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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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Ranked #46 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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mpls
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

With a setting on the edge of the water and historical architecture that should have been a one-two combination, the dearth of anything worth seeing other than tourist shops made this a disappointing outing. The salvation was lunch at The Sardine Can - absolutely terrific tapas and experience.

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Rhode Island
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183 reviews 183 reviews
140 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

I was looking forward to visiting this are of Vancouver but it was a pass through for us. I loved the historic feel of the area and it was certainly quaint but a drive by was the best we could offer this area.....

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New York
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67 reviews 67 reviews
16 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

Plenty of tourist stores. It doesn't take to long to walk the streets of Gastown. The big attraction was the "steam clock" which my husband enjoyed looking at and reading about when and why it was there. He worked for a utility. If your in Vancouver don't miss it.

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Melbourne, Australia
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135 reviews 135 reviews
70 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

We walked from our visit to the Chinese Garden to Gastown. Overall we found it an uncomfortable experience as we seemed to be the only people not in what I would describe as the "homeless" category. Once we reached Gastown we found the road and parts of the sidewalk were filled with construction vehicles and that the area still gave... More

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London, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

Loved the oldness of gastown, loved the old steam clock. Did find it a bit touristy now. Was here back in the early nineties, glad i went then!

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Manhattan Beach, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Had lunch there and walked the area and window shopped. Spent a couple of entertaining hours. Came back for dinner and had a whole different vibe at night. Enjoyed strolling the well lit brick sidewalks with my wife.

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Canton, GA
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Had a wonderful afternoon shopping, sight seeing, and delicious food. Wish I had allotted more time for our family to spend here!

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Dublin, Ireland
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17 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

I would not recommend making time to visit either the steam clock or stature of Gassy Jack, the area is one of the few areas in Canada that I felt intimidated due to the number of people unfortunately down on their luck. The much touted steam clock was two hours behind and at that didn't chime on the quarter of... More

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Calgary, Alberta
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

This neighborhood is a work in progress. There are some wonderful, unique and independent shops but you have to see past the tourist stuff and empty store fronts. I found a wonderful vintage store that had some great pieces. I also purchased some street art right from the artist himself. Take you time and seek out the unique.

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Bend, Oregon
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101 reviews 101 reviews
41 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

We only had a short visit through Gastown but what an awesome area of shops, pubs, restaurants. Very vibrant and great historical buildings too.

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