GETTING HERE

English Bay in the heart of the West End is easily serviced by transit and via the Seawall and Downtown bike routes – for an enjoyable and fun experience, leave your car at home and take transit or bike to the celebration.

  PUBLIC TRANSIT

Event nights will see increased Skytrain, Canada Line, and Bus service to accommodate a large number of fireworks fans. Be patient on your journey – the show will be worth the trip!  

Closest SkyTrain Station to the Festival is Burrard Station and the Yaletown-Roundhouse Station of the Canada Line. Numerous buses travel along Georgia St. to Denman, and the #6 will bring you from Granville St. to Denman St. Kitsilano is serviced by numerous bus lines however, there is no Skytrain service to the area.  

For transit service information and updates, sign up for Transit Alerts, or follow TransLink on Twitter @TransLink. To help plan your trip on Public Transit, visit the TransLink website.

BIKING

Go green! Not only is biking one of the easiest ways to access the Honda Celebration of Light, it’s an environmentally friendly way to explore the Festival.

Bringing your bike to the festival is a great idea, especially when there are multiple locations to lock up your bike at one of our bike racks.  Check out our festival map for locations.

DRIVING

If you plan to drive, arrive early and leave plenty of time to find parking. If you can, try to carpool with friends and neighbours and be prepared to walk a distance from your parking spot. 

Road Closures are in effect from 7:00PM in the West End, including Davie, Denman and Beach Avenue. Access roads into Kits Point are closed from 6:00pm. Roads will re-open once crowds have dispersed and police have given their all clear at approximately 11:00PM. 

Residents will be allowed into the area at specific access points but must display a valid resident parking permit or recent proof of address. Please respect all parking notices to avoid having your vehicle towed as enforcement will be strict. 

Motorists are not permitted to stop on any city bridge to view the fireworks, as it is a serious safety and traffic flow concern.

WHAT TO BRING

The Honda Celebration of Light is proud to host a full day of festival programming with live music, food vendors and activities for kids to enjoy leading up to the 10PM fireworks show each evening. Don’t forget these important items to make the most of your festival experience!

WEATHER GEAR

Dress in layers and enjoy the daytime activities then be cozy and comfortable during the evening fireworks show. The fireworks celebration goes on rain or shine!  Be prepared and bring sunscreen, lots of water, and a rain poncho to keep you dry just in case.

TICKET HOLDERS

If you have purchased a reserved seat at one of our ticketed venues, Scotiabank Lounge, Concord Lounge at the Inukshuk, or English Bay Grandstand, be sure to bring your tickets with you or have them to hand on your mobile device. Please note that the consumption of alcohol is prohibited outside of our ticketed licensed venues.

Animals are not permitted in the Honda Celebration of Light ticketed venues with the exception of Service Animals, with documentation.

Haven’t bought a ticket yet?  CLICK HERE to reserve your seat now!  

SUSTAINABILITY 

Sustainability is a journey and year over year Honda Celebration of Light will continue to innovate on processes specific to sustainability and put measures in place in order to keep the beach and its backdrop of the sea and sky as pristine as possible. 

Help us work together in reducing our environmental footprint by bringing your own reusable bag to the event and promoting “active” transportation by walking or biking to the event.

Learn more about our Sustainability Promise HERE.

LOST & FOUND + FIRST AID

Located at the Volunteer Headquarters, in the Gazebo in Alexandra Park on Beach Avenue, between Bidwell and Burnaby Street. Additionally, numerous First Aid services will be available throughout the festival site, check out our Festival Map onsite and look for the First Aid Icon along with the Lifeguard Station located in the Bathhouse building in English Bay.

SAFETY ON THE WATER

Considering taking in the fireworks portside? 

In English Bay, all boaters need to position themselves outside the exclusion perimeter marked by marine buoys. These buoys mark the safe perimeter only and are not to be used as mooring points. If you are not thoroughly familiar with operating your boat at night please consider watching the display from the beaches instead. 

By observing a few simple safety rules, boaters can contribute to a safe, incident-free event. With so many Fireworks fans, be extra cautious, keep the following safety tips in mind to enjoy an evening of wonder on the water.

  • Boating License & Navigation Lights – you will be leaving after dark, make sure you can be seen!
  • Be aware of hazards: tides, current, other vessels, and shallows.
  • Have all your Safety Gear on board at all times know the laws around alcohol and boating, and respect them – Police will be on the water to enforce these laws.
  • Maintain a safe lookout at all times for canoes, kayaks, and other non-powered vessels.
  • Canoes, kayaks and other non-powered vessels should stay close to the shore to avoid interfering with the navigation of larger vessels and be aware of the exclusion perimeter as well as ensure they are visible on the water.

For more information, please visit: Transport Canada, Office of Boating Safety

Accessible Access

Parking near the festival can be limited, familiarize yourself with the following designated disabled parking areas.

A valid disabled person decal is required and should be clearly displayed when utilizing reserved disabled parking areas. Users are still obligated to follow the usual payment requirements and must observe all posted traffic signage. Motorists not displaying valid decals/ placards will be towed. The following areas are reserved strictly for disabled person parking on event nights on a first come, first served basis:

WEST END (available from 5PM onwards)
  • East Side of Bidwell from Burnaby to lane North
  • Both Sides of Bidwell from Beach to Burnaby
  • North Side of Harwood from Bidwell heading East to Driveway of 1675 Harwood
  • Limited number of stalls in the Parks Board Administration Building
KITS POINT (available from 6PM onwards)
  • Limited number of stalls in the McNicoll Lot