The Cruise Ship Terminal at Canada Place is used by as many as 230 ships a year, landing a total of more than 900,000 passengers. Each ship is estimated to bring an average of approximately $2 million to the local economy.
Vancouver – Fact Check

The spectacular natural port of British Columbia

Photo by Ton Koene

Vancouver – Fact Check The spectacular natural port of British Columbia

Sitting on the Pacific Ocean, Vancouver's large natural harbor has made it the busiest port in Canada.

Kieran Meeke
Kieran Meeke Travel Writer

Vancouver’s port grew up to supply the logging, fishing and mining industries of British Columbia. Workers and supply ship crews brought back tales of the spectacular scenery to be seen along this northern coastline, and cruises for visitors started in the early 1900s. Alaska remains a major destination with week-long sailings, allowing passengers to see the fjords and sights such as glaciers calving into the sea or whales breaching. However, the hard winters mean the cruise season lasts only from May through September.

By 2000, some one million passengers were passing through the port. This number slumped almost 50 per cent in 2010 when Seattle became a major competitor after a change in U.S. law that had fined any foreign-flagged ships that plied between two US ports (such as Seattle and Anchorage) but it has since bounced back. While Seattle is nearer the important U.S. cruise market, Vancouver offers exclusive access to the calmer Inside Passage between Vancouver Island and the mainland. It is also closer to Alaska, allowing more time at ports such as Anchorage or for sightseeing.

Vancouver has also won awards for customer satisfaction and environmental initiatives, including shore power that allows cruise ships to shut off their engines while in port.

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Although Vancouver is only the eighth largest Canadian city, it is the fourth most densely populated city in North America after New York City, San Francisco and Mexico City. Sitting on the Pacific Ocean, its large natural harbor has made it the busiest port in Canada. Photo by Ton Koene

Ton Koene

Ton Koene

Canon EOS 5D-III

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ƒ/18
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1/100
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160
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24 mm

Although Vancouver is only the eighth largest Canadian city, it is the fourth most densely populated city in North America after New York City, San Francisco and Mexico City. Sitting on the Pacific Ocean, its large natural harbor has made it the busiest port in Canada.

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