Featured Attraction of the Week: The Vancouver Lookout (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

photo: The Vancouver Lookout

Back by popular demand, Inside Vancouver has relaunched the “Featured Attraction of the Week” series. Each Monday we’ll be featuring a different Vancouver attraction and will be giving away free tickets to our readers. To be eligible, all you have to do is post a comment.

Vancouver as you have never seen it before!

Ride the glass Elevators up 550ft (170m) to a spectacular 360° view of Vancouver. Rain or shine you’ll not want to miss out on the views from up here. Tickets purchased are good for all day return so you’ll never miss out on anything. Come and see the view by day, night and at sunset! Their friendly staff is always there to provide free, multilingual tours and regale you with fun facts and helpful information about this great city. See as far as the distant Mt. Baker or as near as the tennis court on top of Holt Renfrew two blocks away!

While they may not be the tallest observation deck in the world, they’re certainly not short on a view!

Opened in 1977 by Neil Armstrong, first man on the moon, the Lookout has provided a spectacular view of Vancouver for visitors and locals for 35 years.

But The Lookout is more than just an observation deck; it is your best first stop in the city! Around the deck are many plaques with information with all there is to see and do in Vancouver. In addition, their knowledgeable staff is always available to answer any questions you may have about the city. The Lookout is the perfect place to plan your time in Vancouver. See the 360° view while mapping out where else you should go. Their guides also provide concierge services in helping you book tours and give advice about the best things to see and do here in Vancouver; visit their blog  for more information. Free guided, multilingual tours are also available upon request. And you can press a penny to keep as a souvenir of your time up there!

photo: The Vancouver Lookout

The Lookout also provides tours and educational programs for groups. Their ESL tours and worksheets are a great way for foreign visiting students to become acclimated with the city and find out more about Vancouver. They also have programs regarding Career Studies in Vancouver, where students can hear speakers and see all the different employment opportunities available to them in Vancouver. Out Public Speaking program takes students through what it takes to give an excellent tour and how to excel at speaking to large groups. The Bird’s Eye View program is perfect for Geography or social studies students as it takes a look at Vancouver’s environment and landscape as well as the patterns of human settlement in Vancouver. And lastly the Inside the Lookout program takes students through the ins and outs of running a tourist attraction. For more information on the educational programs available at The Lookout, please visit their website.

In addition, The Lookout is available for use as an event space. From full deck Wedding Receptions to small conference room business meetings, The Lookout will take your event to the next level. For more information about The Lookout as an event space, email events@vancouverlookout.com.

Getting Here:
Located on top of Harbour Centre at 555 West Hastings Street, they sit at the intersections of Hastings, Seymour, Cordova and Richards Street.

By Transit: Take any SkyTrain or SeaBus or Bus to Waterfront Station, The Lookout is just across the street.

Parking: Habour Centre has underground parking accessed on Cordova Street.
There are also many parking meters along Hastings and a parking structure at Pender and Seymour.

Contact Information:
Tel: 604-689-0421
Fax: 604-689-5447
E-mail: events@vancouverlookout.com

We’re giving away a Family Pass to experience The Vancouver Lookout. All you have to do is post a comment below and we’ll randomly select a winner at noon on Friday, January 11th and notify the winner by email.

Updated Friday, January 11th: Congratulations Hanka! You are the lucky recipient of a Family Pass to experience The Vancouver Lookout! Please check your inbox for further details on how to go about claiming your prize. Thank you to everyone who posted a comment! 

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171 Responses to Featured Attraction of the Week: The Vancouver Lookout (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

  1. Robert

    Being born in Vancouver, I actually never been too the lookout. Sad, right?

  2. Alissa Palmer-Still

    I would love to do this. Just moved here and would love to view beautiful Vancouver from the lookout.

  3. Anne

    I’d love to bring my daughters and my camera up to the lookout. Been wanting to go up for years!

    • Miles

      As Portlanders, we share your climate. We visit, as fortune permits. We hope to poetically rhyme it, for tickets, with luck, we may gits.

