The Port of Vancouver encompasses 247 km of coastline extending from Point Roberts at the Canada-United States border through Burrard Inlet to Port Moody and Indian Arm. It has one of the world’s finest natural, deep-water harbours and is North America’s gateway for Asia-Pacific trade. The Port is home to for the Vancouver- Alaska cruise, a premier route where passengers experience the natural beauty of the glaciers, mountains, wildlife and culture of America's last frontier. The two main cruise terminals Canada Place and Ballantyne are just 30 minutes from Vancouver International Airport.
It was the opening of the Panama Canal in 1914 that allowed Vancouver’s seaport to compete with the major international ports for global trade; it provided an alternative route to Europe. The federal government established the Harbour Commission in the early 1920s to oversee port development. The Ballantyne Pier was completed in 1923, and became the most technologically advanced port in the British Empire.
Vancouver was also been chosen as the host city for the 2010 Olympics.