Gastown & Chinatown

2-hour Private Walking Tour

Gastown & Chinatown 2-hour Private Walking Tour Overall rating: ★★★★★ 4.8 based on 7 reviews
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  • See some great examples of First Nations artworks and meet a local artist
  • Discover the real story behind Gastown’s “blood alley” and visit the site of Vancouver’s first gallows
  • Learn about the city’s start as a simple sawmill in the 1800’s
  • Explore Canada’s largest Chinatown and visit the shallowest building in the world
  • See where Harry Houdini performed one of his famous acts
  • Find out how Gassy Jack got his name
  • Sample some delicious maple syrups and hear how it’s produced

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*’Priced from’ rate is in CAD based on 1 guest traveling alone.


While you can’t put a price on memories, a vacation photographer can cost upwards of $350 an hour, just for photos! On this tour you’ll get 10 professionally edited photos from your experience to remember your time in Vancouver ……  at no extra cost.

What’s Included?

  • Bottled water will be provided for every guest
  • Maple syrup tasting
  • First Nations interaction
  • Your own private guide-ographer will escort you throughout the tour providing an unforgettably enjoyable experience. We’ll take the path least-traveled without missing the major sites, all while capturing your experience in a unique and fun way
  • 10 professionally edited photos in a downloadable high-resolution online gallery will be sent within 5 days after your tour


On this 2-hour private walking tour of Gastown and Chinatown, we’ll make our way through cobbled streets and back alleys. Prepare to step back in time to the early days of the city, back before it was even called Vancouver.

We start our adventure in Gastown, where you’ll hear stories of some of the more colourful characters like John “Gassy Jack” Deighton, who is synonymous with the neighborhood and helped shape the city. These streets are filled with juicy tales around every corner and your guide will bring them to life, debunking a few urban legends in the process.

Delight your taste buds when we stop in for Canada’s favourite – maple syrup. Learn why this tasty treat is so difficult to produce and why it’s worth its weight in gold.

Next, we head through the heart of Vancouver’s Chinatown where we peek inside the shallowest commercial building in the world. A marvel of ingenuity which, at 6 feet wide, was once home to 13 businesses.

This tour combines two of Vancouver’s most popular neighbourhoods to create a fun and educational experience involving all your senses.


Meeting Point

Hotel pickup and dropoff can be arranged for an additional fee. If you prefer to make your own way, we will provide you with an exact meeting point near the Waterfront Station and instructions how to get there.

Walking Difficulty

Your guide will work with you to set the pace giving you the flexibility to stop or rest where needed or push the pace and discover more. Some areas of this tour are not suitable for wheelchairs or strollers but we can adjust if needed.

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Guest Reviews

Gastown & Chinatown 2-hour Private Walking Tour Overall rating: ★★★★★ 4.8 based on 7 reviews
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Oh man I wish we had discovered this earlier. I was visiting alone and didn't want to take a group tour or one of those buses so the concierge at the Fairmont suggested this tour. What a perfect idea to incorporate the photos! Now I have a dozen or so pictures of my adventures to send to my kids back in home in England.

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Lots of fun although I wish they had provided us with umbrellas. We got caught in a downpour towards the end of the tour 🙁

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Excellent tour and guide!

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Thank goodness for good coffee. We were pretty bummed out because it was raining during our tour but our guide was fantastic and made the best of a bad situation by buying us coffee before the tour. I'm pretty sure this was out of his own pocket so we really appreciated the gesture and it set us off in a much better mood. Thanks for going above and beyond to make our tour special. Tip for if it's raining - bring waterproof shoes.

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We had high expectations of this tour based on a recommendation from our friends and they didn't disappoint! If you are visiting Vancouver I strongly urge you to check these guys out. We are not usually tour type people but we enjoyed the mix of historic facts and funny stories Alex told. It felt comfortable from the beginning which made the time seem to fly by. Being from Australia I think we probably gave him a hard time but he took it all in stride like a true champion.

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Nothing but good things to say about this tour. My only complaint was that I wish it was longer because we were having such a good time.

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Definitely the best day we had in Vancouver. Alex was such a great guide and showed us so many interesting places we would never have gone to. I have 2 young kids and was worried they would get bored but they loved it! Will definitely take another tour.

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