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Monday, February 14, 2011

Vancouver Convention Centre

Lonely Planet Vancouver (City Guide)
I boarded the seabus at Lonsdale Quay, North Vancouver and crossed Burrard Inlet to the Convention Centre. The trip took about 20 minutes and it was interesting to see the variety of passengers on board. They ranged from tourists taking lots of pictures to snow boarders in full gear fresh off the Mountain. The walkway offers music performed by Vancouver's talented buskers.




The Vancouver Convention Centre overlooks waterfront parkland, you can enjoy panoramic views of Vancouver, Burrard Inlet and the North Shore Mountains. The harbourfront setting offers unique access to a variety of recreational opportunities in a beautiful, scenic setting.
The globe situated at the entrance is a spectacular sight and a favourite place for photographs.








The area surrounding the VCC offers some interesting artwork such as the 65 foot tall Drop. This massive, vibrantly blue Drop is located right at the edge of the new building. It overlooks the cruise ships departing for Alaska and the float planes taking off for the islands.
It was created by Inges Idee, a group of four German artists. The elegant figurehead pays homage to the omnipresence of water in Vancouver.





On the west side of the convention centre you can see Douglas Coupland’s Digital Orca a really interesting sight like a massive lego toy.




The Orca is immediately next to the outdoor Olympic cauldron, originally lit by Wayne Gretsky during the opening ceremonies.
It was great to see the cauldron close up. I had only visited this area once before and that was during the Olympics last year when there were so many people it was difficult to see.






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