Harbour Centre is a notable skyscraper in the central business district of downtown Vancouver.The lookout tower above the office building make it one of the tallest buildings in the city,and a prominent landmark on the city's skyline.With its 360 degree viewing deck,it also serves as a major tourist attraction offering an unobstructed view of the city and surrounding areas.
Designed by WZMH Architects,the building is listed as been 28 stories tall but 44 stories tall with addition of the tower and observation deck.It is idealy situated in the downtown district being just steps away from Waterfront Station,a major transit hub which serves as the downtown Vancouver terminal for various translink operations including Seabus,Westcoast Express,Skytrain,Canada Line and buses.Vancouver coast guard radio operates from the building and the Consulate of Italy is also a major tenant.Admission prices for observation deck are-$15CD for adults,$10 CD for children,$12 CD for seniors.
Opening hours-8.30am-10.30pm May till October,9.00am-9.00pm November till April.
One of the tallest buildings in the city, Vancouver’s Harbour Centre is more than just a skyscraper.
Easily visible from nearly anywhere in the city, Harbour Centre boasts 28 stories and stands 482 feet tall (146m). It was completed in 1977 and designed by WZMH Architects, who also designed Shanghai’s beautiful Golden Sail Plaza and several other notable buildings.
What makes the Harbour Centre taller than any other building in Vancouver is the 100 foot ornamental pylon that sits at the top of the structure, resembling the Seattle Space Needle. (If you subtract the height of the pylon, however, Harbour Centre is not the tallest building in the city.)
At the top of the building, you’ll find both a revolving restaurant and a popular observation deck, one of Vancouver’s most visited tourist attractions, sitting at approximately 550 feet or 167m. The observation deck officially opened on Aug. 13, 1977 with a ceremony at which Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong was the special guest. You can find his footprint in the cement there.
Vancouver Lookout at Harbour Centre
Recently renovated, the Vancouver Lookout at the top of Harbour Centre is often the first stop for those visiting the city for the first time. It takes just 50 seconds to get to the observation deck via glass elevators that climb the outside of the building. Once you arrive at the top, you’ll be treated to a 360 degree view of Vancouver and the nearby coast and surrounding mountains.
The Lookout is open all year long, allthough the winter hours are shorter. There is a (rather large) fee for the ride, but the view is it. Group rates are available. Check out the lookout's website for more info: vancouverlookout.com.
The Top of Vancouver Revolving Restaurant operates independently from the Vancouver Lookout. Reservations should be made in advance, especially during peak tourist season. The restaurant serves lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch.
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If there is a lookout tower in the cities we visit, then we usually go up it for a look.
Vancouver had one, so we went for a look, and were not disappointed.
Glass elevators took us 130 meters from street level to the Observation Deck in a mere 40 seconds. Here we had spectacular 360º views of Vancouver’s downtown and the suburbs beyond, the Pacific Ocean, Coal Harbour, and the towering North Shore Mountains. Our view of Vancouver was simply breathtaking.
Welcoming staff members give complimentary guided tours if you so wish, or you can explore on your own which is what we did. This is quite ok, as there are interpretive displays posted on the deck’s perimeter.
As usual, we walked around several times, picking out the landmarks that we had seen on our tour that morning.
A good lookout, well worth going up.
It is good because the ticket can be used to come back in the evening to see the city lights.
ADMISSION in 2010.....Adult $15
October to May 9
Viewing hours are 09:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
May to September
Viewing hours are 08:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m
The Top of Vancouver Revolving Restaurant is operated independently of the Vancouver Lookout. For reservations and information call 604-669-2220
The Harbor Center is best known for its tower where it's the Lookout. where you can have a 360° view of the city. It has a restaurant there.
It is said that on a clear day you get to see as far as Mount Baker in the USA. The entrance costs CND10 and your ticket is valid for the entire day so, you can return at night to see the city lights. Don't miss the sunset view!!!!
I suppose every city has it's lookout tower. Toronto has the CN Tower, New York has the Empire State Buiding, and Seattle has its Space Needle. Well, not nearly as impressive or as towering as those, Vancouver has its Harbour Centre building with it's lookout called, well... the Lookout!
Once the most prominent landmark in Vancouver's skyline, the Harbour Centre office tower has been recently dwarfed by the dozens of modern skyscrapers that have been built from the 90's until present. Yet, surprisingly, Harbour Centre's Lookout is still higher than the majority of the downtown buildings, and for $11* a full day's admission, it's certainly worth a visit when you're new to town, the skies are clear, and you want to orient yourself around town.
Even if the skies aren't clear and it's raining, it can still be worth your whole. While the view of the mountains will be obscured, Vancouver's landmarks will still be below the clouds, and the Lookout will offer its guests complimentary cappucinos and hot chocolates!
* You can purchase discount tickets for the Lookout at Tourism Vancouver's tourist info centre located a short walk away at 200 Burrard Street.
Vancouver's Harbour Centre, located on the waterfront, opposite the beautiful old train station, offers great views over the downtown highrises and across Burrad Sound to the remarkable terrain of North Vanvouver. Keep your ticket to re-enter as many times as you like on the date of purchase! A great idea.
One other look over Vancouver (besides Grouse Mountain) is the Vancouver Lookout. This building was opened on 13 August 1977 by the footprint of Neil Armstrong (the first man on the moon). The building is 581 feet.
At the View Deck you have a good view over Vancouver.
The tower is open from 8:30am to 10:30pm seven days a week.
A ticket for 1 adult was in August 2005 CAD 10. For other rates, look at the website which is mentioned below.
For the time being, this is the tallest building in Vancouver. The top levels have an observation deck and a restaurant. To go to the obervation level costs $10 per adult. However the ticket is a day pass and allows you to return at night to see the city lights of Vancouver as well.
There is many places in Vancouver where you can have lovely views of the city and Harbour Center is one of them... and it is also quite informative as it provides information on what you see beneath you.
One way to get your internal map straightened out is to visit the Vancouver Lookout and get an amazing view of the city and harbour. From there you can plan what you want to visit in the city.
It is $10 CDN to get to the top. I provided a web site address as well where you can get a virtual tour of the lookout. One neat feature from the lookout tower, is interpretation of most of the major buildings and sites in Vancouver that you can actually see from the tower.
There is also a rotating restaurant that I didn't get to eat at this time around but it rotates and during the course of your meal you get to see the entire city. Probably a little expensive but romantic. I remember eating at the Calgary Tower restaurant.
Harbour Centre Tower is Vancouver and British Columbia's tallest building at a height of 581 feet!
You'll notice in the picture I provided there is an airtraffic control tower on the top of one of the buildings. They do the airtraffic for the harbour only, there are a lot of float planes landing on a regular basis in the harbour. You can also see Canada Place in this picture.
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