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Downtown Vancouver
Downtown Vancouver
#About the City of Vancouver

Downtown Vancouver is the lower part of the city of Vancouver. This is an area full of activity, many people, workers, and visitors, at all hours of the day. It is considered a place to visit at any time, and it is safe to walk here at night.

Here are the main cafes and restaurants in the city. Along with clothing stores, jewelry, and shoe stores, and entertainment centers and nightlife of Vancouver.

Geographically, the downtown of the city is not a large area, built on a peninsula, surrounded by docks. The whole area can be seen by walking.

The northern suburbs connect to the downtown, through the Lion Gate Bridge, that crosses the Burrard Inlet. On the southern side of the downtown, on False Creek, it connects to the rest of the city through the Burrard Bridge, Granville Bridge, and Cambie Bridge.


#What is in Downtown?

Walking along Main Street will give you a better understanding of the lovely Vancouver downtown.

The main street of the downtown is Robson Street, a large shopping street in the city. There are many malls, stores, clubs, cafes, and restaurants.

There is another street worth a visit - Commercial Drive.

Vancouver's downtown has a few quarters. The three interesting ones are Gastown, from which Vancouver was born, Chinatown, the settlement of Chinese immigrants, and Yaletown, that has turned from a quarter of warehouses and workshops to a trendy and popular area.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/CvCDSCPdtQ8


Drive Around Downtown:

https://youtu.be/6tyFAtgy4JA


A View from Above:

https://youtu.be/3WGP0tJb-gk
Hotel Europe
Hotel Europe
#About the Building that Looks Like a Flatiron

Architecture enthusiasts will probably find interest at the Hotel Europe in the Gastown neighborhood in Vancouver. This is a building that reminds of the Flatiron and was built between 1908-1909 on a triangle piece of land.

The flat hotel has 6 floors. The building was planned by the architecture firm Parr and Fee. It was built in a style that reminds of the Flatiron building in New York, maybe the most famous triangle building in the world.

This building was commissioned by the hotelier Angelo Calori in 1908, only 6 years after the first building in the world was built from reinforced concrete, and this was the first building to be built out of this in Canada.


A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/yQeu7361pSs
Water Street
Water Street
#About the Main Street of Gastown

Water Street is the main street of Gastown, the historical neighborhood of Vancouver, and the place from where the city was born and developed. The street is filled with bricks, with old style lamps that light up the street and give it an older atmosphere.

In the street houses were preserved in the Victorian style. The atmosphere here is a combination of history and modern times. From here Vancouver's history started.

On Water Street you will find many different cafes, bars, and restaurants, with stores and many lively city life. In summer this street gets busy with all sorts of festive celebrations and colors, including street artists, stalls, and more.

On the west side of the street you will see one of the city's attractions, the special and famous Steam-Clock of Gastown.


A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/U-O9iAFqUMg
Vancouver
Gastown
#About the Old Neighborhood that Vancouver Was Born From

Gastown is a neighborhood and the place where the city of Vancouver began. You will find here the early history of the city, and recreated houses from the Victorian period.

Today, after some renovations to the area, it is one of the trendiest areas in Vancouver. In tourist season, during summer, the neighborhood is alive and active, filled with visitors. The rest of the year it is mainly an entertainment area for locals.

There are many boutiques here, interesting stores and art galleries. The stores and clubs here are located in different Victorian buildings, most of which were used in the past as workshops and warehouses.

Among the attractions at Gastown, you can find the famous Steam-Clock of the city, that whistles every 15 minutes.

The nice statue located on the corner of Water and Cordova Streets, is of Gassy Jack, the man who brought alcohol to Vancouver and from his bar the city actually developed.

With wonderful and trendy nightlife, mysterious stores, bars, and wonderful places to eat and drink some coffee, Gastown is a great place for entertainment and meeting friends.


#About the Talker and the Drops of Alcohol that Led to the Neighborhood

Gastown is the oldest area of Vancouver, where the first settlers settled in 1886. There are those who are surprised to learn that the city developed from an alcohol bar that opened here by a guy called John Deighton, but everyone knew him by his nickname, "Gassy Jack." This John decided to open a salon here to let the white workers from the sawmill here a little alcohol at the end of a long work day.

