Built for Expo ‘86 as the flagship Canada Pavilion, Canada Place is a Vancouver landmark. The roof’s futuristic sail-like lines echo Canada’s nautical roots. The “prow” extends well into the harbor. Following the highly successful world exhibition, which attracted more than 22 million visitors, Canada Place was transformed into a complex containing a cruise-ship terminal, a convention center, exhibition areas, and a first-class hotel. The promenade offers a terrific view of the city’s harbor.
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Built for Expo ‘86 on the site of a former cargo dock, Canada Place’s award-winning design is notable for its five Teflon-coated fiberglass sails, resembling a sailing ship.
Operated by Tourism Vancouver, this useful bureau, located across Canada Place, offers free brochures and city maps. The volunteer staff are knowledgeable and multilingual.
The trail is a walk through Canadian history. Interactive exhibits highlight Canada’s heritage, innovations, sports, and geography. The walkway also offers great views of Stanley Park and the North Shore Mountains.
This state-of-the-art, eco-designed facility has a landscaped, gray-water-irrigated “living roof,” the largest in Canada, and is home to 60,000 honey bees as well as nearly half a million native plants.
Located at the north end of Canada Place, this center educates visitors about the port through interactive touchscreen kiosks, videos, and presentations.
Every day, at noon, the sound of ten air horns blasts across Vancouver from the top of Canada Place. Designed and built by Robert Swanson in 1967 as a project to celebrate Canada’s 100th birthday, the first four notes of the chimes are from the national anthem, O Canada.
Canada Place hosts a variety of events, ranging from free yoga classes and busker performances in summer to Canada Day celebrations with fireworks on July 1.
Pontooned planes from Victoria land at Coal Harbour, west of Canada Place. Helicopters from Victoria descend to the east of the complex.
A three-berth cruise ship terminal is adjacent to the promenade at Canada Place, and welcomes hundreds of thousands of visitors a year. From the terminal, it’s a short walk to the sights and shops of Gastown.
Visitors of all ages can soar from coast to coast on a breathtaking virtual journey that takes in the excitement and grandeur of Canada’s landscape in the latest flight ride technology. Effects such as wind, sounds, and scents all add to the experience.
On May 2 1986, Prince Charles and Princess Diana opened Expo ‘86, an immensely successful international fair. The event unfortunately closed with a deficit of $311 million. However, enduring legacies, such as Canada Place, Science World, the SkyTrain, and the urban renewal of False Creek, show that Expo ‘86 ultimately gave back a great deal to the people of Vancouver.