Historic & Heritage Sites
Heritage buildings (Picture BC photo)
Vancouver’s historic and heritage sites highlight the city’s diverse culture.
Stroll through the “original Vancouver” in Gastown, enter one of North America’s largest and most vibrant Chinatowns, and see a 19th-century fishing cannery at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery in nearby Richmond.
Other sites preserve the city’s pioneer and Aboriginal history and the architecture of the Victorian and Edwardian eras. More modern sites reflect Vancouver’s emergence as a world-class city with cultural and sporting events.
As Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhood and a National Historic Site, Gastown features charming cobblestone streets, an antique steam clock, and brick facades. A statue commemorates Gastown’s founder – “Gassy Jack” Deighton – who opened a saloon here in 1867. Tempting shops and restaurants round out the experience.
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