One of the first things you'll notice upon exiting is this statue of the Angel of Victory.
The statue was designed by Coeur de Lion McCarthy (how's that for a great name?!) in remembrance of the 1100 Canadian Pacific Railway workers who died in WWI, with a plaque added in the 1940s to commemorate those who died in WWII.
(I created a different version of this photo which you can see here, should you be so interested.)
Another iconic monument in Gastown is the steam clock on the corner. I almost got a picture of it but I was trying to avoid being hassled by a rather aggressive beggar and missed the mark, catching the ornate lampost in front of it instead. But you can see the little gathering of tourists that are always clustered there, having their pictures taken while waiting for the clock to blow off some steam and make its tooting noises.
That tower in the background that resembles a spindle whorl is the Sears Tower, which used to house the department store of the same name, but which is now the downtown "campus" of Simon Fraser University (my old alma mater).
Here's a different view of it, caught in a curbside puddle. When I was resizing it for the blog, I noticed a rather ghostly image of a person peering up at me from the puddle. Do you see it? I guess it was a cloud formation but it looks rather spooky. And do you see the Canadian flag?
Gastown is, essentially, a tourist area. It was a pretty rough part of town for quite some time, and though it has been largely gentrified, it is an interesting mix of shiny new, authentic funk, and decidely down and out.
Deluxe Junk consignment clothing shop has been around for a number of years.
As has this eclectic shop with its odd mixture of antiques, faux antiques, and generally odd stuff.
I was so pleased with myself for capturing this woman's image in the mirror as she walked past.
Next time I'll take you inside the shop for a little look around.
Let's meet back at the steam clock, okay?