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Canada Place in Coal Harbour, Vancouver, Canada

Cruise Ships at Canada Place in Vancouver, BC, Canada
Cruise Ship at Canada Place

Canada Place in Coal Harbour, Vancouver, BC, Canada is both a Convention Centre and the Vancouver Cruise Ship Terminal.

Canada Place was built to look like a ship with 5 sails!  It is an iconic building in Vancouver.

It offers great views of the mountains, Stanley Park, and the Port of Vancouver!

Millions of people each year end up at Canada Place by embarking/disembarking from cruise ships, attending conventions, or coming for events such as the Canada Day celebrations!

The History of Canada Place was that it was built for use as Canada's national pavillion at the 1986 Expo World's Fair in Vancouver.

In front of Canada Place is the Welcome Centre which can assist you.

There are a bunch of things to do at Canada Place such as FlyOver Canada which is a theme-park type attraction is located right in Canada Place.  It gives you the experience of actually flying over Canada!

If you are hungry or thirsty there are a number of Restaurants, Cafes, and bars in Canada Place.

If you need a place to stay there is Hotel right in Canada Place.

Canada Place normally hosts some Events such as Canada Day Celebrations, summer weekly outdoor movies and Zumba classes.

Check out more Photos of Canada Place and FAQs.

History of Canada Place

Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre in Vancouver, BC, Canada
Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre

Canada Place was originally a pier called Pier B-C that was built in 1927 and operated by the Canadian Pacific Railway.

It was purchased by the government for a future convention centre.  Canada Place was finally built on the pier for the Expo 86 World's Fair.  Canada Place served as the Canadian Pavilion for the fair.

After Expo, Canada Place served as Vancouver's original large trade and convention centre.

A new building next to Canada Place was built in 2010 as part of the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games held in Vancouver.  This building eventually became part of the Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre.  Canada Place still still remains part of the convention centre and hosts many large events.

Vancouver Convention Centre

Canada Place in Vancouver, BC, Canada
Canada Place

Canada Place still operates as part of the Vancouver Convention Centre.

The Canada Place part of the convention center is called the 'East Building' or 'Vancouver Convention Centre East'.

It has a number of large halls and hosts hundreds of events each year.

There are 3 Totem Poles in Canada Place that you need to check out.

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Vancouver Convention Centre Totem Poles

Totem Pole in Canada Place in Vancouver, BC, Canada
Totem Poles at Canada Place
Totem Pole plaque in Canada Place in Vancouver, BC, Canada
Totem Poles Plaque

There are 3 Totem Poles in the main lobby of Canada Place.

The totem poles represent the Lax Xsgiik (Eagle Clan) and Gispudwada (Whale Clan).

Vancouver Cruise Ship Terminal

Cruise Ship at Canada Place in Vancouver, BC, Canada
Cruise Ship at Canada Place

Canada Place is Vancouver's only cruise ship terminal.  It can handle up to 4 cruise ships at one time on it's 3 berths.

An interesting fact about Vancouver's cruise ship terminal is that it allows ships to use shore power instead of having to keep their engines running.  Most of British Columbia's power comes from hydroelectric dams so using shore power prevents pollution!

There were no cruise ships in 2020 and 2021 due to the Covid pandemic, but they are back for 2022!

2022 Vancouver Cruise Ship Schedule...

Welcome Centre at Canada Place

Welcome Centre at Canada Place in Vancouver, BC, Canada
Welcome Centre at Canada Place

The Welcome Centre is a travel and tour information kiosk located on the plaza in front of Canada Place.

You can't miss it because it has a giant maple leaf on top of it!

The Welcome Centre is an information booth.  Here you can get information about Vancouver, tours, and get any of your questions answered.

You can also buy tickets for some bus tours here at the Welcome Centre.

What to do at Canada Place?

It isn't obvious but there are a bunch of things to do at Canada Place.

Start your journey by walking along The Canadian Trail.  You will see the Salish Sea, the Journey Within Archway as your start your journey.  Read the Voyage Canada Exhibit photoboards as you continue your stroll.

Pop into the Port of Vancouver Discovery Centre to learn about the Port of Vancouver.

Continue your journey and take a flight over Canada at FlyOver Canada.

Go a little further and explore the Dream of Canada Photo Exhibit and Explore Our Stories Photo Exhibit.

Salish Sea, the Journey Within

Salish Sea, the Journey Begins archway at Canada Place in Vancouver, BC, Canada
Salish Sea, the Journey Within archway
Salish Sea, the Journey Begins archway at Canada Place in Vancouver, BC, Canada
Salish Sea, the Journey Within archway

The Salish Sea, the Journey Within is a contemporary archway that is new in 2022.

