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Address: Waterfront between Granville and Main Sts. | North of Hastings St., Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 2K7, Canada
Phone Number: 604 683 5650
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: No
Activities: Shopping, City walk sightseeing, Group tours/walking tour
Description: The oldest commercial district in Vancouver, best known for its beautiful...
The oldest commercial district in Vancouver, best known for its beautiful Victorian-style architecture.
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A Vancouver Staple

On almost every trip I have ever taken to downtown Vancouver, I have found my way down to Gastown. It offers some iconic sights and experiences that have defined the city for... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
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Ottawa, Canada
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35 reviews 35 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW via mobile

On almost every trip I have ever taken to downtown Vancouver, I have found my way down to Gastown. It offers some iconic sights and experiences that have defined the city for many years. There is a mix of modern development and culture, that borders on urban decay and poverty. There is interesting shoppes and interesting people to meet. A... More 

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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215 attraction reviews
156 helpful votes 156 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

Lovely area of Downtown to see. The street lights are all still lit by natural gas and its a great area for a coffee,some lovely boutiques too.

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Tempe, Arizona, United States
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58 reviews 58 reviews
15 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

If you want unique boutiques, this is the place. Walked around both day and night and felt safe at all times. A few panhandlers but they were very polite. My favorite places were the shoe stores on Water street. Can't get these styles at home. Also noticed wide variety of bars and restaurants here. Something for all tastes.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

The oldest part of the city known Granville before being Vancouver - starting to become really trendy but only a block away there is a stark contrast where those homeless and less fortunate have a tent market were they can sell their wares. Not anything to do with a Gas, name refers to a publican that was very loud and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

A few reviewers have eluded to the small size of Gas 'Town'. They're right, it's very small and certainly won't fill an afternoon. However, there are some really interesting places to eat and some nice photo opportunities for those tourists partial to a holiday snap or two. I recommend heading here for some lunch but don't bank on spending the... More 

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San Jose, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Gastown seems to have a reputation larger than the actual itself - small area with nice shops, the steam clock is interesting but in and of itself, not something exceptional - shops (non restaurants) seem to close by 7pm in winter so kind of quiet after that - we only came here because one of our favorite restaurant is located... More 

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Vancouver
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35 reviews 35 reviews
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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Gastown has cleanned up very nicely and has retained its old character. One of the few areas with any history that has been left in Vancouver. It has become trendy with lots of good restaurants and some nice shops and not the tacky tourist shops that used to be so prevalent.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015 via mobile

This is the older part of Vancouver, with all of the history and architecture, and all of the cool bars and restaurants as well. Felt really safe walking around both day and night. Went every evening because downtown shuts down and leaves this enchanting place well lit, well frequented with street performers and all sorts. Great time..

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Burnaby, Canada
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015 via mobile

Gastown named after a guy called Gassy Jack (you figure what that means) is nothing but a strip with a few measly shops and bars, and a steam clock. South of it is a railway line with ship containers and north of it is the start of Hastings Avenue, the home of Vancouver's drug addicts. Gastown does have nice souvenir... More 

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Sao Paulo, SP
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39 reviews 39 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

I went there looking for somewhere to eat, and was enchanted by the architecture and the feeling of being transported to the past! We didn't find anyplace to eat, but it's a great place to buy souvenirs, because there are plenty of souvenir shops there!!

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