Lush greenery, leading infrastructure and stunning venues - Vancouver is a mecca for planners and delegates seeking a breath of fresh air along with state-of-the-art conference facilities. Countless locales across the city cater to small- and medium-sized meetings, but Vancouver is equally retrofitted to host massive events that are guaranteed to impress (case in point: in 2010 we hosted a little competition called the 2010 Winter Olympic Games - perhaps you've heard of it?). Below, we've listed cream-of-the-crop venues that can accommodate groups ranging from 20 to upwards of 20,000.
- The city's flagship conference venue, the Vancouver Convention Centre is centrally situated along downtown's scenic waterfront. Holding the distinction as the world's first LEED Platinum-certified convention centre, the facility's West Building is across-the-board sustainable with a living roof and seawater heating and cooling system, making it one of the greenest buildings in Vancouver. Together, the West and East buildings feature 466,500 square feet of function space.
- Talk about lofty ideals: BC Place's retractable roof is the largest of its kind in the world and was specially designed to suit Vancouver's climate. Home to the Vancouver Whitecaps MLS soccer team, the BC Lions CFL football team, and countless concerts and meetings throughout the year, the stadium seats 54,500 and features more than 50 private hospitality suites. This multipurpose venue is also one of the globe's most technologically advanced with 1,100 digital screens and 800 WiFi ports. Next up: the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, which will play nine matches at the stadium, including the final.
- Rogers Arena, home to the Vancouver Canucks NHL hockey team, features 85 luxury suites and an array of function rooms kitted out with AV necessities, and can host up to 3,300 people on the concourse.
- Earlier this summer, the Vancouver Aquarium unveiled a massive redesign that includes expanded meeting spaces with the capacity to accommodate up to 2,400 people. Canada's largest aquarium is sustainability designed and outfitted with state-of-the-art amenities, including 360-degree programmable digital screens and a 140-seat amphitheatre. Even better: all in-house catering is sourced from sustainably harvested seafood.