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Steam Clock, Vancouver

Categories: Landmarks, Tourist Spots
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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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  • The clock does a short tune every quarter hour, so you don't have to wait long to hear (and see) it play a tune. 
  • A curiosity in downtown Vancouver, a clock that works to steam, including small fireplaces that long steam. Impossible not to see it through Gastown
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  • A brilliant quirky part of town. The clock is fascinating to watch as it builds up to the quarter hour. There were lots of people all standing around waiting for it to steam and play a tune. Brilliant...  read more »
  • Esta super lindo, funciona con el vapor de la ciudad y cada 15 minutos hace sonidito y saca vapor. Yo estuve ahi como 45 minutos y lo mejor es verlo cuando da la hora pues escuchas la cancioncilla y todo. hay que ser paciente además se ve super bonito por dentro y puedes esperar sentado en el starbucks del otro lado de la calle.
  • The steam clock in Vancouver downtown is located in a beautiful area (near the Waterfront skytrain station). The buildings in this area are more historic than modern compared with the rest of the city. It's a great icon of the city to visit and take pictures. Every single time we passed by, it was full of people taking pictures. Our travel was during the summer, with the steam clock surrounded by colourful flowers. It's a beautiful clock to see during morning, but it's also really nice during night with the lights and the steam is displayed more than during day light. If you visit at the right time, you'll hear it play a little song !
  • Very nice area to walk around after dinner. You do feel like walking in the past. Perfect after-dinner stroll under all the romantic ambient lighting. Plus there are a few nice pubs on the block.
  • Located in the historical district of Gastown, the Steam Clock is an excellent photo opportunity in Vamcouver. The power for the steam comes form Vancouver underground steam-heat system. Steam comes out every 15 minutes. Make sure you wait to see (and listen) to the “show”.
  • Ever see a clock run on steam? This is your opportunity. Get there ten minutes before the hour for a good position.
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