There are a lot of places to visit in Vancouver. The very first destination that we decided to visit was the Canada Place at Vancouver. It is a famous convention centre and cruise ship terminal of Canada. Located at the 999 Canada Place in Vancouver which is a part of British Columbia the site was opened for public on May 2nd 1986. Later on the Canada place was renovated in the year 2011 at a cost of $21 million.
This amazing 23 storied building is erected on the Burrard Inlet waterfront and is designed by the renowned architect Eberhard Zeidler. It houses the prominent institutions namely the Vancouver convention centre, Vancouver’s world trade centre, the Pan Pacific Vancouver hotel and the FlyOver Canada which is a virtual flight ride.
The building is very gracefully designed with exteriors that represent sails of a ship and are covered with roofs of fabric. This elegant building also serves as the premier cruise ship terminal for the entire region. It is at this terminal only where the famous cruises of Vancouver travelling to Alaska originate. This tourist attraction of Vancouver can be accessed via the SkyTrain line that runs via the Waterfront station terminus that lies close to the Canada Place. One can also reach this place by the West Cordova Street.
The white sails of this prominent landmark of the city of Vancouver has earned fame for this building as it stands in comparison with other famous structures such as the Denver International Airport in Colorado and the Sydney Opera house in Australia. The Pan Pacific hotel of Canada Place is one of the most prestigious hotels of the region. It has 504 rooms and suites and a number of lounges and restaurants to offer a luxurious stay to its guests.
The whole structure was expanded in the year 2001 and in then again in the year 2010 to accommodate more cruise ship births for the winter Olympics of 2010. The whole day passed like a matter of few hours when we were at the Canada place Vancouver. We also tasted some delicious snacks and beverages from the nearby food outlets and returned to our hotel Sutton Place to retire for the night.