Gastown
Gastown

Gastown is Vancouver’s oldest neighborhood and has grown from a single tavern since it was founded by John Deighton, generally known as “Gassy Jack”, in 1867. It is the old town of Vancouver and is home to heritage brick buildings, souvenir stores and many popular restaurants. Because of its historical significance, Gastown has been officially designated a national historic site. It is located close to Waterfront Station, which is Vancouver’s SeaBus and main SkyTrain terminus. The neighborhood is also very easily accessible by city bus. Gastown is a charming area of restaurants, galleries, and shops set in Victorian buildings. Heritage structures, cobblestone streets, and iron lampposts give the neighborhood its unique Victorian atmosphere. A statue of Gassy Jack now stands in Maple Tree Square. Visitors usually stop for photos with Gassy Jack and also love to visit the nearby world-famous Steam Clock, which puffs out steam-powered chimes every fifteen minutes. It is home to many of the city’s most popular restaurants, making it a great pick for a special night out. The neighborhood also has an amazing combination of traditional souvenir stores and art galleries, as well as many independent fashion boutiques and modern gift shops.

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