Event Details and Hotels for the 2009 Celebration of Light Fireworks in Vancouver

- Melissa Mewdell,
Find out where to stay in Vancouver for the Celebration of Light, 2009

Find out where to stay in Vancouver for the Celebration of Light, 2009

Get all of the info you need to enjoy Vancouver’s Celebration of Lights 2009!

Vancouver’s legendary Celebration of Light (which used to be known as the Symphony of Fire) attracts both tourists and locals alike every year to the city’s waterfront. Since they started in 1990, they’ve been considered a fairly prestigious event.

It’s the biggest offshore fireworks competition in the world, attracting the talents of the world’s leading fireworks designers! No wonder that it’s such an attraction.

This year, Canada, South Africa, the UK and China are squaring off to put on the most spectacular fireworks display in Vancouver over two weeks at the end of July/beginning of August.

Event Details for the 2009 Celebration of Light in Vancouver:

•    Wednesday, July 22, 2009 – Canada Night
•    Saturday, July 25, 2009 – South Africa Night
•    Wednesday, July 29, 2009 – UK Night
•    Saturday, August 1, 2009 – China Night

Event Details:
•    Location: English Bay, Vancouver
•    Fireworks start at 10 p.m. each night of the Celebration of Light.
•    Turn to 104 FM (SHORE) on the radio at 10 p.m. to hear the music that goes with each fireworks display.
•    Best viewing points for the Celebration of Light are: English Bay, Kitsilano, Vanier Park, Jericho Beach. Also, any high building downtown or around the bay will give you a great view.
•    Viewing the fireworks is free!
•    Vote for your favorite fireworks display by texting “LIGHT” to 100100
•    Annual attendance of the Celebration of Light is estimated to be 1.4 million people.

Hotels in Vancouver for the Celebration of Light 2009:

Anyone who has attended the Celebration of Light in the past knows that it’s extremely crowded and can take a while to get home. Whether you’re a local Vancouverite, or a traveler to this gorgeous Canadian city during the last two weeks of July, you should consider booking a stay at one of Vancouver’s best hotels (http://www.kiwicollection.com/luxury-hotels/vancouver) if you plan to really enjoy the festival and want to skip the part where you have to find your way home through millions of spectators!
Here are some of our top picks of hotels in Vancouver that are close to the Celebration of Lights:

Shangri-La Vancouver:
Located in Vancouver’s tallest building, the Shangri-la Vancouver is one of the city’s premier hotels.

It’s a true landmark, showcasing cutting-edge architectural design, an outdoor art galleria, giving a home to one of Vancouver’s best restaurants and more.

The hotel has 119 spacious guest rooms, and they are among the largest in
Vancouver. No detail is overlooked at this hotel. And you certainly can’t get a better location for a place to stay if you’re planning to attend any of the 2009 Celebration of Lights.

At 1128 West Georgia Street in downtown Vancouver, you’ll definitely avoid the crowd on your way home as its location is due North of where the fireworks will be happening (and most people will be walking East toward the Skytrain or the roadways leading out to Vancouver’s suburbs).

The Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver:

Found in one of Vancouver’s prettiest buildings, the Sutton Place is situated right in the heart of the city. Recently renovated and luxurious guest rooms are a big feature at this hotel and will definitely meet your expectations of good quality high-end accommodation.

The hotel has about 397 rooms, and guests who book through Kiwi Collection get a wide array of goodies such as a complimentary upgrade if available, complimentary breakfast, early check-in and late check-out and complimentary internet access!

Like the Shangri-La, this hotel is mostly out of the way of the hoards of people who will be traveling south and east bound once the Celebration of Lights is over. You’ll find the Sutton Place Hotel at 845 Burrard Street, which is one of Vancouver’s major roads, and luckily, you’ll only have to deal with the crowd until you reach Burrard which is a short walk from English Bay.

Opus Hotel Vancouver:

The Opus Hotel Vancouver is truly a work of art. Located in Vancouver’s trendy Yaletown neighbourhood, guests here will really get a feel for Vancouver city life.

The Opus Hotel is a boutique hotel, and at only 96 rooms, if you’re looking for a quiet, personal and intimate experience after the Celebration of Lights, this is the place to go. Guestrooms feature vibrant colors, spa bathrooms and lifestyle-inspired decor schemes ranging from modern and minimalist to artful and eclectic.

The Opus Hotel is a good choice if you want to make a quick escape from the crowd at the end of the Celebration of Lights. All you have to do is walk due East from English Bay. Even though you have to walk east for a distance, you won’t have to travel north at all, which will save you time in the end.

And an overnight stay in Yaletown is perfect for anyone who wants to make a special occasion out of these fabulous fireworks.

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  1. jenn says:

    what streets are gettin closed off?

  2. Hey Jenn..great question. I found this info about road closures and traffic for the 2009 Vancouver Celebration of Light. Hope this helps:


    The HSBC Celebration of Light will cause traffic delays throughout much of downtown and the westside of Vancouver on July 22nd, 25th, 29th and August 1st. A detailed list of closure points and times are listed below:

    *Vehicle access in the West End and Kits Point will be limited to residents who can prove residency through car registration or a resident permit parking decal. Emergency vehicles, buses, taxis and valid delivery trucks will also be allowed access. All others will not be allowed vehicle access into these two areas.

    *Vehicle access to the West End will be restricted from 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. on each of the four evenings. Residential traffic access to the West End will be at Nelson and Thurlow, Davie and Thurlow, Burnaby and Thurlow, and at Nicola and Robson streets. For residents west of Denman, access is available on Alberni west of Denman.

    * Kits Point vehicle access will be restricted from 6 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. on each of the four evenings. Residential and commercial traffic should use Maple and Cypress Street northbound to cross Cornwall to access Kits Point on event nights. No access will be permitted from Cornwall. Vehicles towing boats will not be permitted into Kits Point after trailer parking locations have filled at the Vanier Park boat launch.

    * Wheelchair-accessible parking is available prior to 6 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis at:
    o Bidwell and Burnaby
    o Beach Avenue, across from lawn bowling
    o Parks Board Administration Office
    o parking lot at Arbutus and McNicholl.

    *Motorists must not stop on any City bridge to view the fireworks. Members of the public are encouraged to use public transit where possible, or parking lots in the downtown area. Pedestrians are encouraged to wear light-coloured clothing; cyclists should be equipped for night-time riding; and boaters must have appropriate night-time running lights.

    *Traffic delays are expected and motorists are advised to use alternate routes.

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