Gastown Steam Clock

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Every 15 minutes Gastown’s famous Steam Clock (built 1977) at Cambie and Water Street toots and steams, so join the throngs with cameras and cheer, because small folk find it amusing. The tune is Westminster Quarters, the same you’ll hear from clocks like Big Ben in London and the church of St Mary the Great in Cambridge.

Although the clock is built on a steam vent from the city’s downtown centralized heating system, which powers a miniature steam engine, it also relies on electric motors. The whistle is from a Canada Pacific Railroad train.

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Small Folk Travel is a family travel site by mama and travel writer Taraneh Jerven. The Jerven family (two toddlers, one bun in the oven) travels incessantly. When researching our trips, we couldn't find the family travel coverage we were looking for. We did our own research. We wrote the family travel guides ourselves. Taraneh Jerven writes for international travel publishers including RoughGuides.com and DK Eyewitness Travel. We cover good stuff for discerning parents and their little ones. Often these overlap. If they don't, we take turns.

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