Vancouver Lookout at Harbour Centre

Comments 136 by Rebecca Bollwitt

When people describe what they like most about Vancouver you’ll be sure to hear the scenery top the list. Mountains, ocean, evergreens, park space and beaches are what make our region shine and there’s probably no better vantage point downtown than from the 360 degree deck at the Vancouver Lookout.

Harbour Centre in the Fog

Fun facts about the Vancouver Lookout at Harbour Centre:

  • Harbour Centre opened June 8, 1977 and was the tallest building in Vancouver at the time.
  • The Vancouver Lookout and business building opened August 13, 1977.
  • Neil Armstrong (first man on a moon) left a set of footprints in fresh concrete that are still on display today. [source]
  • The glass elevator will whisk you up 430 feet in 40 seconds flat.
  • Once at the top, guided or self-guided tours are available.

The heated panoramic deck is open day and night from 9:00am – 9:00pm (October to May) and 8:30am – 10:30pm (May to October). Aside from staring at the Lions all day or peering out to the Fraser Valley, you can also see how the city is growing, spotting a century of architecture downtown.

Harbour Centre Tower View #5
Photo credit: palestrina55 on Flickr

The Lookout hosts art exhibits throughout the year in the Armstrong Gallery and is currently presenting “BC Sports Hall of Fame celebrates Winter Sports” until February 28, 2011.

Vancouver from Harbour Centre
Photo credit: russilwvong on Flickr

On your date of purchase, your ticket is valid from open to close so you can enjoy the early morning sun and the bright colours of dusk.

from harbour center
Photo credit: ksbuehler on Flickr
Downtown Vancouver BC Place
Photo credit: Duane Storey on Flickr

If you would like to take in the view yourself, I have a family pass available courtesy of the Vancouver Lookout that will be valid for all a full year. This includes admission for two adults and two children (ages 5 to 12, since 5 and younger are free anyway) and has a value of $89.

Here’s how you can enter to win this FREE annual family pass:

  • Leave a comment on this post (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win a family pass for a YEAR @VanLookout from @Miss604

Update With a week left to go in the contest I had the chance to head up to the Vancouver Lookout. Here are a few of the photos I took:

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I will draw one winner at random from all entries January 21, 2011 at 12:00pm. The family pass will be valid for a full year from date of issue.

Update The winner is Leeann – have a great time exploring the lookout this year!

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136 Comments  —  Comments Are Closed

  1. SarahWednesday, January 5th, 2011 — 8:40am PST

    I’ve been in Vancouver for ~3 months and haven’t had a chance to go up yet. The pass would be lovely =D

  2. AlanWednesday, January 5th, 2011 — 8:45am PST

    I always look longingly, but have never yet gone up, this pass would be an amazing prize and would be used every time I go downtown.

  3. AndiWednesday, January 5th, 2011 — 8:52am PST

    Nice! I’ve been wanting to go up to take night photos for the longest time!

  4. alakittenWednesday, January 5th, 2011 — 8:52am PST

    Fun!!! haven’t been up in years 🙂

  5. Kristina BergWednesday, January 5th, 2011 — 8:53am PST

    I haven’t been up there since I was 16 and my boyfriend bought me a necklace. Great memories.

  6. JeffWednesday, January 5th, 2011 — 8:55am PST

    We were just talking the other day about how w neither of us have been up there in years. I’d love to go up there all the time.

  7. JenniferWednesday, January 5th, 2011 — 9:03am PST

    I’ve lived in Vancouver and have not yet been up to this Lookout. I often consider it when we have out of town guests visiting. If I had a pass I would take people there all the time.
    Thanks for doing such great contests.

  8. BelindaWednesday, January 5th, 2011 — 9:05am PST

    I have been up there once, but never had a chance to take those awesome pictures that you displayed above.

  9. ChristineWednesday, January 5th, 2011 — 9:09am PST

    I’ve lived in Vancouver for a year and haven’t gone up but keep meaning to. I’d love to win!

  10. SandraWednesday, January 5th, 2011 — 9:16am PST

    This is a great prize. Thanks!

  11. Laura E.Wednesday, January 5th, 2011 — 9:31am PST

    What a great contest! I have been up once, but really want to get my hubby up. What a beautiful view!

  12. Laura E.Wednesday, January 5th, 2011 — 9:31am PST

    What a great contest! I have been up once, but really want to get my hubby up. What a beautiful view!

