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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. Take a look at our Vancouver tour planner to schedule your visit to Steam Clock and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • This "steam" clock is actually powered by 2 electric motors, steam only powers the whistles. And it's not historic, it was built in 1970's. 
    This "steam" clock is actually powered by 2 electric motors, steam only powers the whistles. And it's not historic, it was built in 1970's.  more »
  • In the Gastown of Vancouver, the steam clock is there, working for decades. Don' t miss to pay a visit, to take a selfie. 
    In the Gastown of Vancouver, the steam clock is there, working for decades. Don' t miss to pay a visit, to take a selfie.  more »
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  • Visited in June 2022 with my family. A very pleasant place to walk. Historical. Well conserved and restored. The historical steam clock in particular was a unique encounter for me. I have not seen one before. It hoots and releases steam on the hour (I think).
  • A nice city walk and the historical gas/steam clock built in 1977, this well-known, antique-style clock is powered by steam & whistles to tell the time. There are so many souvenir shops on the main street and good restaurants around. Canada palace is just 3 minutes walk with a beautiful sea view.

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