Credit: One Water Street

Kelowna's One Water Street project will be B.C.'s first skyscraper outside Metro Vancouver when it's finished

With construction an essential service in B.C., we look up—way up—at some of the structures that are literally raising the profile of our cities

9.4 percent of buildings in B.C. were classified as highrises as of 2016—u23.5 percent since 2011

In Vancouver: 29.3 percent—up 18.5 percent since 2011

In Victoria: 17.9 percent—up 14.1 percent since 2011

In Kelowna: 3.1 percent—u46.3% since 2011

B.C. had 106 existing or under-construction skyscrapers (buildings more than 100 metres tall) as of March.

In Vancouver: 67 existing or under construction; 9 planned

In Burnaby: 24 existing or under construction; 9 planned

In Surrey: existing or under construction; 3 planned

LafargeWestern Pacific Enterprises

Richmond has 1 structure more than 100 metres tall—the Lafarge cement kiln stack, technically rated as a skyscraper at 113 metres.

EmpireClive Hicks/Flickr

1 skyscraper has been demolished in B.C. (Vancouver’s Empire Landmark Hotel, in 2018-19).


13 storeys  Height of Vancouver’s Dominion Building—B.C.’s first steel-frame highrise, and the British Empire’s tallest building when completed in 1910.

WaterOne Water Street

36 storeys Highest tower in the under-construction One Water Street project in Kelowna, which will be B.C.’s first skyscraper outside Metro Vancouver when finished.

Eart TowerPerkins + Will

40 storeys – Height of Canada’s Earth Tower, a proposed skyscraper at 1745 West Broadway in Vancouver that would be the world’s tallest hybrid wood tower.


56 storeys – Proposed height of the tallest of 11 towers in the upcoming Sekw residential development in Vancouver’s Kitsilano neighbourhood.

60 storeys – Height of a proposed tower at 1075 Nelson Street in Vancouver that would become the world’s tallest building to meet hyper-low-energy Passive House standards.

ShangPaul Warchol

62 storeys – Height of Vancouver’s Living Shangri-La, B.C.’s tallest skyscraper, at 201 metres.

Sources: Statistics Canada, Emporis, Vancouver Foundation, Skyscraper Center, City of Vancouver, Vancouver Sun, Global News