Gastown Steam Clock


  • Steam clock in Gastown, Vancouver BCCredit: Tourism Vancouver

Since 1977, every hour on the hour, the steam-powered 5-metre (17-foot) tall Gastown Steam Clock plays the Westminster chimes on four whistles, sending steam shooting out of the top just like a locomotive. A crowd-pleasing Vancouver landmark that’s easily one of the most photographed things in the city, this antique feat of steam engineering is just one of the stops on our Hop-On, Hop-Off Tour through historic Gastown and Chinatown.

Experience Gastown Steam Clock as part of these tour(s):

  • Hop-On, Hop-Off : DUAL Pass   READ MORE
  • Vancouver City + The Lookout Tour   READ MORE
  • Vancouver City + Capilano Suspension Bridge Park Tour   READ MORE
  • Hop-On in Vancouver + Tour Victoria – 2 Day Bundle   READ MORE
  • Hop-On in Vancouver + Tour Whistler – 2 Day Bundle   READ MORE

We’ve compiled a list of our most common questions and some fun facts. Still have questions? We can help! Give us a call at 604-451-1600.

When was the Steam Clock built?
How often does the Steam Clock chime?
Is Gastown wheelchair accessible?

See our General FAQ.

Did you know?

  • The Gastown Steam Clock might be the first steam clock ever built, although there is evidence that one was built in the 19th century.
  • Raymond Saunders has built more than 150 clocks around the world, including 6 steam clocks.