Blowing off steam in Gastown

Authentic Victorian buildings and old cobblestones: welcome to Gastown. History is interspersed with a hip mix of boutiques, trendy clubs and charming restaurants. This is one of the most popular and fashionable neighbourhoods of Vancouver.

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The Gastown steam clock

The Gastown steam clock

The steam clock whistle

The steam clock is Gastown’s most famous attraction. To cover a steam grate and make effective use of the steam, the city decided to build the steam clock. Steam is fed to the clock by pipes which run below the streets and provide heat to all of downtown Vancouver. Every 15 minutes the clock toots and lets out some steam. On the hour, the clock whistles a cheerful tune and emits steam from all of the pipes. Although it looks a lot older, the steam clock was actually placed here in 1977.

One of a Few

Gastown is home to many interesting and unique stores but 'One of a Few' deserves a special mention. This small boutique has a unique selection of women's clothing not found anywhere else in Vancouver. In addition to the latest fashion, the shop also sells stylish shoes and trendy accessories. If only there were more shops like ‘One of a Few'…. The owners finally gave in and opened 'Two of a Few' right next door; the shop has the same trendy concept but is geared towards men.

The patio of Chill Winston

The patio of Chill Winston

Chilling at Chill Winston

Chill Winston boasts not only a great menu, but also an excellent location. The restaurant lies on a large square with a great view of the interesting architecture of the Hotel Europe. In summer there is a large sunny patio with red parasols, the perfect place to relax with an order of fresh crab cakes and a drink. At night the restaurant transforms into an attractive lounge where patrons can enjoy a glass wine and some delicious finger food.

Vancouver International Jazz Festival

Vancouver International Jazz Festival

Racing through Gastown

Gastown also regularly hosts large events. Once a year hundreds of cyclists race across the cobblestone streets during the Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix, which takes place in July. The race is part of a series of 9 races that are held in and around Vancouver. The Vancouver International Jazz Festival is also held in Gastown each year.

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