Maple Tree Square
Gassy Jack Statue
It's amusing to think that Vancouver's favorite statue is a testament to the virtues of drink. At least that's one interpretation of the...
Guilt & Co
This cave-like subterranean bar, tucked under Gastown's brick-cobbled sidewalks, has a cult following among the kind of under-30s crowd...
Typifying Gastown's ever-moving transformation, this chichi but comfortable dining room relocated from just around the corner within a...
Maple Tree Square information
The intersection where Vancouver began was the site of 'Gassy' Jack Deighton's first bar, and the spot where the inaugural city-council meeting was held under a large maple tree. It drips with old-town charm. Snap a photo of the jaunty statue of Jack, plus the nearby, recently restored Byrnes Block, the oldest Vancouver building still in its original location.
Gastown was designated a national historic site in 2010, in the main because of this area. Stocked with historic buildings completed a few years after the 1886 Great Fire, Carrall St has some handsome historic architecture. Images from Vancouver's early days (just after it was renamed from the original moniker of 'Granville') show that the first 'city hall' was actually a sagging tent with a handwritten sign on it.