During the Symphony of Fire fireworks competition. There are several private companies offering special dinner cruises to view the spectacle. I think it's better than sitting in sardine city on the beach but is quite expensive!
One of the great things in Vancouver to do is to spend the day at English Bay one of Vancouvers most famous beaches. Staying till sunset offers some of the most beautiful sunsets you will see. There is amazing backdrop of mountains and forests as well as the occasional freighter to make it interesting. From English Bay you can spend the night trying out some of Vancouvers best restaurants, which are in the area.
English Bay is beautiful. You can walk, bike or rollerblade around the seawall for gorgeous views of the beaches, ocean and mountains. It takes about 2 hours or so to walk the whole seawall.
On the way grab a smokie. I reccomend the ever so healthy jalepeno, cheese smokie with all the toppings!
You are also minutes away from Stanley Park which is a large, absolutely beautiful park worth taking a Sunday drive through.
An exciting area of Vancouver, beaches, restaurants, bars, is English Bay in West end of Vancouver.
Every summer there is a fireworks display from the barges out on the water and 500,000 people show up on a hot summers' night to watch to the show and hear the music that goes along with the display. Usually 4 countries are represented and a winner is declared at the end of the 4 evening event.
Every summer, there is a fire show at English Bay. That's the second time I see so many people at one place in this country (the first time was skiing in Banff during winter time). This year, 2003, there were 3 teams participating this event: Canadian, Chinese and Czechic. I was happy that China finally won the championship; however, it really doesn't matter who wins. We go there for the beautiful beach, for the sunset, for the dancing fire...
Vibrant street scene. Tons of cafes, bars and restaurants. Great places to go for dessert. Funky shops. Second-run movie theatre. Close to Stanley Park and English Bay. It's where the locals hang out, drink super-charged coffee and shoot the breeze. More mainstream and less eclectic than the Drive, but cool nonetheless.
There are a number of beaches in the Vancouver area. The ones I saw were Sunset Beach, English Bay Beach, Second Beach and Third. I was there in April, so there weren't many swimmers or sunbathers. The first night I was in Vancouver, I walked along Sunset and English Bay, and the weather wasn't too great. The wind coming off of the water was pretty cold and strong; it was blowing the sand...which felt like little bullets hitting me. It wasn't really that bad. I bet the beaches are much better with warmer weather.
We discovered this place by accident. We were walking around semi lost and I saw water. It looked like if it was warmer this is probably a nice beach.
This is a monument on Sunset Beach in West area. This is the symbol of the Eskimo (Inuit) nation, who live in northern BC and other parts in northern Canada.
I just love this building. I mean you are not going to find many trees growing on top of highrises in the world. Someone in the penthouse has a lovely tree and a great view from the terrace.
Vancouver is a city surrounded by water. Here is a picture of English Bay in the harbour. The city has many water side trails ideal for rollerblading, biking or walking around the many scenic sights.
In anticipation for the 30 minute show, people find a spot by the beach at about 4 pm and wait till 10 pm to see the show, half the fun is people watching....
The public beach at downtown Vancouver area which crowded in summer season by sun lovers and also a perfect view site of firework helds every July in town.
Grab a log and watch the sunset at English Bay. This is easier said than done in summer when countless others have the same idea.