This archway 'helps remind guests and locals of the continuous Coast Salish culture upon this land and water... and connects on a meaningful level to all cultural backgrounds of the people who now share and love this land'.

This is a free attraction that you can see when you walk on the promenade on the west side of Canada Place.

Voyage Canada Exhibit

Voyage Canada Exhibit at Canada Place in Vancouver, BC, Canada
Voyage Canada placard at Canada Place

The Voyage Canada Exhibit is a number of placard along the promenade of Canada Place that tell stories of Vancouver and Canada.

This is a free attraction that you can see when you walk on the promenade on the west side of Canada Place.

Be sure to see the placard about the bear called 'Winnie'.  It is a very interesting story!

The Canadian Trail

The Canadian Trail at Canada Place in Vancouver, BC, Canada
The Canadian Trail at Canada Place

The Canadian Trail is a trail that has tiles and coloured glass bricks that name various places in Canada.  If you walk along the trail you will go across Canada from east to west then north to south.

This is a free attraction that you can see when you walk on the promenade on the west side of Canada Place.

FlyOver Canada

Flyover Canada at Canada Place in Vancouver, BC, Canada
Flyover Canada at Canada Place

FlyOver Canada is a paid attraction right in Canada Place.  It is like a Disneyland ride where you first see a video about Canada, then get into seats which project a movie in front of you on a giant screen to make it feel like you are flying over the country.

The floor even goes away beneath your feet to give you even more of the feeling of flying!

The movie normally consists of a flight across Canada showing all parts of Canada.  At holiday and other select time, they do show other themed movies.

First, you enter a room for a pre-flight movie that is projected onto the walls.

Then you enter the boarding area where you are given safety instructions.

Anticipate spending about 20-30 minutes in the attraction plus any wait time.

Then, you are led into the ride.  You are buckled into a seat, the floor is taken away and a movie is projected on the screen in front of you.

There are parts of this ride where water vapour is sprayed into your face to simulate water splashing up, for example, when you fly through clouds.

There are a lot of stairs that we had to walk as part of this ride.  We saw elevators for disabled passengers, but this ride may be strenous for some.  Also, there are a few parts of the film that make it seem you are at very high altitude and then suddenly go downwards.  If you are afraid of heights or get dizzy easy, this ride may not be for you.

FlyOver Canada is located just off of the Canadian Trail up 1 level on the west side of Canada Place.

The address of FlyOver Canada is 201-999 Canada Place, Vancouver, BC, V6C 3E1.

Overall, this ride is good experience to see and learn a little bit about Canada.

Port of Vancouver Discovery Centre

Port of Vancouver Discovery Centre at Canada Place in Vancouver, BC, Canada
Port of Vancouver Discovery Centre
Port of Vancouver Discovery Centre at Canada Place in Vancouver, BC, Canada
Port of Vancouver Discovery Centre

The Port of Vancouver Discovery Centre is an exhibit in which you can learn about the Port of Vancouver.

It has interactive touchscreen benches, and displays that teach you about what happens at the Port of Vancouver.

This is a free attraction located about half way down the promenade on the west side of Canada Place inside the building.

It is open from 8am to 8pm every day.

Anticipate spending from 30 minutes to 1 hour to fully explore this attraction.

Dream of Canada Photo Exhibit

Dream of Canada Photo Exhibit at Canada Place in Vancouver, BC, Canada
Dream of Canada Photo Exhibit

The Dream of Canada Photo Exhibit is a photo exhibit that shows national historic sites, national parks, and marine conservation area in all provinces and territories.

This exhibit is free to view.

It is located on the upper promenade on the north side of Canada Place, behind FlyOver Canada.

Explore Our Stories Photo Exhibit

Explore Our Stories at Canada Place in Vancouver, BC, Canada
Explore Our Stories Photo Exhibit

The Explore Our Stories Photo Exhibit is a collection of storyboards telling stories of Canadian culture and natural heritage.

This exhibit is free to view.

It is located on the upper promenade on the north side of Canada Place, behind FlyOver Canada.

Where to stay at Canada Place?

Pan Pacific Hotel at Canada Place in Vancouver, BC, Canada
Pan Pacific Hotel at Canada Place

There is a hotel right in Canada Place.  It is the Pan Pacific Vancouver Hotel.

Since Canada Place is in downtown Vancouver there are many hotels within blocks of Canada Place.

