"GASTOWN & THE STEAM CLOCK" Gastown Tip by balhannah

Gastown, Vancouver: 69 reviews and 115 photos

  The steam clock in Gastown
by balhannah

A stop on our tour of Vancouver was at Gastown, the area where Vancouver was founded in 1867.

Gastown has been renovated, and is a little touristy. The streets are cobbled, and the Victorian buildings have been restored, and look resplendant. Malls, street vendors, souvenir shops and more!

Probably, the main attraction would be the Gastown Steam Clock, this one was the WORLD'S 1ST STEAM CLOCK, and was originally built to cover a steam vent to prevent street people from sleeping on the spot in cold weather.
The steam also powers the clock's sound production, as whistles are used instead of bells to produce the Westminster "chime" and to signal the time.

It weights 2 ton, and the clock whistles every 15 minutes.

Address: Water Street, Vancouver
Directions: Located along Water Street, east of Richards Street in Vancouver.
Steam clock is located on the corner of Cambie and Water Street.

Phone: 604 683 5650
Website: http://www.gastown.org/

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated May 16, 2010
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