Vancouver Travel Planner, Student and Tourist Guide

Port of Vancouver

The Port of Vancouver is the largest port in Canada and the most diversified port in North America, with 25 major marine terminals that provide a full range of facilities and services to the international shipping community. It is a safe, year-round, all-weather, naturally deep harbour that requires no dredging. Ideally-situated on the Pacific Rim, just north of the Canada/US border, Vancouver’s prime geographic location positions our port as North America’s gateway to the world’s most dynamic economies.

Dock Gantry Container Crane
Dock Gantry Container Crane

Collectively, the Vancouver Port Authority, terminal operators, labour unions, railways, trucking and numerous associations work together to build the necessary linkages to make Vancouver a competitive, efficient port that serves the North American economy. The majority of the Port's terminals are centrally located in Vancouver's Burrard Inlet, and two terminals are located at Roberts Bank in Delta, 35 km from Vancouver's city centre.

The Port of Vancouver is large by world standards, and in North America, it ranks number one in total foreign exports. On the West Coast of North America, it ranks number one in total cargo volume and in Canada, it ranks number one in total cargo handled and number one in total container throughput.

In 2004, the Port of Vancouver handled more than 73 million metric tonnes of cargo and traded with more than 90 economies around the world.

Cruise Passengers

The Port of Vancouver is home port for the Vancouver-Alaska cruise, one of the worlds most popular cruises. Annually from May to September, close to 1 million passengers on some 300 sailings, pass through the Port's two cruise terminals, Canada Place and Ballantyne.

In the 2006 cruise season, the Port of Vancouver continues to offer cruise passengers more ships and departures dates to choose from than any other port.

Interpretive Centre

One of the many Vancouver attractions, the port’s Interpretive Centre was built in November 2004. This centre allows the public to come in and learn about the Port through a series of interactive games, videos and information panels. Additionally you can book a presentation about the Port in their theatre for groups of 10-35.

Location: North End of Canada Place, under the IMAX Theatre

Hours of Operation: The centre if open to the public Monday-Friday, 8:00-17:00

Presentations can be booked by contacting


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