The Best Spots to Watch Canada Day Fireworks

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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. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the event.

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, City Hall, Kinsmen Park, Mill Woods, and other locations. For the full list, Edmonton residents can call 311 (outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311).

The Ashbridges Bay fireworks are spectacular. Great viewing can be had from Woodbine Beach, Beaches Park, or anywhere along the strip of Beach next to Ashbridges Bay. The free show starts at 10 p.m.

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.

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 the Sam Roberts Band.

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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