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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
$29.39 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Awesome performance!
The guide was a good actor bringing the story to life! Very good fun way to learn a bit of history that will certainly be remembered
Kathryn_G, Oct 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Vancouver

star-5
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.
star-5
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!
star-5
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!
star-5
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!
star-5
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.
star-5
Excellent Experience, Thank You!
Doug_Y, Oct 2021
Gastown Historic Walking Food Tour
Thank you Dan! Fantastic tour! Tastings were great, and just the right amount of food - this is a walking tasting experience. Lots of history, well worth the time. D & N, Saskatchewan
star-5
Had a Gas in Gastown
cheernusa, Oct 2021
Vancouver Lost Souls of Gastown Walking Tour
Our guide was so engaging, did a terrific job of both educating and entertaining and was one of the best walking tour leaders we've ever followed. Easy to hear, great pace and handled a large group with ease. Would highly recommend this fun tour.
star-5
A Fun Way to spend the Afternoon!
MaryJo_B, Oct 2021
Gastown Historic Walking Food Tour
Great tour on a rainy day! Dan was very interesting and accommodating! Nice selection of stops and lots of food.
star-5
Excellent Tour for any food lover in Gastown
Karen_B, Sep 2021
Gastown Historic Walking Food Tour
Anna was a great tour guide. Even though I’m a local there we’re many things about Gastown I didn’t know and it was fun and interesting. The food and wine and beer were excellent. I thought the portion sizes were great for a tasting. I loved the Italian restaurant we went to. I’d love to go back there.
star-5
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.
star-4
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.
star-5
Had a GAS in gas town
Tom_Z, Sep 2021
Gastown Historic Walking Food Tour
The tour guide BRENT brought gas town to life for all of us. We saw things in back alleys and corridors we would never have seen had we toured gas town on our own.

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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