Cobblestone streets lined by ornate street lamps and trees provide a unique and picturesque atmosphere to this historic Vancouver neighborhood

Vancouver's Historic Gastown at dusk
Vancouver's Historic Gastown at dusk

Gastown, known as Vancouver's original "downtown," is steeped in history and brimming with unique shops, restaurants, and clubs. Named after "Gassy" Jack Deighton, a steamboat captain and barkeeper who opened the area's first saloon, Gastown flourished as a bustling hub of trade, fueled by its sawmill and seaport.

A Rich History

Following the incorporation of Vancouver as a city in 1886, Gastown faced a devastating fire that consumed all but two of its buildings. Despite this setback, the district was rebuilt and thrived as Vancouver's center until the Great Depression. However, the economic downturn led to Gastown's decline, and by the 1960s, it had fallen into disrepair.

Preservation and Renaissance

In 1971, Gastown was designated a National Historic Site, protecting its many heritage buildings and paving the way for its revitalization. Over the last few decades, Gastown has experienced a renaissance, evolving into a vibrant neighborhood with an array of new shops, restaurants, and attractions.

Contemporary Charm

Today, Gastown's heritage buildings house a diverse mix of contemporary shops and boutiques, along with restaurants, clubs, art galleries, studios, music studios, and film schools. Exclusive shops offer unique products, including fashions, jewelry, home decor, gifts, and souvenirs, adding to the neighborhood's allure.

Iconic Landmarks

The cobblestone streets and ornate street lighting of Gastown contribute to its historic ambiance, creating a charming backdrop for exploration. One of the neighborhood's most famous attractions is the steam clock located at the intersection of Cambie and Water Street. Powered by a miniature steam engine in its base, this complex work of art and engineering is a popular tourist destination and a symbol of Gastown's unique character.

Experience the timeless allure and vibrant energy of Gastown, where history meets contemporary culture in the heart of Vancouver.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: No

Hours: Daily 24/7

Address: Vancouver, BC

Official Website: Gastown


SkyTrain Line Nearest Station Walking Time
Expo or Canada LineWaterfront Station1 Minute

How to get to Gastown by SkyTrain

No buses needed. From Waterfront Station exit onto Cordova Street and walk to your left just one block to Water Street which runs through the heart of Gastown.

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