Gassy Jack was known for the long stories he loved to tell. The workers, who longed for a drink after the workday, would come here en masse. The salon became a success, and the same workers who came to the bar began building and buying houses next to the bar, and were the first residents of the neighborhood. This is how Gassy Jack created the foundations for the first neighborhood of Vancouver.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/-vj7FMe8xb8


A Walk Through:

https://youtu.be/U-O9iAFqUMg


A Guide:

https://youtu.be/EsvzEUah4aY

Downtown Vancouver

Robson Street
Robson Street
#About Vancouver's Shopping Street

Like every major city, Vancouver also has an ultimate shopping street, a street that is the place to see and be seen. With a concentration of malls, shops and department stores, Robson Street is just like that.

This is Vancouver's main shopping street and the most active street in Downtown, an exciting street with a rich history, a busy place all day and in all weather, with locals and tourists.

During the holidays, Robson Street is illuminated and decorated and during the weekdays it is the ultimate shopping street. From cheap products to luxury items, Robson Street offers shops for every pocket and every price range. From fine and small designer shops to large, upscale shops, from local, cheaper and less expensive boutiques to super-branded supermarket chains and well-known international brands such as Zara, Tommy Hilfiger and Banana Republic.

Robson also has lots of local food, based on a variety of seafood and international cuisine. You will find a wide range of restaurants, cafés, bars and pubs.

Robson Street was named after the British Prime Minister of British Columbia in 1889-1892. Throughout the history of the city, there was this exciting and international street, the most important and central street in town.


#Tips

The most successful shopping in Robson can be found in the section between Granville and Jervis Streets.

The many tourists will find many souvenir shops on Robson Street.

In the winter Robson Square has an ice skating rink.


A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/nKqGk4Ic0v8
Gastown Steam-Clock
Gastown Steam-Clock
#About the Whistling Steam-Clock that Operates on Gas

One of the special things you will see in Vancouver is the only clock in the world that works on steam. Everyone goes to see the clock, which has an interesting whistle every 15 minutes.

The Gastown Steam-Clock has a special noise. This is a sort of whistle, that's different from the hourly bell that rings in these types of clocks.

The special clock was built in 1977 during renovations on the neighborhood. Actually, it was built here for better use the street pipe, that was used to heat buildings in the area. The clock was actually created to conceal the pipe, and stop homeless people from sleeping next to the hot pipe in the cold winter.

Since this is a popular tourist attraction, the steam mechanism was recreated here, with financial support from local businesses. Even though the invention is modern, the famous clock is part of the history of the neighborhood.

Either way, it looks impressive and unique because the steam is what operates the clock dials, and responsible for the whistling of the clock every 15 minutes.

The whistling steam-clock is located in the old neighborhood of Vancouver, Gastown, on the corner of Water Street and Cambie Street.


A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/JRorkXGLPCw


Another Look:

https://youtu.be/4Pf9YluAU64
Vancouver Public Library
Vancouver Public Library
#About the Library that Resembles the Colosseum in Rome

One of the architectural wonders in the city is the special building of the Vancouver Public Library. You have probably noticed that the round building is a sort of modern version of the Colosseum in Rome. The size of the library is about 40,000 square meters, and includes more than 1.5 million books.

The library building was planned in 1990, by an Israeli architecture Moshe Safdie. The building is located across the theater art center in the city, and many see it as a prominent and odd building, especially across more conservative buildings around.

The Public Library complex is spread on an entire city block, and includes an office building with 9 floors, with the two highest floors rented out, which helps finance the expensive project.

In the impressive building are a few cafes and stores that are open to the public. In the atrium area of the Public Library are many official ceremonies and different public events.


A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/RMe31Qd7KMM
Yaletown
Yaletown
#About Vancouver's Trendy Nightlife Area

Yaletown used to be a district of warehouses and workshops for the lower area of Vancouver. Throughout the years it was discovered by artists and young people as a place of potential with low prices, what turned older businesses and neglected area into a place with designer boutiques, bars, art galleries, pubs, studio apartments and vibrant restaurants.

Today, years later, the district is one of the most fashionable areas in Vancouver, and a hotspot for young people, who come here to party and go out. There are many older buildings that have been renovated and preserved, next to many new and modern buildings with green spaces. The area near False Creek is one of the best nightlife areas for entertainment of all kinds.

A Closer Look at the District and How Apartments Here Today Look:

https://youtu.be/EFuCKt6A-yo


A View from Above:

https://youtu.be/P3JIM9p9yco


Chinatown Vancouver
Chinatown
#About Vancouver's Chinatown

Chinatown, located east of Gastown, is a colorful district with bustling streets with markets, Chinese restaurants and souvenir shops, gifts, Chinese art and Chinese food.

