photo courtesy of b.c. government


The B.C. Canada Pavilion in Beijing is expected to welcome more than 400,000 visitors in five months.


Visitors to B.C.’s pavilion at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing will pass through the hollow bole of a 1,000-year-old Western redcedar and will be greeted by an aboriginal elder recounting the legend of the spirit bear, Premier Gordon Campbell said yesterday.

During a break in a Council of Federation meeting in Vancouver, the premier, joined by Canada’s provincial and territorial leaders, fleshed out plans for B.C. Canada Pavilion in Beijing.

"It will provide visitors with a lasting and vibrant image of where we live," Campbell said.

The pavilion will also tell the story of B.C. and Canada through the five elements of Chinese philosophy — metal, wood, water, fire and earth.

Campbell first unveiled the pavilion during a trip to Beijing in November 2006.

The three-storey, 21,000-square-foot building will be located near Tiananmen Square. It will be open from May to September and is anticipated to draw more than 400,000 people.

The project will cost $14.7 million. The federal government and Tourism B.C. will each spend $3 million toward it.

log-cabin in Turin

  • A log-cabin themed pavilion, erected prior to the 2006 Winter Games in Turin, attracted more than 100,000 visitors and generated the equivalent of $30 million in free advertising.