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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. Arrange to visit Steam Clock and other attractions in Vancouver using our Vancouver travel itinerary maker.
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  • 蒸汽時鐘是完全或部分由蒸汽發動機驅動的時鐘。今天,只有幾個還在運作蒸汽時鐘存在。它們大多是由加拿大鐘錶師雷蒙德桑德斯製作,在城市公共空間展出。但請注意:雖然時鐘看起來很老,但它只建於20世紀70年代。所以,當你到煤氣鎮時,你可以嘗試拍攝它的照片。 
  • Be sure to visit at the right time to ensure the steam clock is seen at its best... Very busy on the hour !! 
  • Cool clock that works on 100% steam. Good to take photos but it literally needs on 5 min to read whats written on it and take a quick photo before you move on 
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  • Love the Steam clock! Highlight of the Gastown area. Very well maintained clock, almost a piece of art. The clock maker Raymond Saunders in his 80's now, comes by once in a while. I have not caught him there yet, sadly.
  • It's a place that will leave tourists stunned , in a negative way though. The rich history behind this clock is often omitted as visitors are there just to capture pictures and a short clip at 00, 15 , 30, and 45 min marks. Do not make this a destinated attraction. Make it a pass by stop for a short few mins stay.
  • 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 !
  • I've never really understood why tourist guides send people to this clock. It's not particularly historic (was made in the 80s, 1980s not 1880s, as I understand it) and not much to look at. But there's always a little crowd waiting for the half hour or hour just to get a little steam driven hoot. Whatever.
  • Fun to take a photo in this classic vancouver location. Sure it's touristy, but have some fun and pose for a selfie and tell people your from Surrey (England, that is)