Gastown is an iconic neighborhood in Vancouver and one of the first to exist from the 1860’s. A lively place with a mixture of interesting souvenir shops, confectionaries, art boutiques and inviting restaurants. You know you are in Gastown when you see “cobblestone streets,” and the famous “Steam Clock.”
A nickname to one of the original saloon owners known as “Gassy.” The name “Gastown” is a favorite visiting spot for both visitors and locals alike.
Most of the original buildings were destroyed in the Great Vancouver Fire of 1886. A revitalization effort was begun in the 1960’s to preserve what you see before you. There is still plenty of panache as you walk from one corner to another.
On one corner is the famous “Steam Clock,” one of just a few still operating in the world. Built in 1977, a whistle goes off every 15 minutes. Rarely will you ever have this corner by yourself as it is a favorite tourist mecca for selfies and videos.
Gastown is located just a short distance from Canada Place where the Cruise ships dock.
We also enjoyed exploring Granville Island. A farmers market is open every day selling most everything. We enjoyed the curry soup at Veggie Express this past visit.
Walking around Gastown and Stanley Park were major highlights on our fourth visit to Vancouver. Also recommend finding the Marine Building and the “Zeppelin” relief sculpture.
A free bus, too, can be had at Canada Place to the famous Capilano Suspension Bridge which is located in north Vancouver. The ride is free, but the entrance fee to the park will be around $30.
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