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Canada Day fireworks celebrations in Metro Vancouver

Canada Day fireworks in Vancouver

Celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday with the festivities in and around Coal Harbour. From performers on the mainstage to citizenship ceremonies. And don’t miss the fireworks.

Location : Canada Place, Jack Poole Plaza, and surrounding area
When: July 1 – fireworks at 10:30 pm

Vancouver Fireworks
Vancouver Fireworks

North Shore

The fireworks near Canada Place be visible to North Vancouver residents

Canada Day fireworks in West Vancouver
Off the shores of Ambleside as part of the twin display.

Location : John Lawson Park – 17th Street, West Vancouver
When: July 1 – fireworks start at 10:30 pm

Canada Day fireworks in Surrey 

Surrey’s Canada Day celebrations is at Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre, and features performances from morning until midnight. The headliner this year is Hedley, which will be followed by fireworks.

Location : Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre, 176 Street & 64th Avenue, Surrey
When: July 1 – fireworks start at 10:30 pm.

Canada Day fireworks in Burnaby

The City of Burnaby will be letting off fireworks following a huge free concert at Swangard Stadium. The gates at Swangard open at 5 pm and the fireworks grand finale commences at dusk.

Location : Swangard Stadium – 3883 Imperial Street, Burnaby
When: July 1 – gates open at 5 pm, fireworks start at dusk

Canada Day fireworks in Coquitlam

Coquitlam will be celebrating with a fireworks spectacular at 10 pm in Town Centre Park on Canada Day. Preceding that will be a free community festival with live music and food.

Location : Town Centre Park – Pipeline Road, Coquitlam
When: July 1 – fireworks start at 10 pm

Canada Day fireworks in Port Coquitlam

Port Coquitlam’s Canada Day involves family friendly fun, along with a fireworks show at dusk.

Location : Castle Park – 2252 Castle Crescent, Port Coquitlam
When: July 1 – fireworks start at dusk

Canada Day fireworks in Delta

Delta will be showing off their fireworks prowess in Chalmers Park this Canada Day, following a full day event with crafts and food.

Location : 11400 76A Avenue, North Delta
When: July 1; 5:30 to 10:45 pm

Canada Day fireworks in White Rock

More than 25,000 people turn out each year to visit the waterfront on July 1. A day of fun is followed up with fireworks at dusk.

Location : Semiahmoo Bay, West Beach, White Rock
When: July 1 – fireworks start at 10:15 pm

Canada Day fireworks in New Westminster

Live music, kids activities and fireworks over the Fraser River are what you can expect at New Westminster’s Canada Day celebrations.

Location : Downtown New Westminster waterfront between River Market and the Inn by the Quay
When: July 1 – fireworks start at 10 pm

Best Western Sands Vancouver Dining

The Park At English Bay

The Park at English Bay located in the Best Western Sands is the West End’s neighbourhood gastropub – fresh meats, sustainable seafood, and locally sourced produce has been coupled with an evolving beer program that showcases 25 taps featuring local craft beers, along with an extensive BC wine list.
The restaurant offers full breakfast service, weekend brunch, lunch, dinner, and late night snacks, with nightly entertainment and all your favourite sports on our various big screen TVs and displays.

Best Western Sands Vancouver The Park At English Bay
Best Western Sands Vancouver The Park At English Bay

Everyday 4-6 All Drink Specials

Bayside Lounge

The Bayside Lounge is located in the Best Western Sands With world famous English Bay as its backdrop, the Bayside Lounge is Vancouver’s most cherished cocktail lounge, nestled above the bustling corner at Davie and Denman. This unique venue features a sunken circular bar with a panoramic ocean view, legendary cocktail list and tapas-style menu. Open from noon daily until 2am on weeknights and 3am on weekends. Resident DJs every night and no cover!

