Vancouver Canada Day celebrations, fireworks, road closures

Huge crowds gathered at Jack Poole Plaza in 2012 for the Canada Day celebrations. Canada Place

Approximately 250,000 revellers are expected to flood Vancouver’s downtown to attend the Canada Day at Canada Place celebrations on Monday.

The 26th annual celebration will feature more than 20 musical acts on three stages from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Juno Award-winning artist Bif Naked and local sensation, The Boom Booms, will headline the event.

A special Citizenship Ceremony will kick off the celebrations and will be MC’ed by Global BC’s very own Steve Darling and Sophie Lui.

Watch the Early News and News Hour live:

Global BC’s Early News and News Hour will be broadcasted live at Jack Poole Plaza for Canada Day again this year.

You can also meet some of your favourite Global BC personalities from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Global’s main stage.

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Canada Day Parade

The Canada Day parade will begin at 7 p.m. at West Georgia and Broughton streets and will travel east to Burrard, ending at Burrard and Pender streets. The parade will last around 1.5 hours. Police will be controlling intersections and cross streets will be reopened once clean-up crews have moved through the parade route.

Parking restrictions will be in effect from 3 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the following streets for the parade:

  • South side West Georgia Street between Cardero Street and Broughton Street
  • Both sides Alberni Street between Cardero Street and Jervis Street
  • Both sides Nicola Street between West Georgia Street and Robson Street
  • Both sides Broughton Street between West Georgia Street and Robson Street

Road closures will be in effect from 3:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on above sections of Alberni Street, Nicola Street and Broughton Street. West Georgia Street will remain open as long as possible prior to the parade.

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From 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. there will be parking restrictions on the following streets:

  • Both sides West Pender Street, from Burrard Street to Granville Street
  • Hornby Street between West Hastings Street and Dunsmuir Street
  • Howe Street between West Hastings Street and Dunsmuir Street

The above sections of West Pender, Howe and Hornby streets will also be closed from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Canada Day Fireworks

The 2013 Canada Day Burrard Inlet Fireworks Show, presented by Port Metro Vancouver, will begin at 10:30 p.m. The simultaneous pyrotechnical display will be based off two barges, one in the Burrard Inlet near Canada Place and the other in Dundarave in West Vancouver.

The barge in Burrard Inlet has moved slightly northwest for the first time this year.

Viewing locations now include:

  • Dundarave and Ambleside in West Vancouver
  • North Vancouver
  • Coal Harbour
  • Stanley Park
  • Harbour Green Park
  • Crab Park
  • Ticketed viewing area at Canada Place. Cost is $10 and can be purchased online. 

A mobile guide for the day’s events can also be accessed on a free app offered by Port Metro Vancouver.

The 25-minute show will be simulcast on CFMI Classic Rock 101, the app and broadcast live on Shaw TV.


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