The Best Spots to Watch Canada Day Fireworks

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[Updated June 24, 2013]

Vancouver
The incredible Burrard Inlet fireworks, from two different barges, will begin at 10:30 p.m. Tickets to viewing locations with unobstructed views are $10 each, and you receive a free child ticket with each adult ticket purchased. You can also get great views from the following spots: for fireworks from Barge One (Coal Harbour), try Coal Harbour Seawall, Harbour Green Park, Stanley Park Seawall, East Side, Harbour View Park in North Vancouver, Lonsdale Quay, The Pier & Waterfront Park. For fireworks from Barge Two (Dundarave), try West Vancouver Seawall, from Ambleside to Dundarave, Stanley Park Seawall, West Side, Kitsilano, Jericho and the UBC area.

Edmonton
Fireworks are launched from Kinsmen Park over the river valley parks and North Saskatchewan River. The show starts at 11 pm. Best viewing spots include Alberta Legislature Grounds, Victoria Park, Ezio Faraone Park, Dantzer’s Hill and Government House Park. This year, Telus Field is offering a reduced admission price of $4 per person after the 8th inning of the Edmonton Prospects for fireworks viewing. (Concessions will be open until 10:30 p.m.).

Toronto
The Ashbridge’s Bay fireworks are spectacular. Great viewing can be had from Woodbine Beach, Beaches Park, or anywhere along the strip of Beach next to Ashbridge’s Bay.  Or, if you’re one of the lucky few, watch them from a boat via Ashbridge’s Bay Yacht Club. The show starts at 10 p.m.

Ottawa
The capital’s display is launched from the Astrolabe on Nepean Point, filling the skies behind Parliament Hill. Catch great views from Jacques-Cartier Park, the Canadian Museum of Civilization (both in Gatineau), as well as Major’s Hill Park (in Ottawa), Parliament Hill and Victoria Island. The show begins at 10 p.m.

Halifax
Fireworks begin in the Halifax harbour at 10 p.m. Take up position along the Halifax/Dartmouth waterfront for a great view. You can also take in great views from the free Alderney Landing Canada Day Concert, featuring Tokyo Police Club.

We asked you on Twitter where your favourite spots are to view fireworks:

@yummymumy5 recommends Fort George in Niagara on the Lake, and @ObanInn agrees. @_TeamPokey loves the display at Parliament Hill in Ottawa (details above). And from the Windsor contingent, @ladybugbows recommends the Windsor Riverfront and says nothing compares to the view from there, and @Bellalulubaby also loves that spot, but is going for the Windsor Art Gallery specifically.

Do you have a favourite spot to watch Canada Day fireworks? Share your best viewing spots in the comments!

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