Canada Place is one of Vancouver's most iconic landmarks and a popular gathering place for celebrating in Vancouver
Overlooking Canada's busiest harbour, Canada Place is arguably not just Vancouver's most iconic landmark, but along with the CN Tower in Toronto it is also one of the most recognized structures in Canada. Designed with a unique roof comprised of five massive snow white sails, Canada Place is a striking architectural accomplishment.
Canada place first opened during the 1986 World's Fair held in Vancouver. Built on a pair of former Canadian Pacific Railway piers with the longer term goal of serving as a cruise ship terminal and a trade and convention centre, it was designed to be Canada's premier showcase and serve as home to the Canada Pavilion during the World's Fair. It was a huge success and hosted over 5 million visitors during the fair.
The Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre has recently been expanded to the west to meet with the ever increasing demand for convention space in this beautiful harbourfront city. Canada Place is also home to the famous and luxurious Pan Pacific Hotel. It also continues in its function as a cruise ship terminal.
Visitors to Canada Place can enjoy a variety of on going free activities. You can stroll along the exterior promenade known as The Canadian Trail and enjoy the second to none views of Vancouver's spectacular harbour, nearby Stanley Park and the North Shore mountains. In and around Canada Place you will find coffee shops, restaurants and bars. There is often some kind free entertainment happening including music and dance. Currently the Canadian Trail, which is located on the promenade, is featuring an exhibition about the war of 1812 which will continue through to March of 2014. It features interactive exhibits and displays and is open daily from 10am to 5pm. Another ongoing exhibit called Five Foundations takes a look at Canada's roots with interactive displays highlighting Canada's geography, people, heritage, sports and major inovations. Best of all the admission is free.
In addition to the many free activities you will also be able to enjoy the incredible new FlyOver Canada attraction coming to Vancouver in the Spring of 2013. This thrilling new attraction will be located in the old IMAX theatre that was part of Canada Place for many years.
After the Vancouver 2010 Olympics the Olympic Torch was moved to a permanent spot at Canada Place where it is lit for special occasions. If you are visiting Vancouver on Canada Day (July 1st), Canada Place is a very exciting place to be with entertainment throughout the day and fireworks at night.
Since it is located right next to Vancouver's busy Waterfront Station, there is absolutely no reason not to visit Canada Place during your stay in Vancouver.
For more information on Canada Place and on going activities and events there visit the Official Website: BC Canada Place