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Gastown

Gastown

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2,632 Reviews
Free admission
Water Street, Vancouver

The Basics

Because of its rich history and attractive architecture, Gastown is a big draw for visitors to Vancouver. The neighborhood is explored on many walking tours—often alongside neighboring Chinatown—during which guides explain its Wild West origins and point out key sights, such as the Dominion Building, Vancouver’s first high-rise, and the Gassy Jack Statue.

The district’s historic buildings and neon signs also make it a go-to on photography tours of Vancouver, while its thriving restaurant scene ensures it’s a popular food tour stop. You can also explore Gastown on ghost or prohibition-themed outings.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Vancouver

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Excellent!
Frida_T, Sep 2021
The Forbidden Downtown and Gastown Walking Tour
Tour was great, our guide Will was so friendly and knowledgeable. He gave us lots of historical information about Gastown, and had the answers to all our questions. I super recommend it!
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A great time
Marshal_T, Sep 2021
Gastown Historic Walking Food Tour
Daniel was a knowledgeable, great host who presented a informative, balanced history of the area. The variety of the food in Gastown gave us a few more restaurants to visit afterwards
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Glad we did it!
Brent_W, Aug 2021
The Forbidden Downtown and Gastown Walking Tour
Lenard, our guide did an awesome job showing us around Gastown and story telling the "forbidden" past of prohibition days.
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Interesting Gastown History
Bobby_C, Sep 2021
Vancouver Lost Souls of Gastown Walking Tour
I lived in Gastown for a couple years and didn’t know anything about the history of the area until I took this tour. It was so interesting, informative, and our tour guide, Tracy, played her character so well! My girlfriend and I both loved our experience.
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A Great Experience!
BJ55, Sep 2021
Gastown Historic Walking Food Tour
A Great Experience. Our fantastic guide was Dan. Not only did we get to try some amazing food but we also got to hear some interesting stories & history about Vancouver & Gaston. I would highly recommend this tour.
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Brings the history of the city to life.
Henry_H, Sep 2021
Vancouver Lost Souls of Gastown Walking Tour
Amazing guide and overall tour experience. Loved every minute. It helps bring the city’s history to life.
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A must do activity
Yasmine_H, Sep 2021
Vancouver Lost Souls of Gastown Walking Tour
Absolutely amazing from start yo the end. Alison is a fantastic story teller and very informative when it comes to history. I regret booking this activity on my last day before leaving Vancouver ! What a great experience !
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Experiencing Gastown
Murray_H, Aug 2021
Gastown Historic Walking Food Tour
I really enjoyed the tour. We had a very well informed guide, a good variety of tastings, met new people and saw parts of Gastown that had not seen before along with the interesting history.
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Excellent tour
Carmen_F, Aug 2021
Gastown, the origins of Vancouver
A very well strctured route, guide with great historical knowledge made it very enjoyable. Will certainly do it again.
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Mysteriously fun!
Rohan_L, Aug 2021
Vancouver Murder Mystery Adventure in Gastown (2-10 Players)
Really good fun. Something you should do with your partner, test your understanding. Getting to know downtown was super cool too.
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Delicious, fun afternoon!
Sheilagh_O, Aug 2021
Gastown Historic Walking Food Tour
We enjoyed walking through Gastown and tasting a variety of delights. Each stop along the way was prepared for our arrival and all food was hot and delicious.
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So Fun!
tammyargue, Oct 2019
Vancouver Murder Mystery Adventure in Gastown (2-10 Players)
I had a fabulous time with this mystery adventure! A friend and I solved the murder in about 2 hours- one tip- sit down and read through the police report, your questionnaire sheet and all the clues. It will save you time. However, you will have to walk quickly. Use all the clues.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Gastown is a must-visit for history buffs, foodies, and shoppers.

  • Wear comfortable shoes; you can expect to do lots of walking in Gastown.

  • Water, Hastings, and Carrall streets are the main thoroughfares in the neighborhood, which is best explored on foot.

  • Though there are some mild inclines and uneven surfaces, Gastown is mostly wheelchair and stroller accessible.

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How to Get There

Gastown is located on the northeast edge of Downtown Vancouver, just southeast of Canada Place. The nearest transit station is Waterfront, which is served by the SkyTrain (Expo and Canada lines), the SeaBus passenger ferry, and the West Coast Express commuter rail service. Alternatively, arrive as part of a tour that includes transportation.

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When to Get There

Gastown is a busy downtown district and is most crowded in the evenings and on weekends. If you want to experience Gastown at its calmest, try coming mid-morning on a weekday or in the early morning on the weekend. One of the best times to visit is at night, when the district’s many craft beer bars and cocktail dens come alive.

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What to See in Gastown

Gastown’s must-see sights are historic in nature. At Water Street, see Byrnes Block, a former luxury hotel. One of Vancouver’s oldest brick buildings, it was constructed in the late 19th century shortly after the 1886 Great Fire destroyed much of the city. At the corner of Water and Powell streets is another former hotel, the 6-story flatiron-style Hotel Europe. Also on Water Street is Gastown’s frequently photographed steam clock, which chimes every 15 minutes.

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