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Explore Vancouver's LGBTQ history

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 16 reviews.Vancouver, Canada

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Experience hosted by Will

2 hours
Up to 10 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

It's time for Vancouver's secrets to come out of the closet. From drag kings and two spirit warriors, to queer church ministers and transgender crime fighters, this walking tour is a celebration of the unsung heroes who forever changed the social fabric of Vancouver

Meet your guide - the man in pink! - outside Vancouver City Centre Skytrain Station on West Georgia Street. You'll embark on a 2 hour adventure into the LGBTQ2+ history and culture of this West Coast metropolis.

Start in the heart of Vancouver's entertainment scene on Granville Street, where you'll discover Vancouver's very earliest gay bars. Weave a path through Imperial Court coronations, drag kings at the Quadra, gay ministers at the United Church, the myth of Patient Zero, the GRID crisis, and visit urban oasis Nelson Park, until you find yourself in the gaybourhood on Davie Street.

The walking tour strolls the historic tree-lined West End as you discover the city's earliest Pride parade, Jim Deva Plaza, bookstore bombings, a transgender campaigner who blew the whistle on the biggest crime in Vancouver history, Vancouver’s secret gay village, and the remarkable story of two-spirited warrior Gone to the Spirits.

You’ll finish right in the middle of the action in the Davie St. village with its variety of bars and restaurants. The perfect place to enjoy a cocktail as you reflect on your afternoon's adventure.
It's time for Vancouver's secrets to come out of the closet. From drag kings and two spirit warriors, to queer church ministers and transgender crime fighters, this walking tour is a celebration of the unsung heroes who forever changed the social fabric of Vancouver

Meet your guide - the man in pink! - outside Vancouver City Centre Skytrain Station on West Georgia Street. You'll embark on a 2 hour adventure into the LGBTQ2+ history and…

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Sun, 4 Oct
10:00 - 12:00
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Sun, 11 Oct
10:00 - 12:00
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Sun, 18 Oct
10:00 - 12:00
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Meet your host, Will

Host on Airbnb since 2018
  • 16 Reviews
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On the Explore Vancouver's LGBTQ History Experience, your guide will be Glenn or Will. We're a pair of professional walking tour guides, passionate about Vancouver's history and culture. Our company is Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours -- a team of friendly, hard working, and talented people dedicated to exploring the darker corners of Vancouver's history: the scandals, the secrets, the crimes, the great escapes and the near misses.

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On the Explore Vancouver's LGBTQ History Experience, your guide will be Glenn or Will. We're a pair of professional walking tour guides, passionate about Vancouver's history and culture. Our company is Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours -- a team of friendly, hard working, and talented people dedicated to exploring the darker corners of Vancouver's history: the scandals, the secrets, the crimes, the great escapes and the near misses.

We have four more amazing experiences to check out…
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Where you'll be

As we wind our way through downtown Vancouver we'll visit landmarks such as the majestic Hotel Vancouver, The Vancouver Art Gallery and Robson Square. Then on to Granville Street to admire the Fabulous Commodore Ballroom, before heading off to the Davie Street Village or "Gaybourhood". You'll end your tour of LGBTQ2+ history in the heart of the village, near amazing restaurants and bars and local transit.

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 16 reviews.

Scott
September 2020
An experience that was well worth it. The Host was knowledgeable and was able to convey the history through the use of real stories. Would highly recommend this experience.
François
August 2020
This tour is an absolute must if you come by Vancouver, Glenn was an incredible guide and was able to make us discover the LGBTQ+ history of the city with great knowledge, research and storytelling.
Kelly
August 2020
We visited Vancouver for the first time during Pride Week. Our tour took place on Pride Sunday so we really felt like we were part of the LGBTQ community as we learned about Vancouver's rich queer history. Our guide, Will, was very knowledgeable and humorous, which made the tour all that more enjoyable. We liked that it included stories about ALL members of the LGBTQ community.
We visited Vancouver for the first time during Pride Week. Our tour took place on Pride Sunday so we really felt like we were part of the LGBTQ community as we learned about Vanco…
Paul
October 2019
It gave me a real understanding of the pioneering work done by our LGBTQ community of yesteryear. Glenn was so passionate and obviously moved by some of the stories from our history. As a gay man I found it particularly interesting and was also moved by the battles fought in history to make us what we are today.
It gave me a real understanding of the pioneering work done by our LGBTQ community of yesteryear. Glenn was so passionate and obviously moved by some of the stories from our histo…
Claire
October 2019
We had Glenn as our tour guide and he was utterly fantastic. His passion and sensitivity for accurate and poetic storytelling and the LGBTQ2+ community was really powerful and moving. His ability to tell meaningful stories and important events allowed us as participants to map the city in ways both political and personal. Glenn was an excellent and kind guide and I learned an incredible amount. Would highly recommend and ask for Glenn!
We had Glenn as our tour guide and he was utterly fantastic. His passion and sensitivity for accurate and poetic storytelling and the LGBTQ2+ community was really powerful and movi…
Daniel
September 2019
An excellent way to learn about the history of LGBTQ2+ in Vancouver. Will was very knowledgeable and passionate about his work. His personal stories were moving. My partner and I have a greater understanding of Vancouver's unique history and its relationship with the current LGBTQ2+ community. It's also a great way to learn about Vancouver and its interesting sites. This was a highlight of our vacation.
An excellent way to learn about the history of LGBTQ2+ in Vancouver. Will was very knowledgeable and passionate about his work. His personal stories were moving. My partner and I h…

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4 available
  • Sun, 4 Oct
    10:00 - 12:00
    £20 per person
  • Sun, 11 Oct
    10:00 - 12:00
    £20 per person
  • Sun, 18 Oct
    10:00 - 12:00
    £20 per person
  • Sun, 25 Oct
    10:00 - 12:00
    £20 per person

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 14 and up can attend.

What to bring

Be sure to dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes

Hats, sunscreen and water are recommended in the summer