The Jack Poole Plaza is a large open-air plaza next to the Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre in downtown Vancouver, BC, Canada. Throughout the year, there are many events that take place at the plaza such as Canada Day celebrations, Christmas Market, and New Year's Eve celebrations.
The plaque says:
THIS PLAZA RECOGNIZES JACK POOLE: A GREAT CANADIAN, A GREAT WESTERNER, A GREAT MAN.
Jack Poole was a giant of a man, a builder of better communities who voluntarily provided exceptional leadership with an unwavering commitment to the public good as exemplified by his extraordinary service as Chairman of the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Jack always considered it an honour to be asked to serve, whether it was in the interests of better health research and the care that followed, the provision of affordable and high quality accommodation for working families or hosting the Games that reflect the magnificent splendor of our land, the warmth of our hospitality, and the power and passion of our people.
Each of us faces choices about how we will spend our lives. Jack chose to spend his honouring and encouraging what was best in all of us.
He provided an example of leadership, good humour, strength, intelligence and integrity that is unmatched. He helped and shaped the City and Province we enjoy today. He was the embodiment of the Olympic and Paralympic spirit, and it is fitting that the Olympic Cauldron will be located permanently in the Jack Poole Plaza.
Honourable Gordon Campbell
Premier of British Columbia
On Canada Day, July 1, every year there are many events that take place at Jack Poole Plaza and the surrounding area. There is usually a stage with a band and other booths in the plaza.
For the last few years, in Late November until Christmas Eve, there is a large European-style Christmas Market held in Jack Poole Plaza. There are many vendors selling treats, hot drinks, and gifts. This event is quickly becoming a Vancouver Christmas tradition!
For many years, Vancouver didn't have a signature New Year's Eve party. In 2017, this changed with a large party held at the Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre. We are happy that it is returning for 2018(December 31, 2018) to ring in 2019! There will be fireworks shows at 9pm (for the children) and midnight. There will be indoor and outdoor parties with lots of music and even a VIP section.
Each year during the summer, there are free yoga classes during the lunch hour. This 45 minute class is free, but you are encouraged to register at Eventbrite.
The address of Jack Poole Plaza is 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver, BC, V6C 3L5.
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