|Gastown Steam Clock|
Proud Canadian TraditionTo start the sightseeing off, you can pass by Gastown, in downtown Vancouver. Going through Gastown will give you a very good idea of the rich and diverse roots of the rest of the city. Gastown takes its name from Jack “Gassy” Deighton, a sailor turned bar owner who established the city’s first saloon. The town quickly developed and flourished, as numerous businesses and establishments opened, making Gastown a melting pot of diversity, trade, and commerce. By 1886, Gastown had officially become part of Vancouver. Unfortunately, Gastown was not spared from the Great Vancouver Fire, which destroyed most of its buildings and history. However, in a testament to the spirit of Gastown’s citizens, the town was rebuilt and — driven by an interest to preserve the historical and architectural merit of the town — was recognized as one of Canada’s National Historic Sites. Today, Gastown is a popular tourist site that holds numerous antique and culturally significant landmarks, such as the Gastown Steam Clock, which is a proud, locally maintained site that also has become a hub of modern technologies and a lively nightlife.
The Great Outdoors
|National Geographic Tree|
A Taste of DiversityThe great city of Vancouver is also home to a large and thriving Chinatown (in fact, one of the biggest and oldest Chinatowns that can be found in the whole of North America). In close proximity to Gastown, Vancouver’s Chinatown presents you with a unique opportunity to have an authentic and interesting Chinese experience right in the middle of Canada. With a community spanning generations of Chinese-Canadian immigrants, you can be sure that the shops, restaurants, markets, and other establishments there are 100 per cent authentic and traditional. Vancouver’s Chinatown is truly one of the ideal examples of marriage between a foreign culture and the Canadian lifestyle.
|Dr. Sun Yat Sen Classical Garden|