From April 23  – May 31 , Gastown welcomes back local tourism and hospitality professionals to the neighbourhood for the return of the Tourism Challenge after a two-year hiatus.
The Tourism Challenge is a rare opportunity for tourism industry professionals to re-educate and reconnect with all of the neighbourhoods and attractions that our region has to offer, so that they are ready to welcome visitors and share their passion and knowledge with visitors.
As old as Canada itself, Gastown is Vancouver’s original neighbourhood. Today, our heritage buildings are home to independent fashion boutiques, impeccably curated décor shops, one-of-a-kind galleries and some of the best culinary fare in the city.


Visit any two of these locations to receive your two Gastown neighbourhood stamps in your passport.

Cappelleria Bertacchi
131 Water St #121
Hours: Mon-Sun 11am-6pm

Gringo Gastown
27 Blood Alley Square
Hours: Sun-Thurs 11:30am-1am
Fri-Sat 11:30am-2am

MAKE Gastown
170 Water St
Hours: 7 days/week 10am-6pm

Smith’s Irish Pub
208 & 212 Carrall St
Hours: Sat-Sun 10am-2am
Mon-Thurs 12pm-12am
Fri 12pm-2am
227 Abbott Street
Hours: Mon-Sat 12pm-4pm
Sun 12-3pm

Water St Cafe
300 Water St
Hours: Fri-Sat 11am-10pm
Sun-Thurs 11am-9pm


Clue One 

On Water Street sits a famous clock. On the hour, how many times does the clock chime?


Can you name the famous tune?

Clue Two

Between Le Magasin and W Cordova is a laneway. How many windows in the laneway feature a furry friend?

Clue Three

Speaking of W Cordova, how many red doors are on the North side of the street?

(if it doesn’t have a handle, it doesn’t count)

Clue Four 

If you’re walking from Carrall St to Columbia St on E Cordova St, you’ll notice some hanging banners. What does the second banner on the North side of the street read?

Clue Five 

In Maple Tree Square sits Hotel Europe. How many columns are on its face?

Clue Six

Gastown’s Pink Tree on Carrall St and Water St features five words to light up the neighbourhood. What are they?

Clue Seven

On Water St, where the film students study, a mural highlights Gastown Urban Design Study. Out of the five artworks on display, how many feature the famous gas lamps?

Learn more about the Gastown Tomorrow campaign here.

Clue Eight

To make it clear, Gaoler’s Mews has __ signs entering in and throughout the courtyard telling you that you’re here.

Clue Nine

Which Street in Gastown will have you seeing stars?

Clue Ten

What does the mural across from the original Woodward’s W read?


Don’t look up, look in.