Celebration of Light fireworks festival, Vancouver

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Vancouver Area Festivals and Events

From outdoor spectacles that draw thousands of people, to quiet celebrations of food and the arts, festivals and events around Vancouver reflect an urban culture swayed by nature. Watch the night sky explode into colour as fireworks light up English Bay, see dragon boats carve the water or enjoy the folksy charm of open-air Shakespeare on the beach. For those who venture a little farther, Squamish and Whistler host events that bring travellers a little closer to the wild. From mountain biking and yoga in the mountains, to craft beer and music festivals in the fields.

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Vancouver Festivals and Events

Signature summer events in Vancouver draw people to the beaches, parks and... Read more streets around English Bay, Kitsilano and the West End. Culinary events, live music and cultural diversity are just some of the events that draw crowds that can number in the hundreds of thousands. Big crowds not your thing? There are plenty of other events to take in, from cultural events to arts, music and food. Every weekend there's something new going on; check the current list of Vancouver festivals and events here

Bard on the Beach

Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival's 29th season runs from June 6 to September 22, 2018 in modern theatre tents in a spectacular waterfront setting in Vancouver's Vanier Park.

A powerhouse classical production of Macbeth opens the season...

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Festivals from Sea to Sky

Some of the region's best festivals and events take place... Read more along the Sea to Sky corridor. The towns of Squamish, Whistler and Pemberton host events ranging from the largest mountain bike festival in North America to music festivals that draw tens of thousands. Food and wine are well represented, too, with both Whistler and Pemberton hosting events that will have foodies celebrating.

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Crankworx Mountain Biking Festival

Elite mountain bikers from around the world wow audiences at the Whistler Mountain Bike Park. This event is one of the top mountain bike festivals in North America and draws top riders and crowds from around the world. 

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Tough Mudder Whistler

Are you tough enough? Find out at Tough Mudder, a military style obstacle course (think freezing water, barbed wire and human pyramids), set for Whistler Olympic Park in June. Get a team together or go it alone. It’s great for team building, confidence boosting, and some serious bragging rights.
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Whistler Children's Festival

For two days each summer, tents, balloons and circus acts transform the Whistler Olympic Plaza into a kids’ wonderland with music, theatre, creative workshops, roving characters, storytellers and more.
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Getting Here and Around

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Getting to Vancouver

When flying in to Vancouver, book a window seat – the approach offers great views of the... Read more mountains, the Fraser River and distant Vancouver Island. Driving across the border from Washington State is made easy by the fact that Washington’s I-5 becomes BC’s Highway 99, a straight shot into the city. Vancouver is also accessible by bus, train or floatplane, and a full range of taxi, transit, car and bike rental services are available.

Getting around Vancouver

You can get just about anywhere you need to go in Metro Vancouver on the city’s TransLink... Read more system, which includes buses; three rapid transit lines, known as the SkyTrain; and the SeaBus, a passenger ferry serving North Vancouver. SkyTrain is a great way to travel to and from Vancouver International Airport, and to explore Richmond, Burnaby and New Westminster. The SeaBus makes regular crossings between downtown Vancouver and Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver. Vancouver boasts an extensive network of bike paths including the car-free Seawall Path, which runs more than 20 km (12 mi) along Vancouver’s waterfront.

Amtrak Cascades

All aboard! The Amtrak Cascades train service runs daily from Eugene, Oregon, via Portland and... Read more Seattle, to downtown Vancouver. With meal service,bike racks, on-board Wifi and scenery galore, it's one of the most relaxing ways to reach Vancouver.

Getting to Whistler

The 90-minute trip on the Sea-to-Sky Highway from Vancouver to Whistle is one of the most scenic... Read more drives in the province.  Coaches and narrated tours run frequently from Vancouver and the Vancouver International Airport directly to Whistler Village. Or you can take the train: the Rocky Mountaineer’s Whistler Sea to Sky Climb leaves daily from May to September. Floatplanes are another option: Harbour Air can whisk you from downtown Vancouver to Whistler’s Green Lake in about 30 minutes. Even better, combine the train and plane for an unforgettable round trip. Once in Whistler, it’s easy to get around by foot, bus or bike.

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