Vancouver Lookout (Harbour Centre), Vancouver

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555 West Hastings Street, Vancouver 604-689-0421
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    A True 360 Degree View of Vancouver and Mountains

    by glabah Written Oct 24, 2015

    Almost every major city these days has some large tower with a view of the city offered. The Lookout is the Vancouver version of this attraction. The top floor is a restaurant, and the bottom floor is the observation deck where you don't have to order food (but there is a small snack bar if you want to sit and watch the view from here).

    The Harbour Centre is a multiple purpose building. The lower floors have a food court. At the level to the elevators for the Lookout there are some fairly typical shopping mall style stores.

    If you enter the building from the Hastings Street address given, you will actually need to go down one floor to get to the entrance to the Lookout elevators and the ticket counter. The Hastings Street entrance is mostly just a big entryway room with an escalator going down. If you enter from Crodova Street you wind up on the food court level and will have to go up one floor, but if you enter from the Seymour Street entrance you are on the correct floor but you will have to make your way through a maze of shops to get to the elevator and ticket counter.

    Even if you have purchased your ticket beforehand, you will have to go to the ticket counter and exchange this for an elevator pass, and then you will go to the elevator attendant to go up to the Lookout.

    The reason for this is that unlike a few other such attractions, the ticket you buy is actually a day ticket, and you can go up in the tower a number of different times as the weather and lighting changes. You can see the skyline at night and during the day, all on the same ticket. Therefore, the elevator pass gives you immediate entry to the elevator without having to wait in the ticket line. That's the reason they separate the elevator line and the ticket processing line: return visitors don't need to have their tickets processed.

    Naturally, the 360 degree view is better on days that the weather is somewhat clear. However, even if it is somewhat cloudy the view is pretty good up here, and only if the weather is dense fog at the level of the observation deck would it be completely pointless to come up here.

    As of this writing (October of 2015) the standard ticket price is Can$16.25. While this is fairly high, there are many, many things in Vancouver that are more expensive. Keep in mind that a bit further south the Space Needle offers a similar day and night ticket for US$18, and the US$13 only gets you into the tower once. Thus, currently the Lookout is relatively speaking a good deal.

    There are usually guides available at the observation deck that offer regularly scheduled group tours of the view out of the tower and tell you the story of Vancouver and its landmarks that are visible from the tower.

    However, there are also signs that indicate landmarks as well in your view out the window.

    As you exit the elevator, there is a large map of Vancouver that will help you get oriented (see photo 3).

    Vancouver Lookout is Obvious Landmark in Skyline Looking Up at the Vancouver Lookout Huge Map on Wall at Vancouver Lookout Viewing Windows at Vancouver Lookout Snack Bar Seating at Vancouver Lookout
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    Harbour Centre

    by shavy Written Sep 9, 2014

    The Harbour Center is a well-known skyscraper in downtown Vancouver. At the top of the building is a tower, where you have a magnificent view over the city. With this tower there were included the building has a height of 177 meters, making it the tallest building in British Columbia. In the top of the tower there is a restaurant. Astronaut Neil Armstrong opened the tower in 1977. You can still admire his footstep in the concrete from the observation platform.

    We were standing on the harbor side while taking the photo. Excellent picture while you have the building below. It might not be the highest tower in the world, but is highly recommended to go up. If you really want to have the view over the city. For $15.75 entrance fee and your admission ticket is valid throughout the day and evening and you’re welcome to return as often as you like on the date of purchase.

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    Lookout Tower-Harbour Centre

    by mickeyboy07 Written Jan 25, 2012

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    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.

    Harbour Centre from street level Stunning views of the city Harbour Looking south Clear day in Vancouver
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    Harbour Centre

    by heitzenrater Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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:

    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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    by balhannah Written May 16, 2010

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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

    One of the views - BC Lions football stadium

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    Lookout at Harbor Center

    by cinthya_in_victoria Updated Jan 4, 2008

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    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!!!!

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    The Lookout!

    by Carmanah Updated Dec 8, 2006

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    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.

    Gorgeous panoramic views from the Lookout! Looking over downtown Vancouver from the Lookout! The Lookout at Harbour Centre Looking over the Port of Vancouver Habour Centre's Lookout during a rare snowfall
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    Viewing Vancouver from Harbour Centre.

    by worldkiwi Written Aug 5, 2006

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    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.

    Harbour Centre, Vancouver.

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    Looking over Vancouver

    by a5floor Updated Sep 17, 2005

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    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.

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    Harbour center tower.

    by chris_i79 Written Oct 3, 2004

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    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.

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    Harbour Centre, city panorama

    by katpanou Written Oct 1, 2004

    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.

    view from HC

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    Vancouver Look Out

    by jamiesno Written Jun 24, 2004

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    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.

    Please rate my tips and leave your comments, I enjoy them all.

    Vancouver Harbour from the Look Out

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    Harbour Center Lookout Tower

    by mirrajay Updated Jun 10, 2004

    I have an incredible fear of glass elevators and was not aware when I went to the Lookout Tower that the entire way up would be in a glass elevator!! If you like that sort of thing, you have got to try this - you can see out the glass all the way as you go up and down - it scared the crap out of me, but what a view!
    Once on top, you can go around in a circle looking at the different parts of Vancouver and all the boats in the water. It was wonderful. We got some amazing pictures on a very typically cloudy Vancouver day. The ticket allows you to go up as many times as you want during the day, so it might be a good idea to go up during daylight hours and then again at night to get a different view.

    Scary Elevator!!

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    Towering above the City

    by Loughborough Written Mar 2, 2004

    No trip to Vancouver would be complete without a trip to the top of Harbour Place Tower. The 360' views are spectacular. You can either visit the observation platform and walk around to see the views or visit the restaurant and watch the city go by while you eat.

    Don't Look Down !!

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    Harbour Centre Tower

    by nigelw6443 Updated Jul 11, 2003

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    Above the shopping center, which by the way has a very cheap food court is the Harbour Centre Tower. Harbour Centre Tower is Vancouver's tallest building at 553 ft or 167 m tall.

    And incidentally , The Lookout! was officially opened by Astronaut Neil Armstrong on August 13, 1977.

    They operate tours and there and opening hours are: 8:30 am to 10:30 pm

    Admission Rates

    Adult $10.00
    Senior(60+) $9.00
    Student with ID $7.00
    Youth (age 11 - 17) $7.00
    Child (age 5 - 10) $4.00
    Child (age 4 and under) free

    Also The Top of Vancouver Revolving Restaurant is operated independently of The Lookout Tower and offers a quality menu at quite a reasonable price considering the view so why not take in a meal and watch Vancouver go by.

    View from Water Street.
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