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.
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.