The Bayside Lounge Best Western Sands
The Bayside Lounge Best Western Sands

Everyday 3-6
$4 Wine Beer
Appy Hour Menu

Late Night Happy Hour
Mon- Thurs 9:30-10:30
$3 Hiballs
$3.5 Wine
$4 Draft

Best Western Sands Hotel Vancouver
1755 Davie Street
Vancouver, British Columbia
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New Year’s Eve in Vancouver

True North NYE
Vancouver’s official New Year’s Eve Party is the ultimate multi-room experience. Headlined by The Sheepdogs.  Also includes premium viewing of the fireworks shows at 9 p.m. and midnight. • Vancouver Convention Centre West, Canada Place • Dec. 31 • $129,

NYE 2017
Slow Jam Sunday’s sexy dirty dance party with your favorite slow jams spun by The Boyscouts. • Commodore Ballroom, 868 Granville St. • Doors 9 p.m. • $40,

Illuminate NYE 2016
Feel like a movie star as you enter on a red carpet. Once inside, you’ll be welcomed by a complimentary Ciroc drink where you can enjoy music from DJs in two different rooms. • Opus Hotel, 322 Davie St. • $50,

Bonnie Scott AC/DC Tribute NYE Party
Ring in the New Year and kick 2016 to the curb with Bonnie Scott AC/DC Tribute, Japanese Cowboy Ween Tribute and Sabotage. • Pat’s Pub, 403 E. Hastings St. • Dec. 31, 8 p.m. • $12/$15, Zulu, Red Cat, HighLife,

Prohibition New Year’s Eve Party
Celebrate the start of 2017 in style with live entertainment from The Wonders and DJ Myles Bigelow Duo. Follow the green light, descend the stairs and enjoy the decadence and glamour of when speakeasies thrived. Enjoy a complimentary coupe of champagne and an extensive cocktail and drinks menu. • Prohibition at Rosewood Hotel Georgia, 801 W. Georgia St. • Doors 8 p.m. • $45+,, 604-673-7089

Black Wizard & Black Breath – New Years Eve
Vancouver and Seattle riff-heavy metal bands co-headline NYE at the Rickshaw. With guests Hasteroid, DJ’s Cam Pipes and Joel James Loewen. • 254 E. Hastings St. • Doors 7 p.m. • $18.50,, Neptoon, Red Cat,

Elements Casino NYE
Ring in the New Year with a buffet dinner and live music by the band Atlantic Crossing. • Elements Casino, 17755 60th Ave., Surrey • Dec. 31, 7 p.m. • Dinner + show/$49.95, show only/$10,

Burton Cummings
Canadian icon and lead singer and songwriter of the band The Guess Who will perform his string of hits. • Dec. 29: Molson Canadian Theatre at Hard Rock Casino Vancouver, $89.50/$99.50, | Dec. 31: River Rock Casino Resort, Richmond, $119.50,

QuiRING in the New Year
The Quiring Chamber Players return for their 9th annual New Year’s Eve celebration. Collaborating with violinist Jennie Press and cellist Janet Steinberg, from the Vancouver Symphony, this show will include works by Beethoven, Gershwin and Dvorak. • Evergreen Cultural Centre, 1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam • Show 8 p.m. • $16, $36, $40, 604-927-6555,

New Year’s at the Hotel Vancouver
For the fourth year in a row, Arrival is back with another legendary multi-room party at the iconic Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. Each of the hotel’s ballrooms will boast unique programming where you can expect a mix of DJs, musicians, performers, and so much more. • Fairmont Hotel Vancouver •

NYE 2017 Waterfront Gala Ball
Two rooms: The Grand Ballroom will feature California DJ Ryan Live and DJ Downlowe, and the Ice Bar will see DJ TBA and guests spinning the best classics. Includes appetizers, champagne toast, a photo booth, red carpet media wall and more. Ages 25+ • Fairmont Waterfront, 900 Canada Place • $140,

Cirque Gala NYE 2017
Ring in the New Year in style at this multi-level nightclub. The event features house and hip hop DJs, Cirque performance artists, and champagne at midnight. • Fivesixty Nightclub, 560 Seymour St. • $50/$65,

Fortune Sound NYE 2017
Ring in the New Year with Sailor Gerry + DJ Seko x DJ Marvel of The Freshest and host Dkay. Includes a balloon drop, party favours, free bubbly at midnight and confetti cannons. • Fortune Sound Club, 147 E. Pender St. • Doors 10 p.m. • $20,

Frontliner – New Year’s Eve
Ring in the New Year with punk, dance/electronic DJ and producer, Frontliner. • Harbour Event Centre, 750 Pacific Blvd. • 10 p.m. • $50,

