling shops, noodle stands, dim sum restaurants, Chinese bakeries, and the Vancouver International Airport, the city of Richmond is hailed by food lovers as the place with the best Chinese food outside of China. During this tour, you'll get insider access to authentic and delicious Chinese dishes that would otherwise only be available in Asia. From Hong Kong-style cafes to Chinese barbecue stalls, Asian food courts to dim sum institutions, get a personal introduction to a food culture found nowhere else in North America.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 712 reviews

Our tour guide Jason was amazing and very knowledgeable! When we first booked this experience I was a bit sceptical because of the price but after the tour I was amazed and I will definitely be recommending this tour to friends and family. It wasn’t just a food tasting tour it was an interesting informative experience about the whole of Vancouver not just Gastown. Coming from New Zealand we were quite unsure about the history of the place and left with an abundance of facts. It’s a must do while visiting the city!!

Our guide, Jason, was great. He actually lives in Gastown. He not only took us for delicious food at some of his favorite places, he also was very informative about the local history, points of interest and characters.

Was a very nice tour! We really like it! Have a good food with amazing information about the city

Great value and experience! Lots of interesting info about the Gastown district in Vancouver.

Luke was an amazing host, funny and witty. The food was real good!