The Air Traffic Control Tower is not only vital to the safe and efficient operation of YVR, but also integral to the identity of the airport. If you're driving over the No. 2 Road Bridge or cruising down Grant McConachie Way towards the terminal, the iconic tower stands out against the sky line and the iconic silhouette announces YVR to the world. Opened in 1996, the tower is home to dedicated NAV Canada controllers who monitor and direct the incoming and outgoing aircraft safely and efficiently. Standing at more than 19 storeys high (approx. 205 feet) YVR's tower is built to withstand an earthquake with a 7.2 magnitutde on the Richter scale and is the second-tallest ATC tower in Canada (behind YYC).