Posted by: travelrat | December 6, 2016

The Clock and the Tower

Vancouver: 15th May 2016

 Our package included a trip up to the Vancouver Lookout, a circular observation lounge over 500 feet above the city, giving a 360 degree bird’s eye view. On the way there, we stopped for a while at the Gastown Steam Clock, a well-known local landmark that marks the hour by letting off gouts of steam to the tune of the Westminster Chimes.


I was slightly disappointed with this quirky feature. I expected it to power a steam organ, which played ‘The Blue Danube’ , or something, on the hour. But, only slightly; it didn’t really detract from the experience to learn that the clock isn’t actually powered by steam, either, just the chimes.


The Vancouver Lookout advertises ‘You’ve never seen Vancouver till you’ve seen it like this’  Well, maybe if you flew in in a helicopter, or something. The lift is glass-sided, to give you a foretaste of what’s to come. You don’t spend long in it, though; it takes only 40 seconds to whisk you up 550 feet.



At the top, there’s a circular lounge, from which you can view almost the entire city, and, closer at hand, there’s a super bird’s eye view of the ships at the Canada Place cruise terminal, where we docked yesterday.



  1. Hi there. The windows of the Lookout reminded me of the CN Tower in Toronto. Maybe the same architect. Actually the video of the steam clock was quite cute. Never seen before. Interesting post.

    • I’ve seen windows like this in airfield control towers, & on ships’ bridges etc. It makes them easier to see out of when it’s raining.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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