School Program

Port of Vancouver Discovery Centre Free Field TripOur school program is specifically designed to support grade four to six students’ curriculum guidelines, as outlined by the British Columbia Ministry of Education.

Your students will learn about Canada’s largest and most diversified port through activities that encourage:

  • learning through doing, touching, watching, hearing and reading
  • reflection and inquiry
  • thinking critically and creatively
  • communicating individually and in groups through actions, words and pictures

Field trip: Port of Vancouver Discovery Centre – 90 minutes

Our Port of Vancouver Discovery Centre at Canada Place is open for school programs!

This free 90-minute interactive education program is a great fieldtrip experience as students get to learn how their lives are connected to the port and see the connection by observing the working port around the Burrard inlet.

Build on your students’ awareness of the importance of trade in our lives, as well as the role that we play in facilitating trade, through activities such as:

  • Map puzzle: How large is our port? Students assemble a map puzzle of Canada’s largest port, and explore familiar landmarks, alongside new ones, in relation to your school.
  • Cargo relay: Students work together as terminal operators and try their hand at loading various cargo types in this ‘get up and go’ activity.
  • Enviro quiz: Students discover what makes our port a sustainable one, while thinking critically about environmental stewardship during this fun, object-based guessing game.
  • Import story: How many jobs are connected to the port? Students enact various jobs that are involved in getting an imported item to Canada to see how the port helps the economy.
  • Discovery Centre scavenger hunt: Students get to explore more about the port by looking for answers on our touch-screen benches.

Reviews and feedback

“Thank you so much for your presentation and to the port authority for providing a free educational field trip. The students and I were engaged and learned more about the port in an entertaining format. The hands-on activities, that included the map puzzle, the load-the-carrier race, and touchscreen assignment, enhanced their understanding. They were also moving their legs that broke up the sit-and-listen period. The students can now explain to their peers and parents the sights and sound that encircle the Burrard Inlet and the other coasts of Metro Vancouver. The presentation thrilled us!”

“The presentation was extremely well run: excellent pacing, interactive, informative, and very engaging.”

“The games and activities kept the students interested and they enjoyed the presentation. The role playing the students did with the orange was a highlight and many were surprised by the process it took from farmer to consumer. Well done!”

“I thought it was a great program and I would like to do it again next year!”

Booking information

Port of Vancouver, Discovery Centre at Canada Place free school field tripTo book this free education program, contact our Educational Outreach Assistant by filling out our contact us form or by calling 604.665.9038.

Please include the following information in your request:

  • name and contact information
  • grade of students
  • number of students participating (we can accommodate 2 classes at one time)
  • preferred booking date
  • preferred time


Teacher’s Field Trip Guide [PDF]
Teacher’s Field Trip Guide – Activity Pages in FRENCH [PDF]
British Columbia Ministry of Education