Canada Place celebrates 30 years as Vancouver’s iconic waterfront landmark and hub of national celebrations

May 2, 2016

Vancouver, B.C.: Today marks the 30th anniversary of Canada Place in Vancouver. Exactly thirty years ago, Expo 86 welcomed the world to Vancouver with its opening ceremony, launching a world fair that shone a spotlight on our port city.

Canada Place was one of several unique and recognizable architectural features constructed for the international exposition. The building, designed to resemble a ship with five large sails against a backdrop of the mountains, water and city, served as the Canada Pavilion during Expo 86.

In 1986, the Government of Canada dedicated the facility to the people of Canada and the world. Today, Canada Place is owned and operated by the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority and houses the Vancouver Convention Centre East, Pan Pacific Hotel, FlyOver Canada, World Trade Centre and WestPark. Canada Place is also home to the port authority’s head office. As Canada’s largest port, the Port of Vancouver supports close to one in every five dollars of trade in goods that flow through our country. In addition, the Canada Place cruise ship terminal welcomes over 800,000 passengers every year.

“According to a Talk Vancouver survey carried out by the City of Vancouver last year, Canada Place was recently identified by Vancouver residents as the landmark that best represents the city,” said Tom Corsie, President of Canada Place Corporation and Vice President of Real Estate at the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority. “This is an important milestone in Vancouver’s history as we reflect on how Canada Place played a role in connecting people from around the world during the Expo 86 celebrations. We continue to connect to the world today, both through our activities as Canada’s largest port and as home to some of the largest community celebrations in the country.”

Since its opening year, Canada Place has been host to a number of major national celebrations, including Canada Day at Canada Place presented by Port of Vancouver, which is the largest Canada Day celebration outside of Ottawa. At the 2016 Canada Day at Canada Place celebration, the 30 year anniversary of Expo 86 will be commemorated with special features that harken back to that moment in time.

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About Canada Place:

Canada Place at the Port of Vancouver is an internationally-recognized landmark and venue for world-class events and inspirationally Canadian experiences. Next year will mark the 150th anniversary of Canada’s confederation and, located in the heart of Vancouver’s waterfront, Canada Place is perfectly positioned to serve as a hub of celebrations on the west coast with an incredible year of programming. Canada Place at the Port of Vancouver is also homeport to the Vancouver-Alaska cruises, and houses Vancouver Convention Centre East, Pan Pacific Hotel, FlyOver Canada, World Trade Centre and WestPark. The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority manages the Port of Vancouver and is the owner and operator of the Canada Place. The port authority is committed to meaningful engagement with the communities in which it operates and the shared obligation to improve the quality of life for Canadians.

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