Recognized as a national historic site, Gastown owes its founding to a steamboat captain and barkeep named “Gassy” Jack, who opened the area’s first saloon in the 1860s. Following in Gassy Jack’s footsteps, this desirable neighborhood in the northeast corner of Downtown is home to many bars, restaurants, and nightclubs, as well as the hip boutiques of Vancouver’s fashion scene. A coveted place to live for young professionals and artists, there are many lofts and condos in Vancouver's Gastown with more developments expected for the future.
There are endless reasons for locals and tourists to love this neighbourhood. It’s the place where old meets new, from fun sights like the iconic Gastown Steam Clock to annual events like the Vancouver International Jazz Festival. This neighbourhood also boasts a great number of the city’s trendiest restaurants and bars, which makes it the go-to place for a fun night out with friends and visitors to the city. If you are after green space, Gastown is within walking distance to over 20 parks and gardens including Stanley Park, a great place for an afternoon stroll or a picnic with your friends and family.
With many transit options, it is really easy to get around the city. You can hop on the SkyTrain or a number of buses to get to your destination. Four major bridges give access to the city south of False Creek as well as cheap water taxi services make getting to other areas of Vancouver quick and easy.