3 Must See Sights in Gastown: + A Style Guide


 * This photo shoot was in collaboration with Vancouver Photographer  Marilaine Delisle

Gastown, is a unique and historic part of my hometown Vancouver, Canada. On this trip home, I collaborated with a local photographer to capture unique views of  Gastown. Working with Marilaine was such a delight!  If you are visiting Vancouver and need photos, do check out her work. Her photography talent is amazing! 




This nostalgic area is known as a tourist's paradise, because of the timeless brick buildings and the cobblestone streets. It is also located close to the cruise ship terminals, at the Pan Pacific Hotel.

Architecture and history enthusiasts can go on  a walking tour, to explore the area further. The locals call it Gastown because the first saloon was opened here in 1886 by Jack Deighton: known as "Gassy Jack"." Apparently he let off a lot of hot air, and talked non stop! From that time to this,  the Maple Tree Square, has been known as Gastown.



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There is quite a bit to explore in Gastown. Several shops and boutiques will keep you entertained for hours. Also don't miss out on the coffee scene, several spots are available to get your java fix.  I had the best ever Maple latte located across the street from the Harbor Centre Tower. If you plan to visit and have limited time to see everything:

These are the 3 sights you don't want to miss!

1) Hotel Europe

Of course is not hard to miss this iconic hotel, as it is a very prominent structure located at the intersection of Powell and Alexander streets. However if you get sidetracked at all the souvenir stores at the other end, you may miss it! Hotel Europe is a famous icon in Vancouver and has appeared in several movie sets.

The hotel was built in 1908 and commissioned by hotelier Angelo Calori. It was designed flat iron style and was the first reinforced concrete structure to be built in Canada. A long time ago it was probalby a grand place to check in. In 1983 it was remodeled and as affordable housing units for low income residents.  The only attraction now, is for tourists  to put on their best face for photo shoots and selfies!


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2) The Steam Clock

The old time clock is my favorite part of Gastown, and holds special memories for me. I visited this clock many times as a child. Some of my fondest memories, were standing on this corner and watching the old girl blow her top! It was always a fun trip to come downtown with my mum and take in the sights. The clock whistles and blows off steam once every hour.

The steam clock is one of few located around the world. It was not part of the original landscape from the 1870's. It was built over a hundred years later in 1977.  The merchants in town had it built as a monument, and also to keep  the homeless from sleeping on the streets. If they did, they would literally be on top of a hot seat! Ha!

This is because underneath Vancouver, there are a series of steam pipes connected to a generating plant. This system provides heat for most of the downtown core, and also the steam for the whistles of the steam clock.


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3) The Harbor Centre 

Your Vancouver adventure begins here, from the Look Out Tower of the Harbor Centre. This is another hometown gem I have not experienced yet.  Even though we spent a lot of time in Gastown, we never made it to the Harbor Centre. I left the lower mainland when I was 17, and still have an endless list of places to visit.

The Tower extends 530 feet into the sky, and boasts a 360 degree panoramic view of the city.  If you like to be athletic, do take the stairs!  Just  633 steps and  you will be at the top! The gallery and observation deck are available to rent out for any events you have planned.

All the floors below the tower are used for office space. The building at the center business district for downtown Vancouver.


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What to Wear in Spring

The weather in Vancouver can vary so much in early spring. I visited the middle of February, and again the 1st week of March. It can reach 60 degrees one day, and be blustery cold the next.

Gastown seems to always be more on the windy side. I brought two different coats: a light jean jacket and a stylish long outerwear coat.  For my styled travel shoot in Gastown, I went with casual and classic style.

Black high waist pants from Anne Taylor Loft, a striped tee, and black patent boots fit the Gastown vibe perfectly  I changed up my look by swapping out my  jacket and shoes.
I hope you found some travel and style inspiration here to get your spring started!  Have you visited Vancouver yet?

