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Royal Canadian International Circus in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland

Royal Canadian Family Circus

The Royal Canadian Circus comes to Vancouver in May and June most years with shows in Richmond, Surrey and one other community.


Out of precaution concerning the novel coronavirus and measures to contain it, the Royal Canadian International Circus has cancelled its North American tour for 2020. This means that there will be no shows in Richmond, Vancouver or Surrey in May and June this year as originally planned.

For details about the cancellations see the Royal Canadian Circus website.

In 2020 there were 34 shows scheduled for the Lower Mainland including 18 performances in Richmond (May 14th to 24th), 8 in Vancouver (May 28th to 31st) and 8 in Surrey (June 4th to 7th). In mid-March they cancelled their first week of shows in Richmond due to the coronavirus. On March 20th they cancelled their entire tour.


In this article you’ll find information about the following topics:

About the Circus | Audience Comments | 2020 Dates & Locations | Ticket Prices | What to Expect | Circus Performers | Tips & Advice | Circus Video | Other Information

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The Circus is Coming to Vancouver!

The Royal Canadian Family Circus is a wonderful family-oriented spectacle!

A couple of years ago the circus visited the above three cities (plus Abbotsford) and showcased equestrian acrobatics (as featured in the movie the Greatest Showman), the Guerrero High Wire Act (from Americas Got Talent) and so much more!

In 2020 the show was going to include performances by the Videla Circus Family from Argentina, the incredible Dominguez Brothers from Columbia and other international groups. Joseph Dominic Bauer was also going to be back for another year as the event’s ringmaster and Wheel of Destiny daredevil.

See below for more details about the 2020 lineup.

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.

The SPECTAC! tours feature no exotic animals or endangered species, which is great! In some recent years there have been amazingly-talented horses, but no lions, tigers or elephants. As of 2019 there are no animals at all – just phenomenal good-old-fashioned human talent! It’s amazing!

Royal Canadian Circus

Audience Comments about the Circus

Last year Vancouver’s Best Places partnered with the Royal Canadian Family Circus to send a group of two dozen children and their leaders from a local Boy’s & Girls Club to one of the shows in Tsawwassen. We got a thank-you card from the kids afterwards and here are some of their comments about what they saw:

  • “I give it 2 thumbs up!”
  • “So much talent!”
  • “Everything was awesome!”
  • “The Ringmaster … Wow!”
  • “We had so much fun. Amazing!”
  • “I loved the motorcycle. It was cool!”
  • “So, so, so much fun!”
  • “Best time ever!”

Circus Dates & Locations

In 2020 the circus originally had 34 shows scheduled for the Lower Mainland. They were going to be back for another year in both Richmond and Surrey. The year before, their third stop in the area was Tsawwassen. In 2020 though they were actually planning to be in downtown Vancouver, at Concord Pacific Place.

In 2020 the Royal Canadian International Circus was going to have 18 shows in Richmond, 8 in Vancouver and 8 in Surrey. Early in the COVID-19 season they cancelled the first week and 10 of their Richmond shows. On March 20th they suspended the entire season. Below are their scheduled 2020 locations and dates prior to their March 20th cancellations.


May 22nd to 24th at Lansdowne Centre at 5300 No. 3 Road in Richmond. Show times at Lansdowne Centre this year were to be the following:

  • Friday, May 22nd, 2020 – at 4 and 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, May 23rd, 2020 – at 12, 4 and 7:30 pm
  • Sunday, May 24th, 2020 – at 1 and 5 pm


May 28th to 31st at Concord Pacific Place near False Creek in Vancouver. 2020 show times were to be the following:

  • Thursday, May 28th, 2020 – at 7 pm
  • Friday, May 29th, 2020 – at 4 and 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, May 30th, 2020 – at 12, 4 and 7:30 pm
  • Sunday, May 31st, 2020 – at 1 and 5 pm


June 4th to 7th at the Cloverdale Fairgrounds. 2020 show times were to be the following:

  • Thursday, June 4th, 2020 – at 7 pm
  • Friday, June 5th, 2020 – at 4 and 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, June 6th, 2020 – at 12, 4 and 7:30 pm
  • Sunday, June 7th, 2020 – at 1 and 5 pm

In years when they do happen, the shows take place in a giant Big Top which holds up to 2400 people!

