Vancouver's LGBTQ2+ History
Visit iconic landmarks like Hotel Vancouver, St. Andrew's Wesley United Church and more as you explore the West End and downtown areas while learning about the history of Vancouver's LGBTQ+ culture on this cultural tour. This tour is ideal for culture connoisseurs looking to learn about Vancouver's LGBTQ+ culture and history. Your three-hour walking tour includes an expert guide dressed in pink who will share the stories of Vancouver's past that impacted the LGBTQ+ community like the bombings of the former Little Sister's Bookstore. You'll also explore the Davie Street gay-friendly neighborhood, Nelson Park, and more attractions Vancouver has to offer.
Start off your journey into Vancouver's LGBTQ+ culture by meeting up with your expert guide on West George Street in front of the Vancouver City Centre Skytrain Station. Your guide will be easy to spot as he's the man dressed in pink and ready to take you on a journey to discover the past and culture of the city's LGBTQ+ community starting with a stop at Hotel Vancouver. This majestic hotel boasts French Renaissance-inspired architecture and was once a secret location legendary for gay meetups. View the iconic neoclassical architecture of the Vancouver Art Gallery across the street, a space where the first LGBTQ+ demonstration against discrimination was held in the 1970s and the former courthouse along Robson Street as the man in pink shares the unsolved 1915 case of Rex vs. Singh that resulted in a hung jury.
Next, you'll pass through a public space called Robson Square that's filled with food trucks and live performers on your way to Granville Street. Granville Street is an entertainment area that is home to some of Vancouver's first gay bars and is in the heart of the city. Here, you'll pass iconic places of interest for LGBTQ events like Quadra Club, a spot where you'll find both drag kings and queens and the Imperial Court coronations held at the Commodore Ballroom. You'll also stop to visit the beautiful and lush landscapes of Nelson Park while learning about the GRID crisis, Patient Zero, and the gay ministers of St. Andrew's Wesley United Church as you pass by this iconic chapel and St. Paul's Hospital.
Head to Davie Street, a former secret gay village that has evolved into an iconic "gayborhood" that is home to a variety of popular gay bars like the Junction and Numbers. Learn about the Vancouver's first Pride Parade and the bookstore bombings of the former Little Sister's bookstore as you pass the tree-lined streets of the historic West End area. Your tour guide will also take you through Jim Deva Plaza and share stories about Davie Street's history, Gone to the Spirits, and the transgender campaign that unearthed Vancouver's biggest crime. Wrap up your tour in the heart of Davie Street village, where you can enjoy a drink on your own exploring the local bars before returning to your port destination.
Whether you're looking to learn about Vancouver's LGBTQ+ culture or want to visit some of its most iconic gay-friendly neighborhoods, this walking tour offers the best of both worlds. Sign up for this guided tour today and get ready for an unforgettable cultural experience!