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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 Flame Cauldron and the Digital Orca sculpture.
Throughout the year, there are many annual Events that take place at the plaza such as Canada Day celebrations, Vancouver Christmas Market, and formerly the New Year's Eve celebrations. There is even the occasional protest that is held here!
There are also a few Restaurants right on the plaza.
People in Vancouver for conventions or going on a cruise ship frequently visit the Jack Poole Plaza. It is also popular with locals for the food and the great views of Coal Harbour, Stanley Park, and the north shore of Vancouver!
You can see what is happening at the Jack Poole Plaza on the City of Vancouver's webcam
We also answer your Frequently Asked Questions.
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 Flame Cauldron resides at Jack Poole Plaza.
The Olympic cauldrons are unique to each Olympic Games. This is a beautiful cauldron with 4 glass pillars sitting in a small pool of water.
There are a number of casual food restaurants/bars available right on the Jack Pool Plaza.
There are more restaurants near the Jack Poole Plaza on the end and other side of the Vancouver Convention Centre and next door at Canada Place. There is a mall food fair across the street from Canada Place. Additionally, there are lots of restaurants within a few blocks in the many hotels and in downtown Vancouver.
The Cactus Club-Coal Harbour is a chain restaurant/bar that serves casual food.
It serves lunch and dinner.
Hours: open daily from 11:30am to 12am (11pm on Sundays/Mondays)
Address: 1085 Canada Place, Vancouver, BC, V6C 3E1
The Tap and Barrel-Convention Centre is a chain restaurant/bar that serves casual food.
They have over 30 BC Craft beers on tap and and 20 BC wines.
They have a large outdoor seasonal patio.
It serves lunch and dinner.
Hours: open daily from 11am(10am on Sat/Sun) to 12am for lunch and dinner.
Address: 76-1055 Canada Place, Vancouver, BC, V6C OC3
Lot 185 Cafe and Wine Bar is both a cafe and wine bar.
It serves breakfast and lunch. It also serves beer and wine.
Hours: Monday to Friday 8:30am to 3:30pm, closed Sat/Sun, holidays 9am-3pm
Address: 78-1055 Canada Place, Vancouver, BC, V6C OC3
The Digital Orca is a digital representation of a killer whale breaching that was created by reknown artist Douglas Coupland.
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. Tens of thousands of people come here to celebrate Canada's birthday!
The Canada Day celebrations here are the largest west of Ottawa!
The Vancouver Christmas Market is a large European-style Christmas Market held annually from mid-November to Christmas Eve at Jack Poole Plaza.
There are many wooden huts selling treats, hot drinks, and christmas-related items and gifts.
There is vintage carousel, giant walk-in Christmas tree, lover's lane light display and other activities!
There is also live Christmas music!
This event is quickly becoming a Vancouver Christmas tradition!
Concord's New Year's Eve Vancouver was the largest annual new year's eve party in Vancouver. It was held in 2017 and 2018.
It included large fancy parties inside and outside the convention centre and 2 sets(9pm for children, 12am for adults) of fireworks.
NOTE: This event was cancelled in 2019 and has not been held since. In the future it is supposed to resume at False Creek near Scienceworld. So, it is unclear if there will be new years eve events at the Convention Centre any more.
There is a City of Vancouver webcam that looks at Jack Poole Plaza. It is located here: Jack Poole Plaza Webcam
The Jack Poole Plaza is located on Coal Harbour on the west side of the Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre. The Cactus Club and Tap House restaurants are on the plaza. Nearby is the Coal Harbour Seawall, and the Nike Statue.
The Jack Pool Plaza is located next to the Vancouver Convention Centre at Coal Harbour in Vancouver, Canada.
The address of Jack Poole Plaza is 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver, BC, V6C 3L5.
There are over 400 underground parking spaces under the Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre and an additional 750 parking spaces under Canada Place next door.
There is metered street parking on most of the streets close to the plaza, but it is expensive. There is no free parking near the plaza.
The Jack Poole Plaza is located only a few short blocks from the Burrard Street Skytrain Station and is a short walk from Waterfront Station, two of the most connected transit stations in Vancouver.
You can bicycle to the Jack Poole Plaza on the Coal Harbour Seawall.
The Jack Poole Plaza is next to the Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre. The Coal Harbour Seawall runs next to the plaza. Stanley Park, Vancouver's crown jewel park is located a short walk away.
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