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Gastown

Gastown

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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Vancouver Lost Souls of Gastown Walking Tour
Vancouver Lost Souls of Gastown Walking Tour
$28.29 per adult
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Spooky Fun
Sandra was a fantastic guide and story teller. We loved walking around Vancouver with her and would recommend to anyone looking for a spooky night!
Alex_G, Nov 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Vancouver

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A delicious and fun time
Allie_S, Nov 2021
Gastown Historic Walking Food Tour
Brent was amazing! We love the historical facts and stories shared along with the food stops. All of the food stops were excellent and fun to explore. Highly recommend to anyone wanting to see an insider’s view of Gastown.
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Funny and informative.
Leah_M, Oct 2021
Vancouver Lost Souls of Gastown Walking Tour
Such a great tour! Informative and funny!!! “George” was our tour operator and we loved him! Such a great tour of Gastown and got to learn some cool things.
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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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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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A taste of Gastown !
Peter_E, Oct 2021
Gastown Historic Walking Food Tour
Our guide was very knowledgeable and fun. The tastings were varied and delicious. It gave us a great perspective on Gastown!
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A informative history of Vancouver
Noelle_M, Nov 2021
Vancouver Lost Souls of Gastown Walking Tour
The interesting history of Vancouver came alive with our guide in costume. She made the history come alive
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Best food tour I've been on!
Joshua_P, Nov 2021
Gastown Historic Walking Food Tour
Great tour guide! Sean was awesome and very knowledgeable! Wonderful food and drinks!!! Highly recommend.
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Very enjoyable
Shannon_B, Nov 2021
Vancouver Lost Souls of Gastown Walking Tour
Our guide, Allison, was very good. She never broke character and was very knowledgeable. I truly enjoyed getting to learn about the city this way
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Beer 🍺 was good!
Laura_B, Sep 2021
Gastown Historic Walking Food Tour
Steamhouse brewery…cozy atmosphere! Brent was great at his tour of Gastown! Food and drinks were great!
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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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Great tour
Chelsey_E, Sep 2021
Gastown Historic Walking Food Tour
Great way to see Gastown. Our guide Sean was entertaining and knowledgeable. We had poor weather but it was nice that they didn’t cancel and we were still able to go on the tour. Be prepared for all weather. Sean was also able to give us some recommendations on places to go for dinner and drinks after the tour. Would definitely recommend.

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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