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Gastown, Vancouver

Gastown, Vancouver (must see)

Gastown is Vancouver's historic area. It was named after a steamboat captain named “Gassy” Jack Deighton, who opened Vancouver's first saloon in 1867. Over the years, the area became a prosperous area for commerce. Gastown was threatened by attempts to build a freeway through the area in the 1960s, but Vancouver's citizens rallied to preserve its historic architecture and character. Today, the cobblestone streets and preserved Victorian buildings continue to give Gastown a unique appeal.

One of Gastown's favorite attractions is the Steam Clock. Though it isn't the area's oldest sightseeing spot, the Steam Clock is still a distinctive Gastown feature. The clock was built over a steam grate as a way to harness the power provided by the steam, and prevent transients from sleeping on the grate in cold weather. A small steam engine inside of the clock powers the pendulum mechanism, which allows the clock to keep time without winding.

In addition to historic sites, Gastown is home to plenty of chic boutiques, clubs, bars, art galleries, music studios, and tourist spots. Fabric, formerly called The Town Pump, has been an important venue for Vancouver's music scene since the 1960s. Though Gastown is a pretty old area of Vancouver, it continues to shape the face of Vancouver's culture.

Why You Should Visit:
Lovely characterful traditional Canadian / North American area which is indeed a delight to stroll through – just follow the crowd, as there's real life & history all around.

Tip:
Most of the shops are closed by 9pm, and that's considered being open "late".
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Sight Name: Gastown
Sight Location: Vancouver, Canada
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark

Walking Tours in Vancouver, Canada

Create Your Own Walk in Vancouver

Create Your Own Walk in Vancouver

Creating your own self-guided walk in Vancouver is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Gastown Walking Tour

Gastown Walking Tour

The original settlement that, back in 1867, gave rise to the city of Vancouver, Gastown is a lively neighbourhood and a national historic site. Renowned for its one-of-a-kind indie art galleries, a picture-perfect collection of old Victorian architecture and a trendy food and drink scene, this area seamlessly combines old with new, history with the way forward. On this self-guided walk, you will...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 Km or 1.3 Miles
Vancouver Downtown Walking Tour

Vancouver Downtown Walking Tour

Numerous historic and otherwise notable landmarks scattered around downtown Vancouver make it a hot traveler's destination. Each such landmark is unique in itself and has a great deal of story to tell their visitors, be it cultural history or simple amusement. Take this self-guided walking tour to enjoy some of the top sights of downtown Vancouver!

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 Km or 2.3 Miles
Vancouver Yaletown Walking Tour

Vancouver Yaletown Walking Tour

For many years Yaletown neighbourhood has been the thriving industrial heart of Vancouver. This historic part of the city looks unlike any other and is considered to be the home of Vancouver's "elite" society. This self-guided walking tour will take you to the most significant Yaletown spots.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 Km or 1.1 Miles
Vancouver Introduction Walk

Vancouver Introduction Walk

A bustling seaport on the west coast of Canada, Vancouver is one of the country's densest and most ethnically diverse metropolises. It is also among British Columbia's youngest cities. Prior to the Europeans, the "Vancouver" area had been inhabited by Aboriginal peoples – Squamish, Musqueam, and Tsleil-Waututh (Burrard), etc. – for almost 10,000 years. The explorer Simon...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 Km or 2.3 Miles
Vancouver Chinatown Walking Tour

Vancouver Chinatown Walking Tour

Vancouver's Chinatown is North America's second largest Chinese-centered area, and it has long attracted hordes of tourists with its expressive culture, inexpensive but delicious food, and fabulous traditional architecture. Take this self-guided walking tour to explore some of the most magnificent attractions of Vancouver's Chinatown.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.3 Km or 0.8 Miles
Granville Island Walking Tour

Granville Island Walking Tour

Successfully transformed from an industrial wasteland to one of the most beloved public spaces in Vancouver back in the 1970s, Granville Island is now viewed as a premier artistic and cultural hub, famous for its balance of functionality and flare, much as for being a popular shopping destination with plethora of attractions, such as galleries, markets and a brewery. Don’t miss the chance to...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.1 Km or 0.7 Miles

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