10 Tallest Buildings in Vancouver

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Vancouver is known for its mountain views, but below these mountains stand some tall buildings. Centred in the downtown core, these buildings follow some strict guidelines to preserve YVR views, but that doesn’t mean you won’t feel pretty small surrounded by these skyscrapers.

Scroll through the list below, from shortest to tallest, to find out some fun facts about these massive towers. Watch for a bonus at the end!


10 Tallest Buildings in Vancouver

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Vancouver is known for its mountain views, but below these mountains stand some very tall buildings. Centred in the downtown core, these buildings follow some strict guidelines to preserve YVR views.

  • Bentall 5

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    Part of the Bentall Complex, Bentall 5 sits 140m above the city with its 34 floors. Fun fact: this building was used at Grey Enterprises in the filming of Fifty Shades of Grey.

  • Park Place

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    We’ve got a tie! Park Place also sits at 140m and is the largest office building, by surface area, in BC. Fun fact: Park Place has a rare address—it’s one of few buildings that bare the #666.

  • Fairmont Pacific Rim

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    Yet another tower reaching the 140m mark, this building is 44 floors and was completed just prior to the Winter Olympics. Fun fact: the penthouse here sold for $25M last year.

  • Royal Centre

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    Situated in the Financial District, the Royal Centre tower sits 141m above West Georgia St. Fun fact: before being renovated in the 1980’s, Royal Centre had a Cineplex Odeon Theatre in it.

  • The Melville

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    Tied for 6th spot with Royal Centre, The Mellville is 43 floors. Fun fact: the glass sail on this building pushes the height from 122m to 141m—sneaky!

  • Harbour Centre

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    Built in 1977, Harbour Centre stands 146m tall with 45 floors. Fun fact: Harbour Centre is the tallest office building in the city and has a 360 degree viewing deck on the top floor.

  • Shaw Tower

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    Home to Shaw Communications & live/work condos, this 149m building has 41 floors. Fun fact: this building has two separate addresses—one for the commercial units and one for residential.

  • One Wall Centre

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    More commonly known as the Sheraton Wall Centre, this 150m building features a hotel and private residences. Fun fact: this building won the Best New Skyscraper Award in 2001.

  • The Private Residences at Hotel Georgia

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    A registered cultural heritage site, this 158m building has 48 floors. Fun fact: the original building opened in 1927 and was renovated in 2011.

  • Shangri-La Hotel & Residences

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    Standing 201m tall with 62 floors, this building is the 22nd tallest building in Canada and the tallest in YVR. Fun fact: 1000 workers built 1 floor per week during construction.

  • Bonus: Trump Tower

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    Anticipated to be one of Vancouver’s tallest buildings at 188m, this tower will be completed in 2016. Fun fact: designed by Arthur Erikson, the tower was inspired by the Turning Torso in Sweden.

10. Bentall 5: 550 Burrard St.
9. Park Place: 666 Burrard St.
8. Fairmont Pacific Rim: 1038 Canada Pl.
7. Royal Centre: 1055 West Georgia St.
6. The Melville: 1189 Melville St.
5. Harbour Centre: 555 West Hastings St.
4. Shaw Tower: 1067 West Cordova St.
3. One Wall Centre (aka Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre): 1088 Burrard St.
2. The Private Residences at Hotel Georgia: 667 Homer St.
1. Shangri-la: 1128 West Georgia St.

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