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145-332 Water Street
Vancouver, BC, Canada V6B1B
Kid will thrill to the whistle of Gastown's steam-powered clock while grownups enjoy quaint shops, art galleries, and fine restaurants. Stroll down cobblestone streets, explore old buildings and courtyards, or take a guided historic walking tour. Kids will love hearing stories about Gastown's founder, gold prospector and riverboat captain "Gassy Jack," and grownups will appreciate the charm of Vancouver's oldest neighborhood. Kids will also enjoy the Lookout at the nearby Harbour Centre, where a glass elevator takes those who dare 430 feet to the top for a bird's-eye view of the city.
Babies: Gastown's cobblestone streets make strollers difficult, so bring a baby carrier.
Toddlers & Pre-K: Be prepared—young kids will want to see the steam-powered clock spout its steam and blow its whistle at least three times (it goes off every 15 minutes at the corner of Cambie and Water Streets).
Pre-Teens & Teens: Young adults will find plenty of hipster happenings and unique souvenirs here.
- Dining with a twist. The Old Spaghetti Factory (53 Water St.) offers family-friendly dining in an authentic trolley car (complete with a ghost story) that's full of Gastown history and artifacts.
- Buy tickets here for the Vancouver Trolley. Gastown makes a great jumping-off point.
Just the Facts
Hours: Always open.
Recommended Time: 1 - 2 hours
Reviews of Gastown
By arelkov January 10, 2009
What we loved:
The steam clock and the Old Spaghetti factory
What we didn't love:
Beggars in front of restaurant
Gastown is fun to explore. Look for the kite store that has been there for over 20 years! You definately get a feel for the way Vancouver was in the beginning days. The Old Spaghetti Factory is our favorite place for supper, its kid friendly and inexpensive to eat. Read More