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Record number of visitors expected at Canada Place over the July long weekend; Tips for cruise passengers to prepare for busy venue

June 29, 2017

With a record number of visitors expected at Canada Place this July long weekend, travelers should plan ahead to prepare for crowds and increased traffic in surrounding areas.

The weekend will see a high volume of cruise passengers at the Canada Place cruise terminal at the Port of Vancouver. Combined with the Canada 150 celebrations, it is expected that a record 1.5 million people will be visiting Canada Place and the surrounding area.

Three cruise ships will be in port between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. each day of the three-day weekend, so a large number of embarking and disembarking cruise passengers is expected at Canada Place. As a result, higher than normal traffic volumes are anticipated in the downtown core, along with increased demand for taxis and public transportation.

In preparation for the busy weekend, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority and Canada Place Operations are offering the following tips to cruise passengers to prepare for their visit to Canada Place.

Embarking passengers

  • Please anticipate and prepare for longer than usual waits.
  • Departing cruise passengers are asked not to arrive at Canada Place cruise terminal prior to their scheduled embarkation time, unless advised by their cruise line, so as to avoid further congestion while disembarking passengers are exiting the terminal.
  • All embarking passengers will be asked to drop off luggage first before proceeding through the security screening.
  • When the terminal begins to get busy, passengers will be asked to go to Hall C in the East Convention Centre to wait for security screening and U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing. Signage and staff will be on-site to direct passengers.

Disembarking passengers

  • Given the significant number of passengers, the port authority is advising disembarking passengers to make transportation arrangements in advance. Please refer to transportation links on our website for further information:
  • If you are being picked up by a private vehicle, kindly proceed to the Green Zone located on P1 level of the Canada Place parkade.
  • All cruise vehicles in the parkade will be asked to exit Canada Place through Waterfront Road to the Main Street Overpass.
  • Please plan accordingly for heavy traffic and longer than usual waits to exit the city.

In addition to extra on-site port authority staff, Vancouver Police Department Traffic Authority members will be managing traffic and pedestrian flows at nearby crosswalks.

We appreciate your patience and hope you have an opportunity to enjoy some of the Canada 150th anniversary celebrations while you are at Canada Place. For more information, please visit:

Port of Vancouver’s 2017 cruise schedule

Peak high volume days Ships at Canada Place Estimated passengers per day
July 1, 2017 Golden Princess / Star Princess / Nieuw Amsterdam


July 2, 2017 Golden Princess / Noordam / Celebrity Infinity


About the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority is responsible for the stewardship of the federal port lands in and around Vancouver, British Columbia. It is accountable to the federal minister of transport and operates pursuant to the Canada Marine Act. The Port of Vancouver is Canada’s largest, and the third largest in North America by tonnes of cargo, facilitating trade between Canada and more than 170 world economies. Located in a naturally beautiful setting on Canada’s west coast, the port authority and port terminals and tenants are responsible for the efficient and reliable movement of goods and passengers, integrating environmental, social and economic sustainability initiatives into all areas of port operations. Enabling the trade of approximately $200 billion in goods, port activities sustain 115,300 jobs, $7 billion in wages, and $11.9 billion in GDP across Canada.

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