Canada Place In Vancouver

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From interactive and educational features to world-class national festivities, Canada Place presents visitors with inspirationally Canadian experiences.

Canada Place began as the Canada Pavilion for Expo 86 in 1986 and has since grown to become a national symbol and a bustling centre of activity on Vancouver’s waterfront.

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority owns and operates Canada Place.

Since 1993, the Canada Place Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the port authority, has been in charge of the facility. On December 1, 2012, the organization merged with the port authority.


Canada Place is surrounded by the country’s busiest harbour and third-largest metropolis. Vancouver’s downtown harbour front has grown significantly since its humble beginnings, and it is rich in history and teeming with activity.

Visits from the earliest explorers, the completion of sawmills, the arrival of the first ships to provide lumber to world markets, major immigrations from Asia, the completion of the first transcontinental railway and the arrival of the first train, and the completion of major shipping terminals to support the economy of Western Canada have all taken place in the area now occupied by Canada Place.

Pier B-C of the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) was erected on the ground where Canada Place now stands. This land was given to CPR with the purpose of building a sea-to-sea railway. Pier B-primary C’s function was to serve Canadian Pacific, Royal Mail, NYK, OSK, and other shipping lines trading with the Orient, Australia, and New Zealand, but it also served British Columbia’s development and the CP Steamships coastal fleet, which transported people, vehicles, and cargo to virtually every accessible portion of the coast and Vancouver Island until 1955.

The Honourable Grace McCarthy helped the federal, provincial, and municipal governments prepare for the development of conference, cruise ship, and hotel facilities at Pier B-C in 1978.

Four years later, the Canadian government established Canada Harbour Place Corporation (now known as Canada Place Corporation) to oversee the development of the Canada Place project on the Pier B-C site. At the Expo ’86 World Fair, Canada Place would serve as the Canadian Pavilion.

The first concrete pour in a caisson placed at the southeast corner of the site was started when HM Queen Elizabeth II arrived on the royal yacht Britannia with The Right Honourable Pierre Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, and The Honourable William R. Bennett, Premier of British Columbia.

The Government of Canada has dedicated the world-class monument that is today Canada Place to the people of Canada and the rest of the world who will come to see and enjoy the numerous elements of this one-of-a-kind project. The Vancouver-Alaska cruise docks in Canada Place, which also houses the Vancouver Convention Centre East, Pan Pacific Hotel, FlyOver Canada, World Trade Centre, and West Park. The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority owns and operates Canada Place.

The world class landmark that today is Canada Place is dedicated by the Government of Canada to the people of Canada and the world, who will visit and enjoy the many features of this unique project. Canada Place is home port to the Vancouver-Alaska cruise, and houses Vancouver Convention Centre East, Pan Pacific Hotel, FlyOver Canada, World Trade Centre and West Park. Canada Place is owned and operated by the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority.


Canada Place, located in the center of Vancouver’s waterfront, is an iconic landmark and a location for world-class events and inspirationally Canadian experiences. The Vancouver-Alaska cruises dock in Canada Place, which also houses the Vancouver Convention Centre East, Pan Pacific Hotel, FlyOver Canada, World Trade Centre, and Westpark.

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, which is responsible for the stewardship of federal port lands in and around Vancouver, British Columbia, owns and operates Canada Place. The port authority is accountable to the elected federal Minister of Transport as a non-shareholder, financially self-sufficient company formed by the Government of Canada under the Canada Marine Act.

Cruise Ship Terminal

The Port of Vancouver’s Canada Place cruise terminal, which serves as the homeport for numerous Alaska cruises, attracts over 900,000 passengers each year.

At any given time, the three-berth terminal can accommodate up to four luxury cruise ships. The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority owns and manages the facility. Each cruise ship that docks in Vancouver generates around $2 million in revenue for the city.

A shore power program that allowed cruise ships to connect to the shore-based electrical infrastructure while docked was completed in 2009. This huge environmental project is only the third of its kind in the world, and the first in Canada.

FlyOver Canada

FlyOver Canada, Vancouver’s must-see attraction, is proudly housed in Canada Place!

FlyOver Canada is, at its heart, a stunning, all-ages flying simulation ride unlike any other! You’ll soar into a gigantic dome screen with cutting-edge projection and ride technology, giving you a true flying experience (complete with wind, aromas, and mist!).

You will spend roughly 30 minutes at FlyOver Canada learning about our wonderful country. Before proceeding to the boarding zone for your preflight briefing, you will first visit the preshow area, where you will be immersed in an audio-visual show of Canada “up close and personal.” Then it’s over to your flight deck for an incredible eight-minute Ultimate Flying Ride sailing east to west over some of the most breathtaking sights the country has to offer.

Vancouver Convention Centre East

The award-winning Vancouver Convention Centre is widely regarded as one of the world’s best convention centers.

The venue hosts almost 300 events each year. The Vancouver Convention Centre’s East Building is located within Canada Place, and the West Building is located just west of Canada Place at 1055 Canada Place. BC PavCo and the Province of British Columbia run the Vancouver Convention Centre.

World Trade Centre

Vancouver’s most prestigious business address is the World Trade Centre office building.

The World Trade Centre is owned and operated by Ocean Pacific Management and is anchored by the Vancouver Board of Trade.

Pan Pacific Vancouver

The Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver at Canada Place is famous for great service and amenities, attracting international politicians, intellectuals, and celebrities. It was named one of Condé Nast Travel Magazine‘s Top 10 International Business Hotels.

The opulent hotel has 503 guest rooms and suites, as well as conference and eating facilities, retail outlets, and a fitness club. Ocean Pacific Management and Pan Pacific Hotels and Resorts are in charge of the operation.

Spa Utopia Health & Wellness Center, located within the Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver, is a wellness haven with intimate VIP suites, extensive treatment and change rooms, and soothing lounge areas.

Oceans 999 is open all day and serves excellent ‘East meets West’ cuisine. Enjoy the wonderful Opera Buffet on Saturday evenings. The renowned Sunday Market Brunch is held on Sunday. Oceans Patio, probably one of the city’s most magnificent patios, overlooks Canada Place’s distinctive white sails, Stanley Park, the North Shore mountains, and Burrard Inlet.

The Coal Harbour Bar is a great spot to unwind after a hard day with a relaxed meal, dinner, or drink.

The restaurant Five Sails features a modern design, a variety of dining options, and new renditions of classic cuisine influenced by the West Coast region.

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