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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  • If your down town have a look at the unusual steam powered clock, interesting design and operation, but beware of the geezer trying to panhandle some cash out of you for a brief explanation of how the...  more »
  • A little overrated, this clock makes one noise very particular and vintage hourly. I advise you to wait for this famous moment since it is the principle of attraction. If it is above all a simple clock that implements was well in the "old" style of Gastown and part of its charm.
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  • Not the tower that holds Big Ben in London, or the CN Tower or the Eifel Tower, but its a fun clock that should be on the list of things to see. Get the requisite selfie or group shot for sure but spe...  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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