Another Saturday and another walk in the city. Although it was raining I decided to walk to Gastown
It is not easy to find free parking in Vancouver but I managed to find a spot near Science World. This meant that I had to walk past some grungy areas, through Chinatown and into Skid Row
Over the years Gastown (Water Street) has evolved into an upscale tourist shopping mecca where it parallels the railyard. I am using a GPS tracking app on my iPhone. I let it record where I have been and when I get home I load the CSV file into Google Earth to get the two views above.
I eventually make it to Maple Tree square. In the old days there was a Maple Tree here, now there is only the statue of Gassy Jack
Here is the inscription on the plaque and where they chose the name Vancouver for this City. In the old days they got their light from Gas lanterns, thus they originally named this place Gastown
On the left you see the statue of Gassy Jack (the site of the old maple tree)
That triangled building in the middle is Hotel Europa which has been restored with retail businesses on street level
During the summer this is a busy place, but not so much today on a cool rainy day
Not long ago this was not such a desirable area and you still have to be careful as we are only a couple of blocks from an area which tourists should avoid, especially at night
There are many specialty shops who cater to tourists
Our rainy season starts around March and goes until around June so make sure you bring your raingear, or umbrellas
If you should continue walking West you will come upon our Steam clock and at noon daily it sounds out "Oh Canada"
The taller building on the left is the Toronto Dominion Building which was once the tallest building in the British Commonwealth. Lots of older buildings to admire
A Western specialty store being guarded by these dudes with guns
Here are a couple of convenience stores
and here we find the flagship John Fluevog designed custom shoe store (info here)