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Gastown

Gastown

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1,725 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, during which guides explain its Wild West origins and point out key sights, such as the 1910-built Dominion Building, Vancouver’s first high-rise, and the Gassy Jack Statue.

The district’s historic buildings and neon signs make it a go-to on photography tours of Vancouver, while its thriving restaurant scene ensures its inclusion on many food tours. Gastown’s long and checkered history also makes it a common stomping ground for ghost tour groups and guides focusing on Vancouver’s illicit prohibition-era past. Many walking tours cover ground in both Gastown and neighboring Chinatown.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Vancouver

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Masterful storytelling of lost souls
Karen_M, Aug 2020
Vancouver Lost Souls of Gastown Walking Tour
A very entertaining tour that shares memorable and chilling stories of Gastown, and weaves in a story of a young woman who grew up in Gastown. From the bawdy ladies to the death of a sister by smallpox, we were enthralled by our tour guide Allison who was a masterful storyteller.
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Superb Gastown!
Donna_M, Aug 2020
Gastown Historic Walking Food Tour
Gastown food tour was very enjoyable. Anna our tour guide was very professional, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic. We had a great time. Thank you Anna!
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Great evening
Ismalia_S, Nov 2020
Vancouver Lost Souls of Gastown Walking Tour
It was a great evening. Great effort. Good character who braved the cold weather. Interesting history.
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Food tour was no bore!
Chris_O, Mar 2020
Gastown Historic Walking Food Tour
Absolutely amazing tour. One of my highlights of my visit to Vancouver, so much so that from here on out on vacations, I will consider food tours. In this tour you have the option of keeping to yourself, or joining the group. The option of getting booze with your food, or just keeping it straight food. The walking bit was not hard at all, and it was even raining during our tour.
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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.
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Intéressant
kathleencotemtl, Sep 2019
The Forbidden Downtown and Gastown Walking Tour
Glenn was awesome and distractive! I really enjoyed this tour and to discover an other side of Vancouver.
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Good acclimation tour to Vancouver
LizKfromChicago, Sep 2019
The Forbidden Downtown and Gastown Walking Tour
Leonard our guide was very good. Gave a good history of the areas we walked through. Tour is recommended.
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Brilliant tour of historic Gastown
hannahrthornton, Sep 2019
Vancouver Lost Souls of Gastown Walking Tour
Really interesting, fun way to get an overview of Gastown and some of its history. Erikka was fantastic and really brought the story to life. Highly recommend!
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Foodie Tour
dnsv05, Feb 2020
Gastown Historic Walking Food Tour
This was a lot of fun! Very informative, loved hearing parts of history. The savoury food was really good and portion size (sample) was good. I was very disappointed with the sweet samples. I don’t have a sweet tooth but the sample size was pathetic. Tia was so fun and an awesome guide!
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Awesome walking tour!!
Enrique G, Oct 2019
Vancouver Lost Souls of Gastown Walking Tour
This tour is a must do when in Vancouver. We found it quite interesting, entertaining and informative. Janet, our tour guide is quite knowledgeable and a wonderful story teller.
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Fun and informative
Trish0511, Aug 2019
The Forbidden Downtown and Gastown Walking Tour
Downtown and Chinatown tour. I love walking tours for the perspective and proximity they offer. Highly recommend.
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Despite the rain!
kimschmeck, Sep 2019
Gastown Historic Walking Food Tour
It was pouring down rain but we still enjoyed the tour. Ana was exceptional, pointed out all the important sites and enjoyed the great food. Would recommend to anyone visiting Vancouver.

Things to Know Before You Go

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

  • Wear comfortable shoes; Gastown rewards those who explore on foot.

  • 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 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. Or, 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 midmorning midweek or in 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 building, 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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