Pan Pacific Vancouver Hotel

Pan Pacific Hotel at Canada Place in Vancouver, BC, Canada
Welcome Centre at Canada Place

The Pan Pacific Vancouver hotel is a 5-star upscale waterfront hotel located in Canada Place.

The hotel has 503 guest rooms and suites, a huge attrium, meeting rooms, restaurants, bar, patio, retail, and health club.

What to see and hear at Canada Place?

Canada Place promenade in Vancouver, BC, Canada
Canada Place promenade

There are lots of things to see and hear at Canada Place.

There are walkways around Canada Place which offer fantastic views of Coal Harbour, Stanley Park, North Vancouver, and Burrard Inlet.

In addition to seeing cruise ships, you should look up and see the iconic 5 Sails of Canada Place.  There is also the contemporary art work arch called 'Salish Sea, the Journey Within'.

If you are at Canada Place at noon, you can hear the heritage horns play the 1st 4 notes of O'Canada, Canada's National Anthem.

5 Sails

Sails at Canada Place in Coal Harbour, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Sails

There are 5 sails that make up the iconic roof of Canda Place.

They are made of teflon coated fibreglass.

The 5 Sails are lit up in colour at night!

Heritage Horns

Every day at noon, heritage horns mounted on the top of Canada Place go off and play the 1st 4 notes of O'Canada.

The horns are vintage and were originally on top of the former BC Hydro building on Burrard Street.  The horns were used for decades to signal noon to construction workers so they knew when to take lunch.

Gift Shop at Canada Place

There is 1 gift shop at Canada Place at the FlyOver Canada attraction.  You can buy Canadian and Flyover Canada souvenirs.

Restaurants, Bars, and Cafes at Canada Place

There are 2 cafes (Coal Harbour Cafe, Flying Whale Waterfront Cafe) in Canada Place.

The Pan Pacific Hotel at Canada Place also has a 2 restaurants, a lounge, and patio.

There are more food options such as restaurant/bars, fast food, and a pub at the Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre and Jack Poole Plaza which is next to Canada Place.

Additionally, there are some fine dining restaurants across the street from Canada Place and in the neighbouring hotels.

Coal Harbour Cafe

Coal Harbour Cafe at Canada Place in Vancouver, BC, Canada
Coal Harbour Cafe

The Coal Harbour Cafe is a small cafe at Canada Place.

It sells coffee, tea, lattes, and mochas drinks in addition to the normal waters, juice, and milk.  For food it sells small items such as banana bread, scones, croissants, muffins, panninis, and cookies.  It also sells snacks such as chocolate bars, chips, and energy bars.

It is located on the promenade on the west side of Canada Place next to The Canadian Trail.

Flying Whale Waterfront Cafe

The Flying Whale Waterfront Cafe is a small cafe at Canada Place.

They serve drinks, all day breakfast, snacks, lunch, and alcoholic drinks.

It is located one floor up from the main level next to the entrance to FlyOver Canada on the west side of Canada Place.

It is open Monday-Friday from 12pm to 8pm, Sat/Sun from 10am to 9pm.

The drinks are coffees, cappuccinos, lattes, mochas, teas, hot chocolate, iced tea, lemonade, and bottled drinks.

Breakfasts include oatmeal, breakfast sandwich, and bagel with cream cheese.  Also, muffins, loafs, cakes, cookies, etc.

Snacks include giant pretzels, hardbite chips, candy bars, ice cream, and popsicles.

Lunch inclue Ham & Cheese sandwich, Roast Beef sandwich, and hot items such as vegetarian spring rolls, vegetarian samosa, sausage rolls, flatbreads, and soup of the day.

Alcoholic drinks, include lager and pilsner beers, coolers, ciders, white and red wines.

Pan Pacific Restaurants

Coal Harbour Bar at Canada Place in Vancouver, BC, Canada
Coal Harbour Bar

The Pan Pacific Hotel has a number of options to eat and drink.

Oceans 999 is their main restaurant.  It is a luxury Italian restaurant with a capacity of 200.  It also serves a la carte breakfast daily from 7am to 11am.  Reservation at 604-662-8111.

The Five Sails is one of Vancouver's finest restaurants.  It is located near the top of the hotel and has spectacular views.  Reservation at 604-844-2855.

The Coal Harbour Bar is the hotel bar that has spectacular views.  The bar is open from 4pm to 11pm daily.

Additionally, the hotel has the Patio Terrace which is an outdoor patio bar that has spectacular views.  The patio is open seasonally.

These are located at the top of the atrium of the Pan Pacific Hotel.  Take the escalator up to the top level.

