Hudson House Trading Company

Hudson House Trading Company

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Neighbourhood: Gastown
A visit to Gastown is like turning back the clock and stepping into a bygone era. With the distinction of being Vancouver's oldest neighborhood, the many plaques that stud the cobbled streets of Gastown tell the story of its colorful past, giving Vancouver's history a more lively presence here than anywhere else. Having been originally founded around a popular worker's saloon, it's no wonder that today some of Vancouver's best micro-breweries, creative cocktail joints, and corner bars can be found in this area. Classical charm suffuses its many vintage boutiques and the brick-built structures that an army of creative professionals call home.
How to get there
  • Waterfront • 3 min walk
  • Granville • 7 min walk
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Stewarts Vacation
1,543 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
We loved this souvenir shop! It was jam-packed with a great variety of very fairly-priced Canadian items. The staff were friendly and helpful and packaged our purchases carefully. It's easy to spot this red brick building as you walk along Water Street in Gastown. Well worth a visit.
Written 2 December 2023
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Filip
Podgorica Municipality, Montenegro197 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
One of the most beautiful souvenir shops I've ever entered. Beautifully decorated, with many choices of all kinds of souvenirs. the prices are very affordable considering the quality that is obtained. As a tourist, I would recommend everyone to buy maple syrup here because the packages are beautiful and much cheaper than, for example, at airports where there are no tax.
Written 24 January 2023
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werenotthere
Geelong, Australia113 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Just your typical touristy shop. Brought a fair bit of items from them but our back pack didn't have enough room and asked for a bag so we can carry the remaining items. Instead was told it would cost $1 CAD for the bag. I would have been ok with that however I notice the customer before me brought similar amount of stuff but wasn't charged for a bag!
Written 3 January 2023
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TexL9
Charlotte, NC61 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Couples
Fun store. Had a lot of variety and reasonable prices. Wish I had picked up one of the kangaroo leather hats, but gives us a good excuse for a return visit.
Written 17 September 2022
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PUSSYCAT83
Hockley, UK60 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Couples
Not worth a visit 🙄 purchased a mug made my first cup of tea when I arrived home & it leaked & then the bottom fell off. Not happy .
Written 30 June 2022
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Sophie S
Greater Shepparton, Australia75 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
We came across this tourist shop whilst visiting the Steam Clock in Gastown one evening. The store has a large range of the usual fare, maple syrup and other maple products, keyrings, magnets, postcards, sweaters, t-shirts, flags and lots of other Canadian themed items. The back of the store also had winter clothing. Nothing particularly unique, however the sweaters in particular were excellent quality.
We visited Whistler after our trip to Vancouver and couldn't find anything with comparable quality to Hudson House Trading.
I'm now trying to order another sweater online, however it appears their website is either down or undergoing maintenance.
Written 4 February 2022
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on_the_go_98765
Tucson20,598 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
The store caters to tourists and now we tourists are finally making our way back! Canada opened the border to Americans on August 9th (with a host of conditions and requirements); but those with hardy souls persevered.

We appreciated being able to shop without being badgered by the sales staff and made our purchase in our own time, pressure-free.

Not much has changed here since our 2019 visit and that works for us!
Written 6 September 2021
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PookyCake
Victoria, Canada14,429 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
Hudson House is a touristy shop located in Vancouver’s historic Gastown. While it tries to paint itself as unique and “unlike any other store” in the city, it is in actuality a mere carbon copy of any other tourist shop in the Greater Vancouver Area. For example, the Hudson House focuses its energies on Canadiana: Vancouver and Canada-themed t-shirts, toques, maple syrup, maple cookies, smoked salmon, CANADA sweaters, First Nations artwork, jewelry, books, and other such Vancouver-themed trinkets. If that sounds familiar, well, that’s because it is: Michelle’s Import Plus, which is also located in Gastown, sells pretty much the same thing; Vancouver Marketplace and Sea to Sky Marketplace, both in YVR Airport, also sells very similar products; and, Hudson’s Bay on Granville very much plays to the same market, albeit on a much grander scale. In short, there’s just not much to distinguish this place from other shops. I don’t mean to be negative, but I just hate it when people or places try to present themselves as something other than what they are.

I’d like to appreciate that Hudson House goes for an old-fashioned trading post theme, but I think it just highlights the very faux nature of the shop: the cheap shake roofs, fake trees, mass-produced totems, fake black argillite carvings, etc. Far from re-creating the atmosphere of “what it was like 400 years ago,” Hudson House displays contemporary consumerism to a tee.

I should offer a brief comment on the staff: Some of them are quite friendly and helpful, but others are downright insulting. Let me explain: As I ambled about the shop, I couldn’t help but notice one staff member following me around in a not-so-subtle way. Each time I looked in his direction, he’d pretend to be examining a shelf . . . come on! If I wanted to shoplift, I’d go somewhere a little higher end.

Now, I don’t want to be overly negative. While this shop doesn’t strike me as anything unique or special, it does carry a wide selection of items for those looking to take some Canadiana home with them. Perhaps some maple syrup and cookies? Or how about Roots Canada clothing?

Heck, even if you don’t go into the store, at least take a selfie with “Paws” the Black Bear and “Melvin” the Moose! They’re as Canadian as you can get ;)
Written 25 October 2020
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David n
Manchester, UK4,706 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
.. one of the better (i.e. less tackier) tourist haunts. Amongst, the usual trivial stuff were some better quality and interesting items.
Written 24 January 2020
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on_the_go_98765
Tucson20,598 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Couples
The Canadian Moose decked out in the RCMP uniform piqued our interest and drew us in. Our Vancouver visit was drawing to a close and we still (surprisingly) had room in our luggage for more souvenirs.

The store is extremely well laid out and becomes as much a visual treat as well as a shopping mecca, Canadian style. A moose Christmas tree ornament and some t-shirts made their way home with us.

Early evening is the best time to shop here; the decorative lights in the store are on and the place just has such a warm, lodge-like atmosphere.
Written 2 August 2019
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