Officially, the event is called the “Honda Celebration of Light,” but around these parts, we just call it the “fireworks.” Beyoncé-style, this is a festival that just needs a one-word name, because while we’re sure that you’ve seen some lovely displays in your home town, Vancouver fireworks put your fireworks to shame. Seriously, up to 400,000 people flood into the city on each of the nights to take in these masterful spectacles.
Held over three summer nights, Saturday July 23, Wednesday July 27, and Saturday July 30, Honda Celebration of Light sees three countries do battle for fireworks supremacy with shows that are choreographed to broadcasted music. That’s right – Vancouver fireworks are an international competition. This has also had the consequence of turning Vancouverites into a city of opinionated, unofficial fireworks judges. (Interested in how you go about judging such a thing? Read this.)
This year is the 25th anniversary of the festival, and 2015’s contenders are The Netherlands, Australia (no slouches in the “loud and colourful celebrations” department), and the USA (who we believe to know a little about “bombs bursting in air.”) At 10pm on each of the nights, fireworks are set off from a barge sitting out in English Bay, which means that they can be seen from shores around the city. The easiest way to take them in is to pack a picnic dinner and head down to the waterfront – anywhere along English Bay works, but Vanier Park over in Kits Point is also a favourite. Roads are closed off, so choose somewhere you can easily walk to.
If you’re looking for a fancier way to enjoy the Vancouver fireworks, there are an abundance of paid options, starting with the family-friendly YVR Observation Deck, through to The Keg Lounge with hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. Looking for super-fancy? Take it to the water and rent a boat!
Along with all of the chrysanthemums, peonies and horsetails you can handle, the festival also runs alongside the Sunset Beach Festival which includes live music stages, food, entertainment and giveaways down on English Bay on fireworks nights.
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At The Burrard, we love rainbows. Which is a good thing because, sitting on the edge of downtown Vancouver’s West End neighbourhood, we’re in a prime spot to enjoy the shenanigans that are part of the Vancouver Pride Parade and Festival!
As the Fresh Prince would decree, it’s “summer, summer, summertime!” You could easily while away your time in Vancouver with absolutely nothing planned, content to loll around on the beach, cruise the city’s bike paths, and roam the mean streets in search of the best gelato. But should you be looking for things to do in Vancouver, this is what we recommend: barbecue, rocking out and cheering on the waterfront.
RAILTOWN TAILGATE SUMMER BARBECUE SERIES
To quote our friend, the Fresh Prince, a second time, if you’re like him and the “smell from a grill could spark up nostalgia,” then Railtown Café’s monthly tailgate parties are the way to go! Their chefs fire up their custom built barbecue barrel and dish up plates of slow-smoked brisket and pork shoulder, and beer-brined chicken and sausage. Tickets are $19 per person, with a vegetarian option for $13, including sides and a drink.
June 11, July 9, August 13 & September 17; railtowncafe.ca
Let’s face it, you’re not going to do the Scotiabank Half Marathon just to bang out 21.1 km and get a souvenir t-shirt. You could do that any day of the week around your own neighbourhood. Heck, you could do it on a treadmill. No, the reason to do any organized run is a combination of being part of a common effort by like-minded people, and the course itself.READ MORE
It’s no secret that Vancouver is a tourism hotspot – the city receives over 9 million visitors each year! And while a good number of them come from across Canada and throughout the United States, about 1.5 million of those visitors are from international markets. So along with the fantastic North American media guests that The Burrard gets to host each year, we also welcome travel writers, bloggers, and broadcasters from around the world. Which leads to (you guessed it!) lots of fantastic travel articles in far-flung places that show some love to The Burrard!