The Jack Poole Plaza is a large open-air plaza next to the Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre in downtown Vancouver, BC, Canada.
It is home to the 2010 Winter Olympic Cauldron and the Digital Orca sculpture.
Throughout the year, there are many events that take place at the plaza such as Canada Day celebrations, Christmas Market, and formerly the New Year's Eve celebrations.
There are also a few restaurants right on the plaza.
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
The 2010 Winter Olympic cauldron resides at Jack Poole Plaza. Unfortunately, due to costs, it is only lit up for special occasions.
The Cactus Club restaurant is a chain restaurant that serves casual food. It has a large menu.
The Tap and Barrel restaurant is a chain restaurant that serves casual food. They have over 30 BC Craft beers on tap an d and 20 BC wines. They have a large outdoor seasonal patio.
2019 hours: Monday to Sunday 11am-Late, Weekends and Holiday Brunch from 11am-2pm
New for 2019 is the Lot 185 Cafe and Wine Bar. They have different menus for the Cafe, lunch, and evening.
2019 cafe hours: Monday to Friday 7am-5pm, Saturday 8am-5pm, closed on Sunday; Wine Bar hours: Monday to Saturday 11am-9pm, closed on Sunday.
The Digital Orca storyboard says:
The 'DIGITAL ORCA' SCULPTURE breaks down a three dimensional Orca whale into cubic pixels-making a familiar symbol of the West Coast become something unexpected and new. This use of natural imagery modified by technology bridges the past to the future. It speaks to the people and activities that created Vancouver's thriving harbour culture, while addressing the massive changes reshaping the BC economy. The sculpture's metal construction and lighting components evoke the daily moods of the harbour and the diversity of those who work there.
Douglas Coupland 2010
Douglas Coupland grew up and continues to live in Vancouver. His first novel Generation X, was published in 1991. It became his first international bestseller, establishing Coupland as a cultural visionary for the post industial world. Since 1991 he has published twelve novels and several non-fiction books in 35 languages.&nbs; In 2001 he resumed his practice as a visual artist with exhibitions in North America, Europe, and Asia.
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!
NOTE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED FOR 2019. It is supposed to resume at False Creek near ScienceWorld in 2020.
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.
For 2019, it is on Wednesdays at noon from July 3, 2019 to August 28 EXCEPT NO CLASS ON AUGUST 14.
The address of Jack Poole Plaza is 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver, BC, V6C 3L5.
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