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Vancouver Convention Centre

Vancouver Convention Centre

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.



A major event at the venue in the spring and summer of 2021 is the Imagine Van Gogh Exhibition. It’s in town from March 19th until August 29th.


The Convention Centre

Vancouver 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.


Olympic Cauldron
Olympic Cauldron at Jack Poole Plaza


Imagine Van Gogh

From mid-March until the end of August in 2021, Imagine Van Gogh is at the Convention Centre. It’s an immersive art exhibition showcasing the works of the Dutch Post-Impressionist painter Vincent Van Gogh.

For information about the event click Imagine Van Gogh 2021. To see what the event looks like, check out the following promotional video.

Footage in the video is by Davy Gallant (in Montreal), Jean-Charles Labarre (in Montreal) and Davy Dave Swiecicki (in Winnipeg). The exhibit in Vancouver looks pretty much the same, although with slightly fewer people and nobody allowed to sit on the floor or benches.



Nearby Restaurants

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.
  • Tap & Barrel – a pub-style restaurant with an outdoor patio at the northwest corner of the convention centre.


Vancouver Convention Centre at Night


Other Information

To learn more about the venue see the Vancouver Convention Centre website.

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