Our white sail building. Great views of Stanley Park, the mountains and the Port of Vancouver as you walk around Canada Place - the home of the Alaskan cruise ship in summer.
Canada Place is Vancouver’s cruise port and first big convention center. It was built for the 1986 World Expo in Vancouver. Hundreds of thousands of people visit Canada Place each year - some for the conferences, some for the cruise ships and some just wanting some good scenery and a nice stroll.
A new convention center has been built to the west of Canada Place and is joined by a nice promenade space. The new convention center was built for the increasing demand for convention space in Vancouver and to house the media during the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
Canada Place is one of Vancouver’s best view points - you can see from the Iron Worker’s Memorial Bridge (east), to Coal Harbour and Stanley Park (west). You also have a “best” view of the North Shore mountains - Cypress, Grouse and Seymour (west to east).
Things get crowded in summer once the cruise ships arrive. You can watch the ships leave port between 5 and 6pm each cruising day - it is a sight worth seeing up close .. and yes, you can get right up close to the ship!
There is a very popular stroll around Canada Place that many office workers take advantage of when the weather is good. It takes about 10 minutes to go right around. There are plenty of benches for relaxation and sun soaking.
Things can get windy in winter - so be prepared with a good jacket. Expect your umbrella to fold inside out.
Canada Place is easily accessible downtown by bus, walking, bike, Sea Bus and Sky Train. Biking is not permitted around Canada Place itself, but you can lock it up or walk it around.