Let the Vancouver Lookout Tower Take You to New Heights

Smack dab in between the Coast Mountains, the Pacific Ocean, and a lush coastal rainforest… Vancouver is universally regarded as one of the most beautiful cities on earth.

So when I say the words Vancouver Lookout – look out!

Located 168 metres above the city, this popular attraction offers breathtaking 360° panoramic views of Vancouver’s skyline and stunning Westcoast backdrop.

Ready to visit and fire up Instagram? Let’s go!

Index

  1. Overview
  2. How to Get There
  3. Hours
  4. Prices
  5. Skip the Line Tickets
  6. Tours
  7. Vancouver Lookout Restaurant
  8. Visitor Tips
  9. FAQs

Vancouver Lookout (Harbour Centre)

Vancouver Lookout at Harbour Centre
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This epic Vancouver tower view finds itself atop Harbour Centre, just a 5 minute walk from the famous Steamclock in the heart of Gastown.

As one of Vancouver’s top tourist attractions it provides visitors with stunning views of Vancouver’s skyline, the North Shore Mountains, and the Pacific Ocean.

You’ll be whisked away on a 40 second glass elevator ride up the side of the Harbour Centre to a stunning 360° panoramic view of Vancity.

Once at the top you have the option to explore on your own or take a multi-lingual tour that’s a one stop Vancouver history lesson.

But it’s much more than just an observation deck!

Harbour Centre also hosts numerous events throughout the year, and includes the popular Top of Vancouver Restaurant.

How to Get to The Vancouver Lookout


Address: 555 West Hastings Street

The Vancouver Lookout is located right near Waterfront Station: a downtown transportation hub including Skytrain, Seabus, and West Coast Express.

If your hotel or hostel is near these systems I strongly recommend transport.

To reach Harbour Centre with Skytrain:

  1. Take the Canada Line or Expo Line to Waterfront Station.
  2. Get off and use the main exit onto West Cordova Street.
  3. Look up! You can’t miss it.
  4. The entrance is from the mall on the ground floor.
  5. Just follow the signs

For more information on how to traverse Vancouver’s public transportation system check out our Vancouver Public Transportation Guide.

Vancouver Lookout Hours

The view of Burrard Inlet from Vancouver Lookout
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The Harbour Centre observation deck is open daily year round.

Opening hours change according to season and can be viewed below:

  • Winter (October-May): 9:00am-9:00pm
  • Summer (May-October): 8:30am-10:30pm

How long does a visit take?

I recommend leaving 45 minutes to an hour.

If you opt to take the complimentary tour, you may want to budget an extra 15-20 minutes to enjoy the views on your own.

FYI: The ticket desk closes 20 minutes prior to closure

Vancouver Lookout Prices

The Southern view from Vancouver Lookout at sunset
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Tickets for this Vancouver observation tower go for the following prices:

  • Adults: $18.25
  • Seniors (60+): $15.25
  • Students: $13.25
  • Youth (13-18): $13.25
  • Children (6-12): $9.50

*Children under 5 are free

Vancouver Lookout tickets are valid all day so why not come back for sunset?

Vancouver Lookout Tours

Tour guides at Vancouver Lookout
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To maximize your experience we recommend taking advantage of the complimentary guided tour provided once you reach the observation deck.

Your friendly, knowledgeable, multilingual guides will point out the most notable landmarks and give massive insight into the history of Vancouver.

You’ll learn all about and its evolution from a small pioneer outpost to the cosmopolitan city we see today – with some laughs along the way!

I highly recommend this as some visitors have commented about a lack of signage and background information.

What do you have to lose? It is free!

Vancouver Lookout Restaurant

Cuisine: Fine Dining | Price: $$$$|555 West Hastings St

The Top of Vancouver is a dining experience like no other.

This revolving restaurant provides fine continental dining alongside stunning panoramic views of the Vancouver skyline.

The restaurant makes one full rotation per hour and has floor-to-ceiling windows, ensuring that diners receive breathtaking views in all directions.

It’s sophisticated yet surprisingly unpretentious and the perfect place for a date – or even a sunset proposal!

Look for an extensive collection of delicious pastas accompanying entrees such as grilled AAA New York steak and Cajun halibut.

Put it all back with a selection of fine wines and craft beers.

*Tickets are not required to dine at the Top of Vancouver.

Visitor Tips

1) Book Your Tickets Online

If you intend to visit Harbour Centre during peak hours, especially in high season, it can be a very busy place.

Consequently, we recommend taking advantage of our skip the line tickets, to avoid spending more time waiting in line than checking out the views.

2) Visit on a Clear Day

It goes without saying that the views from the Vancouver Lookout will be significantly better on a clear day.

Vancouver is infamous for it’s rainy and cloudy weather, particularly from October to April. You can expect to see a significant reduction in visibility during periods of inclement weather.

The North Shore Mountains, likely to play a starring role in most photo opportunities, are particularly notorious for being veiled in cloud in such instances.

As a result, we recommend monitoring the weather forecast and planning ahead to ensure that you make your visit on a clear day.

3) Go up More Than Once

Tickets for the Vancouver Lookout are valid until closing time on the day of purchase, or on the day of validation for those who purchase them in advance.

To maximize value I recommend going up once during the day and returning later on at dusk, to see what promises to be one of the most amazing sunsets of your life!

4) Grab a Bite to Eat

The Top of Vancouver Restaurant offers delightful continental cuisine accompanied by the most breathtaking views available anywhere in the city.

A dinner in this stunning revolving dining room is a perfect cap to your stay in Vancouver.

Even better yet, it absolves you of the obligation to pay for the Vancouver Lookout, so the views are free!

FAQS

Where is the Vancouver Lookout?

The Vancouver Lookout is located at 555 Hastings Street, a short walk from Waterfront Station at the edge of Gastown.

What is the Vancouver Lookout?

The Vancouver Lookout is an observation deck located at the top of the Harbour Centre which provides visitors with stunning panoramic views of the North Shore Mountains, Burrard Inlet and the Vancouver skyline.

How tall is the Vancouver Lookout?

The Vancouver Lookout is situated 168 metres (or 553 feet) above Hastings Street below.

How much is entry to the Vancouver Lookout?

Tickets to the Vancouver Lookout cost $18.25 for adults, $15.25 for seniors (60+), $13.25 for students and youth (13-18) and $9.50 for children (6-12).

When is the Vancouver Lookout open?

The Vancouver Lookout is open from 9:00am-9:00pm during the Winter (October-May) and 8:30am-10:30pm during the Summer (May-October).

Is there a restaurant at the Vancouver Lookout?

The highly regarded Top of Vancouver restaurant is located directly above the Vancouver Lookout.

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