The expansion project tripled the convention centre’s size; it now covers 1.1 million square feet (about the size of four city blocks) and includes a 90-metre Harbour Concourse that links the east and west buildings below street level at Canada Place.
In addition to the Olympic media influx, the renovated Centre can now be used to host almost any type of event, from traditional business conventions to concerts and sporting events.
There’s gorgeous artwork on display, too. The building-connecting Harbour Concourse doubles as the Coast Salish Gallery, which exhibits original artwork by Coast Salish artists, including Vancouver’s Susan Point.
Premiere Gordon Campbell attended the grand opening of the concourse and Coast Salish Gallery last week. You can see the expansion yourself via free guided tours at the centre; tours leave at 10:00am, 11:30am, 1:30pm and 3:00pm daily.