Vancouver's range of conference and event facilities makes planning a meeting that requires flexible space no problem at all - from the ultra-high-tech through to unique cultural spaces. With a variety of options that includes traditional convention centres, sports facilities and centres of learning, Tourism Vancouver's team will help you find the right venue for your group's unique needs.
In addition, Vancouver's downtown convention hotels offer a wonderful selection of meeting and convention facilities combined with exceptional accommodations. See our Convention Hotels page for additional information.
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Vancouver Convention Centre
Located on downtown Vancouver's urban waterfront with a dramatic mountain backdrop, the award-winning Vancouver Convention Centre offers one of the most beautiful settings in the world. The seamlessly-connected East and West buildings offer a combined total of 471,000 ft2 (43,800 m2) of flexible meeting, exhibition, ballroom and plenary space. With a strong sustainability mandate, unparalleled technical service and culinary excellence, this facility can play host to everything from five-star galas and international conferences, through to tradeshows and intimate round-tables. www.vancouverconventioncentre.com
A landmark in Vancouver, British Columbia's largest multi-purpose sports, exhibition and entertainment facility features the world's largest retractable roof. Recently renovated, BC Place can accommodate up to 54,500 spectators in stadium seats, 12,000 for a stand-up reception, or 7,000 diners. It offers up 247,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space for tradeshows, consumer events and exhibits. The stadium is home to the CFL BC Lions Football team and the MLS Vancouver Whitecaps soccer team. www.bcplace.com
Situated in the heart of Vancouver's entertainment district, the multi-purpose Rogers Arena is home to the NHL's Vancouver Canucks, as well as an endless list of concerts and events as one of the most active entertainment venues in North America. The venue of choice for celebrity performances, the arena can accommodate between 5,500 and 18,000, while the arena floor and function rooms can host anything from sporting events through to gala dinners for 1,000. www.rogersarena.ca
University of British Columbia (UBC)
UBC offers a range of meeting and conference facilities, as well as accommodation options for your delegates. Venues range from the 50-person, UN-style council chambers room and 600-person seated gala dinner ballroom in The Nest, through to the spectacular Chan Centre for the Performing Arts
with its 1,185 seat concert hall, and the Museum of Anthropology
accommodating events for up to 1,000 guests. The Nest
(Alma Mater Society of UBC) is located in the heart of UBC, in one of the world’s most sustainable buildings. It offers event space options ranging from intimate meetings with on-site team building options to special events accommodating over 1,000 guests. The Nest is home to six annual tradeshows and brags high traffic real estate for exhibitors looking to make a mark on campus.
Simon Fraser University
Through SFU Meeting Event and Conference Services, the university offers a unique range of meeting options. Downtown facilities include the 154-person, concentrically-tiered symposium at the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue; the Segal Centre, a historic building with flexible meeting and event space for groups up to 300; the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts with a 350-seat theatre, and 2,200 sq. ft. pre-event space; and the Harbour Centre campus with meeting, classroom, reception and laboratory space including a 2,400 sq. ft. banquet space overlooking the North Shore mountains. www.sfu.ca/mecs
Located just minutes from the city centre, Jewel Ballroom is a gorgeous 5,300 sq ft venue, boasting a 180 degree view of the North Shore mountains and the Vancouver skyline. The facility offers an adjoining 750 sq. ft. patio, making it a fit for presentations, a casual barbecue event or wine reception, or an awards dinner for 1,500. www.jewelballroom.com