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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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Gastown Historic Walking Food Tour
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Gastown Historic Walking Food Tour
$99.23 per adult
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Don’t pass up this trip!
Delightful afternoon/early evening! Guide interesting, very accommodating and never felt rushed from one place to the next. Food & beverage waiting or served immediately upon arrival. Great experience Sean!!
Renee_R, Jun 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Vancouver

star-5
Enjoyable history of Gas Town
Gerald_C, Jun 2022
Gastown, the origins of Vancouver
Local actor in period costume and in character the whole time led us around Gas Town on foot telling us entertaining stories about the history of the city and people that lived there
star-5
Fabulous Gastown
Lynda_S, Jun 2022
Vancouver Lost Souls of Gastown Walking Tour
Great tour, so much info on the history of gastown. Stuart was amazing in his role, great delivery and extremely knowledgeable.
star-5
Fun & interesting walking tour
Holly_G, Jun 2022
Gastown, the origins of Vancouver
Great way to learn about the history of Gastown. Although it is a new area (<200 years old), there are some good stories and sites to see.
star-5
A fun adventure
Roxanne_J, Jun 2022
Vancouver Lost Souls of Gastown Walking Tour
Had a great time walking around gastown and learning a little history at the same time! Seeing it acted out in front of us really helped us get into the spirit of the story’s.
star-5
Wonderful experience!
Lawrence_L, Jun 2022
Vancouver Lost Souls of Gastown Walking Tour
Cole was wonderful, bringing the stories and history to life. Gastown is an interesting area. We learned so much, and really enjoyed it!
star-5
100% worth it
Margarita_L, Jun 2022
Vancouver Lost Souls of Gastown Walking Tour
Excellent experience. Our guide Sanda was amazing story teller, we had such an interesting and fun time.
star-4
Fun food tour
EvanG, Jun 2022
Gastown Historic Walking Food Tour
Sean did a great job and the food and drink were very good. I honestly was expecting a little more upscale tasting, but what we were served wa tasty. Sean was very informative and knowledgeable on the area
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Sean was great! Very...
Martha_M, Jun 2022
Gastown Historic Walking Food Tour
Sean was great! Very approachable, fun and informative. The tour was a great way to learn the neighborhood.
star-5
A great way to learn about Gastown
Elizabeth_M, Jun 2022
Vancouver Lost Souls of Gastown Walking Tour
Alison was good fun and played her character well as she introduced us to the history of Gastown. The old photos were a bonus!
star-5
Informative and fun
Natalia_L, Jun 2022
The Forbidden Downtown and Gastown Walking Tour
Interesting stories told in a captivating manner, this was fun. Some local interactions made this tour very educational.
star-5
Very interesting stories...
Jody_P, Jun 2022
The Forbidden Downtown and Gastown Walking Tour
Very interesting stories and a informative and funny tour guide. The walk was a good length of time. Easy to do. Not too long
star-5
Such a fun tour
Leah_M, Jun 2022
Vancouver Lost Souls of Gastown Walking Tour
Eric was a fantastic guide who was passionate, entertaining, and knowledgeable. The rainy night couldn't detract from the complete fun that was this tour. A great way to learn about Gastown with an element of live theater. Fun, affordable, and totally worth the experience!
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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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Frequently Asked Questions
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