Built in time for the 2010 Olympics, the Vancouver Convention Centre is the impressive modern glass building at the Vancouver waterfront next to Canada Place.
VANCOUVER CONVENTION CENTRE & COVID 19
Due to the coronavirus, the Vancouver Convention Centre has cancelled all events occurring in the immediate future until further notice. For more information about the decision to cancel events click Vancouver Convention Centre COVID-19 Updates.
On April 2nd, 2020, it was announced that the convention centre facilities may be used in the future, if necessary, as an Alternative Care Site where non-acute-care patients without coronavirus symptoms can receive medical care. The West Building area is being prepared to provide additional capacity for Vancouver Coastal Health should the need arise. For details about this, click Alternate Care Site Update.
As of late June, 2020, the Convention Centre has started to reopen some of its facilities. The Centre’s restaurant, LOT185 has reopened for take-out service. It is also planning on opening up its meeting rooms to local guests (with enhanced cleaning procedures in place, of course). For more details click Meeting Again Update.
To see more events and attractions that have been affected click Vancouver COVID-19 Updates.
The Convention Centre
The Vancouver Convention Centre building offers over 66,000 square feet of meeting and exhibition space, has a 6-acre green (i.e., grass) roof, and a walking and cycling path all the way around its waterfront perimeter.
You don’t have to be attending a conference to enjoy the Vancouver Convention Centre and its facilities. The bike and walking trail right outside connects with the seawall in Stanley Park through Coal Harbour. Head in the other direction and you can walk around Canada Place. Either way, the views you’ll encounter will be some of Vancouver’s best.
Outside the west side of the Convention Centre is the Olympic Cauldron, a remnant souvenir from the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games. What’s better about the Olympic Cauldron now is that you can go right up to it – in 2010 it was behind a fence.
Just outside the Convention Centre is the Harbour Air Seaplane terminal, where seaplanes take off regularly for Victoria and other nearby destinations. And just down the street, in front of Canada Place, is one of the main stops and ticket centres for the Hop-On, Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus and other tour bus companies.
Being in the heart of downtown, there is no shortage of great places to eat and drink near the Vancouver Convention Centre. Some of the best places to get a bite to eat include the following:
- Mahony & Sons – located on the outer deck corner of the Vancouver Convention Centre, facing Canada Place and the North Shore mountains.
- Cactus Club – one of Vancouver’s most popular restaurants located next to the Olympic Cauldron by the Convention Centre.
- Miku Restaurant – a block from the Convention Centre at the start of Howe Street just past Canada Place.
To learn more about the venue see the Vancouver Convention Centre website.
Other articles that might be of interest include the following:
- Canada Place
- Vancouver Restaurants
- Downtown Vancouver Hotels
- Vancouver Festivals & Events
- City of Vancouver
- BC Place Stadium
- Rogers Arena
- Vancouver Theatre Venues