Gastown most picture perfect is a public work of art that works; this is no other than the Gastown Steam Clock. Every 15 minutes, it gushes out steam, attracting crowds of people. It looks really old, but it was actually built only in 1977 by horologist Ray Saunders to muffle the noise of steam as it travels through underground pipes for heating. Not only is the clock loud, by the way, it’s also a bit of an exhibitionist—its glass panels let us see through its inner workings.
How to get there
By Skytrain, Seabus (from the North Shore), West Coast Express, and city bus. On foot: five-minute walk from the Cruise Ship Terminal or Trade & Convention Center.