Vancouver in British Columbia is another very popular Canadian new year's eve venue, capitalising on it's spectacular maritime setting, with the city's harbour providing both a focal point for the evening's celebrations as well as the ideal viewing for fireworks displays all around the bay.
There are parties and events thoughout the city to mark the festive season, while on new year's eve itself you have of course the spectacular fireworks display. Taking a cruise on the bay is also a very popular way to see in the new year here, giving you a fabulous view of the city's iconic skyline.
The new year's eve party in Vancouver promises to be an extra special one, marking the start of Canada's 150th anniversary celebrations. A crowd of up to 100,000 is expected to hit the downtown streets for an event that includes plentiful food, drinks, dancing and live music with performances by The Sheepdogs, Yukon Blonde, Wintersleep and The New Pornographers among others. The Wintersleep performance is one that has been chosen for national TV coverage by NBC.
The event will take place at Canada Place Way (between Howe and Thurlow and Jack Poole Plaza) and Coal Harbour in Downtown Vancouver, starting at 6pm and boasting 2 fireworks display, an early evening show at 9pm, launched from an offshore barge on Coal Harbour and timed to coincide with midnight on the east coast, then the main display at midnight.
Running alongside the public party will be a ticketed indoor event at the Vancouver Convention Center. This event has been dubbed True North and you can get more details, including the lineup for the live music performances, best viewing areas and ticket details for VIP areas on the official NYE VAN website here.
The bars and clubs of Vancouver throw an absolute plethora of new year parties, giving you a hue selection to choose from. Some of the biggest and most popular venues are The Shangri-La Hotel, the Jewel Ballroom, TELUS World of Science and the Waterfront Gala Ball on the Fairmont Waterfront. If you are hitting the town then there's the bonus of free public transport home provided by bus, SeaBus and Skytrain right up until 5am on new year's day.
There is a Massive New Year's Eve Party at Hotel Vancouver, featuring live entertainment across 5 of the hotel's themed ballrooms with music from German cabaret through Vancouver Opera to rock and country - get more details and tickets here.
The maritime setting of the city means many people choose to take to the water to see in the new year, and several local cruise companies are more than happy to provide for this demand, providing a range of cruises that include food, drink, entertainment and of course fantastic views of the city skyline to watch for fireworks come midnight.
One cruise option is with Pride of Vancouver Charters, whose new year parties are somewhat legendary in these parts - you can see in 2018 aboard the top quality Pride of Vancouver or Star of Vancouver yachts with a fantastic buffet, live DJs and champagne at midnight.
If you're looking for new year dining options then there will be a new year Masquerade Bal and party at Sai Woo in the city's Chinatown district, offering fine food, cocktails, live DJs and of cours ethe masquerade theme - get tickets online here.
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The new year event this year will also be broadcasrt live by Global BC, while the soundtrack to the fireworks will be simulcast on local radio stations 102.7 The PEAK FM and 93.7 JRfm.
If you're planning on visiting Vancouver over the New Year period, then early reservation is strongly recommend. You can search, check availability and book local hotels here.
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