Hazelmere: News Years Eve Gala
This NYE gala will feature party favours, a deluxe dinner buffet, dancing in all three rooms and a champagne toast at midnight. • Hazelmere Golf & Tennis Club, 18150 8th Ave., Surrey • Doors 7 p.m. • $75, 604-538-1212,

NYE 2017: Glitz & Glamour Gala
Dinner and dance party features four parties in one, with eight DJs, and two dinner bands. • Hilton Vancouver Metrotown, 6083 McKay Ave., Burnaby • Dec. 31, doors 6 p.m. • Dinner + dance/$99, dance only/$60 at,

Carnival NYE ‘17
A Latin American-themed New Year’s Eve celebration, featuring DJs from Mexico, Spain and South America. • Lux Lounge, 1180 Howe St. •

Party 2017 with Loverboy
Ring in the New Year with this iconic Canadian rock band. • Molson Canadian Theatre at Hard Rock Casino Vancouver, 2080 United Blvd., Coquitlam • $149.50,,

Jubilee Hall New Year’s Extravaganza
Dance to a mix of live country, southern and classic rock music provided by the Ken McCoy Band, and enjoy a buffet-style dinner. Includes party favours and champagne at midnight. • 7989 Bradner Rd., Abbotsford • Doors 6:30 p.m. • $40,

Magic Yacht Tours: New Year’s Eve Cruise
Enjoy a meal while sailing aboard the Magic Charm and take in the city sparkle as you sail around the Vancouver Harbour. Dance the night away to live music and countdown to the New Year with a glass of bubbly and a fireworks display. • Westin Bayshore Marina, 1602 Bayshore Dr. • Dec. 31, boards at 9 p.m. • $137, 778-886-9792,

The Golden Age NYE 2017
Ring in 2017 in style at this black tie event. Features five world class DJs, four bars, VIP areas serving canapes, and more. • Roof Garten, 670 Smithe St. • Dec. 31, 9 p.m. • $30+,

Telus World of Science New Years Eve 2017
Two floors with two rooms of music, featuring six of the top DJs in Vancouver, plus insane party special effects, including top sound and lighting systems, and one of the biggest countdowns in the city. • Telus World of Science, 1455 Quebec St. • 9 p.m. • $100/$85,

New Years Eve Extravaganza Club Crawl 2017
All aboard the party bus! Get ready to take a wild ride to four of the hottest nightclubs in town. • Dec. 31, check-in between 5:30-6:30 p.m. • tickets at

New Year’s Eve Murder Mystery Dinner & Dance
NYE-themed murder mystery during cocktails and dinner, featuring seven professional actors dispersed amongst the guests incognito…until all hell breaks loose. Includes a four-course dinner, live music and a DJ after the show. • Brock House Restaurant, 3875 Point Grey Rd. • Dec. 31 • $147, 604-224-3317,

Final Countdown to Midnight with Brian ‘Elvis’ Simpson
Ring in 2017 with the King! Features dazzling costumes and dozens of Elvis hits, plus a 50/50 draw and a raffle. • Admiral Pub & Grill, 4125 E. Hastings St., Burnaby • 9 p.m. • No cover charge, 604-298-7158,

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Family Friendly New Year’s Eve in Vancouver 2016


Concord’s NYE Vancouver
The largest New Year’s Eve party in Vancouver. Features free live musical entertainment, sponsor exhibitions, food trucks, live on-site broadcasts, a family fireworks display for families with young children, and a midnight countdown with fireworks over Coal Harbour. • Burrard Landing and Coal Harbour • 6:30 p.m. • Free,

Fraser Valley First Night 2017
Come out and enjoy some family-friendly New Year’s Eve fun. Features fireworks, a balloon drop midway rides, face painting, bouncy castles, live entertainment and more. • TRADEX, 1190 Cornell St., Abbotsford • Dec. 31, doors 5 p.m. • $15/$12,

Mount Seymour: Family First Night
Enjoy snow tubing and tobogganing, take in live entertainment and a magic show, watch a fire spinning routine, enjoy snowshoeing along lantern lit tails to a chocolate fondue, plus an early countdown with fireworks and party favours at 9 p.m. • Mount Seymour, North Van • Dec. 31, 6-9 p.m. •

NYE at Castle Fun Park
A family-friendly celebration featuring face painting, a holiday movie, door prizes, party favours, hot chocolate and cookies, and balloon drops at 9 p.m. and midnight. • Hwy 1 & Exit 95 at Whatcom Rd., Abbotsford • Dec. 31 • 604-850-0411,

