Summer in Vancouver means the annual Honda Celebration of Lights is near! With kids in tow, fireworks can sometimes be daunting. Parking and transit need to be figured out, snacks packed and a plan set in place. While English Bay and Kitsilano Beach are the uber-popular viewing areas, there are a few more family-friendly venues to observe the spectacle around Vancouver.
Fireworks from Vanier Park
Located on the opposite side of English Bay in Kitsilano, Vanier Park is a bit more low-key, but there are still tons of people there to watch the show. You can make a day of it and head to the Museum of Vancouver or the Museum of Vancouver, and there is a parking lot at the Museum. 2-hour street parking is available in the neighbourhood. There are also usually a few food trucks stationed at the park.
Fireworks from the Cypress Lookout in West Vancouver
If you’re looking for an amazing birds-eye view of the fireworks, exit 8 on the Upper Levels Highway (Highway 99) is a great secret. The Lookout up Cypress Mountain offers outstanding views of the city and the fireworks show. If you have highly sensitive kids, the noise and size of the fireworks are a bit less, so it’s a great introduction. There are picnic tables and grassy areas. You will want to get here early to secure parking. Bring a few board games and set up a fun picnic.
YVR Observation Deck
This is the perfect location for families or groups who want to ensure they have a comfortable seat together in bleachers on English Bay to watch the fireworks. Spend the day at the free, family-friendly Park Stage at Second Beach before strolling over to English Bay to enjoy your reserved spot in this bleacher-style seating venue. There is even a section that is alcohol-free. This comes with a fee though through Honda Celebration of Lights: $44-$49 + applicable service charges & taxes.
The Honda Celebration of Light from a Boat
Two marinas offer boat rentals for on-water viewing. Granville Island Boat Rental and Sewells Marina rent boats, which is a great way to see the fireworks if you ensure safety first! Make sure you have your PCOC (Pleasure Craft Operating Card) and lots of lights for your vessel.
We’ve got a great article on tips for watching fireworks with the whole family. Enjoy the show!