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“Historic Gastown” 4 of 5 stars
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Gastown
Waterfront between Granville and Main Sts. | North of Hastings St., Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 2K7, Canada (Downtown)
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Ranked #51 of 335 things to do in Vancouver
Activities: Shopping, City walk sightseeing, Group tours/walking tour
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: The oldest commercial district in Vancouver, best known for its beautiful Victorian-style architecture.
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“Historic Gastown”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

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.

Visited October 2012
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“Interesting area”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

We spent an afternoon here slowly walking around the area, taking in the sights and atmosphere before a cruise. The area is packed with bars, restaurants and interesting shops to browse. the steam clock is the main tourist attraction in the area and crowds gather to see and hear it go off regularly. Gastown was named after Gassy Jack - obviously a character in his day.

For me the highlight of the area is it's laid back atmosphere. We were lucky that it was a warm sunny day and we enjoyed wandering around the leafy elegant streets.

Visited September 2013
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“An unusual clock in a lively area”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

Gastown is a busy and lively area of Vancouver. The street the clock is in, is full of tourist shops and cafes. There are not many tourist shops elsewhere in the town. The clock itself is very pretty and chimes every quarter hour with the full Westminster chimes every half hour and has steam coming out of the top continuously. Crowds gather when it is time to chime and take photographs. A few yards away is the statue of Gassy Jack - a larger than life statue at the confluence of several roads. Beyond that is Hastings St. - not recommended because of the panhandlers. Having seen and photographed the clock, it was lunchtime and we decided to visit
the Silvestre café nearby. This is a small Peruvian café with some lovely dishes on offer as well as delicious cakes and ice-cream. Whilst having our meal, we could hear the steam clock chime from inside the restaurant and see the Open Bus stops outside the café for their terminus. Canada Place is only a short walk away so it is quite central.
You won't find a steam clock elsewhere so do visit it. Very close is the Look Out Tower as well and a new Food Court is shortly to open there. There will be a few panhandlers around but just be firm with them and say no!

Visited September 2013
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“Quick stroll is good enough!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

We stopped by here on our short 1 1/2 day visit to Vancouver city. I would say, here plus Robson St. and Canada Place area are the essentials to Vancouver sightseeing, and if you have access to transportation, some time, and $$ add Capilano Suspension Bridge and Grouse Mountain.
Gastown has a lot of souvenier shops as well, mostly the same selection, but if you are looking for something to bring back home for yourself and friends, a good place to go.

Visited July 2013
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“Get down to Gastown”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

THE steam clock in Gastown has to be one of the iconic images of Vancouver.
Certainly the locals know this because one battered man who had clearly fallen on hard times used the clock to make his begging pitch.
It was coming up to 4pm and ourselves and nearly 50 others spectators were treated to a running countdown commentary by this man who exhorted everyone to pay attention and focus on the clock while loudly reassuring us that he wouldn't let us miss the key moment.
That was duly announced by loud plumes of steam followed by encouragement from the man to "take yer pictures" before he went round with his hat to collect coins for his "help".
But it is not just the clock which makes Gastown well worth a visit.
It has character, atmosphere, a great range of eateries -- I particularly recommend the Old Spaghetti factory -- and a varied range of tourist and other shops.
It is also the starting point for the hugely popular Big Bus tours which are such a useful method for seeing this part of the city.
There are also various bars which are a story in their own right as Gastown is named after "Gassy" Jack Deighton, a Yorkshire seaman, steamboat captain and bartender who arrived in 1867 to open the area's first saloon. He used the simple expedient of saying he and his family had nowhere to live while encouraging those listening to build him a place.....in return for a chance to sample the barrel of whisky he had! The rest is history.
So take time to enjoy Gastown. It will provide many colourful memories.

Visited September 2013
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