Canada Place Vancouver


Canada’s national icon and a hub of activity. Whether strolling the scenic Canada Place pier, watching majestic cruise ships head to sea, attending a convention or enjoying a luxurious weekend getaway, visit Canada Place for your Inspirationally Canadian experience.

They are located in the heart of Vancouver’s waterfront at 999 Canada Place between Howe Street and Burrard Street. Pay parking is available at the Canada Place parkade. They are steps away from Waterfront Station and easily accessible by Seabus, Skytrain, Bus and Canada Line. Visit Translink for public transit information.

Your Canadian experience starts at Canada Place. Step onto Canadian soil and make your first stop at the Welcome Centre in the Main Plaza for information on what’s happening at Canada Place. Look up at Canada’s Storyboard for stunning imagery and video montages of our country. As you approach the Canada Place Pier, take in the striking views of Burrard Inlet, Coal Harbour, Stanley Park and the North Shore mountains. The Canadian Trail will guide your walk along the Pier, as you journey across Canada’s ten provinces and three territories – from British Columbia to Newfoundland to the Northwest Territories. Each evening, watch as Canada Place’s sails light up in a dynamic display of imagery, light and animation during the Sails of Light. As home to the largest Canada Day celebration outside the nation’s capital, be sure to visit us for free Community Events throughout the year including Canada Day at Canada Place, the Burrard Inlet Fireworks Show and Christmas as Canada Place.

Canada Place is a building situated on the Burrard Inlet waterfront of Vancouver, British Columbia. It is the home of the Vancouver Convention Centre, the Pan Pacific Hotel, Vancouver’s World Trade Centre, and the world’s first permanent IMAX 3D theatre (which ceased operation on October 1st 2009). It is also the main cruise ship terminal for the region, where most of Vancouver’s famous cruises to Alaska originate. Construction on it began in 1983, finished in late 1985, and was open for Expo 86 as the pavilion for Canada and was the only venue for the fair that was not at the main site on the north shore of False Creek. The building was designed by architect Eberhard Zeidler.

It can be reached via the SkyTrain line at the nearby Waterfront Station terminal. The white sails of the building have made it a prominent landmark for the city, as well as drawing comparisons to the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia and the Denver International Airport in Denver, Colorado.

The structure was expanded in 2001 to accommodate another cruise ship berth. In 2009, a companion building immediately to the northwest was completed which, like Canada Place, contains additional Convention Centre facilities as well as served as the International Broadcast Centre for the 2010 Winter Olympics while Canada Place served as the Main Press Centre.

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