Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhood, Gastown grew from a single tavern founded by John ‘Gassy Jack’ Deighton back in 1867. Today, the district retains its historic charm and independent spirit. Victorian architecture houses a thriving fashion scene, impeccably curated décor boutiques, one-of-a-kind galleries and some of the best culinary fare in Vancouver. It’s a gathering place for stylish locals and an ideal neighbourhood to explore on foot. Gastown lies along the north of the downtown Vancouver peninsula, from Richards east to Main Street, and south to Hastings Street.
Living in Gastown
Gastown has been ranked the fourth most stylish neighbourhood to live in by the Complex Magazine. Reasons include: a bright history, great places to eat, many entertainment destinations and generally a hip vibe. Gastown is one of the safer neighbourhoods to walk around in Vancouver because of it’s large presence of tourists and businesses. Safe to say, you’ll never be the only one walking the streets of Gastown.
Things to do in Gastown
Gastown is a neighbourhood that seamlessly combines old with new, history with the way forward. An essential part of Vancouver’s history, a visit to Gastown should include a stroll along Water Street, where you’ll find a picture-perfect collection of old buildings, cobblestones, the Steam Clock, and vintage lampposts. Continue to the end of Water Street to visit a statue of the man who started it all, Gassy Jack Deighton. Architecture and history buffs can take organized walking tours of the area to further explore. Get a bird’s eye view of the area from the Vancouver Lookout, which rises 167-metres (548-feet) to give visitors a 360˚ panorama of the city.
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If you only have time to shop one neighbourhood while you’re in Vancouver, it should probably be Gastown. With its combination of traditional souvenir stores and art galleries, as well as lots of independent fashion boutiques and modern gift stores, you’ll find plenty of things for both yourself and those you need to buy souvenirs for. The area has some excellent First Nations art galleries which are worth checking out for unique keepsakes such as silver jewellery, art pieces and carvings.
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