Above: Collection of masks, stone carvings and wall hangings at Coastal Peoples

Gastownis among the world’s most unromantic names for a neighborhood. But this oldest quarter of Vancouver is among the city’s most charming, with pretty brick warehouses now occupied by shops and restaurants. The neighborhood, at least for now, has a concentration of upscale galleries focusing on top-quality First Nations art. But more than one gallery owner complained to me of skyrocketing rents, and some of them plan to relocate in the near future.

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Above: Collection of masks, stone carvings and wall hangings at Coastal Peoples

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