For tickets click Royal Canadian Family Circus. Also, use the promo code VANSBESTPLACES and get 2-for-1 pricing on General Admission!

Circus Big Top Tents
Circus Big Top Tents

Circus Ticket Prices

Tickets to see the Royal Canadian Family Circus in recent years have cost between around $12.50 and $50 per person, depending on your seat type (and whether you used our VansBestPlaces 2-for-1 promo code).

Ticket prices listed below were for 2020 and were all subject to GST and online service fees (of about $2.50 per ticket). Ticket prices are the same for all ages, although children ages 3 and under are free if they sit on an adult’s lap (and so don’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 are available at the circus: General Admission, VIP and Ringside.

Circus Spinning Act

General Admission

General Admission ticket cost $25.

If you used the promo code VansBestPlaces, however, you would have gotten 2 tickets for the price of 1! (Note: The promo code is good for General Admission tickets only – not for VIP or Ringside seating).

General admission usually features both bench and chair seating.

VIP Tickets

VIP seats cost $35 per person.

The VIP area is closer to ringside than the General Admission areas and the seats are slightly comfier. Promo codes cannot be used when purchasing VIP tickets. Also, as with all tickets, seating is not assigned (although VIP ticket holders are guaranteed a seat somewhere in the VIP area).

Ringside Seats

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 crowds 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 two 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.

The cast at the Royal Canadian Family Circus is impressive. The show includes top performers from around the world.

Royal Canadian Family Circus
Ringmaster Joseph Dominic Bauer

Circus Performers

The 2020 circus tour was going to include the following performers:

  • Joseph Dominic Bauer – the Swiss ringmaster and a 9th-generation circus performer. He has entertained around the globe with Cirque du Soleil, Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey, the Moscow Cirque and various other internationally-acclaimed circus companies. He hosted the Royal Canadian Family Circus shows in 2018 and 2019 and is back again in 2020! His Wheel of Destiny daredevil routine is amazing!
  • The Dominguez Brothers – a trio of High Wire performers from Colombia. Huber, Jose and Diego are 8th-generation circus performers and have been seen in every major circus on the planet.
  • The Xtreme Chinese Acrobats – a group of aerialists and performing artists who celebrate Chinese circus history. They specialize in aerial bungee, a vertical pole act and hoop diving.

Other performers in the 2020 tour were going to include an all-female aerial group, an Argentinian circus family and a comedic dance performance by The Valencia Gauchos. Also scheduled to entertain this last year were the amazing Sky Riders Motorcycle and Trapeze Act and the DC Riders’ Motor Bike Globe, among others.

Dominguez Family Motor Bike Team
Mexican Dominguez Family’s Motor Bike Team

Some of the performers people saw at the Metro Vancouver shows in past years included the following:

  • 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 would have loved 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 performed 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.

Important Note: Not all of the above acts were at every show. 2020 performers and other details were also subject to change.

Chinese Slack Wire Acrobat
Chinese Slack Wire Act

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-serve 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. Beverages, hot dogs, nachos, popcorn and other food items are available at the concession just before the show and at the intermission. Prices for most items are about $5 or $6 (plus or minus). 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.

Circus Video

To give you an idea of what to expect at the Royal Canadian Family Circus we’ve put together a video of the show we saw in 2019. As you’ll see, the acts are amazing and the experience is a lot of fun.

Performers in the video include the amazing Joseph Dominic Bauer (on the Wheel of Destiny), the Flying Cortes Family (doing their trapeze tricks) and the Extreme Chinese Acrobats (spinning their Diablos and then riding the unicycle on the slack wire).

Also featured in the video are George Aristov (spinning the Cube Maze), the Dominguez Russian Motoswing Team (sending one of their members flying into the air), Igor and Katiana (with their juggling) and the Mexican Dominguez Family (racing their motorbikes around in the metal globe).

Other Information

To buy tickets or to learn more about the show, click Royal Canadian Family Circus.

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