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Best Gastown in Vancouver Tour 2024

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Greetings, Internet Stranger! I’m Stella Jane, author of the travel guide Get Lost, and welcome to a perfect Gastown in Vancouver tour. Vancouver is one of those cities that just about everyone loves. It’s charming without being small. The people are friendly without being creepy. There’s tons of great food and fun things to do. What’s not to love?

Well, on this Gastown in Vancouver tour, we’re going to see some of the most special spots in all Vancouver. We’ll spend the morning at one of Vancouver’s finest museums, and then we’ll head for a fun food tour of one of Vancouver’s coolest neighborhoods. I guarantee you won’t find a better time!

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Morning: Vancouver Art Gallery

We’ve established that Vancouver is a lovely city. However, and I speak from personal experience here, the weather can sometimes be wet and rainy, just as it is in Seattle. That’s why I suggest finding a few indoor activities in Vancouver for when the weather is less than perfect before your Gastown in Vancouver tour.

And what better place to enjoy the indoors than the Vancouver Art Gallery? The name is a bit misleading because I think of art galleries as being small places, and the Vancouver Art Gallery is quite large. So if you’re looking to love some British Columbian art, this is the place to go!

We won’t have time to see everything in the Vancouver Art Gallery, but we will have time for…

Three Fun Facts: Vancouver Art Gallery

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1) Which British Columbian Artists are in the Vancouver Art Gallery?

One of the most famous local artists is Emily Carr. (She isn’t still painting; she died in 1945.) I always associate her with paintings of the nature in the Pacific Northwest, like this majestic tree. The painting is simply called “Tree Trunk”, and I like a painting title that knows how to get straight to the point.

According to the docent notes, Emily Carr didn’t like Georgia O’Keeffe because her flowers were too sexual. However, you can kind of see the influence of O’Keeffe’s style on this painting.

Also, I have been to the Georgia O’Keeffe museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and O’Keeffe was often annoyed that people kept saying her flowers were sexual. So perhaps she and Emily Carr could have worked this out and been friends.

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2) Are there any more Canadian paintings?

Sure are! How would you like to see another tree? Then you’re in luck because we’ve got this painting right here called “Tree”. Again with the simple and easy to remember names!

This painting was by Isabel McLaughlin, and she was another pioneering Canadian artist in the first half of the 20th century. However, she wasn’t exactly of Emily Carr’s generation, as she lived to the year 2002.

This tree received much praise at the time for its “curiously fascinating nature”. In more recent times, McLaughlin’s reputation has been revived because she hasn’t always received the attention that more famous male Canadian artists receive

I can’t decide whether or not I think this is a friendly tree trying to give me a hug or an evil tree trying to kill me. Possibly it’s trying to kill me with hugs. What do you think?

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3) Is all the art in the gallery paintings?

Absolutely not! In fact, one of my favorite things about the museum is that it has an excellent collection of clothes by First Nations artists. This piece is by Attatsiaq, from Nunavut, which is a Canadian territory. It’s especially interesting because usually we don’t know the names of individuals who made these garments. They were taken by Europeans who didn’t note who made them.

Attatsiaq, her mother, and her daughter all were beadworkers. Very cool to have such skill run in the family. The only skill that runs in my family is drinking too much at Thanksgiving. This beaded piece is a parka that was designed to be worn by a woman. It was collected by another female artist named Winifred Petchey Marsh, who painted a watercolor of it, so it would always be remembered.

And now I’ve gone through this whole art gallery and only mentioned female artists. Ha! Take that, male artists! Guess you’ll have to be satisfied with dominating just about every other museum. (There are male artists at the Vancouver Art Gallery, but they weren’t being featured on the day I visited.)

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Afternoon: Gastown Food Tour

Now that we’ve gotten so much culture in the morning, we’re going to head out on a fabulous culinary adventure this afternoon: the Gastown Food Tour. Don’t get lunch before your Gastown in Vancouver tour because there’s more than enough food on this tour for lunch. (I didn’t get breakfast either.)

