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Canada Place and Convention Centre

Canada Place at Vancouver Waterfront

Canada Place is one of Vancouver‘s best places to visit in because of its views, interesting architecture, historical significance, attractive promenade walk and central location.


The coronavirus pandemic is impacting events and activities all over the Lower Mainland, including those at Canada Place.

Restaurants, including those at the Pan Pacific Hotel and surrounding area, are only providing take-out and delivery services (if they are open at all). Cruise Ships are not allowed to visit Canadian ports until at least July, and attractions like FlyOver Canada are closed until further notice.

Canada Place is part of the Vancouver Convention Centre where all events have been cancelled for the foreseeable future and where the West Building is being prepared to serve as an Alternative Care Site should local hospital facilities become overwhelmed.

For more information see the Vancouver Convention Centre website or our article about COVID-19 and Vancouver Event Cancellations.

Vancouver’s Canada Place

Built as the Canadian pavilion for the Expo ’86 world’s fair close to 30 years ago, Canada Place is now part of Vancouver’s main convention centre along with the modern Vancouver Convention Centre building next door.

Designed in the form of a giant sailing ship, this is where many of Vancouver’s visiting cruise ships come to dock.

The address for Canada Place is 999 Canada Place and it’s located by the Vancouver Convention Centre about a 5- minute walk west of Waterfront Station in the heart of downtown Vancouver.

The outside deck at Canada Place goes all the way around (including up some stairs at one point) and makes for a pleasant walk with its views of the ocean and North Shore Mountains.

An attraction within Canada Place is the FlyOver Canada film experience, which is impressive. At the multi-sensory theatre, visitors watch a pre-show film about Canada and then strap themselves into their seats before going on a flying adventure over Canada, from coast to coast to coast.

From February 20th until May 3rd, 2020, FlyOver Canada features a new film – FlyOver Iceland – where you get to fly in your seat over Iceland. On the journey you see icebergs, glaciers, a volcano and the entire country. During these dates you can enjoy the Icelandic experience, the Canadian one, or both.

Flyover Canada at Canada Place

In addition to its extensive conference facilities, Canada Place is also home to the Pan Pacific Hotel, which is attached and one of Vancouver’s finest places to stay.  Across the street is the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel, which is also a very nice place to stay.

Canada Place is conveniently located close to Waterfront Station, which is Vancouver’s Seabus and main SkyTrain terminus, as well as Gastown, Granville Street, and Coal Harbour and its seawall (which goes all the way to Stanley Park).

Canada Place is also not far from the Olympic Cauldron, which is just a five minute walk away on the other side of the Vancouver Convention Centre building.

North Shore View from Canada Place
View from the Promenade Deck of Canada Place

Events at Canada Place

In addition to conferences and trade shows, numerous events take place at Canada Place throughout the year, including the following:

  • On Thursday evenings in July and August there are free outdoor movies shown at the end of the pier. Bring your blanket and a lawn chair!
  • Canada Place is one of the best places in the Lower Mainland to celebrate Canada Day on July 1st.
  • Zumba Classes take place in the summer on Mondays between 5:30 and 6:30 pm at the north end of Canada Place. Admission is free and no experience is necessary.
  • In December Canada Place is lit up at night and has Christmas displays around its promenade deck. See Christmas at Canada Place for details.
Canada Place at Night at Christmas
Canada Place at Christmas

Other Information

To learn more about Vancouver’s famous building with the giant white sails, see the Canada Place website.

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