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.
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.
Attractions within Canada Place include the FlyOver Canada film experience (which is great, but not inexpensive).
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.
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.