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Unearth the dark tales of Vancouver’s crime-ridden past during the days of Prohibition, explore Market Alley and more on this epic walking tour.

Uncover Vancouver's dark secrets while exploring Market Alley and other key attractions where gritty Prohibition-era crimes took place when you embark on this thrilling walking tour in Vancouver. Learn why former mayor L.D. Taylor implied that this port city is far from a Sunday school, as your expert guide shares its dark tales of bootlegging booze, blind pigs and opium dens along Shanghai Alley in Chinatown, and the mobsters and crooked politicians involved in a myriad of crimes and vice about town. Walk Maple Tree Square's cobblestoned streets and take in the beautiful architecture of buildings like the Jack Chow Building and the Sun Tower. This walking tour is perfect for history buffs and culture enthusiasts alike.

Start your journey by meeting your guide across from the Holy Rosary Cathedral in Cathedral Square, where you'll first hear about the villainous tales of Vancouver's Prohibition days. You'll learn from your guide about Vancouver mayor LD Taylor's link to corrupt figures as your guide shares Vancouver's dark tales of bootlegging booze, opium dens, mobsters and crooked politicians involved in countless crimes and vice. Taylor, a Michigan native, and Canadian emigrant was a fugitive that fled America to avoid facing the Chicago authorities' embezzlement accusations. When Prohibition arrived in British Columbia in 1917, Vancouver saw increased crime as saloons closed, and a myriad of illegal booze manufacturing and distribution, gambling, and more crimes became rampant in the city. Vancouver's main mobster Joe Celona had a reputation that rivaled that of Al Capone, including owning gambling dens and brothels that increased significantly during L.D. Taylor's reign as mayor of Vancouver.

View the iconic buildings that were built by corrupt politicians, like the Sun Tower, which L.D. Taylor commissioned. Gaze on the intricate architecture of the Hotel Victorian, the Dominion Building, the Old Grand Hotel, and the Jack Chow Building--the world's narrowest building. Discover the popular shopping districts and public spaces like Victory Square Park, Woodward's Complex, Market Alley and the Shanghai Alley in Chinatown- a location that once was a haven for opium dens and where you can see the best preservation of the illegal Prohibition-era drinking dens known as blind pigs.

Your tour guide will also share stories about the rum-running routes and underground tunnels used to smuggle illicit booze. Pass by the Old Grand Hotel--a stylish hotel known as the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver that was built post-Prohibition and also served as a secret gay meetup location. Wrap up your guided walking tour as you walk down Maple Tree Square's cobblestoned streets to see some of the popular restaurants and bars in Gastown, like the Lamplighter- Vancouver's oldest pub. It's the ideal area to revel in the details of the stories you've learned from your tour while enjoying a drink or two with friends before heading back to your port destination.

From suspenseful stories about mobsters and Prohibition-era crime to visiting the places where these crimes took place, this walking tour offers an inside look into Vancouver's scandalous secrets. Book this epic walking tour and prepare to delve into Vancouver's dark past!

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Tour Type
Group
 
Group Size
Standard
 
Activity Type(s)
Cultural, Scenic
 
Tour Duration
2 Hours
 
Activity Level
Moderate
 
Tour Leaves From
The meeting location is approximately a 13-minute (1/2 mile) walk from the pier. If choosing to take a taxi (not included, approximately $18 CAD round trip) it is about a 6 minute ride.
 
Food/Beverage Provided
Not Included
 
Special Instructions
We recommed comfortable walking shoes, appropriate outerwear depending on the time of year and weather. Rain jackets and boots are recommended in Spring and Fall.
 
Restrictions
The tour is not considered suitable for children under 14 years of age. Guests may bring their infants, but will be asked to separate themselves from the rest of the group if the child becomes unhappy. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair and a companion to assist them, as well as those who use a collapsible walker or scooter. Please be cautioned that the tour may travel over some uneven sidewalks.
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ABOUT US
Shore Excursions Group was created with one goal in mind: to provide exceptional travel experiences to cruise passengers in the ports they visit around the world. To accomplish this, we have compiled an exceptional array of tours delivered by local experts with decades of experience serving travelers and delivering excellent tours. Our owners and management team are comprised of seasoned travel industry executives who leverage their considerable experience to deliver memories of a lifetime.

We are experts in providing exceptional shore excursions. We understand that in today's fast paced world, vacations have become an increasingly important way to relax, reconnect with family and friends, and experience new and interesting places. With this in mind, we provide the highest quality tours by performing extensive research, and detailed reviews. While other companies also offer excursions, we strongly believe our expertise and approach set us apart. The large cruise lines sell shore excursions - typically in very large groups visiting high traffic sites. We focus on smaller groups visiting more interesting and authentic locations using more personalized local operators. While the cruise lines are experts in delivering cruises, we are experts in delivering shore excursions.

Our Approach
We believe quality service is not only highly valued by customers, but ultimately leads to better experiences and higher satisfaction. Unlike the cruise lines and other tour companies that rely almost entirely on websites, we encourage customers to call us. We want to invest our time answering your questions, providing input, and selecting the excursions that best meet your needs.

Our Tours
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Our Owners
Shore Excursions Group is owned by seasoned travel executives possessing extensive experience across many sectors within the travel industry.