  4. Claire Greenlow

    We are shortly moving to Vancouver from the uk. We are both scared and excited but it’s things like this which should mean we have a fantastic time!

  5. Brian

    Been living in Vancouver for 25 years but never had a chance to go up. Would love to check it out!

  6. Reza

    Robert…. It is usually the case.. people never see their own city like a tourist does, unless something come’s up: you might have a guest from out of town, or you win a ticket here… then you’ll go and see around:)

  7. Areta

    Love to check this out!

  8. Xing

    Here’s my entry! Thanks!

  9. Genevieve

    This sounds right up alley! Great date idea.

    • Genevieve

      *my alley.

  10. Philly Hovs

    Count me in! +1 if you can!

  11. Jamie

    We are planning a special getaway to Vancouver with our kids… I think my son would love to see Vancouver (where the Olympics were, a very big deal to a 6 year old) from the top… We will have to include the Lookout on our list of things to do.

  12. Parmida

    Wow. I’ve never heard of this tower!

  13. Hanka

    I have been wanting to go for ever! Would love to win the tickets!

  14. Raunak

    All my friends say that the Vancouver Lookout is the best place to appreciate beauty of the vibrant city. And I would not like to miss this chance !!

  15. Edward

    I’ve been there few years ago… looking at the city like on the “palm of my hand” it felt so great; it is priceless. It would be a nice “little” present for family I know of.
    Thanks for the reminding.

  16. Amy

    I’ve never seen Vancouver from high up before!

  17. Red

    I”m new to this beautiful city and would love to see it from above!

  18. craig

    Looks like fun

  19. Luis

    Been there for an anniversary dinner, lovely place!

  20. Siobhan

    I’ve actually never been to the Lookout, only to the restaurant! I’d love to take my nephews here! They would love it!

  21. Stephanie

    Would love to win this for me and my family!!

  22. Mark

    This looks amazing!

  23. Maenard

    Great view!

  24. Nattawot Juttiwattananon

    I would love to do the photograph at the look out…

  25. Swapnil

    I am moving to Vancouver this weekend. Hoping to enjoy all the sites in this vibrant city. Hoping to get a pass for the Vancouver Lookout

  26. Prakhar

    One of the things that i encourage everyone to try!
    Btw, I am still encouraging myself :)

  27. Kingston

    I’ve been there two times before, but both times it was raining. I wish the next I visit the Lookout it will be sunny, so I can take photos of our stunning city.

  28. Tony

    This would be an awesome way to see the city and the surrounding mountains!

    • Mary

      This is one of the most beautiful spots in the city! My sister, mom and I went up in 2010 during the Olympics and I recently took my boyfriend up when we moved downtown. I’d love to go up again with friends/family!

  29. Yay, please give me this christmas present please!

  30. Mia

    Awesome! count my fam in!

  31. Kimberley

    I would love to go!

  32. Joanne

    Oh man, I’d love this!

  33. Michelle W

    Would love to bring my family there! :D

  34. Love to go check it out and see the view in person. The pic looks amazing. Definitely a to-do for a date night with chocolate yes?

  35. Hayley

    That sounds awesome.

  36. Vanessa Wilson

    I’d love to see the city from above!! :)

    • Cindy Gervais

      My son! My son….. Zachary Gervais, The last to leave and youngest of the four sons that I have raised alone, has just relocated for the city lights of Vancouver to finish school. I would love to treat him and his new adopted family of two more to tickets, if you would help out. He works hard to support himself to live and go to school. I found your website today after googling his new address! I am miles away and miss him terribly. I think he would really enjoy going, and would like that I was able to do this for him do many miles away . Thank you

  37. Pamela Carvajal

    Thanks for this contest! I would love to go with my husband!! Feliz Navidad!

  38. Alison

    This is something I’ve been wanting to do since I moved here but have never had a chance to do yet.

