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Gastown is the original settlement that became the core of the creation of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. It is a national historic site and a neighbourhood in the northwest section of the Downtown Eastside, adjacent to Downtown Vancouver.
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This Steam Clock is really cool and interesting to observe/take pics with. It is the oldest one in Canada I believe, at least one of the first steam clocks built I don't remember the year. It's located in a super trendy area. To be completely honest, if you're in the area check it out. I wouldn't suggest making a trip to come here as it is just a clock on the side of the street.
A great touristy place of where the original Vancouver city core used to be. I love historic places like this and seeing the old buildings with their architecture from their time now converted into office, lofts and trendy places. This is where you will find the steam clock and the old rail station.
I love Gastown! The clock is a must see for those of you that have never been! Try and go there just before the next hour to hear it whistle and steam away!! All kinds of lovely shops to browse and wander through as well as many nice places to eat and drink. You'll when you're in Gastown when you see the bubble lamps everywhere!!
Beautiful 'old world' spot. Full of charm and character. Lots of high-end shops as well as the run of the mill souvenir spots. Great place to wonder down and soak up the atmosphere
Historical clock in Vancouver Gastown. The Chimes are wind pipes fueled by Steam. You can hear the the pipes go from blocks away. The street crowd gives ample information about the history and the making and the working and refinishing of the clock. The steam I'm told comes from a building not too far down the street. A very interesting piece of History to see in Vancouver.
We planned for Vancouver lookout but, we walked trough the street. It's beautiful old clock. They made the place for shoppers. You don't see lots of stores at other attractions. I advised to visit in evening time, by that I mean (5-7)and yes according to weather. so you can enjoy sunset and lighting after few. Lots of shops for buying t shirts, caps, football, ice hockey and NHL stuff if you are fan. You take some Key chains, purses, tiles, paintings. Take care some peddlers and hawkers. Pedestrian walk shows you a cultural diversity of Canada. You can give enough time to everything if you start early.
This really isn't that impressive. It is a cool looking antique clock... that's about it. The surrounding area is nice for a walk and there are some very good restaurants near by. But I wouldn't be going all the way to gas town just to look at this clock.
Cool little attraction, don't expect anything too large! The plaques on all four sides are informative. Whistle sounds every short while. Plenty of people here of course wanting photos next to it so ideally get in, take your shot, then move on as to be courteous to others. Can have a few beggars right next to it due to its high foot traffic.
What an amazingly well built time piece. Story is that it was donated to the Gastown heritage foundation. Visitors come from all over the world to see its marvel. I am always in awe whenever I hear it's whistle blow.
This sounds negative but I didn't find the clock to be that impressive. It does draw a large crowd because it's a steam clock, but for me, I'm just okay with it. Once you're at the clock, you can walk around and see all the other local sights. It's a good starting point. The area is worth walking around and admiring. It was the poor side of the city at one point, but it's not anymore.
The clock is pretty cool! Aside from being a functional device, it also looks pretty good too. Every 15mins it plays the Westminster chimes, and every hour the large whistle sounds. That's pretty much it, but it's interesting enough nonetheless due to the way the steam powers the mechanism inside
Very cool! Nice meeting place. In interesting area of downtown. Beautiful views of the mountains and harbor just down from this corner.
This is one of the experiences that cost nothing and gives a sneak peak into history. Plan to be around the place when the clock strikes to hear the soothing chimes. People tend to crowd and take a lot of pictures. When i visited, a couple was getting their wedding shots for a long time and hence I couldn't read what's on the plaque. Take a picture and make way for others. One of the very few clocks still functioning.
Clock is cool but the area where it is located is the real gem. Gastown is so nice! It's like stepping into a different country in some ways. Great places to eat nearby. Good shopping.
A must do fun excursion while in the city of Vancouver. My wife noted the beautiful floral designs of the clocks face and we enjoyed hearing its iconic steam whistles tune at the strike of an hour! (Be warned the clock is slightly off on its time)
One of the very few Steam Clocks available in operation. A must see for all audience whether you are a tourist or resident to this province or elsewhere. Keep in mind that this location attracts crowd, taking pictures may be challenging. Grabbing a bite to eat around the area will keep you looking at the clock every hour due to its steam whistle. A unique and a great mechanism that stood the test of time.
Great landmark/tourist spot in vancouver and not just for the clock itself. The clock is gorgeous and goes off every hour and often collects a little crowd. The clock is in Gastown beside the water near Waterfront Station. Gastown is a cute cobblestone street with lots of restaurants, tourist stores, and high end stores. The street is most gorgeous at night as the trees are lit up and gives the street a great vintage feel. A favourite spot in van. Enjoy!
It's a famous Vancouver landmark that draws thousands of tourists each year. As someone who works in the area and passes by it every day, it has lost its charm. Still, it's worth stopping by if you are coming from the nearby crisis ship terminal. If you want to take a dramatic shot of the clock blowing steam, arrive at around 11:30AM, because there is always a huge crowd waiting for the noon blast. And please, be mindful of your surroundings, a lot of just want to get past you without doing a dance. Oh, and try not take a picture using your iPad.
Gastown is a very vibrant part of Vancouver, where all the eateries are. On one of the junctions on Water Street is the Steam Clock. You can see it steaming all day long, but when it strikes it plays a tune - it sounds like a barrel organ - and puffs out steam like a steam engine does when the driver pulls the whistle chain. Quite impressive to see, and very popular with the tourists. And clever advertising by the clothes shop next to it!
Interesting and fun It's not every day you see a steam clock, so if you're nearby in the city, why not? We found it crowded in early afternoon on our tour, so came back around 7 PM. There was no crowd, and the longer whistle time required for the later hour made it more interesting. You'll enjoy and appreciate it more if you read the background, and if you examine the inner workings. Our son enjoyed watching the mechanisms and large steel balls that rolled around on tracks.
The steam clock is inside the Gastown. You wouldn't miss it because there are always many people standing around the clock and taking pictures!!! Definitely a piece of history!! The city definitely has preserved this clock nicely. After checking out the clock, time for shopping & eating! Lots of choices nearby~
An interesting engineering project. The workings are visible. There is a limited amount of interpretive information provided on plaques, explaining how it works and why. It blows on the quarter hour and a longer blow at the hour. It plays the Westminster bells tune, and is worth hearing.
It's a must go place! It is the famous steam clock at Vancouver. It works every 15minutes. But better work at the o'clock time. I'll recommend after visit this place, don't go at Chinatown at night, specifically at Hastings street. I didn't know that as a tourist. Chinatown area should be visited at daylight.