Bradford J. Miller
Mr. Miller is the former Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer for Abercrombie & Kent, the World's leading luxury travel company. In that role, Mr. Miller was responsible for contributing to Abercrombie & Kent's international growth through the development and acquisition of tour products and travel experiences around the world with a specific focus on cruising and land based experiences. Prior to joining Abercrombie & Kent, Mr. Miller held a variety of executive positions with Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises for more than a decade. These positions included Vice President of Guest Sales & Service, Vice President of Brand Development, and Vice President of Onboard Revenue (which included shore excursions). Mr. Miller also led Celebrity Expeditions, a collection of outstanding and unique tours around the World.

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Mr. Bonner has over a decade of experience working in the cruise industry in a variety of roles for both Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and Viking River Cruises. Most recently, Mr. Bonner was the Chief Operating Officer for The Scholar Ship, a Royal Caribbean program aimed at providing college students onboard educational programs in conjunction with enriching shore excursions around the world. Mr. Bonner also helped co-manage Viking River Cruises U.S. Operations, and he ran the corporate, strategic, and deployment planning functions at Royal Caribbean. While at Royal Caribbean, Mr. Bonner was responsible for forming Royal Celebrity Tours, Royal Caribbean's land-based tour operation in Alaska, which takes cruise passengers on multiple day tours through the interior of Alaska either before or after their cruises. Prior to working at Royal Caribbean, Mr. Bonner was a consultant for Booz Allen & Hamilton.

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About Shore Excursions Group
ABOUT US
Shore Excursions Group was created with one goal in mind: to provide exceptional travel experiences to cruise passengers in the ports they visit around the world. To accomplish this, we have compiled an exceptional array of tours delivered by local experts with decades of experience serving travelers and delivering excellent tours. Our owners and management team are comprised of seasoned travel industry executives who leverage their considerable experience to deliver memories of a lifetime.

We are experts in providing exceptional shore excursions. We understand that in today's fast paced world, vacations have become an increasingly important way to relax, reconnect with family and friends, and experience new and interesting places. With this in mind, we provide the highest quality tours by performing extensive research, and detailed reviews. While other companies also offer excursions, we strongly believe our expertise and approach set us apart. The large cruise lines sell shore excursions - typically in very large groups visiting high traffic sites. We focus on smaller groups visiting more interesting and authentic locations using more personalized local operators. While the cruise lines are experts in delivering cruises, we are experts in delivering shore excursions.

Our Approach
We believe quality service is not only highly valued by customers, but ultimately leads to better experiences and higher satisfaction. Unlike the cruise lines and other tour companies that rely almost entirely on websites, we encourage customers to call us. We want to invest our time answering your questions, providing input, and selecting the excursions that best meet your needs.

Our Tours
Our goal is to provide customers a wide array of exciting, appealing, and enriching tours. For those customers who prefer to travel in smaller groups with more personalized service, we offer a wide variety of small group tours around the world. These tours generally range in size from 2-12 people compared to larger tours which can number up to 50 people. While exploring the destinations and ports on this website, feel free to search for these "Small Group Tours". For those customers interested in private tours, we offer many outstanding excursions that allow you to travel with your party alone and, in many cases, to fully customize your tour. Search for "Private Tours" if you are interested in this experience. Our "Scenic" tours provide up close and personal access to some of the most spectacular natural environments on Earth from majestic glaciers in Alaska to spectacular reefs in the Caribbean. Our "Cultural" tours allow customers to experience local customs, entertainment and culinary delights ranging from tribal dances in Alaska to an outstanding local meal in Santorini, Greece. Our "Active" tours offer a multitude of exciting and adventurous ways to experience our destinations. Our customers can kayak the turquoise waters of the Caribbean, hike to a spectacular waterfall in Hawaii, or bicycle through quaint villages in France. Our "City" tours allow travelers to see the highlights of great cities around the world with unique insights provided by our expert tour guides.

Our People
In our experience, exceptional travel experiences are almost always delivered by exceptional people. With that in mind, we utilize a comprehensive approach to select and employ the leading tour guides and tour providers around the globe. We hold our people to very high standards which we measure by our comprehensive Quality Control process and, most importantly, by our customer feedback, which we will actively seek from each of our customers.

Our Owners
Shore Excursions Group is owned by seasoned travel executives possessing extensive experience across many sectors within the travel industry.

Bradford J. Miller
Mr. Miller is the former Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer for Abercrombie & Kent, the World's leading luxury travel company. In that role, Mr. Miller was responsible for contributing to Abercrombie & Kent's international growth through the development and acquisition of tour products and travel experiences around the world with a specific focus on cruising and land based experiences. Prior to joining Abercrombie & Kent, Mr. Miller held a variety of executive positions with Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises for more than a decade. These positions included Vice President of Guest Sales & Service, Vice President of Brand Development, and Vice President of Onboard Revenue (which included shore excursions). Mr. Miller also led Celebrity Expeditions, a collection of outstanding and unique tours around the World.

Michael Bonner
Mr. Bonner has over a decade of experience working in the cruise industry in a variety of roles for both Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and Viking River Cruises. Most recently, Mr. Bonner was the Chief Operating Officer for The Scholar Ship, a Royal Caribbean program aimed at providing college students onboard educational programs in conjunction with enriching shore excursions around the world. Mr. Bonner also helped co-manage Viking River Cruises U.S. Operations, and he ran the corporate, strategic, and deployment planning functions at Royal Caribbean. While at Royal Caribbean, Mr. Bonner was responsible for forming Royal Celebrity Tours, Royal Caribbean's land-based tour operation in Alaska, which takes cruise passengers on multiple day tours through the interior of Alaska either before or after their cruises. Prior to working at Royal Caribbean, Mr. Bonner was a consultant for Booz Allen & Hamilton.

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