Vancouver’s Celebration of Light Fireworks – Spectacular displays from Aus, Mex, Phil. Discover the best spots to witness the magic! July 22, 26, 29 – Don’t miss it!
I have watched the fireworks celebration for many years, and even though sitting in front of them at English Bay or having a boat close by could be the best spot, let me tell you, it is not. Boats or restaurants cost money.
Having a friend living in the English Bay area might be lucky, but you won’t be able to avoid the horrible crowd.
There are a lot of people, and I don’t know about you, but I can’t handle big crowds anymore since COVID times. So, what’s the solution if you want to watch the fireworks? In this post, I’ll tell you my favourite spot in this post.
The 2023 Celebration of Light is set to paint the skies of Vancouver with vibrant colours and breathtaking fireworks displays from three incredible teams representing Australia, Mexico, and the Philippines.
With the event taking place on July 22, 26, and 29, the city is brimming with excitement and anticipation for the mesmerizing performances that will light up English Bay.
I will tell you places to watch them and at the end my favourite spot.
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The iconic English Bay waterfront will be the central hub for witnessing the awe-inspiring fireworks displays.
Find a cozy spot along the shoreline or claim a spot in the nearby parks and promenades to enjoy an unobstructed view of the dazzling night sky.
For those seeking a more upscale experience, the Inukshuk Point offers a unique outdoor dining experience featuring cuisine from competing countries each night.
With tickets priced at $191 per person for adults, this exclusive setup provides both delectable food and an excellent view of the fireworks.
Consider securing tickets for the Scotiabank Lounge ($160 per person) or the Concord Pacific Grandstand (tickets starting at $62.70). These ticketed areas offer designated spaces with prime views of the fireworks, making for a memorable and comfortable experience.
Head to Kitsilano and be captivated by this unforgettable event’s mesmerizing visuals and electrifying atmosphere.
Before each fireworks performance, Red Bull will thrill the audience with an exhilarating air show starting at 7:40 p.m. This exciting display of aviation prowess will add to the anticipation leading up to the main event.
Head over to Morton Park next to English Bay, where you can enjoy performances from various Mexican musicians and dancers on July 26 and Filipino groups and musicians on July 29.
The lively cultural showcases will heighten the festive atmosphere.
a) Mobile Food Vendors on Beach Avenue:
Indulge in a diverse array of delicious treats from 18 mobile food vendors lining Beach Avenue, offering an array of mouthwatering options, including popular choices like Japadog and Aloha Poke.
If you find yourself at Kitsilano’s Vanier Park, satisfy your taste buds with the food trucks and carts that will be serving up delectable fare during the festivities.
To avoid traffic congestion, organizers recommend utilizing public transportation.
Burrard Station and the Yaletown-Roundhouse Station are the closest SkyTrain stations to the festival.
Additionally, several buses travel along Georgia Street to Denman, with the #6 bus route connecting Granville Street to Denman Street.
Plan ahead if you’re driving or cycling, as there will be bike lane detours and partial road closures on Beach Avenue, starting at 9 a.m. each event day.
Restricted vehicle access for non-residents of the West End will also be in place from 7 p.m. daily.
Celebration of Light, My favourite Spot
Located on Spanish Banks Beach along Northwest Marine Dr west of Tolmie St, it consists of three sections: east, west, and extension.
At low tide, the water is one kilometre offshore.
My favourite spot is on the end of the east side, near the boat club. It’s less crowded (70% fewer people) than English Bay or Kitsilano.
Arrive 1 hr early with a blanket, snacks, a radio for music, and a tripod for better photos. Bring a hoodie for chilly weather. Parking is not hard to find, but the later you arrive, the farther you may have to walk.
Plenty of free parking is available. If you take public transportation, it’s not far from 4th Avenue in the Point Grey area. Here are some photos from my last celebration of lights. Enjoy!
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