  13. SharylinWednesday, January 5th, 2011 — 9:40am PST

    This is on my be a tourist To-Do list and it would be great to be able To-Do it over and over again!

  14. Tracey FlattesWednesday, January 5th, 2011 — 9:54am PST

    The Lookout is a great way to kill an hour or two if you have kids – mine loves it up there!

  15. Mary AnnWednesday, January 5th, 2011 — 10:39am PST

    Been awhile since I’ve been up there, would love to go again and take my family up there, would make a nice day trip.

  16. RenfrewWednesday, January 5th, 2011 — 11:00am PST

    My kids love it up there! Rain or shine, a fun thing to do.

  17. NicoleWednesday, January 5th, 2011 — 11:06am PST

    I’ve never been but would love to try! I know my boyfriend would love this because he could take some amazing pictures!

  18. MargareteWednesday, January 5th, 2011 — 11:13am PST

    I’ve been living in Vancouver for 3 years now, and I haven’t been to the Lookout! I really want to go this year, the view looks amazing.

  19. stephenWednesday, January 5th, 2011 — 11:22am PST

    I haven’t been up there in ages…time to update my photos of vancouver’s landscape

  20. BekkiWednesday, January 5th, 2011 — 11:49am PST

    I’ve lived in the lower mainland my entire life and have never been up the harbour centre!

  21. SeanWednesday, January 5th, 2011 — 11:50am PST

    I’ve lived in the Fraser Valley for 20+ years and had never visited Harbour Centre before until this past summer. Didn’t know what I was missing! Spectacular views, absolutely breathtaking!

  22. GideonWednesday, January 5th, 2011 — 11:50am PST

    Always giving away great stuff!

  23. LisaBWednesday, January 5th, 2011 — 11:51am PST

    I’ve never been up there, always wondered how good the view is!

  24. Lawrence LuaWednesday, January 5th, 2011 — 11:51am PST

    My mom would love this (not to say I wouldn’t :D)

  25. JerWednesday, January 5th, 2011 — 11:52am PST

    Such a great thing for locals to do!

  26. JenWednesday, January 5th, 2011 — 11:53am PST

    This would be great to have! Perfect way to have a birds eye view of the city 🙂

  27. LindsayWednesday, January 5th, 2011 — 12:12pm PST

    I’ve never been and what a great reason to start!

  28. Linda NguyenWednesday, January 5th, 2011 — 12:21pm PST

    have never been here before and i’d love to see how vancouver looks like from above!

  29. TracyWednesday, January 5th, 2011 — 12:26pm PST

    I’ve never been up there. Would love to go!

  30. Raia KingWednesday, January 5th, 2011 — 12:37pm PST

    I’ve only been up at night, but would love to catch a sunrise and sunset

  31. RobertWednesday, January 5th, 2011 — 12:37pm PST

    Never been up there, would love the pass!

  32. DomWednesday, January 5th, 2011 — 12:48pm PST

    Have never been up there. Great pass!

  33. ShawnWednesday, January 5th, 2011 — 12:51pm PST

    My wife and I would love this.

  34. CeciWednesday, January 5th, 2011 — 12:53pm PST

    It’s been such a long time since I was up there, the pass would be awesome!

  35. stephanieWednesday, January 5th, 2011 — 1:47pm PST

    Would love this pass. Thanks

  36. DonnaWednesday, January 5th, 2011 — 1:58pm PST

    I’ve never been! One of those things locals never get around to 🙂

  37. LisaWednesday, January 5th, 2011 — 2:02pm PST

    Wow, remember it from my childhood!

  38. KirbyWednesday, January 5th, 2011 — 2:06pm PST

    Have lived in MetroVan for 25 years, and never been here. Would love to go with my kids. Thanks!

  39. Angie NWednesday, January 5th, 2011 — 2:12pm PST

    Would love to win!

  40. NatalieWednesday, January 5th, 2011 — 4:23pm PST

    I’ve lived in vancouver for almost my whole life and I’ve been been there !! the view is just gorgeous !!

  41. MeganWednesday, January 5th, 2011 — 6:19pm PST

    I’ve never been up, so this would be a fantastic prize to win!

  42. ClaytonWednesday, January 5th, 2011 — 6:42pm PST

    Sweet View…I have never been up there, but I have to now 🙂

  43. auWednesday, January 5th, 2011 — 7:41pm PST

    in Rogers Arena, u can always hear, “Go Canucks Go!”
    on this comment, i will shout to the whole world, “thanks Miss604 & Harbour Centre thanks” for that amazing prize!
    one more thing: imagine, 360 degree deck is just close for a full year of prize which is 365days? sweet!!!!!!!!!
    with that prize, it will be my most memorable way of exploring Vancouver.:)

  44. Teresa KWednesday, January 5th, 2011 — 7:42pm PST

    Wow! Should be great!

