Happy Canada Day, Vancouver

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60 seconds with Vancouver's Olympic cauldron – video shot on March 19, 2010

I love this video of the cauldron burning. Nothing much happens during this sixty seconds I recorded down at the foot of Thurlow Street next to the Vancouver Convention Centre. You can the hear tourists who were patiently queuing up to have their photos taken in front of it holding a Paralympic Torch. It was a beautiful bright day on March 19, 2010, with the North Shore mountains in plain view and the sound of harbour aircraft taxiing for flights off the water.

Today is Canada Day, and the flame of Vancouver's Olympic cauldron will be lit again in spite of the break with IOC protocol. I recommend hopping on the Canada Line or Skytrain to the Waterfront or Burrard stations to check it out if you've not had the chance.

It should be quite a party today down by the water all evening, including a fireworks show down in Burrard Inlet at 10:30pm (another fireworks show takes place at Dundarave in West Vancouver, same time). Listen to the live simulcast by Shore104.3 FM. Listen to the music as the sky lights up with Diamonds online at Shore104 and on Shore104's iPhone application. Click here for information.

The 2nd annual Canada Day Parade is presented by the Burrard Inlet Fireworks Society and the Department of Canadian Heritage. This free community event features more than 50 entries and recognizes diversity, multiculturalism, freedom and the special bond that connect all Canadians.

It is at 7:00pm on Thursday, July 1, 2010, starting at Georgia & Broughton Streets and ending at Thurlow & Melville Streets. More than 100,000 spectators are expected to visit, 1,000 participants, and numerous marching bands, dance troupes, floats, mascots and community entries will turn out for this free community celebration recognizing the diversity, multiculturalism, strength and freedom that connects all Canadians.

The longer route for 2010 begins at Georgia and Broughton Streets, travels east along Georgia Street, turns left at Hornby, turns left again at Dunsmuir, and finishes at Thurlow and Melville streets.

For more information on the fireworks show visit www.canadadayfireworks.ca. Visit this link for a map of the parade route.

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I'm taking a few days off to sit in front of a campfire out in the woods. We'll have some CityFun posts coming up over the long weekend. I hope you have some safe and happy fun with family and friends. Happy Canada Day!

- post by Mike

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