The Royal Canadian Family Circus came to Vancouver in 2018 with acrobats, horses and other performers in Abbotsford, Richmond, Surrey and Tsawwassen.
2019 Circus Plans
Details have yet to be confirmed, but rumour has it that the circus will be returning to the Lower Mainland in May and June of 2019 for at least 5 weeks. Likely venues include the PNE, Richmond and Surrey. Stay tuned for more details!
The Circus is Coming to Town!
The Royal Canadian Family Circus is a wonderful family-oriented spectacle! In 2018 the event showcased equestrian acrobatics (as featured in the move the Greatest Showman), the Guerrero High Wire act (from Americas Got Talent), trapeze and other aerialist stunts, the thrilling Wheel of Destiny (from Cirque du Soleil) and so much more!
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About the Circus
The Royal Canadian Family Circus has been entertaining children and their families for half a century.
The show offers a modern, family-focused version of the traditional circus experience and showcases an international collection of top-rate circus performers.
In 2018 its SPECTAC! tour featured no exotic animals or endangered species, which was great! There were amazingly-talented horses, but no lions, tigers or elephants.
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Circus Dates & Locations
The circus had 33 shows in the Lower Mainland in 2018 including 11 in Surrey, 6 in Tsawwassen, 8 in Richmond and 8 in Abbotsford. Below are the 2018 dates and locations.
- Surrey (May 17th to 21st) – at Guildford Town Centre at 10355 – 152nd Street in Surrey.
- Tsawwassen (May 25th to 27th) – at Tsawwassen Mills at 5000 Canoe Pass Way in Tsawwassen (just a short drive from the BC Ferries Terminal).
- Richmond (May 31st to June 3rd) – at Lansdowne Centre at 5300 No. 3 Road in Richmond.
- Abbotsford (June 7th to 10th) – in the parking lot of the TRADEX Exhibition Centre at 1190 Cornell Street in Abbotsford (by YXX Airport).
The shows take place in a giant Big Top which holds up to 2400 people!
Note: TRADEX ordinarily has pay parking that costs around $6 per day. Parking during the circus event was included in the cost of admission! Parking at all other venues was also free!
Circus Ticket Prices
Tickets to see the Royal Canadian Family Circus in 2018 cost between $12.50 and $50 per person, depending on your seat type (and whether you use our VansBestPlaces promo code).
Ticket prices listed below were all subject to GST and online service fees. Ticket prices were the same for all ages, although children ages 3 and under were free if they sat on an adult’s lap (and so didn’t occupy a seat of their own).
Seating at the Royal Canadian Family Circus is not assigned; rather, it’s on a first-come, first-served basis.
Three kinds of seating were available: General Admission, VIP and Ringside.
General Admission tickets cost $25.
If you used the promo code VansBestPlaces, however, you got 2 tickets for the price of 1! (Note: the promo code was good for General Admission tickets only – not for VIP or Ringside seating).
General admission featured both bench and chair seating.
VIP seats cost $35 per person.
The VIP area is closer to ringside than the General Admission areas and the seats are slightly comfier. 2018 promo codes could not be used when purchasing VIP tickets. Also, as with all tickets, seating was not assigned (although VIP ticket holders were guaranteed a seat somewhere in the VIP area).
Ringside tickets cost $50.
Ringside seats are right up close to the action. They are also the most comfortable seats in the house! As another bonus, VIP and Ringside ticket holders both get priority access to their respective seating areas inside the Big Top (i.e., before the hordes of General Admission ticket holders get to go in).
What to Expect
At the Royal Canadian Family Circus expect to be thoroughly entertained!
Performances take place inside a giant Big Top tent and last for about 2 and a half hours with a 20-minute intermission in the middle.
During the show there are all kinds of acrobatics. Some are up high in the air overhead, some are down low at centre stage, and others involve horses.
The cast at the Royal Canadian Family Circus is impressive. The show includes top performers from around the world.
2018 Circus Performers
Some of the performers people saw at the Metro Vancouver shows included the following:
- Joseph Dominic Bauer – the Swiss ringmaster and a 9th-generation circus performer. He has performed around the globe with Cirque de Soleil, Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey, the Moscow Cirque and various other internationally-acclaimed circus companies.
- The Caleb Corinci-Asch Equestrians & Acrobats – a troupe of horses and acrobats that appeared alongside Hugh Jackman in the 2017 musical The Greatest Showman. If you enjoyed that movie and like horses, you’d love seeing this group live! Caleb performers from Russia also performed in Cavalia Odysseo the previous year.
- The Duo Guerrero 4-Man High Wire Act – a Portuguese husband and wife-led troupe that performed at the Lillehammer Winter Olympics in 1994 and competed on America’s Got Talent in 2016.
- Andrea and Martin Gonzales – a Latin American duo who perform their Duo Strap Act high above the ring.
- Thomas Aguila – a talented juggler with world records for traditional speed juggling as well as for mouth-juggling ping pong balls! Also known as “Tommy Tequila,” he has performed in the past with global circus giants Cirque du Soleil and Barnum & Bailey.
- Vyorel and Elena Bilea – a Romanian couple who dazzle their audiences with magic.
- The Tarzan Zerbini Dancers & Aerialists – a group of aerialists and performing artists who showcase the multicultural landscape of Canada.
- The Chinese Acrobats Troupe – a team of traditional Chinese gymnasts and contortionists who dive through hoops, twist their bodies into unbelievable positions and thoroughly wow and entertain.
Important Note: Not all of the above acts were at every show. Performers and other details were subject to change.
Tips & Advice
Below is a list of tips and information to help you make the most out of your circus experience whenever taking in a Royal Canadian Family Circus show.
- TIP #1: If purchasing General Admission tickets, remember to use the VansBestPlaces promo code so you can get two tickets for the price of one.
- TIP #2: Don’t forget that seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Arrive early to get your choice of seats (and to make sure everyone in your group can sit together).
- TIP #3: The viewing area usually opens for seating half an hour before each show.
- TIP #4: General Admission seating includes both chairs and bench seating. Re-read TIP #2 and be sure to arrive early if you want a chair!
- TIP #5: The benches in the General Admission area are not uncomfortable. If your posterior doesn’t have lots of natural padding, however, it wouldn’t hurt to take your own cushion or something soft to sit on.
- TIP #6: If you want VIP or Ringside seats, don’t wait until the last minute to purchase your tickets. Those sections have limited seating and can sell out.
- TIP #7: Outside food and beverages are not permitted. If you expect to get hungry, eat beforehand or buy your beverages, hot hogs, nachos, popcorn or other venue offerings at the concession just before the show or at the intermission. Prices for most items are about $5. Souvenirs are also available for sale.
- TIP #8: Assuming performances don’t sell out in advance, tickets can be purchased for cash at the gate on the day starting 2 hours before each show.
- TIP #9: Wheelchair-accessible spots are available in the General Admission section. If you need this kind of seating be sure to arrive at least 45 minutes prior to your show and identify yourself to a staff member at the front entrance.
- TIP #10: Gas prices are cheaper in Abbotsford and other parts of the Fraser Valley than in Metro Vancouver. If going to one of the Abbotsford shows, fill up your tank while you’re there!
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