HSBC Celebration of Lights Fireworks


Last night we went to check out the grand final of the HSBC Celerbration of Lights fireworks display. This yearly competition pits three countries against each other in a pyro-musical displays that puts new meaning to the terms “oh” and “ah.”

The four day event attracts an estimated 1.4 million people to the Vancouver beaches. The best place to watch is from English Bay. However, unless you get there four to five hours before the fireworks starts, you’re going to have a hard time finding a good viewing spot. Fortunately for us, Sarah has a friend who has a condo on Beach Avenue that offers a fantastic viewing spot. The other advantage of watching from the condo is we can watch TV, eat or surf the net while waiting for the pyro to begin.

The grand final has all three countries (Spain, Canada and China) taking part. Each country gets six minutes to show off their stuff and then everyone blow whatever is left in the last six minutes. It’s a lot of fun to watch. Enjoy the pictures and video.




27 thoughts on “HSBC Celebration of Lights Fireworks”

  1. Woot First! And awesome pictures John! Looks like you guys had one hell of a good time.

  2. dcr says:

    Nice pictures and video. I used to enjoy fireworks when I was a kid, then kind of got bored with them when I could create virtual fireworks on the computer and now the real thing is interesting again.

    Cycle of life, I guess.

  3. Karol Krizka says:

    Lucky you, I had to sit on the beach with everyone else. 😛 What’s more, my friends, who got there before me, somehow managed to secure a spot right behind a big log. But I still liked the fireworks display, my favourite was the Spanish portion, because they played the Star Wars song. 😛

  4. simon says:

    I was there on the first day but not the grand final day. It was so hard to find a good viewing spot. You are so luck :mrgreen:

  5. Ryan Bourne says:

    Looks like you had a blast (no pun intended) John…Did you watch it all four days?

  6. simon says:

    John what Digital Camera you use? From beach side’s condo to the fireworks ship is far away. But the pictures you took are great!

    1. John Chow says:

      Beach Avenue is English Bay! I use a Canon S3.

      1. simon says:

        I knew, I was on the beach but couldn’t get a good picture like yours 😕

  7. Richard says:

    Vancouver is an incredible city. Went there once & was REALLY impressed.

    Great shots btw!

  8. Joshua says:

    If you guys want to see more…you can check and look in their archives for more stills of the awesome light show!!

  9. tim says:

    nice shot john.
    sure had a romantic night with your wife 🙂

    –blog for dream–

    1. dcr says:

      >> sure had a romantic night with your wife 🙂

      I think the fireworks will really fly when JC reads about that! 😉

  10. ben says:


    nice fireworks shot you got there, a super romantic nite with ur wife right.

  11. ohhh pretty lights!


  12. Wahlau.NET says:

    very nice…human will neva get bored of fireworks

  13. Angel says:

    Too true. Fireworks are great.

  14. Glen Allsopp says:

    Looks amazing, kind of thing I wish we had more of over here

  15. Geedos says:

    It’s an awesome show isn’t it – I saw it myself a few years ago and would love to get back to Vancouver to catch it again.

  16. Nathan says:

    WOW those look awesome

  17. Not bad Fireworks 🙂

  18. Never can get enough fireworks! Those are beautiful pictures, but it’s always better to see them live…

  19. ali hatukai says:

    Nice Fireworks, never was into celebretions and parties, but it looks cool!

  20. Come to BRNO Czech Republic we have here beautiful Firework contest with international teams.

  21. John Bennett says:

    Hey John, what kind of camera are using when you take these pictures and pictures of the food for your site?

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