  39. Rodrigo

    Hi, I just moved to Vancouver. I am new graduate student here and I would love to go!!!

  40. Dayhawk

    Would love to be able to photograph from this vantage point.

  41. I have never been up there and I’ve lived in the Vancouver area for over 25 yrs!

  42. Would love to win!

  43. I love Vancouver and this would be a great way to see it!

  44. Willow

    Lived in Vancouver many years and never been up there. Would love to though. :)

  45. Tara vanhaaster

    I would really love to see this! I have been wanting to for a while, and am also from Vancouver but have never been. I’m a student, so I try to save my money, hence why I haven’t gone. Thanks for offering so many great attractions in our beautiful city :)

  46. Phil G

    Yet another local who hasn’t been up there.
    The only times I’ve seen the city from above are from airplanes or from the mountains.

  47. Jamillia

    Anniversary coming up in January! Would love to have the great view from the Lookout to go with it :)

  48. Deb G

    I’ve never been!

  49. john ramsden

    Been up there around 10 years ago, what a view, had a freidn from another country with me, she loved the 360 view of vancouver

  50. Maria

    Would like to win the family pass, thanks!

  51. Marinette Carag

    Never been there, would love to go! :)

  52. Darlene

    what another great way to view Vancouver.

  53. Judy W

    What a beautiful way to experience Vancouver – almost from the sky.

  54. Christie M

    Sounds awesome, Ive never been!

  55. Robyn

    Haven’t been to the Lookout since I was a kid. Would love to go again on my next trip back home!

  56. David

    Be happy to check it out

  57. L C

    never been and i live here lol!

  58. Dilara

    I’d love to take my family!

  59. Deneen Baker

    My husband an I just move here,,, were American. Vancouver has changed my life. I call Vancouver God landscape. I would be so honored to see what else God landscape has to show

  60. Fernanda

    Wow!! I like it! I’ve never been there!!

  61. alexa

    hello, I would love to share with my family one day in Vancouver Lookout.
    I want to earn the family pass! I am new to this great city I have a detail with my family thanks …

  62. Shawn

    Would love to visit . My dad told me about it and eating in the restaurant there

  63. Sarah

    Sounds amazing. I’m heading to Van in May and I’d love to check that out.

  64. April

    I lived in Van for about 4 years now and have never been up to the lookout, even though I’ve had plenty of classes at the Harbour Centre.

  65. Cindy Smith

    Would love to take the family!

  66. megan

    Would love to opportunity to visit! I haven’t been up since my first year here.

  67. Ana

    I’ve never been to the lookout. Would love to bring my family there.

  68. Rochelle

    One of first things we did when we arrived in Canada 10 years ago. Now we have 2 kids, and we haven’t been back to show them, so would love a pass!

  69. Alissa Palmer-Still

    I’ve just moved to Vancouver but I’ve never been up to the lookout, it would be great to do.

  70. Carol S

    As an ESL teacher, I’ve always recommended The Lookout as a place to go to. However, I myself never had the chance.
    I wish I could visit there while I’m on vacation now.

  71. Percy

    I’ve been in Vancouver for almost 10 years and didn’t know about the Lookout. It’s definitely worth me checking it out! ( I guess I should be a tourist in my own town once in a while.)

  72. Lynne

    Would love to see Vancouver from a different point of view. Will do the next time I visit.

  73. Brad S.

    My family is coming to Vancouver in June for a Disney Cruise. We are looking for things to do before the cruise. This sounds like one stop we’re going to have to make!

  74. Carole

    We moved to Vancouver a year ago, and we would love to see this amazing city from above! :)

  75. Sandra

    Makes a beautiful site for our family to see! Thanks for chance!

  76. natalie

    wow. breathtaking… a better way to look at Christmas lights :)

  77. Liz

    The view looks spectacular!!

  78. tatiana

    Would love to see the City from that view!

  79. Bjoern

    I’d make a trip up north just to take in the sights at The Vancouver Lookout.

