Travel Attractions




Quick facts

  • Name: Gastown
  • Location: Vancouver, Canada
  • Type of attraction: Neighborhood
  • Opened: 1867
  • Ticket price: Free

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.

Gastown & Chinatown Night Photography

Top hotels near Gastown

Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver

Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver

A stay at Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver places you in the heart of Vancouver, within a 15-minute walk of Canada Place and BC Place Stadium. This 5-star hotel is 1.6 mi (2.5 km) from Stanley Park and 2.2 mi (3.5…

La Grande Residence at the Sutton Place Hotel

La Grande Residence at the Sutton Place Hotel

With a stay at La Grande Residence at the Sutton Place Hotel, you’ll be centrally located in Vancouver, within a 10-minute drive of Stanley Park and Canada Place. This 4.5-star hotel is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Granville Island Public…

Shangri-La Hotel Vancouver

Shangri-La Hotel Vancouver

The Shangri-La Hotel Vancouver offers easy access to luxury shopping, art facilities and trendy restaurants and bars with a full-service spa. Guests can enjoy views of downtown Vancouver. Each guest room is equipped with a 42-inch flat-screen TV, Nespresso coffee…

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Tours and trips including Gastown

Interesting facts about Gastown

Here are some interesting facts about this interesting place:

  • It was almost replaced with a freeway in the seventies. Fortunately the plan was cancelled.
  • The steam clock was built to attract tourists. It apparently worked, as this is one of the main attractions there.
  • Although located in the poorest area code in Canada, Gastown is packed with high-end restaurants and shops.

Discover Gastown GPS-Guided Audio Walking Tour

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