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Gastown

Waterfront between Granville and Main Sts. | North of Hastings St., Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 2K7, Canada (Downtown)
604 683 5650
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As featured in 3 days in Vancouver
Ranked #45 of 184 Attractions in Vancouver
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Type: Neighborhoods
Activities: Shopping, City walk sightseeing, Group tours/walking tour
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Description: The oldest commercial district in Vancouver, best known for its beautiful Victorian-style architecture.
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Winnipeg, Canada
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

We've visited Gastown during two of our three visits to Vancouver in the past 17 years. It's an interesting hour walk: visually, culturally, historically.

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San Marcos, Texas
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Gas town is beautiful, brick roads unique restaurants and Young culture. When you go to Gastown you must visit the steam Clock!

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Melbourne, Australia
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47 reviews 47 reviews
14 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

This is the emerging, innovative energy centre of town. The edgier and more interesting stores, bats and restaurants.

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Louisiana
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

We were in Vancouver to board a cruise ship and had a day to spend in town. We ventured over to Gastown and found it to be quite interesting. Be certain to view (and read the plaque) regarding the steam powered clock on one of the street corners. The architecture, shops, and restaurants in this area are quite different from... More

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Hong Kong, China
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Had an enjoyable afternoon wandering the streets and stopped for happy hour. A few interesting shops although I have to agree with previous comments that there are many shops selling similar souvenirs. Overall well worth a visit.

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Falmouth, MA
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195 helpful votes 195 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

We had planned to avoid Gastown because we heard it was very touristy. However, we were close by and decided to take a look. We were pleasantly surprised. Yes, there are a lot of souvenir shops filled with mass-produced schlock, but there are also some wonderful boutiques and three outstanding First Nations galleries. There is also some interesting Victorian architecture... More

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Toronto, Canada
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52 reviews 52 reviews
11 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

When the weather is nice, Gastown, with its lovely cobblestone streets, is a picturesque place to stroll around, browse some trendy shops (sure, there's some that are touristy and some over-priced, but there are also decent boutiques!), and enjoy a coffee from one of the many cafes around (I quite enjoy Milano). Tip: The parking rates are much more reasonable... More

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Seattle, Washington
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

My family and I went to see this for the second time (my husband and my second time) and enjoyed it even more than the first time I had been. We actually saw the clock go off three times as we strolled along the streets in this area. There are buildings lit up with colors that change and then of... More

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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Walk around and visit the shops at this two street commercial area. Nice bars and food. Stop to see the steam clock.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

I have looked through Gastown from the eyes of a tourist and the eyes of a resident. Going into the tourist type stores are initial interesting as it marks a stage in your vacation, but after 10 stores carrying the same merchandise in the same short street. Is it warranted the title of tourist attraction? Gas town appears to me... More

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