  80. Abir

    Pick me, pick me!!! :)

  81. Jenny

    Id like to win these for a friend and his family that live in Vancouver :) Would be a great long distance gift for them!

  82. Lilia

    I would love to check it out! I have never been there even though i lived here for 10 years…

  83. Sheila Kirkby

    Haven’t been up there in years. It would be fun to tae my daughter.

  84. Jacklyn Clelland

    I can’t wAit to get to Vancouver for our honeymoon next year. I think after reading this article, the lookout will be the first thing we do

  85. The Lookout should not be missed as a great way to see Vancouver especially at night! Everything looks so beautiful with the lights in the city twinkling away….Love this spot and bring all my friends and family here when they travel to visit me!

  86. Sampan

    I was in Vancouver in the summer but didn’t have a chance to go up there. I wish I would be here right now to take advantage of this deal!

  87. Kim

    Would be great to finally do this!

  88. Am

    I’d love to check this out with my family. Hope my knees don’t get all wobbly!

  89. sneh

    love to be tourist in home town during winter months

  90. Frances

    Visiting your lovely city in January….counting the days. The view looks awesome will definitely add it to my ‘to do’ list.

  91. Cara

    I’ve lived in Vancouver all my life and have never been to the lookout! I’d love to check it out sometime soon!

  92. Glenda

    I would love to take my family to check it out :)

  93. Katharina

    I would looove to check it out!(:

  94. Lynda

    please … pick me :)

  95. The Vancouver Lookout offers a great vista our beautiful city. It’s always a treat to see the city from the vantage point. Whomever wins will certainly enjoy the views and the knowledgeable staff.

  96. Gillian

    Haven’t been up there since I was a kid! Awesome way to spend an afternoon

  97. Steph :)

    Haven’t been there in years

  98. Kevin

    Love to go up and take a look at our beautiful city!

  99. Amy

    Looks fun!

  100. Vancouver is where my girl friends will be on are next girls only vacation this summer. We will be their with bells on! LOVE YOUR CITY.

  101. Amy

    I would love to bring my family w/ me and enjoy this special moment!

  102. Teresa K

    Love Vancouver lookout!

  103. Amy

    Fantastic, love freebees!

  104. Gloria

    Would love to take my 7 year old!

  105. Gabor Kovacs

    Been living in Vancouver for 12 years but never had a chance to go up. Would love to see the view from lookout with my kids and wife…

  106. Maria

    I would love to take my son to get a great view of Vancouver from The Vancouver Lookout!

  107. Amy

    Never been, would love to see it!

  108. Moon

    looks very fun

  109. Cat


  110. wenxiao

    Love the Monday giveaways.

  111. Francine

    I would LOVE ….LOVE to start 2013 off by winning this adventure.
    To share a view like this with the love of my life would be terrific!

  112. Becky

    Would love our family to see the view!

  113. Jon

    I am from here, and have never been! I will have family visiting soon. I sure would like to be able to show them the Lookout!

  114. KY

    pick me!

  115. tharinee

    I have never been there before.I would like to go there one day.

  116. Natalie

    One of Vancouver’s gems!!! I haven’t been here since I was a child 20 something years ago and would love to experience it. As an aside, who knew that Holt Renfrew had a tennis court? Who is allowed to play there??!

  117. nan

    want it!

  118. Dianne

    I would love to share the experience with my family.

  119. Linda

    This looks like fun.

  120. Jennie

    Excellent giveaway!

  121. Dennis

    Would love to take my family and see Vancouver from that view

  122. Jess Halcrow

    I went up 17 years ago, so it’s time to try it again!

  123. Diana

    would love to suprise my family with free tickets!

  124. Julie

    This would be a wonderful family experience.

  125. rochelle

    Thank you!

  126. After a tough 2012 for my Family, this will be a great start for 2013… Good luck to everyone!

  127. leith white

    Neil Armstrong – I never would have guessed that!

