Author: Julie Thompson | Last Updated: 26 Oct 2019
A neighborhood that seamlessly combines old with new, Gastown is the epicenter of Vancouver’s history, culture, and bustling urban life. This quaint district grew from a single pub which was opened in 1867 by John “Gassy Jack” Deighton, who got his nickname because of his talkative nature. Your visit to Gastown should include a stroll along Water Street, where you’ll find a collection of picturesque old Victorian-architecture buildings that set the stage for some of Vancouver’s best boutique shops, restaurants, and cafes. You will also find cobbled streets, vintage lampposts, and the town’s well-known tourist attraction, the Steam clock. This timepiece is partially powered by water vapor, and every 15 minutes, it whistles and shoots steam from its five whistles. Continue to the end of Water Street to see the statue of Gassy Jack Deighton. Pubs, bars, and some popular cocktail bars make up Gastown’s buzzing nightlife. The area is small enough to explore on foot in an afternoon.
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