Gas town Vancouver is the epicenter of Old Vancouver with its cobblestone streets that have a romantic and old world charm to them, as well as bricked warehouse style buildings that were characteristic of the Victorian period. Gas Town has an entirely different spirit and appeal that is distinctive and different from other adjacent Vancouver districts where shiny skyscrapers and modern amenities dominate the cityscape. As Vancouver’s longest standing neighborhood, Gas Town can only be experienced on foot or by bike, because it is quite small and one attraction tends to lead you to another.
Gastown Vancouver revolves around the towering statue of Gassy Jack Deighton, who is a vibrant rogue credited with pioneering the town back in 1867. Today, Gas Town still maintains its historic charm, a concept that old Gassy would most certainly appreciate.
As a neighborhood that has managed to seamlessly combine historical elements with new contemporary ones, Gas Town is laden with numerous activities and landmarks to experience and explore. From Water Street to the steam clock, the mysteries of Gas Town will both inspire you and impress you.
While at Gas Town, it would be impossible to miss the bronze towering statue of Gassy Jack that is perched on top of a whiskey barrel at Maple Tree Sq. The statue is one of the every first things a visitor will see upon entry to Gas Town. The statue was erected in 1970 in commemoration of one of the most notable pioneers of Gas Town. When Deighton arrived here, he built a bar that grew in size and popularity, therefore triggering the quick development of the region. The statue is located next to Gassy’s first bar although a walk nearby will reveal a grander second bar that was opened after the success of the first one.
Aside from old Gassy, another tourist magnet in Vancouver is the Steam Clock. The clock attracts thousands of tourists and their cameras because the steam clock makes excellent melodic sounds every 15 minutes and releases bouts of steam to mark the beginning of every hour. The clock was created in 1977, and the mechanism is powered by electricity, but the top pipes are fueled by steam, hence the title of the steam clock.
Hidden away in the back of the Irish Heather bar, there is a place with magical liquids. Few people venture into this world to try some of the worlds best Scotch and Whiskey. With hundreds of bottles on the wall for you to try there is more than one to be had for every Whiskey connoisseur. Oh don't like whiskey? There is some great food here too.