Gastown is one of the most beautiful and historic neighborhoods in all Vancouver. It’s famous for its clock, which you’ll get to see on the tour. But there will also be tons of amazing bites that showcase what a diverse city Vancouver is.

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That way, you’ll be able to see all the hundreds of five star reviews this tour has. Then get ready to join me for…

Approximately Top 5: Gastown in Vancouver tour

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1) Steamworks IPA

Our first stop on the food tour was at a craft brewery called Steamworks for their classic IPA. IPA stands for India Pale Ale, and it was originally created for English people stationed in India, since it was strong enough to survive the long ocean voyage. Now, of course, anyone is allowed to drink it, not just the British.

Craft beer took off in Vancouver just like it did everywhere else, and Steamworks opened about ten years ago. It’s since become quite successful, and has even expanded to another location. However, this remains the famous original Steamworks! Don’t get it twisted!

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2) Guu with Otokomae

So, you know how I said this tour was going to showcase the diversity of food in Vancouver? Well, we are starting at a Japanese restaurant called Guu, but it’s not the kind of Japanese food that many people are used to. This is an izakaya, which is kind of like a Japanese version of a pub.

There’s more than one Guu in Vancouver, so be sure that you visit the right one. Or just take the food tour, and you’ll get to the right Guu automatically.

Here we got to try the chicken karaage, which is a light and fluffy Japanese fried chicken. They use a special breading which makes it less heavy and greasy than some other types of fried chicken. YUM!

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3) Italian food!

So we’ve gotten British beer, Japanese fried chicken, and now it’s time for Italian tortellini. This dish was a big hit with everyone on the tour because who doesn’t love pasta? Especially when it’s washed down with a glass of Italian red wine. (There was a non-drinker on the tour, and he got soda, so don’t worry if you don’t drink.)

I also really enjoyed the name of this restaurant. It’s a French name. However, the chef-owner is Sicilian, and the cuisine here is authentic. So I’m sure you’ll have an excellent time here as well.

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4) Can you guess what this is?

It looks like some General Tso’s chicken or something similar, doesn’t it? However, this is actually not chicken at all. It’s a piece of cauliflower dressed up to seem like chicken. Even without the meat, it was delicious because of the flavorful tamarind chili glaze on top. I’m not vegetarian, but I’m always happy when vegetarian food tastes this good.

Also, the restaurant that serves this cauliflower is called Meet. It was kind of a cute play on words, since we didn’t end up eating any meat here.

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5) Canada’s National Treasure

Is it the Montreal Canadiens? The comedy stylings of Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara? No, it’s poutine! You really can’t say that you’ve been to Canada without trying poutine. I think it actually might be against Canadian law.

As you can probably tell from the name, poutine is most associated with the French-speaking province of Quebec. It’s total hangover food–a mess of fried potatoes, topped with gravy and cheese curds.

Seriously, if you ever think you’ve had too much to drink, just eat a plate of this stuff and it will soak up all the booze. (My lawyer wants me to tell you that this isn’t official medical advice.)

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6) Soft Peaks Ice Cream

OK, so get ready for the first of three desserts! I’ve been on a lot of food tours, but I think this is the first one where I ever got three desserts.

That’s why I always say that food tours are such a great value. You’d have to spend a lot more money if you got these dishes on your own because you’d have to pay for the full size. And then you probably wouldn’t have enough room to try them all anyway.

Soft Peaks is Vancouver’s first organic milk soft serve shop. I’m not an expert on organic milk, but I do know that my chocolate soft serve was deliciously creamy and I loved the fruit drizzle on top. It was the perfect dessert for a warm summer day in Vancouver. (Yes, they exist.)

