Discovery Centre

Welcome to the Port of Vancouver discovery centre

Learn about Canada’s largest and busiest port in a fun and interactive way.

The Port of Vancouver discovery centre is a great place to learn about the port, and engage in the stories and ideas that have shaped our port city. Located on the waterfront at Canada Place, the discovery centre is free for all visitors.

Learn about

  • early port development
  • trade, innovation and shipbuilding
  • harbour operations today
  • working on the waterfront
  • environmental programs
  • facts and statistics

For more information about the discovery centre, please contact us.


  • interactive touchscreens, featuring animated graphics and informative videos
  • historical artifacts and ship models
  • west-facing views of Vancouver harbour
  • access to the Canada Place promenade


100 The Pointe, 999 Canada Place
Vancouver, British Columbia

The discovery centre is located on the waterfront at Canada Place, below Fly Over Canada, at the north end of the pier.


8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Open to the public free of charge, seven days a week. *Note the History Wall exhibit has temporarily been removed and will return in the spring of 2019.

The discovery centre is also the venue for our school program, designed especially for local elementary students in grades four to six.

Special Events:

Patrolling the Port

Keeping Canada’s largest port safe and efficient is a 24/7 responsibility. The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority is responsible for maintaining the safe and efficient movement of marine traffic and cargo in the Port of Vancouver. The port authority’s operations centre and its team of office staff, harbour patrol officers and security specialists monitor activities, communicate with other agencies and help coordinate emergency response efforts.

Join us at this free presentation by two members of the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority’s marine operations and security team to hear:

A global perspective on local shipping activity
Who oversees marine safety
Why harbour patrol officers inspect ships

Guest speakers:
Captain Stephen Brown
Harbour Master and Director, Marine Operations and Security (interim)
Vancouver Fraser Port Authority

Jason Krott
Senior Harbour Patrol Officer
Vancouver Fraser Port Authority

When: 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Where: Port of Vancouver Discovery Centre at Canada Place – 100 The Pointe, 999 Canada Place, Vancouver, BC
Note: No food or beverage in the Discovery Centre

To register for a spot, click here.

Photo gallery

Browse the photo gallery below for a virtual tour of the discovery centre.