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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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we had the opportunity to walk through Gastown twice when we visited friends. In the late afternoon it was a hopping and vibrant shopping district - lots of people out shopping... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 2, 2015
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Calgary, Canada
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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015 NEW

we had the opportunity to walk through Gastown twice when we visited friends. In the late afternoon it was a hopping and vibrant shopping district - lots of people out shopping and visiting the restaurants - checking out the steam clock - lots of tour groups. This is an historic area with lots of old buildings having been repurposed into... More 

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Coronado, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

Once upon a time I am certain it was a charming and historic area to visit...and the steam clock is fun and the only reason to be thereabouts. Water Street (main drag) is full of tourist shops, tourists burdened down with plastic shopping bags, Starbucks, bars selling overpriced beer and more panhandlers per square foot than any town deserves....Could skip... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

Great history and charm, only five minutes walk from Canada Place. Lots of souvenir shops and restaurants, pubs and of course the famous Steam Clock. Also check out The Old Spagetti Restaurant, which has great food for under $20, which included a small loaf of bread, soup, mains and ice cream, a bargin

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England
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

If visiting Vancouver Gastown is a must, great shops and restaurants, make sure you check out the steam clock.

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Googong NSW
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Gastown is famous for its steam clock (the only one in the world), but apart from the dozens of souvenir shops and older buildings, it didn't seem to have much to commend it. And we were advised to avoid the long street parallel to the main street as that is where hundreds of dropouts and druggies spend their days sleeping... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Not a great location --- it is worth seeing the steam clock and then turning around to go back to the city. Wasn't too impressed by it.

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Orange County, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

Excellent place to visit! If you have kids they will enjoy walking and shopping at the same time. We walked there under the rain in the early fall and in a hot summer day. It was awesome! If you have a car, it could be difficult to find parking. Otherwise, go to the Gas Town and enjoy yourself!

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Vancouver, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

I cruised into Vancouver, BC. I walked the area. There are wonderful shops to browse through. There is a good selection of shops. I found a good selection of souvenirs, that are reasonable priced. I found a number of restaurants that were very unique. The steam clock was a hit with the crowd. Try to go early enough to give... More 

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london, england
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

I felt Gastown was a bit,'blink and you'll miss it'. Plenty of sightseers clicking at the Steam Clock but that's about it. Shops were interesting, and pricey. 15 minutes from one end to the other at a slow pace.

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Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

I had to hustle down to Gastown as the sun set behind me. Many of the museum and art shops close at a certain time, and it's really half the fun of being there. I picked up many of my smaller gifts and souvenirs for friends at those novelty shops you find everywhere. Yet, being an arts district, you can... More 

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