The Observation Area at the Vancouver International Airport offers views to the domestic terminal as well as the runways and cascade mountains in the distance.
Opened in the summer of 2009, the Observation Deck at the Vancouver International Airport offers a top level view of the domestic terminals below and the runways across the flat terrain. On beautiful days visitors can even glimpse the Cascade Mountains in the distance. The aim of the Observation Deck is to teach visitors about the airport, its functions, its history and offers an unparallelled view.
Visitors of all ages can ascend to the Observation Area which sits three stories above ground level. The deck encompasses tables and chairs for airport employees and visitors to eat at and floor to ceiling windows to watch planes taking off or landing or just to enjoy the beautiful views. The Observation Area has many information boards about the different functions in the airport as well as cutouts of different airplanes to help identify them, a scale model of Sea Island on which the Vancouver International Airport is built upon and interactive computers.
One of the most interesting additions to the Observation Area are the binoculars placed at different heights for both adults and children to look through. Visitors can spot baggage being loaded on planes, landing planes or even shipping vessels making their way to English Bay to wait to be unloaded. Lucky viewers can spot birds of prey which are trained to chase birds away from runways.
The Vancouver International Airport Observation Area is a fun interactive and interesting place to learn about the airport, hang out while waiting for someone to arrive or to depart on your own trip, or just to relax and watch the daily operations of this world class locale in action.
Use the interactive map below to locate and explore the areas around Vancouver International Airport Observation AreaInside the Vancouver International Airport (YVR) go to the food court found at the domestic terminal - take the escalator up to the Observation Area
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