  45. AngelaWednesday, January 5th, 2011 — 7:50pm PST

    That would be an awesome prize. I have lived here most of my life and have never been up there. I am sure my kids would love to see the city from a different view.

  46. EnnieWednesday, January 5th, 2011 — 7:52pm PST

    What a view!

  47. Tooth FairyWednesday, January 5th, 2011 — 8:13pm PST

  48. Tooth FairyWednesday, January 5th, 2011 — 8:14pm PST

    I would love to FLY by and enjoy ” THE VIEW ” too! ☺

  49. KevinWednesday, January 5th, 2011 — 8:55pm PST


  50. GarrettWednesday, January 5th, 2011 — 10:47pm PST

    I can’t believe I’ve never been up there, I’ve lived here for 20 years!

  51. Andy ShenWednesday, January 5th, 2011 — 11:25pm PST

    This thing is right beside SFU Vancouver!

  52. HillaryThursday, January 6th, 2011 — 10:47am PST

    i would love to win this!!! i just started getting back into photography and got my new camera for christmas and this would be awesome for taking amazing pictures of the whole year!!!! from winter to summer and back… i would totally love it!!!!

  53. VaniaThursday, January 6th, 2011 — 12:11pm PST

    That was the 1st place I visited in Vancouver back in 2007. Now I live here and never got a chance to go on top. Win a pass would be sweet!

  54. AndreThursday, January 6th, 2011 — 12:45pm PST

    oooh tall

  55. Michelle WilliamsonThursday, January 6th, 2011 — 12:58pm PST

    What a great prize! I’ve never been!

  56. ChristineThursday, January 6th, 2011 — 1:47pm PST


  57. KelseyThursday, January 6th, 2011 — 2:17pm PST

    I’ve never done this. I’d love to though 🙂

  58. khsjThursday, January 6th, 2011 — 3:08pm PST

    So beautiful and a great place to have a hot chocolate and enjoy the city!

  59. ErinThursday, January 6th, 2011 — 3:08pm PST

    something else on my to do list which would be even better if it was free.

  60. KellyThursday, January 6th, 2011 — 4:23pm PST

    I’m 18, born in Vancouver but have never been up there.

  61. tessaThursday, January 6th, 2011 — 5:43pm PST

    Lived here my whole life and I’ve never been. We would love to go

  62. MilaThursday, January 6th, 2011 — 5:51pm PST

    I’m vancity born and bred and I’ve never been up to the Lookout. Sad, I know.

  63. amfriesenThursday, January 6th, 2011 — 6:18pm PST

    Awesome contest; tweeted as well

  64. MelaneyThursday, January 6th, 2011 — 7:25pm PST

    That sounds cool!

  65. MelaneyThursday, January 6th, 2011 — 7:25pm PST

    That sounds cool!

  66. RSThursday, January 6th, 2011 — 11:29pm PST

    Pick me!

  67. United NathanFriday, January 7th, 2011 — 12:41am PST

    Great place to see the city!

  68. DilaraFriday, January 7th, 2011 — 3:05am PST

    I’ve never been but have always wanted to!

  69. LindaFriday, January 7th, 2011 — 6:38am PST

    I’ve always wondered what the Vancouver Lookout building was all about. People don’t talk about it as much. Thank you for the wonderful blog post. Will have to give it a try someday.

  70. taniaFriday, January 7th, 2011 — 9:47am PST

    That sounds amazing, haven’t been up there since I was a kid.

  71. rinoFriday, January 7th, 2011 — 9:48am PST

    I’ve never gone up there, but would totally love to!

  72. EmmaFriday, January 7th, 2011 — 11:25am PST

    I’d love to see the view from there!

  73. IzFriday, January 7th, 2011 — 11:40am PST

    It would be a great experience for both me and my family!

  74. DanielFriday, January 7th, 2011 — 4:01pm PST

    I want that prize!

  75. LeeannFriday, January 7th, 2011 — 4:31pm PST

    Awesome prize! I have been to this lookout at Harbour Centre but the last time was in 1994. I’d love to take my son and show him, as well as see how the skyline has changed in the past 15 years!

