The Vancouver Lookout on top of the Harbour Centre Building offers a fantastic 360 degree view of the city and beyond. Each year close to 200,000 visitors come to enjoy this attraction.
My journey began with a fun ride up a glass elevator whisking me away to the observation deck at an elevation of over 500 feet in a mere 40 seconds. Once at the Lookout, I got a glimpse of Vancouver’s beautiful surroundings, like the north shore mountains and the Pacific Ocean to the west. From this vantage point, it’s easy to see why Vancouver is consistently ranked as one of the most beautiful and livable places in the world.
To sum up my adventure in one word: PANORAMIC.
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Vancouver, British Columbia
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The old-world charm of Gastown sits in the middle of the modern city of Vancouver. Gastown is recognized by its cobblestone roads and globe-shaped street lamps. This place has an interesting mix of historical sites, modern upscale housing, souvenir shops, art galleries, restaurants, boutiques and professional offices.
The history of Vancouver started in Gastown when Jack Deighton, also known as “Gassy Jack” opened up a saloon in this area in 1867. Today Gastown has been designated as a heritage site.
There is a landmark in Gastown that is hard to miss. It is a steam-powered clock that sits on the corner of Cambie and Water Street. In 1977, Ray Saunders, a Canadian horologist, was commissioned by the city of Vancouver to build the steam clock to cover a steam grate. It was an honour to be able to have Ray showing me how the clock works. Today, the steam clock attracts thousands of visitors waiting to hear the whistle blow every quarter of an hour. It is also one of the most photographed landmarks in the city.