One of the oldest neighborhoods in Vancouver, Gastown is named after John Deigthon, an English mariner and saloon keeper whose talkative nature earned him the nickname “Gassy Jack”. According to the legend, Deigthon offered thirsty mill workers whisky in exchange for building him a saloon. It was only a 12x 24 foot shak, but it was up and running within 24hrs.
In 1870, the official name for the area was Granville Townside, although most people still referred to it as Gastown. You can visit https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/gastown for more information.
Until today this part of the city retains its historic charm and independent spirit. With a mix of new and old, with buildings preserving Victorian architecture hosting fashion boutiques, fancy restaurants, art galleries. Gastown is the perfect place to explore on foot.
Been Vancouver’s first, and largest park is a magnificent oasis in the midst of the urban landscape of this city. You can enjoy the scenic views of water, get in touch with the rainforest, walk around the seawall while taking pictures of the north shore and west coast. For more information visit: https://vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture/stanley-park.aspx
The park has many landmarks, monuments, first nations totem poles but not everything in there is about history, you can also dine at one of the park’s restaurants, enjoy the beaches around it and visit the beautiful gardens.
Also, If what you like is to dance and have some fun, you may want to take a walk around third beach on Tuesdays evenings in summer, and enjoy the drums circle, it is a complete free event, where you can find a multicultural space inviting you to shake off the dust, and move your body, make new friends to increase your network or simply watch the sunset while you listen to the music.