Whistler New Year’s Eve Celebration
A family-style celebration where your wristband gives you access to multiple ticketed venues full of entertainment, games, kids countdowns, crafts and activities. Ice skating in Whistler Olympic Plaza and a Fire & Ice Show round out the evening. • Multiple venues in Whistler Village • Dec. 31, 6 p.m.-midnight •

The Family-Friendly New Year’s Eve Variety Show: Celebrate with family and friends at this NYE variety show. Experience circus acrobats, magic and one of Vancouver’s biggest balloon drops. Appropriate for all ages, yet not just for kids. • Norman Rothstein Theatre, 950 W. 41st Ave. • Dec. 31, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., $25+ at

New Year’s Eve Pizza Party
A fun and relaxing New Year’s Eve with dinner and entertainment for the kids including face painting, balloon twisting, pizza making and an early New Year’s count down. Rocky Mountain Flatbread Kitsilano: 4 p.m. and 6:15 p.m., 604-730-0321 | Rocky Mountain Flatbread Main Street: 4-7:30 p.m., 604-566 9779 • Rocky Mountain Flatbread locations • Dec. 31 • $25/adult, $20/child,

Canada’s 150th birthday at the largest New Year’s Eve party in Vancouver

Celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday at the largest New Year’s Eve party in Vancouver on December 31, 2016

Situated along Canada Place Way from Howe Street to Thurlow Street at Burrard Landing, Concord’s New Year’s Eve Vancouver on December 31, 2016 is downtown Vancouver’s only waterfront celebration to ring in 2017.

It features free live musical entertainment, sponsor exhibitions, over 20 food trucks, live on-site broadcasts, a Family Fireworks display for families with young children, and a Midnight Countdown with spectacular fireworks over Coal Harbour.

Last year’s inaugural event attracted over 80,000 people, making it Canada’s largest New Year’s Eve event in terms of attendance.

This year’s event, kicking off at 6:30 pm, is officially part of the federal government’s Canada 150 festivities celebrating the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation.  … more

Hotels near Canada Place

Coast Coal Harbour Hotel
By Canada Place

Westin Bayshore Hotel Vancouver
Resort and Marina at the entrance to Stanley Park and Canada Place

Pinnacle Vancouver Harbor Front Hotel 
Near the Canada Place

Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel Vancouver
Luxury Hotel a few short blocks to the Canada Place

Shangri La Hotel Vancouver
Luxury Hotel with an easy walk to the Canada Place

Fairmont Waterfront Hotel
Across the street from the Vancouver Canada Place

Loden Hotel Vancouver
Top Rated Luxury Hotel steps from the Canada Place

Delta Vancouver Hotel
An all suite Hotel near Vancouver Convention Centre

Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver
Luxury Hotel right at Canada Place Vancouver

St Regis Hotel Vancouver
Boutique Hotel a few blocks from Canada Place

Hyatt Regency Hotel Vancouver
Large full service Hotel a few short blocks away

Ramada Limited Vancouver Downtown
affordable hotel near Canada Place

Days Inn Vancouver
affordable accommodations near the Canada Place

Le Soleil Hotel Vancouver
Boutique Hotel a few blocks from Canada Place

Marriott Vancouver Pinnacle Hotel
near the Canada Place and Convention Center Vancouver

Vancouver Metropolitan Hotel
luxury near Canada Place and the Convention Center Vancouver

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Christmas Light displays in Greater Vancouver

During the Holiday Season home owners take the chance to light up their homes in a Festive Christmas fashion.

Here is a list of addresses and maps of some of the most popular Christmas Light displays in Greater Vancouver.

Many of them have connections to charitable organisations and are grateful if you can donate to their worthy cause.

Map to Light displays in Greater Vancouver

Stanley Park
Stanley Park

Halloween in Vancouver

Halloween in Vancouver is one of the better times of the year as the tree lined streets become a bit scarier as we approach October 31. From ghostly activities to haunted houses,here are some of the Highlights of Halloween in Vancouver.

The Zombie Syndrome Theatre Adventure
an “interactive theatre adventure” that happens outside; this year, the production moves from Downtown Vancouver to Granville Island. Audience members find clues to stop a zombie plague, all while outrunning the walking dead!

