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Where to Watch The Canada Day Fireworks in British Columbia

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Where to Watch The Canada Day Fireworks in British Columbia

Whenever someone talks about going to see the fireworks on Canada Day, it’s naturally assumed that the fireworks show in question is the one held down by Canada Place near Burrard Inlet. But in fact there are light extravaganza shows going on throughout the Lower Mainland that are not exclusive to downtown Vancouver and that are just as worthwhile to check out.

If you’re in the neighbourhood on Canada Day, consider these alternative options for getting your fireworks kicks off.

Where to Watch The Canada Day Fireworks in British Columbia


Abbotsford (Abbotsford Exhibition Park at 10:00 pm)

If you’re in Abbotsford on Canada Day, you might as well stay in Abbotsford for Canada Day. With a parade that starts at 11 AM that sets off from Ware Street to Tretheway Street and Maclude, and a Family Festival that begins at 1 PM at the exhibition park, you’ve got an odd hour or two until the day’s celebrations are tied off neatly with fireworks at the park.

Please note that MaClure Road between Tretheway Street and Gladwin Road is scheduled to close from 8 PM – 2 AM for fireworks.



Langley (Willoughby Community Park, beside the Langley Events Centre at 10:00 pm)

Langley’s festivities take place from June 28th to July 1st, a testament to the popular and successful Canada Day celebrations Langley is host to, not to mention their knack for attracting tens of thousands of people from surrounding communities to join in on the fun.


This year makes a small change to the fireworks show where it will only be seen on July 1st. Lasting fifteen minutes, and set to a cover by Elton John and Billy Joel’s track “The Piano Man”, it will be one not to miss out on.



Surrey (Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre at 10:15 pm)

With a variety of diverse performers taking the stage before the fireworks display, the city of Surrey wears its sponsors proudly on its sleeves. Fireworks start at 10:15 PM above the Chevron Main Stage, and that’s probably where you should park your keister sometime during closer Matthew Good’s set in order to reserve your spot for the best views in the amphitheatre for a fireworks bonanza.



Whistler (Skier’s Plaza at 10:15 pm)

 Like Langley, Whistler will participate in a four-day lead-up to Canada Day starting on June 28th. With street entertainment, local art walking tours, a parade from Town Plaza to Mountain Square, not to mention a performance by the Vancouver Symphonic Orchestra as part of Whistler Presents: Outdoor Concert Series, the day is chockfull of events that build towards a happy ending of fireworks at Skier’s Plaza.


Vancouver (Burrard Inlet at 10:30pm)

This list wouldn’t be complete if we didn’t list the obvious Vancouver fireworks show. Expect to see fireworks from two barges – one near Canada Place in downtown and the other near Dundarave in West Vancouver. There will also be lots of activities throughout the day beginning at 11:00am.




Written by: Irene Lo
Photo Credit: Times Colonist

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