145 - 332 Water Street, Vancouver, Canada
Gastown Vancouver Reviews
Gassy Jack's Gastown, Vancouver Jul 10, 2010
Vancouver began here in 1867, the same year of Confederation of Canada. The area was originally named after saloon owner and first settler "Gassy" Jack Deighton.
The area now is a mix of old and new,restaurants, entertainment, courtyards, Victorian era buildings, gaslights and cobbled streets, something for everyone.
I took pictures and video of the world's first Steam Clock. I was able to get a short video of its sounds at the half hour mark.
It is a replica of an 1875 clock, it has a cast bronze case and weighs over 2 tonnes.
Gassy Jack's saloon was destroyed in the Great Fire of 1886. The fire completely destroyed Vancouver, only two of the 400 original houses were left standing.
The Europe Hotel, was built in 1892 was the finest hotel in town, it was the first fireproof building in western Canada.
Several galleries of native art and sculpture
are also here.
300 block of W. Cordova Street is one of Vancouver's best kept secrets. Fashion and funky places to eat can be found here.
A great place to take a walking tour of Vancouver. From here I went to Canada Place, to take some pictures of the Cruise Ship Terminal.
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Gastown- a cool neighbourhood Aug 06, 2007
Probably best known for its cobbled streets and the steam clock, this is a great place to visit. Gastown, originally named ‘Granville’ was established the same year that Canada became a nation (1867). 19 years later, in 1886, Gastown was incorporated into Vancouver. Despite a rough patch during the 1930’s, it’s been a thriving, popular part of Vancouver ever since.
Gastown is inhabited by tourists, residents, and office workers. It’s a very busy area to be in, with lots of people walking the streets, looking at the many shops and tourist stores that make up a lot of the neighbourhood. You’ll also find many restaurants and nightspots, and really great looking buildings, some of which are residences, some of which are offices.
My favourite restaurant, which we ate in while visiting the area, can be found in Gastown. I recommend The Old Spaghetti Factory to anyone I talk to. It is so great (I’ve written reviews of it in other blogs).
Gastown is by the water, with the easiest way I can think of to get here is by getting to Waterfront station (probably by the sky train) and then walking from there. Gastown’s main streets are Water and Cordova.
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