Saunter through Downtown Vancouver of the 1920s and 1930s to discover the riveting stories of glamour, intrigue, and deceit behind the city’s best Art Deco architecture, all while sampling decadent delicacies from the finest chocolatiers in town. Your guide Kelsey, Glenn, Will, Lina, or Tim will share the remarkable story of each building you visit, including the tales of bootlegging, scandal, and murder that lurk behind the elegant exteriors. Your walking tour also includes two stops at award-winning local chocolatiers for generous tastings, the perfect complement to your adventure into Vancouver’s early twentieth century history. This includes your very own bar of Mink Chocolate's Mermaid's Choice, the chocolate bar that won Gold at the International Chocolate Salon in San Francisco. This walking tour is a must-do for both chocolate fans and history buffs alike! Art Deco swept out of Paris in the 1920s and took the world by storm. With its mixture of sleek curves and ornate details inspired by ancient civilizations, Art Deco revolutionized design forever. Today we're fortunate that Vancouver is blessed with some of the finest examples of Art Deco architecture on the West Coast - on this walking tour you'll visit them for yourself! Be prepared to walk, learn, look, laugh, and enjoy some of the best chocolate you'll ever eat!
We are Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours. On the Explore Art Deco + Taste Chocolate, your guide will be Lina, Kelsey, Glenn, Tim, or Will. Each of us is in love with Vancouver and our work is to share the city's remarkable history! Our interests lie in the dark corners of Vancouver's history: the scandals, the secrets, the crimes, the great escapes and the near misses. We dress to look the part and we promise we'll give you an interesting and unforgettable experience! We have four more amazing experiences to check out on your visit! Explore Forbidden Vancouver - http://www.airbnb.com/forbiddenvancouver Explore Lost Souls of Gastown - http://www.airbnb.com/lostsoulsgastown Explore Vancouver LGBTQ2+ History - http://www.airbnb.com/vancouverLGBTQhistory Explore Dark Secrets of Stanley Park - http://www.airbnb.com/darksecretsstanleypark
As well as checking out the fabulous exteriors of downtown Vancouver's Art Deco beauties - including the Vogue Theatre, Commodore Ballroom, and the Power Block - you also get to explore inside the legendary Hotel Vancouver. But we save the best till last, a private viewing inside the lobby of the city's greatest Art Deco gem, the Marine Building. Oh and don't forget the generous chocolate tastings at Mink Chocolate and Thierry's Chocolatier!
Dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes
This experience lasts 2.5 hours. The end point is an easy 15 minute walk back to the start point. There's a bathroom break halfway round and the chance to use the bathroom at the chocolate stops.
Explore Art Deco and Taste Chocolate