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A National Historic Site of Canada and the city’s oldest neighbourhood, Gastown’s heritage buildings have recently been colonized by cool designer stores and some of the city’s best bars and restaurants.

Take an architectural walking tour to hear the district’s history, or simply browse Water Street’s boutiques and souvenir stores. If you’re hungry, stroll the streets for wine and charcuterie, Pacific Northwest menus, modern Asian options, cool cocktail bars and craft beer pubs.

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The Gastown area of Vancouver, in the downtown core, was named for a talkative Yorkshire-born saloon owner, John Deighton, nicknamed Gassy Jack. Gassy Jack showed up with a barrel of whisky on the south shore of Burrard Inlet and told the area’s mill workers they could have all the whisky they could drink if they helped him build his saloon.

This was even more incentive than usual, because the nearest drinking spot was then a day’s walk away through the bush to New Westminster. The men built Gassy’s saloon in 24 hours. It was located on Water Street in the downtown core.
In response to well documented history of controversial behaviour of John Deighton, the statue of Gassy Jack in Vancouver's Gastown was pulled down during an annual Memorial Women's March in 2022.

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