Gastown

Gastown, Vancouver: Address, Phone Number, Gastown Reviews: 4/5

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The oldest commercial district in Vancouver, best known for its beautiful Victorian-style architecture.
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Neighbourhood: Gastown
A visit to Gastown is like turning back the clock and stepping into a bygone era. With the distinction of being Vancouver's oldest neighborhood, the many plaques that stud the cobbled streets of Gastown tell the story of its colorful past, giving Vancouver's history a more lively presence here than anywhere else. Having been originally founded around a popular worker's saloon, it's no wonder that today some of Vancouver's best micro-breweries, creative cocktail joints, and corner bars can be found in this area. Classical charm suffuses its many vintage boutiques and the brick-built structures that an army of creative professionals call home.
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Footprints319454
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cheese@beer
Dec 2020
Nice place to be there on a sunny day )). It could be better, but overall it's nice and vibrating. You can walk there and take a sip of any kind of beverage. It's crowded and it's fun to see other people there.
Written 18 April 2021
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Karen BF
Edmonton, Canada424 contributions
A short stroll should do it
Oct 2020
Nice to walk around during the day, but in the evening it gets a bit dicey. And stay near the hub... too close to Hastings Street and you'll feel the socio-economic shift.
Written 22 October 2020
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Ken M
Vancouver, Canada6 contributions
Welfares
Oct 2020 • Solo
Allot of welfares live here, just look for the big red W! It was once Woodwards Department Store, now it stands for Welfare bums!!!
Written 17 October 2020
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FlyAtNight
Brooklin, Canada3,203 contributions
Not impressed at all
Sep 2020
Perhaps it was because our visit was on a rainy weekday evening, but I was underwhelmed by Gastown. Most of the stores were closed, except for a few selling souvenirs. Many restaurants were closed, however there were a number of brew pubs open. I wanted to see this area, as my parents grew up just blocks away. Maybe if we visited during the day, or on the weekend, it would been more interesting, however that will have to wait until another trip to Vancouver.
Written 10 October 2020
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SnehNemesis
Brampton, Canada33 contributions
🤮🤮
Oct 2020 • Couples
Way too many homeless people. Honestly they creep me, if you are okay with them, there are couple of good places to sit. One is right next to the gas clock.
Written 9 October 2020
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twinkletoes5477
Lillooet, Canada97 contributions
Very disappointed
Sep 2020 • Couples
Such a beautiful area with a lot of history however, the morning we visited was a disappointment. The streets were very pungent. They smelled very strongly of urine. There were many people sleeping on the streets there. Also, due to construction, it was extremely noisy. Not a pleasant visit at all.
Written 18 September 2020
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bgoing77
Nanaimo, Canada13 contributions
Must see!
Sep 2020 • Couples
From the steam clock to the amazing boutique shopping, Gastown is a MUST! You will find amazing appetizers and drinks along the way! Flying Pig or Pourhouse for Happy Hour is a can’t miss!!
Written 5 September 2020
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Raymond
Los Angeles, CA716 contributions
Steam Clock @ Gastown
Oct 2019 • Friends
As the birthplace of Vancouver, Gastown is a MUST VISIT! Gastown is accessible from the Waterfront Skytrain Station and is full of unique shops, restaurants and bars.
The Steam-clock puts on a show every 15 minutes and it is neat to see and hear.
Written 31 August 2020
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KatieQC
Perth, Australia185 contributions
Fun time in Gastown!
Apr 2020
We visited Vancouver in April 2019 and loved Gastown with it's historic streets, great shops, coffee shops and pubs. The Gastown Steam Clock is a must see, make sure you are there on the hour when the clock whistles and puff steam from its top. Gastown is where the pioneers named the city Vancouver in 1885. Gastown was named after the founding father, "Gassy Jack" John Deighton, the Deighton House Hotel saloonkeeper known for his 'Gassy' monologues. The Hotel burnt down in the 'Great Fire of 1886'.
Written 29 August 2020
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Maggie May
Regina, Canada782 contributions
A must see
Aug 2020 • Family
If it is your first time to Vancouver, put this area on your must see list. The historic steam clock offers a great photo op. Lots of shops and restaurants to check out. Vancouver is such a walkable city. Walking offers a great way to explore.
Written 22 August 2020
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