Gastown is one of the most vibrant and singular areas of Vancouver. As the city’s first downtown core, the neighborhood has evolved into an innovation center and truly memorable experiences for both locals and tourists, while maintaining a strong connection to its history. Gastown offers a diverse mix of retail and dining options housed in authentic heritage architecture alongside a vibrant creative and tech scene, containing something for everyone.
This stylish neighborhood covers twelve city blocks, and the market area is home to about 108,128 residents, making it one of the Lower Mainland’s most densely populated regions. Gastown was the first downtown center in Vancouver and is named for “Gassy” Jack Deighton, a seaman from England, steamboat captain and barkeeper who arrived in 1867 to open the first saloon in the area.