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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 #49 of 183 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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Helix, OR
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56 reviews 56 reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

We arrived in Vancouver on a rare warm, sunny, weekend day and were not along in strolling Gastown and sitting a sidewalk cafes. Most of the shops are "tourist traps" but it was fun wandering around. Some great restaurants, lots of people watching. I thought that the steam clock was hype, but my husband wanted to see it and he... More

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Yorkshire
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43 reviews 43 reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

We visited Gastown about 6 at night, just as it was getting dark, to head to a craft beer pub. Pub was amazing and whilst there was a sense of history in Gastown and some interesting shops and cafes, there were a lot of dodgy people hanging about so we hurried through feeling a bit uncomfortable. The steam clock was... More

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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

We walked to this area for dinner. After being disappointed we couldn't get into a brew pub with kids, we scoped out an Italian place with a good feel. On our way we window shopped and found a gallery with beautiful Inuit art. It was later in the evening so many stores were closed. We wanted to see the steam... More

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Toronto, Canada
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

The olden part of Vancouver is Gastown with the steam clock as it's centrepiece. Worth a visit through to see and some nice places to eat and drink too.Nice historic area but shops there are a bit pricy so buyer beware!

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las vegas
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140 reviews 140 reviews
68 attraction reviews
159 helpful votes 159 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

The birthplace of Vancouver, Gastown is a nice place to spend a few hours. On your stroll through Gastown you will get your typical souvenir shops, but there are several unique pubs, restaurants and galleries. The best part of Gastown is the history surrounding you. There is the Old Steam Clock and the many old and unique brick faced buildings.... More

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Vancouver
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

I went to Gastown. I went to store . When I opened the door, there was a Japanese clerk. She is from Kagoshima. So she can speak Japanese. I bought maple cookies for my family and friends, but they were very heavy. I will go to Gastown again.

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Las Vegas
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

Spent several afternoons walking around Gastown. Learned it was the oldest part of the city which use to cater to cannery's and bootlegging. Loved the shops, the eateries and the overall atmosphere of what Gastown has to offer. Make sure while there, to check out the steam clock. It really is something to see and hear.

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Seattle, Washington
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

We loved gastown! It was a neat little area. We enjoyed just walking around and looking at the shops. It has so much charm and is very romantic. It gets seedy very quickly though.... We're from Chicago and currently live in Seattle... So the homeless do not usually offend us... But we went down the wrong street (went from charming... More

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One Hundred Mile House, British Columbia, Canada
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18 reviews 18 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

There are tons of little shops you can visit here. We toured around while we had a layover in flights and it was so worth it to take the skytrain from YVR. We ate a a really nice sushi place and checked out all the stores with interesting things for sale!

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Terrace, Canada
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39 reviews 39 reviews
16 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

I grew up in Vancouver and have watched Gastown grow and change over 40 years. What is now a first class tourist attraction used to be part of skid row. Wow what a difference. Its a great way to spend a few hours , have lunch and wander through all the eclectic shops. be prepared though, Gastown has gotten majorly... More

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