Updated July 26, 2019
Vancouver's Canada Place Cruise Terminal
999 Canada Place
Vancouver, BC V6C 3E1
In a gorgeous setting overlooking the ocean, skyscrapers and coastal mountains, the Canada Place Cruise Terminal is a landmark in downtown Vancouver. The building's five white 90-foot sails have been a national icon since 1986 when Canada Place was used as the Canadian Pavilion during the World's Fair that year. A sense of patriotism pervades Canada Place. You'll feel it on the FlyOver Canada virtual flight ride, see it in the towering totems and photo exhibits, and hear it from the historic rooftop horns that blast the first four notes of 'O Canada' daily at noon. There's plenty to do right on the terminal pier at Canada Place, and the best of Vancouver is within walking distance, from Michelin-starred restaurants and upscale shopping to the massive Stanley Park. It's worth arriving early for your Alaska cruise and checking your luggage so you can venture out on your own or take one of the sightseeing tours that pick up and drop off at the terminal. Here's what to expect if you're cruising from Vancouver:
Directions to Vancouver Cruise Terminal
From the U.S./Canada border (north on I-5/BC-99)
Enter Canada at the border via I-5 north, which becomes BC-99. Continue on BC-99 north to Vancouver and cross the Oak Street Bridge. Turn left on 49th Avenue. Turn right on Granville Street and cross the Granville Street Bridge. Take the Seymour Street exit. Follow Seymour Street to West Cordova Street. Turn left on West Cordova Street. Turn right on Howe Street to arrive at Canada Place Cruise Terminal.
From Vancouver International Airport
Exit the airport on Grant McConachie Way. Cross the Arthur Laing Bridge, staying in the right lane. Take the Granville Street exit and continue north on Granville and across the Granville Street Bridge. Take the Seymour Street exit. Follow Seymour Street to West Cordova Street. Turn left on West Cordova Street. Turn right on Howe Street to arrive at Canada Place Cruise Terminal. It's a 30-minute drive from the airport to the cruise terminal.
Taxi fare from the airport to the cruise terminal is approximately $23 ($30 CAD). The fare is about $8 ($11 CAD) from downtown hotels.
Rideshare services such as Uber and Lyft are currently not available in British Columbia.
Westcoast Sightseeing, at the cruise terminal's ground transportation desk, provides regular shuttle service from the airport to the cruise terminal. It also offers transfers to airport hotels and downtown hotels. The company can arrange bus service from Vancouver to Victoria, B.C. or to Bellingham, Washington; Seattle; and Seattle-Tacoma (Sea-Tac) International Airport.
Getting There by Public Transportation
Canada Place Cruise Terminal sits adjacent to public transit's Waterfront Station, which is serviced by SkyTrain rapid transit, buses, the SeaBus (to North Vancouver) and the West Coast Express commuter train. See TransLink.ca for more information.
SkyTrain: All three lines (Expo Line, Millennium Line and Canada Line) of SkyTrain, the elevated rail and subway, stop at Waterfront Station, which is next to the cruise terminal. SkyTrain's Canada Line provides service directly to Vancouver International Airport.
Bus: Vancouver's public transit buses (Routes #44 UBC, #50 False Creek South and West Coast Express TrainBus) stop at Waterfront Station adjacent to the cruise ship terminal.
Train: Also at Waterfront Station is the Station House for public transit's West Coast Express commuter train, serving metro Vancouver and as far east as Mission, B.C.
SeaBus: This passenger-only public transit ferry connects North Vancouver with Waterfront Station. The SeaBus departs frequently throughout the day.
Amtrak to Vancouver Cruise Terminal
The closest Amtrak station is Pacific Central Station, approximately 2 miles (3 kilometers) away at 1150 Station Street. You can take the SkyTrain (Expo Line or Millennium Line) from the Main Street-Science World Station (two blocks from Pacific Central Station) to Waterfront Station at the cruise terminal.
Rental Car Services in Vancouver Near the Cruise Port
Passengers will find rental car kiosks at the cruise terminal. Prearranged pickups and drop-offs by the rental agency are highly recommended. Car rental agencies include Alamo, Avis and National.
Canada Place Cruise Terminal Parking
To park at the cruise terminal, enter the terminal's vehicle ramp at the foot of Howe Street. A Port of Vancouver traffic attendant will direct you into the parking garage. You'll take a ticket from the dispenser and park on level P1 or P2. Red elevators take you to the main public lobby of the cruise ship terminal. To drop off passengers or baggage, follow the instructions of the traffic attendant to the designated baggage check drop-off area. If you're arriving in an over-height vehicle (exceeding 6'9"), WestPark (604-669-7275) will direct you to a nearby lot. Canada Place's weekly parking rate for cruise passengers is $184 CAD (about $140 USD at time of publication).
Porters are available onsite to assist with luggage during embarkation and disembarkation.
What Time to Arrive/Embarkation
Embarking passengers may enter the terminal as early as 10 a.m. for security screening, ticketing and clearing customs. Passenger boarding usually starts around 11:30 a.m. or noon. Check your cruise line-issued documents for the suggested arrival time.
Wheelchairs and mobility scooters are available to rent in the main lobby of the cruise terminal via Care Vacations (1-877-478-7827).
Where to Eat or Shop Near Vancouver Cruise Terminal
Several restaurants are less than a five-minute walk from the cruise terminal. The Pan Pacific Vancouver hotel (999 Canada Place) with a restaurant and bar is onsite in the Canada Place complex. Across the street, the Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel's (1038 Canada Place) lobby lounge is great for cocktails and sushi at the raw bar. Enjoy craft beer and comfort food on the patio of Tap & Barrel (1055 Canada Place). For tapas try Chef David Hawksworth's Nightingale restaurant (1017 W. Hastings). Adjacent to Canada Place, Waterfront Centre (200 Granville Street) has a food court with fast food. Shoppers can walk 10 minutes to the Pacific Centre indoor mall (701 W. Georgia Street) or to boutiques in the historic Gastown neighborhood (W. Cordova Street and Water Street).
Bathrooms are available near the taxi pickup location and bus bays when you first enter the cruise terminal, next to the security screening area and past U.S. Customs & Border Protection near the gangways.
Wi-Fi at Canada Place Cruise Terminal
There is currently no Wi-Fi at the terminal.
Where to Store Luggage
Luggage storage is available May through September on the cruise terminal level between the information counter and car rental area. Airport baggage transfers are available. For information, contact Priority Baggage (604-683-3696).
Where to Sit
After passengers drop off their luggage, they check in and can sit on padded metal chairs in the Convention Centre hall or on plastic folding chairs in the terminal.
More Tips About Vancouver's Cruise Ship Terminal
In summer, you can book a walking tour (604-665-9179) through the onsite Dream of Canada exhibits inside the terminal complex.