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Steam Clock, Vancouver

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#9 of 55 in Sightseeing in Vancouver
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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  • It is a neat concept and has history woven in, but it is a clock. We found it humorous that there were dozens of tourists standing around it, waiting to hear it chime.  more »
  • It's a clock folks... It's not that old... I don't understand the fascination. It's not like the Trevi fountain or the old clocks in Germany. If you walk by, great, but don't go out of your way.  more »
  • Every hour this clock whistles its tune of the Big Ben in London, but it uses steam to get the tu e out. The funniest part? Take a pictures of tourists takkng pictures.  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.
  • The Steam Clock is the classic tourist attraction that draws people in for upto fifteen minutes and then is no longer exciting. It pays reference to history of the neighborhood, but in the end, is just a loud clock. The best part and the reason it gets 4-stars is that talented musicians are usually nearby and make the whole street corner delightful.
  • Definitely a must see!!! May be hard to take a picture with it since many people want to do the same. I loved it! There's many stores around to buy souvenirs and eat.
  • 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.

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