Giant Beavers Return: Canada Day 2012 Party at Canada Place, July 1

The beavers are back.

Remember the three-storey-tall, inflatable, buck-toothed critters from the 2010 Olympic Closing Ceremony?   They’re back for a special appearance at the 2012 Canada Day Celebrations at Canada Place on July 1.

But you can expect more than just beavers at this party.

In honour of Canada’s 145th birthday, Canada Place (downtown’s waterfront convention complex) is throwing the city’s biggest bash.  It’s a full day (10 a.m-11 p.m.) of live music from Juno-award winners, street food galore, interactive exhibitions, a huge parade and – to top it all off – a dazzling, two-barge fireworks show in Burrard Inlet.

Planning to check out the fun? Here are some can’t-miss highlights:

Photo credit: Canada Place

  • Free Music: Vancouver’s own Spirit of the West headlines a line-up of all-star talent from across Canada and around the world.  Other acts include Cuban sensation Alex Cuba, West African guitarist Alpha Yaya Diallo and the immortal Dal Richards.  The setting for the music – a stage at Canada Place overlooking the Burrard Inlet and North Shore Mountains – couldn’t be sweeter.
  • Interactive Exhibitions: Stroll down Canuck Road (Canada Place Way) for some tongue-in-cheek Canadiana, including the West Coast Lumberjack Show and those giant Olympic beavers (who will be available for photos).  Or visit the Northwest Territories Dome, a 20-meter-high geodesic bubble showcasing all the adventure of Canada’s Far North.  Other highlights include the Great Canadian Art Experience, where you can create your own digital graffiti and origami.

Photo credit: Canada Place

  • Canada Day Parade: West Georgia and Burrard Streets are literally lined with flag-waving spectators for this annual procession – featuring marching bands, community groups and a whole lot of maple leaves.  The parade kicks off at 7 p.m. and winds its way from West Georgia Street back to Canada Place.

  • Burrard Inlet Fireworks:  Starting at 10:30 p.m., two separate barges launch some impressive pyrotechnics high above Burrard Inlet.  With the North Shore Mountains as backdrop, it’s a stunning show, attended by some 450,000 people.  Prime viewing spots include Canada Place and nearby Coal Harbour, as well as Stanley Park, West Vancouver and North Vancouver.  Wanna skip the crowds?  For $10, adults can reserve a front-row space at Canada Place (kids 12-and-under are free when accompanied by parents).

Been to Canada Day at Canada Place before?  Got any tips on seeing the fireworks? Love giant inflatable beavers?  Let us know!

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