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Although Vancouver began as a town with the name Granville, its nickname was, and still is, Gastown, with the Gassy Jack Statue commemorating its origins. In its initial stage, Gastown was a tiny settlement called Luck-Lucky with crude buildings on the shores of Burrard Inlet. Walk through this portion of the city and you will see prime real estate, along with the Gassy Jack Statue.
Sightsee through this area and you’re likely to come across the metal statue of Captain John “Gassy Jack” Deighton, one of the first permanent settlers and the city’s founding father. Interestingly, he settled in this area in 1867, the same year that this northern part of the continent became the independent Canadian Confederation. Standing on top of a whiskey barrel, Gassy Jack is beside the location of one of the earliest buildings, Deighton House Hotel, which he built to replace a nearby saloon that he had also constructed, but had to be torn down.
As proprietor of the hotel and saloon, Gassy Jack had earlier acquired his nickname for the lavish storytelling he did, an act at the time known as “gassing.” Read the inscription at the statue’s base to realize this Englishman was “an adventurer, river boat pilot and captain,” as well as being a saloonkeeper and a gold rush participant, although he was never fortunate in the latter venture.
Prophetically, Gassy Jack is reported to have said to a miner, “You and I may never see it but this inlet would make the nicest of harbors. It will be a port some day.” Vancouver Harbor has surpassed his prediction. Read accounts of Gassy Jack to learn that despite being famous in the area, he was an unassuming man and “never sought for fame, nor had he the least atom of hero about him,” according to letters from a friend known as Ancient Mariner.
Gassy Jack died in 1875 when he was 44 years old. Deighton House Hotel was destroyed by fire in 1886. Get to this statue by traveling along Water Street to the start of Powell Street.
Located in Coal Harbour, this luxury hotel is steps from Granville Street, Canada Place, and Vancouver Waterfront. Vancouver Convention Centre and Harbour Centre are also within 10 minutes. Waterfront Metro Station and Vancouver Waterfront Station are within a 5-minute walk.
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Located in Downtown Vancouver, this hotel is steps from Granville Street and Vancouver Waterfront. Harbour Centre and Pacific Centre Shopping Mall are also within 5 minutes. Granville Station and Burrard Station are within a 5-minute walk.
Located in Downtown Vancouver, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of BC Place Stadium and Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Rogers Arena and Orpheum Theater are also within 10 minutes. Stadium-Chinatown Station is only a 4-minute walk and Yaletown-Roundhouse Station is 10 minutes.