Vancouver Lookout at the Harbour Centre
Perhaps one of the best ways to begin one's visit to Vancouver is with a trip up the Harbour Centre Tower to the Lookout, where one can enjoy a 360 degree view of the city, Greater Vancouver, the North Shore mountains and on a clear day, even neighbouring Vancouver Island. A 45-second trip in the outdoor glass-fronted Skylift elevator delivers visitors to the Lookout and informative signs point out key attractions in the city and surrounds. As tickets are valid for the entire day and evening, visitors can also enjoy a cup of coffee while watching the sunset from the Lookout or see the lights of the city begin to twinkle below. The tower is also home to The Top of Vancouver Revolving Restaurant, though run separately from the Lookout, and visitors can enjoy the unique experience of dining above the city while the restaurant completes a full revolution every hour. The Skylift to the restaurant is free. The Harbour Centre itself is home to part of the Simon Fraser University campus, several shops and a food court.
Address: 555 West Hastings Street
Telephone: (604) 689 0421
Transport: Skytrain to Waterfront Station; SeaBus from North Shore to Waterfront Station
Opening times: Open daily, from 8.30am to 10.30pm (6 May to 3 October); and 9am to 9pm (4 October to 15 April). Last elevator ride is 20 minutes before closing
Admission: C$15 (adult); C$10 (youth 13-18 years); C$7 (children 6-12 years). Other concessions are available. Prices include all taxes, and tickets are valid all day