As summer eases into fall, meeting planners will find plenty of al fresco event spaces in Vancouver perfect for enjoying warm days and breezy nights, as well as soaking in picture-perfect views of sparkling ocean and colourful foliage. Whether lively cocktail reception, elaborate sit-down dinner or intimate business-sealing toast, the venues below deliver outstanding experiences that will leave delegates longing for their next conference in Vancouver.
Science World’s Green Roof Terrace Sitting pretty along the shores of False Creek, Science World at TELUS World of Science offers a myriad of event spaces that can collectively accommodate up to 1,400 people. Early fall’s mild and clear weather is the ideal time to book the elegant Green Roof Terrace, whose dreamy backdrop of False Creek and city skyline is enhanced by the venue’s exquisite gardens and majestic trees. The rental includes a large tent (it never hurts to have a Plan B!), podium with mic and portable speaker system, and dedicated staffing throughout the event. The Green Roof Terrace can hold up to 170 guests for a showstopping sit-down dinner, or up to 200 guests for a picture-perfect cocktail reception.
Pacific Yacht Charters There’s no better way to elevate your outdoor reception from acceptable to unforgettable than by booking a serene yacht cruise under sunny or starry skies. Pacific Yacht Charters boasts a seasoned track record hosting incentive groups, conference wrap parties and even meeting attendees tired of conducting business in windowless boardrooms. Docked in gorgeous Coal Harbour, the Pacific Yacht features two light-filled decks, a variety of flexible function spaces and in-house catering tailored to each group; as well as Wifi, wireless mic and speakers, and opportunities to add AV, a podium or other conference accoutrements. Events can be held dockside or as a charter complete with dreamy harbour cruise. The spacious boat can host up to 120 guests for a sit-down meal, or up to 220 for a reception-style party.
Stanley Park Pavilion’s Pavilion Park Lawn Adjacent to Stanley Park’s fairytale rose gardens, Stanley Park Pavilion is an enchanting heritage venue whose multiple meeting spaces include the sweeping Pavilion Park Lawn. Already a stunner with meticulously landscaped gardens, the space can be dolled up however planners see fit. Event possibilities include longtable brunches, bustling evening receptions with canapés and lawn games, or presentations refreshingly shared with a dose of fresh air. Whatever the occasion, delegates won’t hungry with plenty of customized and set menus available for breakfasts, meeting breaks, barbecue lunches, dinner buffets and more. The Pavilion Park Lawn can accommodate up to 300 guests for a standing reception.
The DOUGLAS’s Sixth-floor Park Part of downtown Vancouver’s splashy Parq Vancouver entertainment resort, the DOUGLAS is a majestic 188-room hotel inspired by the natural beauty of its surroundings. On the sixth floor, visitors will find an enchanting park boasting 8,000 square feet of exquisitely manicured event space complete with soothing water features, lush foliage and trees, and a dramatic backdrop of nearby BC Place Stadium and sparkling cityscape. The onsite event planning team can work with conference organizers to plan and execute a truly unforgettable meeting, glitzy conference wrap party, or sunrise wellness session. The park can accommodate up to 130 guests for a seated dinner, or up to 350 guests for a standing reception.
Miku Famed for serving Aburi-style (flame-seared) sushi, Miku claims prime real estate along downtown Vancouver’s sparkling harbour. The light-filled space is ideal for post-conference wining and dining, though the sunny patio is particularly suited to intimate events. space is equally suited to team-building barbecues, evening receptions or networking afterparties. The patio can host up to 40 people for an intimate soirée or meeting.
H Tasting Lounge Located in The Westin Bayshore and bordering the ocean-hugging seawall, H Tasting Lounge pays homage to past guest and aviation pioneer Howard Hughes. Here, conference planners can select from an enticing array of event options, including tableside mixology, live local entertainment, and customized share plate-style menus inspired by the Pacific Northwest. The restaurant’s patio is particularly divine with water-facing views, comfy couch seating, and a toasty fireplace to combat the early fall chill. The 1,765-square-foot space can accommodate up to 50 guests for seated or standing events