Things to do in Gastown

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  • pramod J
    Toronto, Canada157 contributions
    The area around the steam clock was amazing for a night walk and if you are interested in pubs, you are lucky as there are few pubs around.
    Written October 24, 2022
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  • 772Leanne
    Auckland, New Zealand253 contributions
    Yes, it is worth seeing - but be there on the hour or half so as to get the whole effect else it is just an old clock. Enjoy a coffee or do some shopping nearby
    Written December 19, 2022
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  • david n
    Manchester, UK4,228 contributions
    Busy place though clean and well-signposted. Its a small station of one main concourse with a good bar on one side. Connections to skytrain are available here.
    Written February 1, 2023
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  • RoadDolphin
    Shediac, Canada41 contributions
    Recently moved from Gastown, but very accessible by public transit. Lots of beautiful art pieces, and also other Indigenous-made goods such as jewelry and wallets. Relaxing to browse the gallery. Knowledgable and friendly staff. Definitely worth a visit.
    Written June 5, 2019
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  • Chris D
    New Westminster, Canada3,062 contributions
    There are a lot of art galleries in Vancouver. There are a lot of GOOD art galleries in Vancouver. But, there are very few like this one, which specializes in local's woodwork, stone sculpture, and other media. The photos help show the quality and selection that is difficult to put into words. Tourists who are interested in local culture should definitely look here; in the western part of Gastown, a short walk from the Cruise Ship Centre.
    Written January 17, 2019
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  • Chris D
    New Westminster, Canada3,062 contributions
    Well, at least in the historical sense. It is said that this is downtown Gastown, where Gassy Jack's original saloon was located. From here you can see his statue, some original buildings (as in 100+ years old) and the cool looking Europe Hotel.
    Tourists interested in architecture and/or history should plan to spend a while here.
    Lots of food and drink available close by.
    BUT - don't wander to far to the south, especially after dark.
    Written July 13, 2020
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  • Chris D
    New Westminster, Canada3,062 contributions
    If you travel to the centre of Gastown, there will be four (possibly five) TripAdvisor attractions all around you. This old building, while probably not worth a trip on its own, should be of interest to those who enjoy architecture and engineering. The photos will show you the interesting design and exterior; also consider the interior detail of what was once said to be "Vancouver's finest".
    Written July 11, 2020
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  • Chris D
    New Westminster, Canada3,062 contributions
    This statue, one of the first war memorials (and wouldn't it be great if it was one of the last?) in Vancouver, commemorates the CPR employees who were lost in WWI - over 100 years ago. To me, it is a reminder of the responsibilities and obligations that are the price of living in a free society - no rights without responsibilities. Please take a moment to remember these brave people, and hope that we need not add any more plaques for any more wars.
    Written July 9, 2021
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  • Momofd2
    Mequon, WI14 contributions
    There were a lot of food options here and it was all good! We sat outside under a covered area. It was loud but we still enjoyed our meal.
    Written August 23, 2022
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  • Chris D
    New Westminster, Canada3,062 contributions
    Haven't been here for a while, but was making a special trip to see the murals (only about two short blocks away) so thought I would have a look.
    Sadly (at least for us history buffs) this little back lane area is looking funkier and funkier, but less and less as it once did when the City of Vancouver started here about six generations ago.
    Tourists interested in architecture and urban redevelopment will enjoy seeing what is new, while those with active imaginations can speculate on what once was.
    Written July 17, 2020
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  • Winston S
    1 contribution
    Crab park is scary. What is scarier is a society when people need to live in tents with no access to sanitary conditions because the same people who hate looking at homeless people care more about the the value of their houses soaring than why so many people need to live in parks. Finland ended homelessness so could we.
    Written January 20, 2022
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  • PookyCake
    Victoria, Canada13,576 contributions
    Ah, Byrnes Block! What more is there to say about this edifice that hasn’t already been said? Really, I think Chris D offers an apt summary of this attraction: “This building exemplifies Gastown as it was, long before the t-shirt shops and tourist traps.” I couldn’t have said it better myself. I mean, if you think about it, this building is basically a portal into Vancouver’s origins. The city was incorporated in 1886 and Byrnes Block was built between 1886 and 1887. As such, it’s been a part of Vancouver quite literally since “day one” and is currently recognized as the oldest building in the city still in regular use today.

    To those of us visiting Gastown, we just might simply remark that Byrnes Block is a nice old building suitable for a quick photo with the statue of “Gassy Jack” at the foreground. Indeed, from a practical perspective, that’s pretty much all we can do – unless we intend to patronize the resto housed within. Doing this, though, negates the historical significance of the building, which runs thick and deep through the arteries of the city.

    Consider: Much of Vancouver burnt to the ground during the summer of 1886. Construction of Byrnes Block started shortly thereafter. It thus became one of the very first fire-proof buildings developed in the city. And while that is significant in and of itself, the real historical value of this building comes in the form of its Victorian Italianate architectural style – the elaborate window hoods, arched corner pediment, cast iron windows (ground floor), and double-hung windows (second floor). Within the context of history, the overall look of Byrnes Block was that of relative luxury compared to what would’ve surrounded it at the time. In a sense, then, one could make a compelling case that this building is representative of Vancouver’s fledgling economy.

    As a tourist attraction, I’ll repeat what I’ve said of Gastown’s other historic buildings: Unless you’re a major architecture nerd, I wouldn’t make a special trip just to see ye olde Byrnes Block. Instead, I’d suggest making it part of a larger Gastown-themed itinerary. That way, you can take in the touristy aspects of the area while also gaining an appreciation of Vancouver’s unique history.
    Written October 25, 2020
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  • Chris D
    New Westminster, Canada3,062 contributions
    Other than stacks of paper on the floor, not much to see here. Helpful person in the back says to come back maybe late October.
    Written September 29, 2018
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  • MandMDen
    Arlington, TN271 contributions
    Nathan came into Four Seasons to get us. Gray Line bright green all electric bus very comfortable. Nathan gave good info but tossed in a running commentary about treatment of First Nations people. Too political for this tour. Otherwise it was good. We knew where/when to meet him when time to get back on bus from ferry. We had two hours at Butchart Gardens which is adequate. He dropped us off at Fairmont Empress where we were staying.
    Written September 28, 2019
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