Gastown Water Street Vancouver Canada black and white downtown


Location: Water St, Vancouver. Canada


Gastown is a national historic site in Vancouver, at the northeast end of the downtown. This neighborhood is considered to be the birthplace of this city.

Gastown was initially a settlement that grew up around a tavern founded in 1867 by sailor and gold prospector John "Gassy Jack" Deighton. Nowadays the victorian buildings of this historic district house everything from souvenir shops and First Nations galleries to stylish clothing boutiques.

The street of the photograph is Water Street, which is probably one of the most popular places, full of tourist-oriented businesses. Its most famous landmark is the steam clock, one of the few working clocks in the world that are powered by a steam engine.

The tall modern building in the background is Harbour Centre, a notable skyscraper in the central business district. With 168 m (551 ft). It is one of the tallest structures in Vancouver and a prominent landmark on the city's skyline.




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