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Gastown: Vancouver’s historic neighbourhood

Gastown is one of Vancouver’s most charming and oldest neighbourhoods.

Wandering the streets past Victorian homes, brick warehouses, and wrought-iron street lamps, Gastown’s storied history is laid out before you. Today, you’re more likely to find an up-and-coming gastropub than an old time saloon behind the original Victorian facades, or a contemporary art gallery where a shipping centre once was.

After you’ve taken a photo of the still-working steam-powered clock, a true relic of Gastown’s early days, and paid homage to the statue of “Gassy” Jack Deighton, we recommend spending a few hours discovering Gastown’s bustling shops, award-winning art galleries, local designer’s ateliers, and of course, its renowned culinary scene.

Here are our must-sees:

1. Perfect cup of coffee — Nemesis

Get a jolt of Gastown’s young, artistic spirit with your cup of Joe at Nemesis. This is a popular spot for local creatives to sit, work, and meet friends. Their coffee roasts are lovingly curated, so you know that whatever drip you choose, it will hit the spot.

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2. Quaint shopping — Allison Wonderland & Pillar

Feminine frocks and retro inspiration abound at this local designer’s shop. Allison Smith creates women’s clothing that is ethical, handmade, and fit well. Walk away with something with an earthy tone, or a nice pop of colour.

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3. Local art — Inuit Gallery of Vancouver

This long standing gallery specializes, as its name would suggest, in Inuit art. This is the place to come to admire the finest of Inuit art, from true masters of their craft.

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4. Delicious food — PiDGiN

This hip eatery took home the accolade for Best New Restaurants in Canada when it opened in 2014, and has been serving inventive Asian-meets-Pacific Northwestern fare ever since. Their culinary ethos
is to reflect Vancouver’s diversity of cultures and seasonal ingredients. They also have Negronis on tap, which makes for a great way to end the day.

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There is much more around Western Canada outside of Gastown. Check them out:

The Roaring Rockies

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Food & Drink: Okanagan Valley

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Rich Indigenous Cultures of Western Canada

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You’ll have a whale of a time

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