Steam Clock, Vancouver

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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. Put Steam Clock into our Vancouver tour planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Vancouver.
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  • Interesting in itself but too much trouble for what it's worth. Gastown has become a tourist mecca and really us locals rarely if ever go there. Trendy restaurants and condos are the new norm. If you ...  more »
  • No much to say except we walked past the clock and they were heaps of people milling around.Enjoyed the shopping around in Gastown.  more »
  • While I'm sure there are many of you out there who have traveled more than I have, I bet you haven't seen many like this! I remember when it was installed, about forty years ago, when it was a signifi...  more »
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  • We planned for Vancouver lookout but, we walked trough the street. It's beautiful old clock. They made the place for shoppers. You don't see lots of stores at other attractions. I advised to visit in evening time, by that I mean (5-7)and yes according to weather. so you can enjoy sunset and lighting after few. Lots of shops for buying t shirts, caps, football, ice hockey and NHL stuff if you are fan. You take some Key chains, purses, tiles, paintings. Take care some peddlers and hawkers. Pedestrian walk shows you a cultural diversity of Canada. You can give enough time to everything if you start early.
  • This Steam Clock is really cool and interesting to observe/take pics with. It is the oldest one in Canada I believe, at least one of the first steam clocks built I don't remember the year. It's located in a super trendy area. To be completely honest, if you're in the area check it out. I wouldn't suggest making a trip to come here as it is just a clock on the side of the street.
  • A great touristy place of where the original Vancouver city core used to be. I love historic places like this and seeing the old buildings with their architecture from their time now converted into office, lofts and trendy places. This is where you will find the steam clock and the old rail station.
  • I love Gastown! The clock is a must see for those of you that have never been! Try and go there just before the next hour to hear it whistle and steam away!! All kinds of lovely shops to browse and wander through as well as many nice places to eat and drink. You'll when you're in Gastown when you see the bubble lamps everywhere!!
  • This really isn't that impressive. It is a cool looking antique clock... that's about it. The surrounding area is nice for a walk and there are some very good restaurants near by. But I wouldn't be going all the way to gas town just to look at this clock.
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