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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
Gastown Historic Walking Food Tour
$99.62 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Outstanding tour !
Loved the historical anecdotes and significance of the area . All the food stops were excellent. Our tour guide , Dan , was fabulous! Great tour !
Penny_F, May 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Vancouver

star-5
Very interesting tour well worth the price!
Enda_G, May 2022
Vancouver Lost Souls of Gastown Walking Tour
Loved the steam clock and the history of Gastown was very interesting. Emmet our guide was a brilliant entertainer and actor.
star-4
Great tour of the historical Gas Town.
Alfred_H, May 2022
Vancouver Lost Souls of Gastown Walking Tour
The location to meet is easy to find and the tour starts on time. The tour guide is excellent in acting out the script to tell the history of Gas Town. The walking tour takes you around Gas Town into back alley and refurnished historical building, the old fire hall. The 1.5 hour tour is well worth the tour fare. Strongly recommend to join this tour for the insight of Gas Town.
star-5
Great walking tour
Laura_E, May 2022
Gastown Historic Walking Food Tour
The guides gave us the history of Gastown from a locals perspective. The were sensitive to my dietary restrictions and made sure I could enjoy the food.
star-5
Open your eyes with this tour!
Tonya_N, Feb 2022
Gastown, the origins of Vancouver
The guide was fantastic and showed us so much! I will never see Gastown the same way! Our eyes are wide open!
star-5
Cole was excellent as...
Roberta_J, May 2022
Vancouver Lost Souls of Gastown Walking Tour
Cole was excellent as "George". Great stories about Vancouver and entertaining! Highly recommend. Thank you!
star-5
Must do Food Tour of Gastown
Gregory_F, May 2022
Gastown Historic Walking Food Tour
Jason was great and the stops were perfect. From the SteamWorks start with a beer to the lemon bar finish. Great tour and great food.
star-5
We decided to do this for...
Jasmin_D, May 2022
Vancouver Murder Mystery Adventure in Gastown (2-6 Players)
We decided to do this for my friends birthday who loves murder podcasts. We all had a blast walking around and solving the mystery.
star-4
Great tour! Good options...
Mohan_S, May 2022
Gastown Historic Walking Food Tour
Great tour! Good options for veg and non-veg foodies. Do bring cash to tip as it seems to be an issue to tip the guide using electronic payments if you're from the States.
star-5
Eat, drink and learn fascinating history!
Kathy_P, May 2022
Gastown Historic Walking Food Tour
Sean & Jason we’re fantastic tour guides. They supplied really interesting tidbits on the history of Gastown. The food and beverages were perfect and all locations were very accommodating to special dietary requirements. Although hard to pick one favorite, Brioche was the winner. Highly recommend this experience.
star-5
Origins of Vancouver Tour
Rafael_R, May 2022
Gastown, the origins of Vancouver
Our tour guide Ken was very friendly and knowledgeable of the history of the origins of Vancouver. We enjoyed the tour very much. We also received recommendations of other things to do during our stay in Vancouver. Thanks!
star-4
Dramatic history
Melody_S, Apr 2022
Vancouver Lost Souls of Gastown Walking Tour
Very dramatic historical account of Gastown history. Felt like I was watching a one man play. Enjoyable but a little over the top at times. Would still recommend to give others a sense of the city origins.
star-5
Glenn brought history to life
Kathy_P, Apr 2022
The Forbidden Downtown and Gastown Walking Tour
Great, informative tour. Glenn is excellent guide, entertaining as well. Loved hearing the stories of individuals from the early 20th century and background of BC’s prohibition. Highly recommended.

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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