Vancouver Tourist Feature: The Vancouver Lookout

This past weekend I decided to visit one of the city’s most iconic tourist attractions, The Vancouver Lookout.

Downtown Vancouver Sunset

Although the Lookout is only a few blocks away from the Pan Pacific Vancouver Hotel, I had yet to make my first visit to the 168 meter high vantage point which is one of Vancouver’s tallest buildings. Although I was expecting a great view, I had no idea just how high above the rest of Vancouver we actually were and how spectacular the perspective would be.

On your way to the main observatory, you’re whisked up on a 40 second fully-glass elevator ride which is a treat on its own. After about 15 seconds or so, you really start appreciate just how high up you as you begin look down on some of the city’s tallest structures.

Once the doors opened, I soon realized what all the fuss was actually about. The lookout offered a 360ยบ landscape view of the city as far as the eye could see.

There were complimentary guided tours, but I decided to explore on my own as there seemed to be lots of interactive displays and information surrounding the walls of the observation deck. But first things, first I decided to snap a couple photos:

Vancouver Lookout

Vancouver Lookout West

Up close you can get a clear birds eye view of historic Gastown, Coal Harbour, East Vancouver and the Waterfront. In the distance you can see West Vancouver, Grouse Mountain and even Mount Baker (if the clouds are being friendly).

Mount Baker.

After reading some of the displays and chatting with the staff, I learned that the Lookout is only slightly shorter than the Seattle Space Needle (168m vs 184m) and that Astronaut Neil Armstrong (The first man to walk on the moon) cut the ribbon on opening day on August 13, 1977 welcoming Vancouverites and visitors. Great random trivia right?

This attraction is enjoyable for tourist and locals alike and is a great starting point to exploring the beautiful city of Vancouver. Don’t forget to bring your camera and try to visit the Lookout on a clear sunny day.

Visitor Information

The attraction tops the Harbour Centre Complex, a recognizable landmark in the heart of downtown. Multi-lingual guest service members provide complimentary guided tours with fascinating facts about Vancouver’s history, infrastructure, local community, current trends and future expansion. Tickets are valid throughout the day and permit for in and out privileges.


Adult $15.00
Senior (60+) $12.00
Student with valid ID $10.00
Youth (13-18) $10.00
Child (6-12) $7.00

For more information visit the Vancouver Lookout website.