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“Worth Seeing”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Gastown

Gastown
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$161.58*
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Full Day Best of Vancouver Private City Tour and Wine Tasting
Ranked #22 of 347 things to do in Vancouver
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: The oldest commercial district in Vancouver, best known for its beautiful Victorian-style architecture.
Edmonton, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
“Worth Seeing”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2014

It's certainly worth making a trip to Gastown along with the other sights and attractions in the downtown core, but aside from some very nice restaurants and the proximity to the ocean, Gastown is a tourist trap and is certainly run down in many areas. The amount of homeless people was surprising and you don't have to venture too far out of Gastown to find some pretty rough areas of town.

Definitely worth seeing - but prepare yourselves for that.

Visited December 2013
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“Great place”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2013

We wandered into this area in 1971 when we were recent draftees at Ft Lewis WA. Have been back several times over the years and it only gets better.

We are from a rural state so getting to the City is always fun. There is so much to do and see in Vancouver. But these old town type places are always fun and this one is very good. In a nice city, on the water, historic, Coastal Indian art, the steam powered clock, a vibrant night life-0how good can it get.

We found the locals were easy to talk to and gave us many good tips on other Vancouver area and Vancouver Island places to go.

Visited December 2012
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Portland, Oregon
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“Gastown was a gas”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2013

My first visit to Gastown was a cold, damp night in February. The wind felt like it could easily transport one back in time a bit. The crowds were sparse, the hot chocolate was warm and friendly, and my time here was absolutely delightful. The architecture, the cobblestone streets, made for a lovely evening.
My next visit was during the bright light of day. It wasn't as magical... night time, like snow can hide some of the dark side and add a touch of magic. But I will always remember my first visit. :)

Visited February 2013
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“Average”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2013 via mobile

Gastown is an average oldtown area of any city, apart from the extremely dodgy Hastings area, which you should steer well clear of.

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Melbourne, Australia
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“A great place to go out night”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2013

The steam clock is one of the draw cards to this area. I however think just walking the cobbled streets and being part of the culture of restaurants and coffee houses really make it. The buildings are old which adds to the mood of the area. My favourite is going for a stroll at night with the streets all lit up (especially around the Steam Clock) feels like your in a movie. It is one of my first choice places to take friends when in Vancouver.

Visited June 2013
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