The Really Gay History Tour in Vancouver, Canada

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From $28.79

262 reviews   (5.00)

Price varies by group size

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Pricing Info: Per Person

Duration: 2 hours

Departs: Vancouver, Vancouver

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

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It's time for Vancouver's secrets to come out of the closet. The wild, untold history of Vancouver's LGBTQ2+ community comes alive through stories of struggle, unity, and celebration on a 2 hour adventure through Downtown and the West End. You'll meet a history of outrageous drag queens, book store bombings and the unsung heroes who forever changed the social fabric of our city.

What's Included

Professional guide

What's Not Included


Traveler Information

  • YOUTH: Age: 14 - 18
  • ADULT: Age: 19 - 64
  • SENIOR: Age: 65 - 99

Additional Info

  • Bring sunscreen if it's warm out.
  • COVID-19 vaccination required for guides
  • Not recommended for guests under the age of 14.
  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • The walking tour happens rain or shine, but many of the stops are under cover.
  • Transportation options are wheelchair accessible
  • We adhere to health guidelines set by the Provincial Government of British Columbia.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • All areas and surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • Infants and small children can ride in a pram or stroller
  • Please arrive 10 minutes before your scheduled tour start time so we can check you in. Our tours depart on time and we don't want you to miss it!
  • Service animals allowed
  • This walking tour contains explicit language.
  • Travelers should have at least a moderate level of physical fitness
  • Wear sensible shoes.

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

What To Expect

Vancouver Downtown
Meet your guide – the man in pink! – outside the Robert Lee YMCA at 955 Burrard Street. You'll soon embark on a 2 hour long adventure into the LGBTQ2+ history and culture of this West Coast metropolis.

You'll weave a path through Imperial Court coronations, drag kings at the Quadra, gay ministers at the United Church, 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 Street village with its fantastic variety of bars and restaurants.

2 hours • Admission Ticket Free


Class Field trip
loreen29292, 12-12-2022
I attended the Really Gay History Tour with my grade 12 social Justice class. I am pleased to say I had a genuinely amazing time throughout the whole tour!! Our tour guide Glenn was super kind, and thoughtful of others, and did an excellent job of explaining the history on lgbtq2s+ people in Vancouver. Would definitely go on this tour with my friends or family members ❤️
A good way to know Gay History in Vancouver
ajaguilar221, 31-10-2022
It was super fun to do and very informative for a short period of time. I really enjoyed how the information was presented and how gay it is which we stan!
Excellent for Visitors and Locals
JoOnTheGo14, 25-10-2022
So informative and engaging! It's not a lot of walking so don't be deterred by that. "2 "N" Glenn" is a great orator and his connection to his research and the stories he shares are both documntative and impactful. A brilliant history conveyed with enthusiasm and compassion.
Nicole P, 24-10-2022
Very interesting, great tour guide. Loved it and will definitely be doing some of the other tours available.
A must tour!
Wmatson, 23-10-2022
Amazing, touching, troubling and important!! Everyone needs to know and understand the work and sacrifices so many have made for Queer rights!! Thank you Glenn!

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