  76. DanFriday, January 7th, 2011 — 10:28pm PST

    Awesome views!

  77. LoriFriday, January 7th, 2011 — 10:28pm PST

    Harbour Center is amazing — I would love to go back!

  78. FlyingNurseSaturday, January 8th, 2011 — 3:50pm PST

    Vancouver is breathtaking to view from any venue that provides a panoramic outlook. I would imagine a view from the Harbour Centre is breathtaking as well. Jocelyne

  79. ShannonSaturday, January 8th, 2011 — 4:11pm PST

    I suppose I’m not a very good native Vancouverite since I have never been up there! I should go sometime.

  80. JodiSaturday, January 8th, 2011 — 4:37pm PST

    Would love to check this out! I lived right next door to it for a year and never went up.

  81. Teresa KSaturday, January 8th, 2011 — 5:34pm PST

    Been there once and enjoyed it.

  82. MaeSaturday, January 8th, 2011 — 6:29pm PST

    i’m ashamed to say that even though I’ve lived here nearly all my life, i’ve never actually been there. hope i win 🙂

  83. MaryanneSaturday, January 8th, 2011 — 6:47pm PST

    Never been up there! I know just who I would take with me 🙂

  84. kelseySaturday, January 8th, 2011 — 7:31pm PST

    ive never been up there but have lived in the lower mainland my entire life. would love to take unlimited visits up!!

  85. kyliecSunday, January 9th, 2011 — 1:06am PST

    I went with my hubby before we had kids. Really would love to bring kids there. D

  86. PingSunday, January 9th, 2011 — 8:06am PST

    The last time I was there was 1986!!

  87. shaman71Monday, January 10th, 2011 — 2:00am PST

    Would love to check it out.

  88. JenniferMonday, January 10th, 2011 — 9:39am PST

    Yes please, would love to go up there and see the city.

    Thanks again. 🙂

  89. LiaMonday, January 10th, 2011 — 10:21am PST

    Vancouver is beautiful from the ground, I’d love to see how spectacular it looks from the sky!

  90. lucMonday, January 10th, 2011 — 10:57am PST

    I’d like to be on top of the world!

  91. MikeMonday, January 10th, 2011 — 2:50pm PST

    My nephew loves it up there, please enter us, thanks!

  92. Michael KMonday, January 10th, 2011 — 7:44pm PST

    Awesome contest as usual Miss 604… Thanks and good luck to everyone!

  93. KevinMonday, January 10th, 2011 — 8:10pm PST

    I’ve lived in Vancouver my whole life and never been up to see this view…I should be ashamed.

  94. ChrisMonday, January 10th, 2011 — 9:39pm PST

    What a view! I’d love a pass. Great contest. Thanks Miss 604.

  95. NadineMonday, January 10th, 2011 — 10:51pm PST

    Been here once, but when I was very young, would love to go up there agian with my family 🙂

  96. ShawnaMonday, January 10th, 2011 — 11:21pm PST

    I have been up the CN tower, but never the Vancouver Lookout… yet call myself a Vancouverite – help!

  97. Carissa KasperTuesday, January 11th, 2011 — 9:19am PST

    That sounds fun! Never been up!

  98. EricaTuesday, January 11th, 2011 — 4:48pm PST

    Would love to check it out! What a view!

  99. BonsWednesday, January 12th, 2011 — 10:51am PST

    Have been a Vancouverite myself for the longest time, and still had not been up there to check out the beautiful view of Vancouver. Would be awesome to win this prize!

  100. A.J.Wednesday, January 12th, 2011 — 5:23pm PST

    This would be a great gift for my family!

  101. ShannonWednesday, January 12th, 2011 — 5:29pm PST

    I have never been before, this would be a great experience to share with my loved ones.

  102. NoRaHWednesday, January 12th, 2011 — 10:46pm PST

    I will love this, for sure. My family should spend more time together.

  103. JennyWednesday, January 12th, 2011 — 11:31pm PST

    I’ve lived here all my life (19yrs) and I still have NEVER been .. no joke 🙁 I would love to share that experience with my family for sure though!

  104. SharonThursday, January 13th, 2011 — 12:24am PST

    I went to school at Harbour Centre for two years—but could never afford to actually go up and check out the view! Awesome prize!

  105. Lina Zussino – Victoria Mortgage BrokerThursday, January 13th, 2011 — 8:40am PST

    Although I live in Victoria, BC I visit Vancouver just about every month. I would love to see the city through at Vancouver Lookout at Harbour Centre.

