British Columbia Travel Guide
The unofficial BC Travel & Tourism Guide


This is the origin of Vancouver! In exchange for a barrel of whiskey, smooth-talking "Gassy" Jack Deighton convinced local loggers and trappers to build him a saloon they all could share.

The world's first steam-powered clock at the corner of Water and Cambie.
About a block east on the other side of the street, tucked behind 12 Water Street, is Gaoler's Mews.
Two buildings of historical and architectural note are the Byrnes Block - on the corner of Water and Carrall
streets - and the Hotel Europe, at Powell and Alexander streets.
On the west side of Maple Tree Square, at the intersection of Water, Powell, Alexander, and Carrall streets, a statue of Gassy Jack Deighton stands where he built his first saloon.
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