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7) Waffleland

Our second dessert stop was at Waffleland for some…you guessed it…waffles. Look at how light and adorable this waffle is! And it’s shaped like a heart! I can’t imagine a better way to put a smile on your face than by eating a heart shaped waffle.

I know I said that this tour would showcase the diversity of food in Vancouver. Well, Waffleland serves several international styles of waffle, including Liege waffles from Belgium, and these delicate treats, which are Norwegian. (I did have a very similar heart shaped waffle in Oslo once.)

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8) Vancouver’s Best Cheesecake

The final stop on the Gastown food tour was at a coffee shop called Trees. However, we weren’t here to try any coffee. We were here to sample Vancouver’s best cheesecake. I’m from New York City, and I can be a little skeptical of other cities’ claims to have the best cheesecake.

However, I had to admit that this cheesecake was creamy and tender. I haven’t eaten any or even most of the cheesecake in Vancouver. But this stuff right here was pretty darn good.

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Those are all the secrets of the food tour that I can share with you for now. You’ll just have to go ahead and book the tour to find out the rest!

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Evening: Dinner at Blue Water Cafe

You might be wondering how we could possibly have room for dinner after the food tour. Well, it’s definitely possible! Just go for a stroll around Gastown, work up an appetite, and voila! You’ll be ready for dinner in no time.

When many people think of the best things to eat in Vancouver, they think of the incredible seafood available off the Pacific Coast. And when you ask locals what the best seafood restaurant in Vancouver is, many of them will say the Blue Water Cafe, so that’s where we’re going to go. It’s upscale, but not stuffy.

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I suggest starting with one of their excellent cocktails, like the Off the Rails. This was made with watermelon infused mezcal and a fizzy habanero shrub, and it was most refreshing on a sweltering summer day.

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For the appetizer, who can resist a plate of a half a dozen raw oysters. It comes with a tasty sauce, but honestly these oysters don’t need anything but a squirt of lemon. On the day that I visited the Blue Water Cafe, the oysters were Kusshi, Shigoku, Chef Creek, Fanny Bay, Sunseeker, and Barstool.

Aren’t those great names? If I ever have children, those might just be the names I give them. These are all Pacific Coast oysters, except for the Barstool, which is from Prince Edward Island. Still, that’s Canadian enough for you, eh?

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For the main course on your Gastown in Vancouver tour day, I suggest the arctic char. It has such a rich flavor and perfect crispy skin. It’s my favorite special occasion fish.

And the first time I ever had it was at the Blue Water Cafe, though I was just a baby world traveler back then. Good to know that they still make an excellent version!

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For dessert, I selected the lime panna cotta with mango gelato, passionfruit, and chili. I enjoyed the combination of sweet, sour, and spicy, but that wasn’t why I selected this dish. The restaurant recommended ordering a glass of ice wine with the panna cotta, and I really wanted to try this Canadian delicacy.

Ice wine is sweet, and it’s quite pricey, but if you like dessert wine, go ahead and indulge! It’s the perfect end to our Gastown in Vancouver tour day

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Where Should I Stay?

Vancouver is the third largest city in Canada, and it’s pretty spread out. That’s why it’s important to pick the right neighborhood.

I recommend the Victorian Hotel, located right near the atmospheric Gastown neighborhood. It has several charming amenities, but the best are the fresh croissants every morning, which is really all you need in life.

I also recommend the Burrard, if you are looking for a hotel in Downtown Vancouver. It was easy to get to many of Vancouver’s most popular restaurants and attractions from here, and my room was very comfortable and clean.

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Stella’s Top 3 Picks: Best Gastown in Vancouver Tour

#1 TOP PICK

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
GASTOWN FOOD TOUR
✔️ Delicious authentic treats
✔️ Expert local guide

#2 PICK

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WHALE WATCHING TOUR
✔️ Whales are amazing
✔️ Spectacular views

#3 PICK

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ALL OTHER VANCOUVER TOURS
✔️ Find your favorite!
✔️ Get the best deals

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