Next week is spring break at school, and I'm sooo ready for a week off. I also will be taking a few weeks break from the blog. I have some website maintenance to catch up on, and can't do it if I keep posting.  Thanks for your patience and continued support! I'll see you back here in 2-3 weeks! As 


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35 comments

  1. What a beautiful city! I’m a sucker for cobblestone streets!

    Brooke
    Pumpsandpushups.com

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    1. Vancouver is one of the most beautiful anywhere, and I do too!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Nicole.! The last few times I went to your blog to link up, i found it very hard to navigate, I never did find the latest link up..

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  3. What a fun trip Val!! We always love exploring new places ....especially on friend's recommendations!!
    XOXO
    Jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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    1. Hey girl, well Vancouver is the ultimate and I yes I am biased, but everyone would agree, you have to go!
      xoxoxo

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  4. What a great trip. Love the hotel, what a great building :) Thanks for linking up to The Wednesday Link Up. Hope you can join me today :)

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Claire and thank you it was a great trip home as always!

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  5. You look so chic and these pictures are fabulous! I want to go there!!
    Cheryl
    www.northwestmountainliving.com

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    1. Thank you so much Cheryl, I hope you get to soon , so so much to see and explore!

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  6. Looks like I need to take another road trip to Vancouver! Gastown is so charming and I'd love to rediscover the sites you blogged about here

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    1. Thank you so much, I sure hope you can, there is so much in Vancouver, I havent even touched the service and I was raised there, ..so crazy..ha!

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  7. Are maple lattes a common thing in Vancouver? That sounds amazing. Anywhere with good coffee and cool architecture is worth a visit in my book!

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    1. Ha ha, I so agree Carrie!! The first place I go, I always scope out the best coffee shops! Yes Maple lattes are popular, as Canada is known for maple syrup...that's where the idea came for the name of my blog!

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  8. How did I visit Gastown and NOT see Hotel Europe? I'm totally kicking myself now.

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    1. OH NO girl..yeah it's easy to miss if you dont go all the way to the end of Gastown, bummer I hope you go again to see it!

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  9. I love finding small towns when I travel and I would love to go to Vancouver one day!

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    1. Hi Mary, you will love Vancouver! It is not in any way small tho, it has over 3.1 million in population..

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  10. Never been to Vancouver. Seems a lovely destination and worth to visit. Loving to be inspired by those Spring style shots. Cool!

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    1. Awe thank you Nafisa, I am so glad it was inspiring! I love spring! You definitely need to visit, there is so much to see, I haven't even scratched the surface, and as you saw...I was raised there.. ha crazy!

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  11. There is an old clock in my hometown too that I always loved - there was something so romantic about it. I called it "Big Ben" after the much larger clock in London!

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    1. Wow That is so cool to hear! Which town is that clock in? I hope to see Big Ben in the next year, I need a trip overseas bad!

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  12. The more I learn about Vancouver, the higher it moves up my list of must get to places. Love all the photos and that one with the reflection is incredible. Gastown looks like a fun place to explore.

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    1. Thank you Heidi, yes Marilaine captures the most amazing images! I sure hope you make a trip there, you wont regret it!

      Valerie

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  13. You had me at “coffee scene”, lol. But I’ve been dying to get out to the western half of Canada. Only been to Montreal so far.

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    1. Ha ha, I hear you on that. I have never been any further east then Winnipeg, and I was a small child last time I visited. So dying to see Montreal, Toronto, and the eastern seaboard!

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  14. Gastown looks lovely. I must admit I’ve only heard about it through this post.. The steam clock looks pretty cool. I love how this reminds you so much of your childhood!

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    1. Thanks for visiting Marvi, well I am glad I could share something new with you! I hope you do makme a visit to Gastown sometime, it has so much old world charm!

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  15. Very beautiful photos! I love Gastown and Vancouver. I had a blast when I visited. I really like the landmarks and details captured in the photos. #FlyAwayFriday

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  16. Very cool! I particularly commend you for wearing heels out on the streets sightseeing! My feet don't like heels much haha. Vancouver is a city I need to revisit. I haven't been since Expo 86! Gosh i'm old. Thank you for coming to Fly Away Friday! See you tomorrow!

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  17. Cute outfit! I'm a personal stylist on the side, so I can appreciate how trendy you are! Thanks for joining Fly Away Friday, see you tomorrow! xo

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