The best things to do in Gastown
The best things in Gastown according to a local.
The district of Gastown, Vancouver is the oldest part of the city and one of the top areas to visit when it comes to what to see in Vancouver. It grew from a single pub founded by John ‘Gassy Jack’ Deighton in 1867. There’s even a statue, the Gassy Jack statue, that’s dedicated to him in Gastown today (though this was toppled in 2022 and you can learn why here). Every visitor to Vancouver should spend an afternoon or longer in Gastown. There are so many things to do in Gastown from shopping to eating and some sightseeing too! If you’re looking for free things to do in Vancouver then checking out Gastown should be one of them! Gastown is one of the most picturesque neighbourhoods of downtown Vancouver. Sure, there isn’t exactly a whole tonne of greenery like my home neighbourhood the West End. But there are cobbled streets, an old Steam Clock, vintage lampposts and independent shops aplenty.
Gastown is one of the most picturesque neighbourhoods of downtown Vancouver. Sure, there isn’t exactly a whole tonne of greenery like my home neighbourhood the West End. But there are cobbled streets, an old Steam Clock, vintage lampposts and independent shops aplenty.A walk (2-3 hours), cycle (1 hour) or skate around Stanley Park is when you realise, there is no city quite like Vancouver.Pick up your choice of wheels on Reckless Bikes on Davie Street (if you wish to speed the stroll up) then start your journey around Stanley Park Seawall (9km).There is a dedicated trial so you will be keeping good company with runners too. The park is 400-hectares, so possibly at this stage, you may be wishing you did the hop-on/off bus tour!Remember to pack your swimming gear so you can enjoy the beaches at First and Third.Vancouver has nine beaches! Beach life is one of the best things to do in Vancouver during summer, and one of the most popular.Expect to see locals playing outdoor sports in the sunshine too.If you want to learn more about the Coast Salish people, head to Brockton Point Visitor Centre. Look out for the Totem Poles, one of Vancouver’s most visited attractions.
The Cacao 70 Dippery opened up in Gastown quite recently and it’s definitely worth a visit if you love chocolate! It’s one of many fun things to do in Vancouver At the Dippery you can get ice cream and waffles (you guessed it!) dipped in chocolate! In the summer months, you should be prepared for a queue but these dips are great!