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Gastown

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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
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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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Bike Race

Not that I stayed but a bike race sounded like a lot of fun. The road was closed off which meant no cars! A hub of eateries, shopping and people watching.

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Sooke, Canada
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Granite Bay, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Stopped to see the gas town clock go off at noon. Lots of restaurants and shops to see. I will be back again soon

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Sooke, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Not that I stayed but a bike race sounded like a lot of fun. The road was closed off which meant no cars! A hub of eateries, shopping and people watching.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We hopped off the hop on/off bus at this stop on a Monday. It wasn't too crowded. The steam clock puts on a show every 15 minutes and it is neat to see and hear. While in the area we found reasonable priced souvenirs even though I had heard this was a pricey area. We ate at the Old Spaghetti... More 

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New Richmond, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Within walking distance of many downtown hotels. Awesome shops and restaurants, close by the train stops, not to be missed!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Gastown is a fun location to take a leisurely stroll. There are little shops spread throughout along with some small cafes/restaurants. There is a historic clock to see while passing through.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

If you're looking for several blocks with bars and restaurants on end (mostly bars), this may be your spot. Fun area to walk, choice of bars abound. Nothing really outstanding or unique - all depends what you're looking for.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This place is very interesting as it houses the Steamclock. But more importantly this little town area is almost like a different place altogether. The street is made of red brick that's uneven and the buildings look different from downtown Vancouver. However, to all those who are planning to come here. The nightlife here is strong (lots of bars), and... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

After reading so many reviews, a visit to Gastown was on the list. However, it was a very busy weeked (Canada Day) and this is near the cruise ships area. We could even get close to the famous clock.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Gastown has really come up in the world. Great to walk around and see the shops as well as eat at one of the many restaurants. No 'tacky' tourist shops here....nice quality of things. The steam clock is great to see. The area is full of life. Probably not great if it's raining.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a rally pretty area of Vancouver and different to many other parts of the the city which have a more modern and contemporary feel. In the summer there are lots of lovely flowers hanging from the lamp posts and beautiful shaded streets. An old world feel with lots of restaurants and souvenir shops. And quite a few homeless... More 

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A visit to Gastown is like turning back the clock and stepping into a bygone era. With the distinction of being Vancouver's oldest neighborhood, the many plaques that stud the cobbled streets of Gastown tell the story of its colorful past, giving Vancouver's history a more lively presence here than anywhere else. Having been originally founded around a popular worker's saloon, it's no wonder that today some of Vancouver's best micro-breweries, creative cocktail joints, and corner bars can be found in this area. Classical charm suffuses its many vintage boutiques and the brick-built structures that an army of creative professionals call home.