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Gastown

Gastown

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2,210 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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Scrumptious
Kayla_R, Jul 2021
Gastown Historic Walking Food Tour
Very fun afternoon exploring Gastown on a sunny Sunday afternoon. Sean was great entertaining, showing and explaining some history and stories of the area. There were 8 strangers in the group but Sean made a point of making us feel welcome and had a chance to converse with the group or individuals. Food samples were fantastic.
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Great food tour
Christine_P, Jul 2021
Gastown Historic Walking Food Tour
Sean was so good and super fun. Highly recommended 🥰😊❤️👍🏼 I experienced places I have never been before, even though I have been coming to Vancouver for decades.
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Great evening
Luca_M, Jul 2021
Vancouver Lost Souls of Gastown Walking Tour
The tour was amazing! It was very easy to follow the stories and our guide had a lot of enthusiasm. Gaston is a very beautyful area.
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Enjoyable taste of Vancouver.
Carla_K, Jul 2021
Gastown Historic Walking Food Tour
This was a great way to spend Sunday afternoon. It gave us a "taste" of what Gastown had to offer. Sean made the time go quickly with his comments and direction. It was well organized. We even went back to a couple of the spots the next day!
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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