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Steam Clock, Vancouver

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Landmark Tourist Spot
If you find yourself in Vancouver’s oldest neighborhood, Gastown, make sure to visit Steam Clock. Although the facade and machinery appear to hail from the Victorian era, the clock was actually built in 1977 as a tourist attraction, with great success. Only the second clock ever powered by a steam mechanism, and one of only six remaining in the world, the quaint timepiece not only attracts tourists, but it also once served a humane purpose--the steam warmed the area, and homeless people would sleep around the clock. Every 15 minutes, the clock whistles and shoots steam, so bring a camera with you and wait. Arrange to visit Steam Clock and other attractions in Vancouver using our Vancouver travel itinerary maker.
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  • I believe this is the only clock of its kind anywhere according to a tour guide. It sure is very different and can be seen walking through Gastown or taking a tour. Enjoy!  more »
  • When touring, it is always nice to see something different. This is the only steam clock in the world. It was attractive and toots every 15 minutes. The wait on the corner to see it let off steam was ...  more »
  • This clock is nice but it is small, I went there with my friends and they were disappointed because they expected something more similar to London's Big Ben. It is a really popular place in Vancouver ...  more »
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  • It's a quick stop to check out, but I found it absolutely incredible. If you're an engineer, or just like mechanical stuff, you will love this clock. It runs on steam, which is just cool. But it also has glass on the different sides so you can see the inner working of some of the mechanisms. Not sure too much about the history, or why it was created. But if you're in the area, I highly recommend checking it out.
  • We arrived in Gas Lamp district 5 minutes prior to the top of the hour. The steam went off at sharp 4 pm. It was fun for my little one. Clicking pics next to this iconic old clock is a must when visiting Vancouver. Also, we had awesome Mango Gelato within 20 walking steps of the clock.
  • It's a nice little corner with benches around. The clock whistles and smokes which is pretty cool. It doesn't take very long to explore the area.
  • I mean. It's a clock, but as far as steam clocks go, it's pretty cool. If you are wanting to hear the fun sounds it makes, get there at a quarter to the hour, because it plays the longest at that point.
  • Be there about four minutes before the hour. Get a good spot and it can be off be a few minutes. Plays a tune and announces the hour. Fun to experience.