There are plenty of ways you can celebrate Canada Day and one of them is having fun on a boat party cruise hosted by one of several companies in Vancouver.
Boat Parties in Vancouver on Canada Day
Canada Day Weekend is a time of celebration across Canada. There are a large number of events on land in the Lower Mainland, but also some on the water as well. There are different companies in Vancouver that offer party boat cruises at various times of the year, including on July 1st and the rest of the July long weekend.
Beginning in either False Creek or the Burrard Inlet, these cruises usually (but not always) take place in the evening and last for a few hours. They are held on large party boats and include plenty of music, drinks and dancing.
In 2022 there are a couple of companies offering special Canada Day-themed boat parties. See below for details.
Vancouver Boat Parties
One of the foremost party boat companies in the city is Vancouver Boat Parties. They offer special cruises on various dates throughout the year and Canada Day is no exception. In fact, in 2022 they’re offering three different boat parties to choose from.
July 1st Canada Day Cruises
The first cruise with Vancouver Boat Parties is in the afternoon on July 1st and it’s the Vancouver Latin Boat Party. While it’s on Canada Day this cruise has a South and Central American theme and attendees are encouraged to wear the colours of their country if they’re from that region. The cruise departs at 3:30 pm from 760 Pacific Boulevard on the Burrard Queen.
Very soon after that cruise returns to dock the Burrard Queen is loaded up once again for the Canada Day Boat Party that departs at 8:30 pm. There is a dress code of all white that, while not enforced, is strongly recommended. Like with the Latin Boat Party this cruise sails from False Creek into English Bay and around to the Inner Harbour.
Finally, at around the same time as that second cruise, there is the Canada Day Yacht Party that departs from outside the Westin Bayshore at 9:00 pm. There isn’t much difference between this party and the Canada Day Boat Party, as there is the same recommended all-white dress code. One big difference, however, is the location as this cruise starts in Coal Harbour instead of False Creek. Also, this third party is on the Magic Spirit which is a slightly fancier and larger boat.
About the July 1st Boat Parties
All of the Vancouver Boat Party events are for guests ages 19+ only. Tickets usually start at around $50 but can get much more expensive as they start to sell out. The boats have two levels with a dance floor on each and the cruises last for around three hours. There are bars on board as well as some snacks for purchase.
In years when there are fireworks at Canada Place these boat parties are great places to watch them from. Unfortunately, the fireworks are not taking place in 2022. For more details about these cruises visit the Vancouver Boat Parties website.
Carnaval del Sol’s Salsa Cruise Fiesta Blanca
Carnaval del Sol is the biggest Latin American festival in the province and it takes place in July each year. In addition to the main fiesta, which happens on July 8th to 10th in 2022, there are a number of additional activities that take place over the course of the month including the Salsa Cruise Fiesta Blanca on July 2nd (which is the Saturday of the Canada Day Long Weekend).
Like with a couple of the Vancouver Boat Party events, the Fiesta Blanca has an all-white dress code. The boat departs from Coal Harbour at 9:00 pm and the party lasts until just after midnight. The cruise offers free salsa lessons to all attendees at the beginning of the voyage and you can then put those skills to use on one of the three levels of dance floors.
Taking place on the MV Britannia, this event is also for adults ages 19+. There are plenty of drinks and food to be had on board. To learn more click Salsa Cruise Fiesta Blanca.
Whale Watching Tours
For people who want to get out on the water for adventures at other times, another great boating company is the Prince of Whales. They offer whale watching tours and other sightseeing tours. In 2022, during the Honda Celebration of Light fireworks competition, both the Prince of Whales and Vancouver Boat Parties offer fireworks-viewing opportunities from the water.
In 2022 the Honda Celebration of Light happens on July 23rd, 27th and 30th. On those dates, in addition to the boat trips, other premium venues for fireworks-viewing include the Concord Lounge at the Inukshuk, the Scotiabank Lounge on the Bathhouse Roof, and the English Bay Grandstand at English Bay Beach.
Other articles that might be of interest include the following:
- Metro Vancouver Canada Day Events
- Carnaval del Sol
- Latin American Experience
- Vancouver Boat Parties
- Vancouver Events in July