Atop A Man-Made Perch

Here is an informative article that I wrote for my travel writing class in March 2009. I have to say that this is a great way to see Vancouver!


See Vancouver from a different vantage point by visiting The Vancouver Lookout. Located at the top of the SFU Harbour Centre building at Vancouver’s waterfront, the lookout highlights the city’s splendour in a 360º panoramic view at 130m (430 feet). The Harbour Centre building boasted, up until recently, as being the tallest building in Vancouver. The Lookout itself was opened in 1977 by astronaut Neil Armstrong and has since wowed viewers of all ages.

A glass elevator whisks viewers to the observation deck in an amazing 40 seconds. Upon entering the lookout, viewers can request a complimentary guided tour or wander solo. A tour is roughly 30 minutes and the friendly staff reveal interesting snippets about Vancouver and point out more than just the landmarks. If wandering on one’s own, information about the city and its landmarks are displayed on informative placards throughout the observation deck. A small shop provides tourists with a place to purchase souvenirs of their above ground visit.

A clear day is always best for breathtaking views of the mountains, Vancouver Island and even Washington State. Cypress, Grouse and Seymour Mountains are stunning, appearing almost close enough to touch. Stanley Park and The Lion’s Gate Bridge show off Vancouver’s luscious greenery. A sense of the great expanse of the Port of Vancouver is apparent. It is truly a magical way to take in the sites of Vancouver, far away from the clamour of the city below.

The central location at 555 West Hastings, a block from Waterfront Station and numerous bus stops, permits visitors easy perusal to other favourite city spots such as Lonsdale Quay, Gastown and Canada Place. The all-day entrance fee allows freedom to enjoy daytime, dusk and sparkling night views. Open daily, The Lookout can be enjoyed at any time of year.

Adult:                        $13
Senior (60+)             $11
Student with valid ID   $9
Youth (13 – 18)          $9
Child (6 – 12)             $6
Child (5 & under) – Free

Group Rates (10 or more)
Adult:                            $11
Senior                             $9
Student/Youth (13 – 18)  $8
Child (6 – 12)                  $5
Escort/Chaperone is complimentary – 1 for every 10 

Taxes included in all rates.

The Lookout is every day, year round.

October 16 – April 27 9:00am – 9:00pm
April 28 – October 15 8:30am – 10:30pm

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