The North Point at Canada Place will come to life with music, dance and stories on Saturday, June 20th in celebration of National Aboriginal Day. The event will provide opportunities for guest of all ages to engage with and learn more about Aboriginal culture.
Running from 11:00am to 5:00pm, the day of celebration will feature a traditional Coast Salish welcome followed by a variety of performances and activities, including drum making, drumming and dance workshops, storytelling, carving and live music.
Canada’s busiest harbour and third largest city surrounds Canada Place. Rich in history and bustling with activity, Vancouver’s downtown harbour front has seen extensive growth since its humble beginnings.
The area now occupied by Canada Place has served as the location for visits from the earliest explorers, the completion of sawmills, the arrival of the first ships to provide lumber to world markets, major immigrations from Asia; the completion of the first transcontinental railway and the arrival of the first train; and the completion of major shipping terminals to support the economy of Western Canada.
The land upon which Canada Place was built has historical beginnings as the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) Pier B-C. This land was granted to CPR for the construction of a railway from sea to sea. Pier B-C’s primary purpose was to serve Canadian Pacific, Royal Mail, NYK, OSK, and other shipping lines trading with the Orient, Australia and New Zealand but it also served the development of British Columbia and the CP Steamships coastal fleet which transported people, vehicles and cargo to virtually every accessible portion of the coast and Vancouver Island until 1955.
In 1978, Federal, Provincial and Municipal governments commenced planning for development of convention, cruise ship and hotel facilities at Pier B-C supported by The Hon. Grace McCarthy. Four years later, the Government of Canada created a crown corporation, Canada Harbour Place Corporation (now known as Canada Place Corporation), to develop the Canada Place project on the Pier B-C site. Canada Place would be used as the Canadian Pavilion at the Expo ’86 World Fair. Construction began when HM Queen Elizabeth II arrived on the royal yacht Britannia with The Right Hon. Pierre Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada and The Hon. William R. Bennett, Premier of BC to initiate the first concrete pour in a caisson located at the southeast corner of the site.
During Expo ’86, the Canada Pavilion at Canada Place was opened by HRH Prince Charles and The Right Hon. Brian Mulroney, Prime Minister of Canada. Among the largest and most elaborate pavilions presented by any nation at any World’s Fair, the Canada Pavilion hosted more than 5 million visitors prior to the October 13, 1986 closing date. The Canada Pavilion has been acknowledged as one of the best-ever host nation pavilions at a world exposition. Wholly funded by the Government of Canada, the Canada Pavilion was converted into the Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre in 1987 and was then officially turned over to the Province of British Columbia as a lasting legacy for the Canadian people.
The world class landmark that today is Canada Place is dedicated by the Government of Canada to the people of Canada and the world, who will visit and enjoy the many features of this unique project. Canada Place Corporation(CPC), a Crown agent, continues to act as the coordinating landlord for Canada Place facilities.
• 1927 | Construction of Pier B-C was completed
• June 2, 1982 | Canada Harbour Place Corp (CHPC) formed
• March 9, 1983 | Start of construction
• September 5, 1984 | First sail raised
• October 27, 1984 | Last sail raised
• January 5, 1986 | Pan Pacific Hotel official opening
• May 2, 1986 | Canada Pavilion, World’s Fair Expo ‘86 opening
• July 4, 1987 | Vancouver Trade & Convention Centre opening
• September 16, 1993 | Canada Harbour Place Corporation’s name changes to Canada Place Corporation
• July 29, 2004 | Vancouver Convention Centre Expansion Project (VCCEP) is given the green light
• November 15, 2004 | Vancouver Port Authority opens corporate offices on north expansion, “The Pointe”
• July 1, 2006 | Canada Place new Inspirationally Canadian brand unveiled
• July 1, 2007 | Canada’s Storyboard is launched
• April 3, 2009 | New Canada Place Plaza, Vancouver Convention Centre West and Connector Opens
• January 30, 2010 | Main Press Centre Opens for 2010 Winter Olympic Games
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