Events at Canada Place

Canada Day at Canada Place in Vancouver, BC, Canada
Canada Day at Canada Place

Canada Place hosts some large events each year.

The Canada Day celebrations at Canada Place on July 1 are the largest in Western Canada for Canada's birthday!

There are weekly outdoor movies and Zumba Classes at the norther tip of Canada Place during the summer.

Canada Day at Canada Place

Main Stage at Canada Day at Canada Place in Coal Harbour, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Main Stage at Canada Day

2022-05-19 It has been confirmed that the Canada Day at Canada Place celebration will happen on July 1, 2022.  However, there will NOT be any fireworks.

Canada Day at Canada Place is the largest Canada Day celebration west of Ottawa.  It takes place on July 1 every year, which is Canada's Birthday.  Tens of thousands of people come to Canada Place to celebrate Canada's birthday!

This is a free event.

During the day, inside Canada Place many new citizens are sworn in!  Outside, there are stages with bands and entertainers, exhibits, and food trucks.

There used to be fireworks in the evening, but fireworks are NOT happening in 2022.

Zumba at Canada Place

During the summer there is free outdoor Zumba at the north point of Canada Place.

This will take place from July 18, 2022 to August 29, 2022 on Monday nights from 5:30pm to 6:30pm.  Note: There will NOT be Zumba on BC Day (August 1, 2022).

This event is weather permitting.

Waterfront Yoga

During the summer there is free outdoor Yoga at the north point of Canada Place.

This will take place from June 1, 2022 to August 31, 2022 on Wednesdays from 6pm to 7pm.  Note: There will NOT be Zumba on BC Day (August 1, 2022).

This event is weather permitting.

Promenade Buskers

During the summer there is free outdoor entertainment by buskers on the west promenade of Canada Place.

This will take place Monday to Friday from July 4, 2022 to August 31, 2022 from 11am to 1pm.

This event is weather permitting.

CANCELLED-Waterfront Cinema Outdoor Movies

During the summer Waterfront Cinema shows free movies outdoors on Thursday nights at dusk at the north point of Canada Place.

This event were cancelled in 2020 and 2021 due to the Covid pandemic.  This event has not been announced for 2022 so we think that it is probably cancelled.

Canada Place Photos

Canada Place in Coal Harbour, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Canada Place
Canada Place in Coal Harbour, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Canada Place
Canada Place at night
Canada Place at night
Canada Place in Coal Harbour, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Canada Place
Canada Place in Coal Harbour, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Canada Place
Canada Place
Canada Place
Citizenship ceremony at Canada Place, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Citizenship Ceremony
Canada Day Fireworks at Coal Harbour, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Canada Day Fireworks
Canada Place
Canada Place

Frequently Asked Questions abour Canada Place

This section is the frequently asked questions about Canada Place.

Where is the address of Canada Place?

The address of Canada Place is 999 Canada Place, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

It is located at the north end(closest to the mountains) of Burrard Street in downtown Vancouver.  The corner of Hastings and Burrard streets is the nearest major intersection.

Where is Canada Place in Vancouver?

Canada Place is located in downtown Vancouver right on Coal Harbour.  See above for exact address.

Why is it called Canada Place?

Canada Place is called Canada Place because it was Canada's Pavilion at Expo 86 in 1986 in Vancouver.  It was funded and built by the federal government of Canada.

What is the Hotel at Canada Place called?

The hotel at Canada Place is the Pan Pacific Vancouver.

Where to park at Canada Place?

Canada Place has a 754 space, 2 level underground parkade offering short to long term parking.

The parking lot is open 24 hours a day and has a few EV Charging stations.

The facility is operated by Indigo.  You can find out more information about parking at Canada Place at: More info about Parking at Canada Place

How to get to Canada Place?

Seabus terminal in Vancouver, BC, Canada
Seabus Terminal

It is relatively easy to get to Canada Place because it is located in Downtown Vancouver.  There is lots of trains, buses, and even a boat, the seabus, that are part of the transit system that go downtown from all parts of the Lower Mainland.

What is Canada Place?

Canada Place is both a Vancouver Cruise Ship Terminal and a Convention Centre.

What is there to do around Canada Place?

In addition to the attractions at Canada Place above, the Jack Poole Plaza next to the Convention Centre has the 2010 Olympic Flame Cauldron.  Take a stroll along the Coal Harbour Seawall to Stanley Park, which is Vancouver's crown jewel park, to visit the Totem Poles and Vancouver Aquarium.

Where to find out more information about Canada Place?

For more information about Canada Place, visit the Canada Place website: CanadaPlace.ca

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