Top Things to Do in Gastown

THE 10 BEST Things to Do in Gastown, Vancouver

Top Things to Do in Gastown

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  • jkweebs
    Omaha, NE644 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great area to walk around and shop with lots of restaurants and a nice brewery. We enjoyed spending time wandering through the area and stopped for a couple drinks.
    Written April 11, 2024
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  • milliegordon2
    Southbury, CT671 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This was very fun to see. However, the crowds were ridiculous and the area had a few too many homeless for me. It said that it "blows" every 4-1/2 minutes, but it is inconsistent. We waited over 10 minutes to see it go off.
    Written September 18, 2023
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  • platypus150
    Melbourne, Australia27,818 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    It is a wonderful introduction to Gas Town and the port area. The station offers good transport connections and views to the port.
    Written September 17, 2023
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  • Iambic
    Vancouver, WA484 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The gallery has a wide range of beautiful and interesting works by indigenous artists. Most works are modern, but there is a small selection of vintage and antique basketry. Works ran the gamut from ceramics to jewelry to sculpture. The prices put works outside of our budget, but if you a collector or just interested in looking, the gallery is well worth a stop while in Gastown.

    (A tip: Don't go toward opening or closing times. We stopped by one day before the scheduled closing time and found the gallery closed. We came back at the scheduled opening time, but had to wait for the staff to arrive and invite us in.)
    Written August 19, 2023
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  • Momofd2
    Mequon, WI17 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    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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  • RoadDolphin
    Shediac, Canada41 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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, Canada3,144 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    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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  • springbank
    Greve, Denmark3,660 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The building features a typical Edwardian design, with a blonde brick façade, bold cornice, Classical-style columns, and elegant glasswork visible just above the main floor.
    Situated on a triangular lot, the building is designed in the flatiron style.

    The building was constructed in 1908-1909. Situated on a triangular area formed by Powell Street and Alexander Street, beside the Maple Tree Square in Gastown, And becoming the first reinforced concrete structure in Canada and the earliest fireproof hotel in Western Canada.
    Written August 7, 2023
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  • jkweebs
    Omaha, NE644 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is an amazing statue show a fallen soldier being taken to heaven by an angel. Very powerful message honoring their fallen men and women.
    Written April 11, 2024
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  • Chris D
    New Westminster, Canada3,144 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    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, Canada13,892 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    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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  • Janine B
    2 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Enjoyed our tour and the commentary from the drivers. We bought a 48 hr tour but really only needed a 24hr as all the stops are easily accessible by public transport (or even walkable from the city). If you do buy 48 hours I def recommend the bundle deals as it makes the attractions more affordable.
    Written January 3, 2024
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  • Chris D
    New Westminster, Canada3,144 contributions
    2.0 of 5 bubbles
    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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