Canada Place Welcome Centre
Upon arrival to Canada Place, visit the Welcome Centre located in the Main Plaza. You can’t miss the giant maple leaf, where Canada Place Ambassadors are available to answer your questions, provide information about our facility and exciting events taking place.
Canada Place is proud to partner with Gray Line, West Coast Sightseeing, Aboriginal Tourism Association of BC, and Grouse Mountain to operate the Welcome Centre.
West Coast Sightseeing
Established in 1984, West Coast is Vancouver’s oldest and most experienced tour company. With a mission statement of, ‘Bringing people together for dazzling experiences and memories’, the company prides itself on service excellence and is recommended and sold at top hotels. Recently the company was awarded the Gray Line license for BC. In addition, the company has been awarded the license for Big Pink Sightseeing, a new Hop-On Hop-Off service which supports the BC Breast Cancer Foundation. West Coast Sightseeing/Gray Line is also the Official Tour Partner to Aboriginal Tourism Association of British Columbia. West Coast Sightseeing anticipates carrying 80,000 passengers in 2011.
Gray Line World Wide
Gray Line offers sightseeing tours in more than 150 destinations on six continents and is widely recognized as the world’s leader in sightseeing tours,ground transportation, charter services, airport transfers and convention services. Gray Line Vancouver, now owned and operated by West Coast Sightseeing, has sub-licensed its brand to ATBC, Grouse Mountain, and the Big Pink Sightseeing tour.
A dominant attraction on Vancouver’s north shore, the mountain has evolved into a true destination tourist attraction. Notable enhancements include the Observatory Restaurant, the Hiwas feasthouse and cultural centre, the Grouse Mountain Refuge for Endangered Wildlife, improved infrastructure investments such as a high speed quad lift, a commercially viable wind turbine and ziptreking. Grouse Mountain welcomes 1.2 million visitors annually.
Aboriginal Tourism Association of British Columbia (ATBC)
This is a non-profit membership based organization that is committed to growing and promoting a sustainable culturally rich Aboriginal tourism industry. ATBC works closely with Tourism, business, education and government organizations to help BC’s Aboriginal tourism businesses offer quality experiences and actively promotes these experiences to visitors and local residents. Locally ATBC operates Klahowya Village in Stanley Park which received 162,000 visitors in eight weeks in its first year of operation last year. In 2011, the Klahowya Village will open for fourteen weeks.