Since 2009, Gastown has been a National Historic Site of Canada. It was the nucleus from which the whole city of Vancouver, British Columbia grew.
Its name was derived from the “founding father of Gastown,” a Yorkshire seaman, “Gassy” Jack Deighton, who opened the district’s first tavern in 1867. His statue remains among the post-Great-Vancouver-Fire historic buildings which line this area.
The iconic steam clock at the corner of Cambie and Water Streets was funded by a community effort from local businessmen, property owners and private citizens; but today, it belongs to the City of Vancouver. A steam engine and electric motors run the clock which whistles every quarter hour and puffs steam from the top on the hour.
Tourism Vancouver describes it best:
“Today, the district retains its historic charm and independent spirit. Victorian architecture houses a thriving fashion scene, impeccably curated décor boutiques, one-of-a-kind galleries and some of the best culinary fare in Vancouver. It’s a gathering place for stylish locals and an ideal neighbourhood to explore on foot.
Gastown is a neighbourhood that seamlessly combines old with new, history with the way forward. An essential part of Vancouver’s history, a visit to Gastown should include a stroll along Water Street, where you’ll find a picture-perfect collection of old buildings, cobblestones, the Steam Clock, and vintage lampposts.”
Just after the Bowen Island Photography Tour, I strolled around Gastown and savoured the views.
Dinner at L’Abattoir (almost right next to Gassy Jack’s statue) where I had the most succulent and scrumptious, perfectly seasoned grilled lobster tail with celeriac agnolotti, bisque— just added to the menu this day. I also had terrine of duck foie gras with coronation grapes, wine jelly, toasted brioche. Very nice specially with the wine jelly [but if you get this, may I suggest if you ask them to hold the salt so you can put the amount of salt you prefer]. Service was absolutely exemplary!
A lovely reminder from John Fluevog Shoes:
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17 Amen!
Then onto Waterfront Station to catch a ride home.