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The Lookout, Harbour Centre

The Lookout, Harbour Centre View Photo, Vancouver, British Columbia

The Lookout is one of the sites Landsea Tour Company took us to. It is located atop the Harbour Centre. The Harbour Centre Tower is Vancouver and British Columbia’s tallest building at a height of 581 feet. The ascent to The Lookout is reached via glass doored elevator in less than 50 seconds.

Neil Armstrong (first man on the moon) commemorated the observation deck on August 13.1977 by putting his footprint in concrete. It was officially opened then.

The lookout gives you a 360-degree view across the Lower Mainland, from the mountains in the north to the valleys in the south. In addition, it has a huge screen video theatre. And there are light snacks and beverages served at the cappuccino bar. There are also multilingual guides to show you the highlights and also tell you little known facts and trivia about Greater Vancouver.

While we there, we saw a variety of sites. These include the enormous cruise ships, mountains, bodies of water, Canada Place, Gastown, Botanical Gardens, Woodworth Building, Vancouver Islands, Point Grey Peninsula (where University of British Columbia is located on the western tip of it), Lions Gate Bridge, Stanley Park, Holly Rosary Cathedral, etc.

Our tour guide Albion, told us various trivia stories, such as Gastown is also called Water Street (it is lined with trees), Vancouver Island gets 35 inches of rain per year, Seattle and Vancouver each get 50 inches of rain per year and Vancouver is number three in North America where the most movies are made (e.g. Fantastic Four and X-Men were made here).

Harbour Centre Tower houses many businesses and services: Top of Vancouver Revolving Restaurant, the downtown campus of Simon Frasier, a 28-floor office tower, and two levels of shops and services, which include a pharmacy, a liquor store, and food fair.

I highly recommend going to this attraction for four reasons. One, the sites from 581 feet are gorgeous with a 360-degree view. Two, there are guides here who give a free narration of the highlights. Three, there are photo plagues that let you know what you are viewing. Four, there are a variety of things to do here. These include site seeing, sipping on a cappuccino, eating at the Top of Vancouver Revolving Restaurant, shopping at the stores, etc.

The Lookout is located at 555 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, B.C. V6B 4N4. It is open 365 days a year. The seasonal hours are as follows: Winter 9am-9pm, Summer 8:30am-10:30pm. Information and Reservations phone number is 604-689-0421. The ticket cost is adult $10, senior (60-plus) $9, student with ID $7, youth (11-17) $7, child (5-10) $4, and children (4 and under) are free. There are also group rates available.

The directions to The Lookout are as follows: Located downtown at the Seabus and SkyTrain station. It is not far from the Cruise Ship terminal and historic Gastown.

Landsea Tours include this attraction in their city highlights tour of Vancouver. This tour is 3½ hours long. The tour current charges are the following in American money: $48 for adults, $45 for seniors, and $30 for children. Their phone number is 800/558-4955. Their website is tours@vancouvertours.com.

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