Discover Gastown, the city's birthplace

Discover Gastown, the city's birthplace

It is hard to imagine that 150 years ago, dense forests stood in the historic heart of Vancouver.

With their old red brick buildings that recall the architecture of the Village in New York, the streets of Gastown, near the port, invite you to linger.

Gassy Jack's statue (John Deighton, so nicknamed because of his love of talking) who gave his name to the neighbourhood, watches over passers-by on Maple Tree Square. Look up to admire the famous Gastown Steam Clock, which chimes every 15 minutes. On Water Street, Gastown's main shopping street, take time to discover the trendy local designers like Nicole Bridger and the sharp concept stores like Neighbour, Roden Gray, and Secret Location, which can only be visited by appointment.

Both coffee shop and ultra-design shop, Secret Location presents luxury brands like Hermes, Aperlaï, Maison Michel, Olympia Le Tan, and David Koma, and is well known to fashionistas. Other streets in the area like Cambie, Carrall, and Colombia are full of art galleries and designer shops. Gastown is as vibrant at night as it is by day and is also renowned for its trendy restaurants and bars.