Canada place first opened during the 1986 World’s Fair held in Vancouver. This now iconic Vancouver landmark, built on a pair of former Canadian Pacific Railway piers, was designed to be Canada’s premier showcase and serve as home to the Canada Pavilion during the World’s Fair. It was a huge success and hosted over 5 million visitors during the fair. The longer term goal was to serve as a cruise ship terminal and trade and convention centre.
Canada Place is home to the famous and luxurious Pan Pacific Hotel and continues its function as a cruise ship terminal and convention centre to this day.
Visitors to Canada Place can enjoy a variety of free activities. You can stroll along the west promenade called The Canadian Trail and enjoy incredible views of Vancouver’s spectacular harbour, Stanley Park and the North Shore mountains. You'll find interactive exhibits and displays highlighting Canada’s geography, people, heritage, sports and major innovations. Best of all, admission is free. In and around Canada Place you'll find coffee shops, restaurants and bars. There's often free entertainment including music and dance.
After dark the five 'sails' of Canada Place are bathed in a mesmerizing display of constantly changing colourful light. This is best viewed from the plaza on the west.
Canada Place is where those powerful horns that play the first four notes of O Canada every day at exactly 12 noon are located. These Heritage Horns have announce the arrival of noon for over 20 years and can be heard through most of downtown and across the harbour in North Vancouver.
In addition to the free activities, you’ll want to visit the incredible FlyOver Canada attraction. You’ll find this thrilling 4D experience in the old IMAX theatre at the north end of the promenade.
Nearby, you can see the 2010 Olympic Torch. It's located west of Canada Place on the far side of the Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre. The torch is only lit on special occasions, but the transparent pillars are bathed with changing colours of light every night.
If you're visiting Vancouver on Canada Day (July 1st), Canada Place is an exciting place with live entertainment during the day and spectacular fireworks at night.
Since it's conveniently located right beside Waterfront Station, there's no reason not to visit Canada Place during your stay in Vancouver.
Facts For Your Visit
Official Website: Canada PlaceFee: No
Category: Landmarks & Historical Buildings
999 Canada Place
Vancouver, BC V6C 3E1
Phone: +1 604-665-9000
Clarissa K. May-05-2019
Canada Place another perfect example of how Vancouver does everything right. Located in Downtown and is walkable from most hotels. This last visit I drove... Read More
Ronald M. Jun-17-2019
If your cruise sets sail from this Vancouver icon, be prepared to ask for directions. Arrive early and have patience, you will be screened through several... Read More
Karen H. May-08-2019
Right next to the port where we disembarked from our cruise. We were the only cruise line there at the time so it wasn't crowded. We got right off and... Read More
Accommodations near Canada Place:
|SkyTrain Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|Expo Line or Canada Line||Waterfront Station||1 Minute|
How to get to Canada Place by SkyTrain
Canada place is located on the waterfront immediately west of Waterfront Station.
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