Cruise ship terminal
|Address||999 Canada Place|
|Town or city||Vancouver, British Columbia|
|Current tenants||Vancouver Convention Centre
Pan Pacific Vancouver Hotel
Vancouver World Trade Centre
|Construction started||March 9, 1983|
|Opening||May 2, 1986|
|Cost||$400 million CAD|
|Renovation cost||$21 million CAD|
|Owner||Port Metro Vancouver|
|Height||81.5 metres (267 ft)|
|Design and construction|
|Architecture firm||Joint Venture: Zeidler Roberts Partnership, MCMP & DA Architects + Planners|
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 Vancouver Hotel, Vancouver's World Trade Centre, and FlyOver Canada a virtual flight ride which replaced the world's first permanent IMAX 3D theatre (which ceased operation on October 1st 2009). The building's exterior is covered by fabric roofs resembling sails.  It is also the main cruise ship terminal for the region, where most of Vancouver's famous cruises to Alaska originate. The building was designed by architect Eberhard Zeidler in joint venture with MCMP and DA Architects + Planners.
Canada Place can be reached via the SkyTrain line at the nearby Waterfront Station terminus or via West Cordova Street in Vancouver. 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 and in 2009/10, for the 2010 Winter Olympics, Canada Place served as the Main Press Centre.
Canada Place was built on the land which was originally the Canadian Pacific Railway's Pier B-C. Built in 1927, its primary purpose was to serve CPR and other shipping lines trading across the Pacific Ocean.
In 1978 Federal, Provincial and Municipal governments commenced planning for development of convention, cruise ship and hotel facilities. Four years later, the Government of Canada created a crown corporation, Canada Harbour Place Corporation (known as Canada Place Corporation until 2012), to develop the Canada Place project on the Pier B-C site. Construction began when HM Queen Elizabeth II arrived on the Royal Yacht Britannia with The Right Hon. Pierre Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada and The Hon. William R. Bennett, Premier of BC to initiate the first concrete pour.
During Expo 86, the Canada Pavilion at Canada Place was opened by HRH Prince Charles and The Right Hon. Brian Mulroney, Prime Minister of Canada. Among the largest and most elaborate pavilions presented by any nation at any World's Fair, the Canada Pavilion hosted more than 5 million visitors prior to the October 13, 1986 closing date. The Canada Pavilion is acknowledged as one of the best-ever host nation pavilions at a world exposition.
The 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 Corporation (CPC), a Crown agent, continues to act as the coordinating landlord for Canada Place facilities.
Throughout the year many community events are held at and hosted by Canada Place. Some of these include:
- Canada Day at Canada Place - This multiple award-winning event features headline performers on four stages, interactive exhibitions, kid's zone, roaming entertainment and much more.
- Christmas at Canada Place - This event is a family tradition for many people in the Lower Mainland. It has been running for 23 years with guest favourites like the Woodward Windows and Breakfast with Santa.
- Sails of Light - A nightly event illuminating Canada Place’s 90 foot sails showcasing Canada. During Christmas the Sails of Light take a festive theme.
- Community Events - Events such as the well-known Vancouver International Jazz Festival to free yoga sessions on the promenade take place throughout various times of the year.
Pan Pacific Vancouver
The Pan Pacific Vancouver has 504 rooms and suites and several restaurants and a lounge.
The Hotel is operated by Pan Pacific Hotels and Resorts.
The ten Heritage Horns have five facing north and five facing east on the roof of the Pan Pacific hotel. They sound the first four notes of O Canada every day at noon and at 115 decibels they can be heard for miles. They were the brainchild of Les Southwell then designed and constructed by Robert Swanson for Expo 67 and funded by BC Hydro. They were originally on the BC Hydro building and were silent when the headquarters moved in the early 1990s. The horns started sounding again on November 8, 1994 after being acquired and refurbished by Canada Place. Due to complaints the timer was changed from mechanical to electrical soon after to make them accurate. They sounded 26 times during the 2010 Olympics, once for each medal won by Canada. The first was at 7:30pm on February 13 for a silver won by Jennifer Heil. Another notable time signal in the area is the 9 O'Clock Gun across the harbour in Stanley Park.
- Ballantyne Pier - overflow cruise ship terminal in Vancouver
- CPR Pier B and C
- Expo 86
- The Drop (sculpture)
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- "Highlights of the week". International Olympic Committee. January 15, 2010. Retrieved 2011-06-24.
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