Located at the top of the Harbour Centre near historic Gastown, Vancouver Lookout is a tourist attraction that offers 360-degree views of the city.
ATTRACTION CLOSED DUE TO COVID-19
As a result of the outbreak of the coronavirus, the Vancouver Lookout suspended operations completely for a number of months.
As of mid-summer, the venue remained closed. Just above the tourist attraction in the Harbour Centre building is the Top of Vancouver revolving restaurant. It too closed for a period of time, but then reopened for dine-in service in mid-June.
As of September 2020, Vancouver Lookout has resumed operations, although not for walk-in visitors. Groups can book the venue, but people can’t book individual tickets (at least not for the time being).
For more information, including the current status of the attraction, see the Vancouver Lookout website.
View from the Top of Vancouver
At about 550 feet (or 168 m) high, Vancouver Lookout offers visitors a truly spectacular birds-eye view of the surrounding area.
From the Vancouver Lookout you can see Canada Place and the whole of the downtown core, as well as Stanley Park, the North Shore Mountains, Burrard Inlet, and as far away as Surrey and beyond (assuming good weather).
The attraction’s address is 555 West Hastings Street.
Situated at the edge of Gastown in the Harbour Centre building just a block from Waterfront Station, visitors can have a memorable meal at the Top of Vancouver revolving restaurant or just buy a ticket straight to the observation deck. (And yes, the place really does spin around, but thankfully only very slowly.)
Tips and Advice
Below are some tips to help you make the most out of your visit to the Vancouver Lookout.
TIP #1: We recommend visiting the Vancouver Lookout on a sunny day. Vancouver is especially beautiful on a clear day as clouds will hide the spectacular North Shore Mountains. (The only advantage to visiting the Vancouver Lookout on a rainy day is the fact that it’s an indoor activity – the scenery though just won’t compare).
TIP #2: Especially if you’re into photography, it’s good to know that you are allowed to go up and down the Vancouver Lookout more than once during the day (at least you could at the time of this writing). This means you can go back when the sun is facing different parts of town, or in the evening when it’s setting over the horizon.
TIP #3: If you are visiting from out of town, unless the weather forecast is better earlier in your stay than later, we recommend you visit the Vancouver Lookout at the end of your holiday when it’ll be more interesting when you can recognize places you’ve visited in the distance.
TIP #4: Vancouver Lookout is a participant most years in the Kidsworld Program where children ages 4-13 can attend a selection of local attractions on specific days of the year along with an accompanying adult at no additional cost! It’s a great deal, especially if you want to visit places like the Vancouver Lookout for cheap!
Urban Grind Event in March
The Urban Grind is an event that takes place on Tuesday afternoons in March. During the Urban Grind event, for around $5 and at set times, the public is welcome to get exercise by climbing up the 633 steps of the Harbour Centre Building to the Vancouver Lookout.
The same as in previous years, included with the $5 admission in 2020 is a complimentary beer at the top and a $5 food voucher for use in the downstairs food court. The event takes place between 4:30 and 6:30 every Tuesday in March. During those hours guests are allowed to climb up and down as many times as they like!
In addition to being great exercise, the Urban Grind is also a fundraiser. There is a coat check at the bottom near the entrance where, for a donation, jackets and other items can be left. In 2020 all donations collected went to the Kettle Society which is a charity that helps people with mental health illnesses, poverty, substance use and homelessness.
In 2020 the Urban Grind celebrated its sixth year. Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, however, out of precaution, the event in the second half of the month that year was cancelled.
Click Urban Grind for further details.
Check out the official Vancouver Lookout website for more information on this great attraction and its amazing views.
For a list of other great attractions click Metro Vancouver’s Top 100 Places.