The atmosphere in Vancouver's Chinatown is very pleasant. Already from the Millennium Gate, the impressive entrance gate to the Quarter, you feel the special character of Chinatown, the connection and complementarity between East and West and the past and the future.

Inside you are immediately impressed by how clean and quiet the city's Chinatown is. This is interesting, especially since Vancouver's Chinatown is considered the second largest Chinatown in North America, after that of San Francisco.

Many of the interesting buildings in the district are on Pender Street. All street signs are written in Chinese and the houses are also built in typical Asian style. A visit to the place is a special cultural experience, while also on the side of the food, the immediate gastronomic change here is immediately felt.


#What is Here?

Chinatown is considered the most popular among tourists arriving in Vancouver for a trip. It is in an area between the streets of Main, Fender and Carrall.

Among the interesting sites in Vancouver's Chinatown are:

The Millennium Gate - the large entrance gate and impressive to the quarter, which represents the connection between the past and the future and from the west to the east.

Pender Street - the main street of the Quarter, passing through its center. Here is the Chinese Cultural Center, or the CCC.

Dr. Sun Yat-sen Garden's beautiful Chinese garden, with pools, pagodas and rocks, designed by dozens of Chinese artists.

The narrowest office building in the world - at 8 West Pender Street.

Chinese Cultural Museum - located on Columbia Street in the Chinese Quarter.

Richmond neighborhood - a neighborhood with 60% of its population of Chinese origin. The atmosphere is more modern than Chinatown and less traditional. Large shopping centers contribute to the Asian atmosphere.



#History of Chinatown

Vancouver is considered the "most Asian city" in North America. Already in the 19th century, immigrants arrived in Vancouver, building up the quarter and the the ancient theater in Shanghai Lane. They began to live in the city and gradually found themselves clustered together in one neighborhood, their own Chinatown, a Chinese neighborhood with a relatively traditional atmosphere within downtown Vancouver.

This is how a neighborhood like a miniature China began to emerge, a bustling, and vibrant China with booths and specialty food shops, but with excellent city-sponsored maintenance and no filth and mess that characterize similar neighborhoods around the world.

At the beginning of the 21st century, with the transfer of control over Hong Kong to China, many Chinese emigrated to Vancouver. The wave of immigration from Hong Kong to Vancouver were so great that it was nicknamed "Hong-couver."

Today, the Chinese minority in Vancouver is the largest ethnic group in the city. To Vancouver's Chinatown flock Chinese and Canadians from all over the country. You can stroll here among gleaming neon signs, Chinese restaurants and tea houses and Chinese herbal medicine stores.


#Tips

There is nothing to plan in Chinatown after 6:00 pm. The main activity here is from morning to noon.

On the weekends of the summer months there is a traditional Chinese night market here from Fridays to Sundays from 6:30 pm - 11:00 pm.

A tour in the quarter should be done through the Red Silk Road - a pedestrian path marked red - takes visitors to the city via the important stations in the neighborhood, such as the Chinese Cultural Museum and Museum on Columbia Street and the Chinese Classical Garden by Dr. Sun Yat-sen.


A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/ra8-fwnlT7E
Vancouver Art Gallery
#About the Art Gallery in the Center of Vancouver

At all times the museum displays 10,000 art pieces, including works by local artists, the first settlers, Indians, through a series of paintings by the famous Canadian painter Emily Carr, and more modern art pieces.

Let's begin in the museum's collection, considered one of the most important in Canada, and has passed the 100th year anniversary a long time ago. There are about 80,000 art pieces that are displayed to the public, in permanent and temporary exhibits.

Notice that the impressive building of the Vancouver Art Gallery is in itself a real work of art, this building is in the neo-Classical style, built in 1911.



#About the National Paintings of Emily Carr

The paintings of Emily Carr take up important space at the galleries in the Vancouver Art Gallery. These paintings have commemorated the beautiful area of the North-West, and they are highlighted in the gallery.

Emily Carr is considered one of the most admired and famous Canadian painters. Most of her paintings describe the lives of the Indians and landscape of British Columbia, and Canada and general. Carr's paintings are presented in every art museum around Canada. Carr also wrote a book that describes her life, and is considered a national painter.


A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/RgXTmWKREuw?t=11s


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