Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Symphony of Fire

We were extremely fortunate to have been invited to enjoy the famous Vancouver fire works tradition of Symphony of Fire this year on a boat!!

A business neighbour of Doug's brother's computer store invited a number of people to enjoy the fireworks from his boat. It is a 42 foot displacement cruiser named "Final Edition". What an evening it was! We met up at the marina in North Vancouver and we all boarded the boat about 7 pm.

We were told we did not have to bring anything to eat or drink as this was totally looked after. Boy, they weren't kidding either. Table chock a block full of appy's to start and later scallops, hamburgers, etc. Oh, and all the beer and wine you wanted. YIKES!! 

Lovely marina.....

Whoa....The Final Edition awaits us!!

This looks a bit serious...

These boat garages are quite something and this boat barely fits!

...and it has an automatic garage door closer too!!

Looking back at Canada Place. Dale & Sue's cruise ship left from here today!

The iconic Vancouver Wharves sulfur pile. My Mom worked here for 25 years in the office.They actually had tourists ask them to build a fence as they felt it wasn't a nice view to see a pile like this. Guess they don't quite understand a working harbour!.

Underneath the Lions Gate Bridge with Stanley Park rising high.
Don & Diana.....

Boats are already beginning to gather....

Then the "big guy" came to the party.

The Seaspan Osprey. A tugboat extraordinaire. Was later showing off up in the no-go zone by spraying the water cannons and turning in tight circles. It's huge in comparison
to all the other pleasure craft, even all 42 feet of us!!


Besides the dashingly good-looking couple, did you notice the moon??

My sis-in-law and me!

Big bro....little bro

Yup, that's how far we were away from the barge. The police boats create a
safety zone, this far away. If anyone goes into it they are there with
sirens blaring instantly to shoo them back.
 Here you can see that "zone" where you are not allowed to the left.


The fireworks began about 10:00 pm. Tonight's competitor was Brazil. There is music that accompanies the show and if you have a radio, you can simulcast it so it really makes it neat. So, without further commentary from me, here you go!! You can fill in the banging and exploding noises yourselves!



Oh, I have many more pictures but I thought I should hold the line on them!!
The show went on for quite a long time, maybe 30 minutes. Once the show is over, our host and captain likes to wait about 30 minutes before leaving to allow some of the boat traffic to dissipate. So, during this time, they serve up homemade meringue bowls with fresh whipping cream and berries (....and we have to go home why??) 

Absolutely delicious.....
Well, if that was the total end of the evening that would have been enough but we were in for a bit more of an adventure. When Sandy went to start his boat, one of the starters on one of the two motors was broken. He had the engine compartment open for at least 30 more minutes trying to fix it and it was not fixable. A job for another day I guess. Luckily, this skilled captain wasn't (.....seemingly) fazed by this development  We motored back to the marina quite a bit slower than we had come out on earlier. Didn't matter to any of us! He parked it right back on a dime ( that a proper boating term?) in the boat house. I imagine that if the seas had been choppy, it might have been a different matter. 


Canada Place lit up and celebrating Vancouver's amazing Gay Pride Week!!
So that was an evening to remember, that's for sure. Our true and total thanks go out to Dr. Sandy and wife Tammy, for the generous invite to Don & Di. We just got to tag along!! Remember, it's not always what you know, it's WHO you know and luckily we know Don & Di!!
Thought for the Day: Take every chance you get in life because some things only happen once.


  1. Wow, what a fun night...good for you guys!

  2. Thank you for the beautiful pics of my favorite city in the world!

  3. Great fun! Thanks for the pictures!

  4. Thanks and you are all welcome! It was a really fun evening and we appreciated the opportunity to join them! We do live in a beautiful city!