Fright Nights at the PNE
The most popular Vancouver Halloween attraction is undoubtedly Fright Nights at the PNE. During Fright Nights, the PNE’s Playland amusement park becomes a thrill park, with themed rides, creepy attractions, and seven seriously haunted houses.

Pumpkin Patch at Richmond Country Farms
Want to run through a pumpkin patch for Halloween in Vancouver? Richmond Country Farm is located just 20 minutes south of Vancouver and is home to the area’s most famous pumpkin patch, plus a corn maze, animals, and more.

Stanley Park Ghost Train
The ride takes visitors past creative and (gently) spooky tableaux created by the amazing performers of Mortal Coil, which, though aimed at kids 10 and under, are fun for the whole family.

Vancouver Haunted Trolley Tours
Aimed at visitors 13 and older, Vancouver Haunted Trolley Tours explore Vancouver’s creepiest spots, including Mountain View Cemetery and the autopsy room of the Vancouver Police Museum.

The Valley Haunt
This haunted house in North Vancouver has evolved from a neighbourhood haunt to a popular Halloween attraction. Geared towards kids over 8 (and adults!), this year’s haunt has themed rooms, including “Valley View Cemetery,” “Dr. Dume’s Research Lab,” “CarnEVIL,” and “Zombie Casino.”

Glow in the Garden – Halloween at VanDusen Botanical Garden
NEW for 2016: Gorgeous VanDusen Botanical Garden–which famously puts on one of Vancouver’s best light displays every winter with its Festival of Lights–celebrates Halloween with the brand-new-for-2016 Glow in the Garden, a kid-friendly event that includes light decorations, “ghoulish music, and glowing pumpkin characters created by award-winning carvers Clive Cooper and Bruce Waugh.”

Haunted Village at the Burnaby Village Museum
The Burnaby Village Museum–an outdoor 1900s village–celebrates Halloween with a Witch’s Ball, Circus Sideshow, and carousel rides, ideal for kids 10 and under. Bring the kids in costume!

Halloweenie at the Granville Island Kids Market
One of the few free Vancouver Halloween Attractions for Kids, the annual Halloweenie party at Granville Island’s famous Kids Market includes a Halloween Balloon Hunt, crafts, games, and a free hotdog and beverage for kids who come in their costumes

Potter’s House of Horrors
The House of Horrors at 12530 72nd Avenue, Surrey is a professional presentation in a labyrinth like walk through of approximately 9,000 square feet. It consists of several rooms and displays connected together by dark twisty hallways.

Halloween in Vancouver
Halloween in Vancouver

Vancouver Hotels and Accommodations Rates, Reviews and Recommendations

Most hotels in Vancouver are located downtown and just about any thing you want to do you can walk to. The streets are very safe and downtown is filled with many Hotels and residential high rises so there is an abundance of shopping, restaurants, theatre and night life as well as both major sports venues.

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Gastown Vancouver

With in easy walking distance from most any hotel downtown, this historic neighbourhood was Ranks #4 in the World for Stylish Neighbourhoods.  Gastown’s blocks are full of gorgeous Victorian buildings . It offers a mix of cool boutique fashion shops, interior design stores, restaurants, nightclubs, and real estate.

Historic Gastown is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Vancouver. Conveniently located within walking distance of Canada Place in the heart of Vancouver. Gastown is famous for its cobblestone streets, its excellent restaurants, it’s steam clock, and its shops.

Hotels in Gastown are located just a few blocks away and are easily accessible on foot ranging from a 5 minute walk to a 20 minute walk from most major hotels in downtown Vancouver.

Closest Hotels Gastown
Pan Pacific Hotel
Coast Coal Harbour Hotel
Days Inn Vancouver
Delta Suites Hotel Vancouver
Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel
Fairmont Waterfront Hotel
Ramada Limited Vancouver
St Regis Hotel

To the west is the spectacular Canada Place, it is an easy five minute walk from the Cruise Ship Terminal or the Trade & Convention Centre. To the east where Gastown and Chinatown meet is the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden. To the south are BC Place Stadium,  Rogers Arena and International Village.

Gastown is easily accessible by Skytrain, Vancouver’s rapid transit system, SeaBus (ferry service from the North Shore), West Coast Express and city buses from all areas of Vancouver and the Lower Mainland.