    Thinking this would be an awesome activity to take my 3 Son-in-laws to. Annually we do something as they guys between Christmas and New Years (and the ladies do something of course as well – they’re going to Les Miserables…) Thinking this would be as equally as stunning spectacle

    Thanks for the opportunity!

  128. Nancy

    I love being a tourist in my own city! :)

  129. I do wish that my wife & I could get the free ticket to see it in the coming w/e:>)

    Happy New Year


  130. Catherine

    Funnily enough my wife, daughter and I were walking by this the other day and we all commentd we had never been up to the top and what was up there.

  131. Linda

    Would love to experience what it’s all about!

  132. Pawel

    Always wanted to go!

  133. Samuel G.

    free tickets! one more for me please :)

  134. Eugene

    I often recommend this attraction to visitors but I haven’t been there myself and would love to.

  135. Eugene

    I often recommend this attraction to visitors but I haven’t been there myself and would love to.

  136. mike

    id like to go someday.

  137. Chris

    Pick me! (please).

  138. Gordon

    I would love to go there !

  139. My parents took us up here when we were younger (age 8) but I don’t remember a thing! :( I would love to check it out again and bring my significant other to enjoy the view as well!

  140. Anita

    Looks beautiful!

  141. Bons

    Would love to visit the Vancouver Lookout. The view must be amazing from there!

  142. Hana

    Would love to watch the sunset ath the Lookout!

  143. Christine

    *fingers crossed*

  144. Nigel

    I have always wanted to go there! :D

  145. A vantage point where I have wanted to take a photo for a long time. :)

  146. Hanina

    My camera is ready!:)

  147. Julie

    This will be our first time up there for the 17 years living in the beautiful Vancouver!

  148. lokyi

    i’ve never been here before and i’ve lived in vancouver all my life =[

  149. M. Soleil

    I haven’t been since I was a kid.

  150. Megan

    A beautiful veiw that I would like to see again!

  151. Gabriel Tran

    Great write up, I’m moving to Vancouver next week and your site has been more or less a travel guide for me. Thanks for sharing!

  152. jennifer

    looks like fun!

  153. APPLE

    It’s a perfect destination for a tourist like Me. After the breathtaking adventure at Capilano Suspension Bridge, I must pin this for my next travel. Camera and Red lipstick is on! :)

  154. Jon

    What a beautiful spot in the city.
    I sure hope to get up there for free!

  155. Leanne

    I also never been to the lookout eventhough I’ve grown up in Vancouver.

  156. Franzi

    I’m quite lucky with lookouts.. almost always the sun goes down while I’m there and that’s really nice! Hopefully I’ll experience that in Vancouver, too?

  157. BriGita

    Looks amazing… thank u

  158. Valentin

    My first wish for this year is to visit Vancouver lookout !

  159. Laura

    I have always wanted to do this! I have lived here my whole life and I have never gone up to see the city from up there. Also, my friend from out of town is coming and this would be a real treat for him.

  160. Nilos

    Nice prize! Been in Van for 5 years and always wanted to do the Lookout!

  161. Nad

    Looks great ! It is a must do in Vancouver, i’ve been here for 6 months and the lookout is still on my to do list !

  162. anna

    The last time i was downtown was thirties years ago it would be nice to see how much it has changed since then. Looks great.

  163. gavin somers

    sounds amazing. would be amazing!

  164. Sarah

    What a wonderful offer :) I’ve lived in Vancouver for 5 years and while I have experienced much that the city has to offer, I have never enjoyed the view from the tower. I would love to treat my family to the view and experience.

  165. Tracy

    The Lookout sounds amazing! Would love to check it out when I come to visit this summer!

  166. William

    I’ll go to Vancouver with my family 2 weeks later. It is so exciting to me, as it is my first time visiting Canada, and I seldom have time to travel to places so far away (from Asia).

    I look forward to making The Vancouver Lookout my ‘first stop in the city” and “not to miss out on the views from up there”.

    Good luck to everyone who participates in the context. Cheers!

  167. Tintin

    Wanna visit the Lookout with my family