Old “Gassy Jack” would be proud. In 1867, he opened a saloon for mill workers. More bars and businesses took root nearby, and very quickly the place grew to become the city of Vancouver. Now Gastown, his namesake neighborhood, may be the trendiest in Vancouver.
The pop culture website Complex.com even recently rated Gastown, Vancouver, the fourth most stylish district in the world, just behind New York’s Soho.
For many years, Gastown, Vancouver, (the oldest part of the city) was – let’s be frank – seedy. Its cobbled streets and big iconic Steam Clock, which blows off steam and plays musical tunes throughout the day, were its best features. And visitors liked the inexpensive souvenir shops selling T-shirts and maple leaf knick-knacks.
But in recent years, gentrification has ramped up Gastown’s cool meter…
Continue reading about Gastown, Vancouver, in our story “Gastown Calls Out to Hipsters,” published in TravelAge West magazine (lead photo courtesy Tourism British Columbia).