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Waters, streets around English Bay expected to be busy for second night of Celebration of Light

Last Updated Jul 31, 2019 at 9:21 am PDT

FILE: Team Sweden lights up the sky on Aug. 1, 2018 at the Celebration of Light at English Bay (Courtesy Twitter @VancouverPD)

It's expected to be a busy night on the water in English Bay Wednesday night for the Celebration of Lights

The Port Authority says to expect heavy boat traffic

Speed limits are being lowered in some areas to 15 knots

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — The sky above English Bay will light up once again Wednesday night as Team Canada takes centre stage for the Celebration of Light.

Road closures will be in place as hundreds of thousands of people flock to the waterfront to take in the spectacle.

  • 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.: One lane in each direction on Beach Ave from Bidwell St to Morton Ave will be retained
  • 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.: Eastbound closure of Beach Ave from Bidwell St to Morton Ave; one lane westbound will be retained
  • 7:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.: Full road closure of Davie St from Burrard St to Denman St
  • 7:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.: Full road closure of Denman St from Davie St to Robson St
  • 7:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.: Full road closure of Beach Ave from Bidwell St to Morton Ave
  • 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.: Vehicle access in the West End will be restricted to residents, business and emergency services only.
  • Residential access will be at Burnaby St, Nelson St, Thurlow St and Denman St

It’s recommended people wanting to catch the show walk, bike, or take transit in order to keep car traffic under control.


(Courtesy Celebration of Light)

Boating during the Celebration of Light

If you’re heading out on the water to get a front row seat, Jason Krott with the Port Authority is reminding you to be aware as it gets dark.

“There’s an enormous amount of anchored boats, and swimmers and the human-powered crafts like kayaks. And when you get to that nice moment in the afternoon or evening when the lights start to get a little dim and people are getting ready for the show, you want to make sure you’re watching your speed and your wake when you’re operating in that area,” he says.

He notes speed limits under the Lions Gate Bridge have been lowered to 15 knots.

Anywhere from 400 to 800 boats are expected on the water for the show, depending on the weather.

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– With files from Jonathan Szekeres