Vancouver Steam ClockCurrently Open
- Address: 305 Water St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1B9, Canada
- Timings: 24-hrs Details
- Ticket Price: Free
- Time Required: 00:15 Mins
- Tags: Landmark, Family And Kids
Located in Gastown, the Vancouver Steam Clock is powered by steam that gushes out at the strike of every hour. Even though the technology of using steam to cerate mechanical energy is pretty old (19th century), the idea of using it in clocks was proposed in the 1970’s. Take a walk around the whole neighbourhood filled with Victorian- era style houses, cobbled pathways and many eateries that make this a rather popular hangout spot.
- By Bus: WB Water St FS Abbott St
- By Skytrain: EB w Cordova St NS Seymour St
- By Ferry: Waterfront Stn SeaBus Northbound
- By Taxi
- By renting a Car, Bicycle or Scooter.
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4.24% of people who visit Vancouver include Vancouver Steam Clock in their plan
3 PM - 4 PM
57.14% of people start their Vancouver Steam Clock visit around 3 PM - 4 PM
People usually take around 30 Minutes to see Vancouver Steam Clock
92.31% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Vancouver Steam Clock
Sure, it doesn't actually run on steam (it's electric) and maybe it's four minutes slow, but it's a tourist attraction that's worth seeing in Vancouver if you are in Gastown. Try to time your visit with a half hour or full hour so you can see the clock play the Westminster Chimes with steam whistles. That part is cute. But don't block the sidewalk too much or locals will grumble.
Gastown is a popular area in Vancouver that is worth exploring. It is one of the oldest area of the city with the charming cobblestone streets lined with historic brick warehouses which have been renovated and restored and now house upscale restaurants, boutiques, trendy shops, and souvenir shops. The neighbourhood was close to downtown, making it accessible. It was a small area and was easy to explore on foot. I enjoyed walking the streets and browsing the shops during my visit in May 2017 along with photographing the beautiful architecture. Water Street was the main street through Gastown. It had some great photo opportunities and was picturesque. The Steam Clock is a popular attraction at the corner of Water and Cambrie Streets, which lets off steam from the top every 15 minutes or so and plays a short song. It was pretty crowded there but still a good place to take a photo and check it out. I felt safe wandering around in Gastown during the day but would advise against going here in the later evening or at night. It was very close to the Upper East Side, known for its high number of drug users, and they have been known to hang out in Gastown as well. There is a delicious vegan restaurant in the neighbourhood called Meet in Gastown, which had a great selection of amazing plant-based food. I would recommend checking out Gastown when in Vancouver.
It's a cool clock, like nothing I've seen before. Beautifully designed and good size to fit in a frame for your tourist photos! 😉 Every 15 minutes it will billows steam and attempts to make music!
It is a small but definitely a deserving attraction, the worlds first steam clock. In the mild cold weather, it was a very nice experience to see the steam clock and the mechanism is very clearly visible as well. Kudos to Vancouver on preserving its originality and keeping it going.
Definitely a must see when in Vancouver. Located in Gastown and not a far walk from the heart of downtown. It's a cool tourist attraction to see in person and to catch a pic/ video of. Make sure to go on the hour as the clock does a special toot