  106. Stv.Thursday, January 13th, 2011 — 10:30am PST

    I’m sure I could find lots of ways to use this!

  107. NocalThursday, January 13th, 2011 — 2:12pm PST

    Best place on earth, lots to do.

  108. KathyThursday, January 13th, 2011 — 11:52pm PST

    Catching a view of beautiful Vancouver will be a perfect way to spend a lovely afternoon. I’ll feel on top of the world. What better way to share this experience than with loved ones?

  109. RubyFriday, January 14th, 2011 — 4:58pm PST

    This would be awesome to take my sweetheart to on Valentine’s Day. And then we could continue to celebrate the beauty of Vancouver.

  110. Sonja SSaturday, January 15th, 2011 — 11:44pm PST

    I would love to win this—I haven’t been to the Lookout since I was a child!

  111. DebbieSunday, January 16th, 2011 — 2:38pm PST

    those are amazing pictures! I’d love to win the pass, I haven’t been up the lookout since about 1981……

  112. pingSunday, January 16th, 2011 — 4:37pm PST

    haven’t won anything yet.

  113. ShannonMonday, January 17th, 2011 — 9:55am PST

    this would be spectacular!

  114. StaceyMonday, January 17th, 2011 — 1:47pm PST

    Thanks Miss604 for visiting on Friday!! Great pics!! Good Luck to all the entries!!!

  115. MargareteMonday, January 17th, 2011 — 3:48pm PST

    I’ve never been up the Lookout but I’ve always wanted to go. It looks fantastic. 🙂

  116. JustinTuesday, January 18th, 2011 — 1:16am PST

    I want to go up there!

  117. BonnieTuesday, January 18th, 2011 — 4:53pm PST

    Cool prize!

  118. KristyTuesday, January 18th, 2011 — 11:29pm PST

    I’ve only been up once! Would love to be able to go up with my whole family!

  119. ScottWednesday, January 19th, 2011 — 7:46am PST

    I went up once a few years ago, and it was great! I’d love to go again.

  120. VirginiaWednesday, January 19th, 2011 — 9:34am PST

    Wow! Haven’t been up there in years.

  121. MarieThursday, January 20th, 2011 — 11:28am PST

    Would love to go!

  122. JaniceThursday, January 20th, 2011 — 11:49am PST

    It’s one of the first places I take visiting family & friends and it’s a great place to take my kids on a ProD day. Great memories – It’s where my brother-in-law proposed to my sister with the whole family there.

  123. DalThursday, January 20th, 2011 — 1:15pm PST

    Looks amazing!

  124. JeremyThursday, January 20th, 2011 — 4:44pm PST

    I would love to go up. Have never gone before even though i’ve lived in Vancouver for 20+ years now.

  125. MaktaaqThursday, January 20th, 2011 — 8:12pm PST

    Awesome photos, Rebecca! Enter me in the contest! 🙂

  126. lauraThursday, January 20th, 2011 — 10:01pm PST

    i’ve lived in vancouver most of my life and have never been up!

  127. EdThursday, January 20th, 2011 — 10:51pm PST

    been living here for my whole life, and i’ve never been

  128. MaggieFriday, January 21st, 2011 — 10:10am PST

    My boyfriend is new to the city and I’d love to take him up!

  129. MichelleFriday, January 21st, 2011 — 10:17am PST

    Beautiful! Would love to give it to my parents and 2 younger sisters 🙂

  130. A.J.Friday, January 21st, 2011 — 10:17am PST

    I have been walking past there for five years gong to and coming from work and I am yet to get there. I would love to take my four year old daughter up there.

  131. Alan CFriday, January 21st, 2011 — 10:17am PST

    You’re making me queasy with this contest. I LOVE IT!

  132. Gloria jimenezFriday, January 21st, 2011 — 10:28am PST

    What a great wayto show off my city and keep my nieces entertained on the wetcoast.

  133. Holli YeohFriday, January 21st, 2011 — 10:40am PST

    Our son is dying to go up to the Vancouver Lookout at Harbour Centre. Count us in for this contest.

  134. MaryFriday, January 21st, 2011 — 11:28am PST

    what a view. never been

  135. MichaelFriday, January 21st, 2011 — 12:11pm PST

    i haven’t been up there since 1983!

  136. Stephanie WiriahardjaFriday, January 21st, 2011 — 4:00pm PST

    I <3 my beautiful Vancouver!

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