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
May differ on holidays
- Monday: Open 24 hours
- Tuesday: Open 24 hours
- Wednesday: Open 24 hours
- Thursday: Open 24 hours
- Friday: Open 24 hours
- Saturday: Open 24 hours
- Sunday: Open 24 hours
Address: 999 Canada Pl, Vancouver, BC V6C 3T4, Canada
Phone: (604) 665-9000
Official Website: Canada Place
Ratedout of 5
Beautiful place. I don't live in Vancouver but I feel like if I were to live here, I would've spent a lot of time here. Feels very refreshed and the scenery is excellent. Our Halifax has kind of a similar place (Halifax waterfront) which is also beautiful but this one is bigger and the port on the other side of Canada place looks really amazing!!!
faisal santo - 21 days ago
Beautiful place to walk around alone or with family and friends. Places to choose to eat. Watch the sea planes fly or just enjoy the looking at the mountain, Stanley Park and Vancouver Harbour.
Hamid Salim - 1 month ago
The amazing views of the city's skyline, Stanley Park, and the North Shore Mountains from this iconic waterfront venue are simply mesmerizing. It's a must-visit spot that captures the beauty of Vancouver.
Ammar Shamma - 1 month ago
Functions as a cruise ship terminal, the headquarters of Fly over Canada and a great place to walk around. I personally arrived on a cruise here and the customs process was very easy and convenient, they just ask for your declaration card and that's about it. The following day I had the opportunity to walk around and it provides some wonderful and unique views of Vancouver harbour and it's many sights. You can see the sea planes and helicopters take off and land as well as the ferrys go by. Worth walking to the end for some nice photos and a place to chill.
Alex Merryman - 4 months ago
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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