The Celebration of Light will officially return to the waters of Vancouver and offer a night of colorful skies for all those watching. The fireworks are scheduled for
- USA – Saturday, July 26: 10pm to 10:25pm.
- France – Wednesday, July 30: 10pm to 10:25pm.
- Japan – Saturday, August 2: 10pm to 10:25pm.
Each night, those in attendance at English Bay and sunset beach can also enjoy SHOREfest’s free outdoor concerts.The Celebration of Light is arguably one of Vancouver’s most popular summer events which makes it hard to find a good spot and view of the fireworks you can comfortably enjoy. Below is a list of the best spots to watch the Vancouver Celebration Of Light and enjoy the colorful skies to the fullest!
Best Spots To Watch The Vancouver Celebration Of Light
English Bay Beach
The obvious location, however English Bay Beach (end of Davie and Denman) offers the best view for the show. Arriving early is a must, it’s typical to find people arriving around noon to enjoy the beach and sticking around until 10 to catch the shows before they leave.
Sunset Beach is situated right off of English Bay Beach. Although it isn’t as popular as English Bay, it still manages to pull in a solid crowd.
Dundarave Pier in West Vancouver
Situated in West Vancouver, the Dundarave Pier is another great viewing point, especially for families!
Vanier Park is located right across the waters from English Bay. It offers a perfect view and makes a great area to comfortably picnic. The park recruits large crowds, but a good choice for those wanting to avoid all the downtown traffic.
On a Boat
If you’re looking for a whole new experience, rent a boat! A lot of boat companies downtown offer fireworks-viewing packages. The boats range from small 4-5 seaters to party boats you can buy tickets for and enjoy the fireworks with others (great for mingling). There’s always that one grandparent or friend with a boat you can borrow too..
The notorious Kitsilano Beach is located just west of Vanier Park and adjacent to English Bay. It’s a great atmosphere and place to catch the fireworks without actually have to go “downtown”. The beach tends to be crowded during the day, but the attendance decreases during the night when people take off for English Bay. You’re guaranteed a spot.
This is hands down one of the most ‘secretive’ spots to watch the fireworks display. It’s a spot that’s increasing in popularity and offers a better view then you’d expect. The point along the bridge you want to get to is the center of the north bridge facing English Bay.
Right next to the Burrard Bridge is the Granville Bridge. The distance is a little further, but you can still score a prime view of the fireworks from the center of the north bridge facing English Bay. It’s also a convenient location for those planning on clubbing after.
There are a few hotels located right on Beach Ave (English Bay) and along the waterfront areas in Kitsilano. The hotels are perfect for someone looking to create a more intimate experience, or just avoid crowds and people in general.
There aren’t too many around the water area in English Bay and Kits, but there are some! The second floor patio at Cactus Club on English Bay and the rooftop on the Boathouse in Kitsilano Beach make excellent spots.
Have a spot you’d like to include in our Best Spots To Watch The Vancouver Celebration Of Light list? Let us know by commenting below!