Best Spots to Watch the Celebration of Light Fireworks

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Vancouver’s annual fireworks event, the Celebration of Light competition, is back this weekend! Every year, different countries compete with a dazzling array of pyrotechnics over English Bay. This year, the schedule is as follows:

Saturday, July 27th, 2013: United Kingdom
Wednesday, July 31st, 2013: Canada
Saturday, August 3rd, 2013: Thailand

But the Celebration of Light is more than just fireworks. In addition to being the largest offshore fireworks competition in the world, the fireworks are preceded by SHOREfest, a live music concert series, and an airshow featuring pilot Pete McLeod. So where’s the best place to take in all the action?

English Bay Beach
The best view is arguably from English Bay Beach at the end of Davie and Denman Street. Here is where you can catch headliners Serena RyderDaniel Wesley, and Mother Mother playing before the fireworks begin, and nearby vendors, restaurants, and washrooms make the location prime. However, be prepared for huge crowds. Arriving early to stake out a spot is a necessity, while driving is not an option. Use Translink to find out about bus route and stop changes during the fireworks and plan accordingly.

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Winter Wander in Vanier Park – Saturday, January 26

Vanier Park is known for being more than a park. It’s the home of the Museum of Vancouver, Maritime Museum, Vancouver Academy of Music and the city’s archives. It’s also a prime spot to fly a kite, go for a serene walk or take in a Shakespearean play at Bard on the Beach. This Saturday, for just $5, everyone is welcome to take in all the attractions and become more familiar with this scenic and culture-crammed gem. (Added bonus: students with Vancouver Academy of Music will be performing at each of the venues. ) To help you get a head start, we’ve rounded up a few nuggets of information about the spots that make Vanier Park a haven of activity.

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Food carts in Vancouver parks by summer 2012?

Photo Credit: Flickr | Kris Krug for Tourism Vancouver

More breaking news for Vancouver’s restless food cart scene: The Vancouver park board is set to vote on a food cart pilot program for Vancouver parks Monday, March 26. If the votes goes through, food carts will appear in highly-visible, trial locations this summer including the info booth in Stanley Park, Bloedel Conservatory in Queen Elizabeth Park and next to the Burrard Marina in Vanier Park.

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See all Vanier Park Museums for $5: Winter Wander on Dec 3

Vanier Park - Vancouver

When it comes to Vancouver green spaces, Stanley Park tends to hog the limelight.  Once in a while, Queen Elizabeth Park might get a mention in the guidebooks or maybe VanDusen Garden.  But one park that’s perennially underappreciated – even by locals – is Vanier Park.

If you’re scratching your head and wondering where exactly Vanier Park is, then that probably proves my point.  Kitsilano‘s largest park, Vanier stretches all the way from the Burrard Street Bridge to Kits Beach at the mouth of False Creek.  It’s a seaside, rolling expanse of green hills, little forested knolls, ponds, seawall and beaches.  It’s rarely crowded, even at the height of summer, and offers great views of downtown (Can you tell I’m a fan?).

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See all Vanier Park Museums for $5: Winter Wander on Dec 3

Vancouver’s First BMX / Mountain Bike Park Opens in Vanier Park

Vancouver’s first public bike park opened October 2, 2010, at Kitsilano’s Vanier Park. Designed for BMXers and mountain bikers by Earth Ramp Bike Parks, the $60,000 bike park features tracks and dirt jumps of varying levels, including beginner, intermediate and expert tracks. There’s also a small pump track that will be expanded in the future as well as a spectator area.

Check out the dirt jumps at Vanier Park’s new park in this vid from BMXer Chris Donahue:

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