Canada Place, Canada’s inspiring national landmark welcoming you to Canada's Pacific Gateway on the West Coast. Canada Place opened in 1986 to welcome the world as Canada's Pavilion for Expo '86, and continues to welcome locals and people from around the world for Inspirationally Canadian experiences." from here
I boarded my first cruise ship here and headed under the Lions Gate Bridge on my way to Alaska.
Cruise Ship Terminal at Canada Place welcomes upwards of 900,000 passengers each year. The 3-berth terminal can service up to 4 luxury cruise ships. The terminal is owned and operated by Port Metro Vancouver. Each cruise ship that docks in Vancouver contributes approximately $2 million to the local economy. In 2009, the shore power initiative was completed enabling ships to connect to the shore-based electrical grid while docked. This significant environmental initiative is the first installation of this type in Canada, and only the third in the world." from here
The Five Sails is a Canadian symbol known the world over, just as the Sydney Opera House is Australia's iconic symbol. This is my photo of the sails, taken in March 2011 when I took my daughter to a wedding fair at the Convention Center here.
Canada Day (July 1st) each year, many festivities take place here. For example, there is a lumberjack show; a sports zone; a Canadian Forces zone; Canada Place Way where you can stroll through the convention center to see exhibits, sample goods, or play a game of street hockey; relax at Subway's Picnic Plaza; watch the annual Citizenship Celebration where new citizens become Canadians; and later watch the parade and fireworks show over the water.
Convention Center, did you know that it has a green roof? I mean, literally, it's made of grass. My husband Lorne works here from time to time and has actually walked on it! Amazing!
cauldron was placed in the west plaza of the Convention Center at Canada Place. In this photo, you can see the mountains to the north.
Convention Center. As well, Vancouver is known for its Orca Whales and a sculpture by Douglas Coupland was installed nearby in 2009. It is known as the "Lego Whale" or the "Pixel Whale."
Canada Place is an absolute must. From there, you can cross the water to see Stanley Park or stay on the same side and walk along Robson Street to see all the famous shops.
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- I took very early retirement from teaching in '06 and did some traveling in Europe and the UK before settling down to do some private tutoring. As a voracious reader, I have many books waiting in line for me to read. Tell me I shouldn't read something, and I will. I'm a happy, optimistic person and I love to travel and through that believe that life can be a continuous learning experience. I'm looking forward to traveling more some day. I enjoy walking, cycling, water aerobics & and sports like tennis, volleyball, and fastpitch/baseball. I'm just getting into photography as a hobby and I'm enjoying learning all the bits and bobs of my digital camera. My family is everything to me and I'm delighted to be the mother of two girls and the Gramma of a boy and a girl. I may be a Gramma, but I'm at heart just a girl who wants to have fun.