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  • Address: Water Street
  • Admission: Free
A highly evocative neighborhood of excellent character bars and a smattering of good restaurants, Gastown is Vancouver’s best old-town area. The Victorian era resonates in the cobblestone streets, antique lamps and old buildings, adding to the neighborhood’s distinctive ambiance.

Gastown is the place to pay your respects to Vancouver’s founding father, "Gassy" Jack Deighton, as a bronze statue of his likeness salutes Maple Tree Square. On Water Street stands the famous Steam Clock, a charming little artifact, built to resemble London's Big Ben. The neighborhood has also become a hotbed for local designer-owned shops, drawing a new crowd of regulars to the area. Travelers can pop into the art galleries along Water and Hastings streets and perhaps find a piece of beautiful, hand-carved First Nations art.

Microbreweries and brewpubs have also sprung up around the area in recent years, with many of Vancouver's best beer havens found in Gastown. Steamworks is a Gastown staple that brews its own beers onsite, while Irish Heather, one of the city’s best and most authentic Irish pubs, is convivial enough to make you want to stay all night.

Practical Info

Gastown is located on the northeast edge of downtown Vancouver, just southeast of Canada Place. Water, Hastings and Carrall streets are the main thoroughfares in the neighborhood, which is easily walkable. Gastown is close to all downtown attractions, including Chinatown and Yaletown. Transit access to Gastown is via the Waterfront SkyTrain and buses.

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Vancouver City Sightseeing Tour

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Hit some of Vancouver's most popular sites on this 4-hour sightseeing tour. Wind through Stanley Park, Chinatown, Gastown, Granville Island and more, while ...  Read more

Location: Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

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Vancouver Trolley Hop-on Hop-off Tour

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Vancouver’s top sights are all mapped out for you to explore at your own pace with this hop-on hop-off trolley tour. Hop aboard a San Francisco-style trolley ...  Read more

Location: Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 1 or 2 days

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Private Tour: Vancouver City Sightseeing

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See Vancouver your way, on a private tour of the seaport city's major attractions and highlights. Spend as much time as you like at Stanley Park’s Brockton ...  Read more

Location: Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

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Gastown Walking Food Tour

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This Gastown food tour will take you through the cobbled streets of Vancouver’s oldest neighborhood. Enjoy local craft beer, first-rate homemade Italian ...  Read more

Location: Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $48.68

Prohibition City Downtown and Chinatown Walking Tour

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Mobsters! Opium! Booze! Delve into Vancouver's dirtiest secrets on this scandal fueled walking tour. From back alley blind pigs to Chinatown opium dens.

Location: Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 105 minutes (approx.)

From USD $19.63

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