Directions from Gastown
Kontakt Digital is a short hop, skip and a jump away from the neighbourhood of Gastown, one of Vancouver’s trendiest areas. Gastown is located on the east side of Downtown Vancouver and it is quite near to the Vancouver Seawall-which leads to another one of Vancouver’s landmarks, Stanley Park. Even though Gastown is known as a trendy shopping area, it is also home to many of the finest restaurants in the city.
“Gassy” Jack Deighton was a seaman from Yorkshire and the owner of one of the first bars in the area. This area is actually one of the oldest and best known areas of the lower mainland. This small town was a trading center in the area and was the home of the Hastings sawmill.
Cobblestone is what the streets are Gastown are known for being paved with, the rough reddish-brown bricks lending much of their character to historical feeling of the area. In addition to the old-school aesthetic, some of the buildings in the area boast incredible architecture, some of which date back to construction after 1886, in which a great fire destroyed much of the city.
Another iconic Vancouver landmark in the area is Gastown’s Steam Clock, it is a “steam-powered” clock that draws crowds of tourists in the summer. The clock marks each hour with a steam whistle, which is recorded by many of the interested onlookers. “Steam clock” may actually be a misnomer, the clock is actually powered by descending weights, with the steam engine at the bottom winding the clock.
As mentioned before, Gastown has a strong and diverse shopping scene. The brands in Gastown have a wide range from tourist trinkets to upscale brands and high fashion. The shops in the area also features a wide variety of local shops and designers.
Also mentioned before, Gastown features some of the best restaurants in the Lower Mainland. There is something to satisfy every appetite in this gastronomic corridor of the city.